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Name: Nathan Hands Lo­ca­tion: London KIT: Canon EOS 700D with EF-S10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM lens EX­POS URE: 1/80 sec at f/20, ISO 200 Web­site: www.naypen­rai.com

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Draw­ing you in

“A heavy vi­gnette was ap­plied to give the struc­ture the feel of a tun­nel and to also em­pha­sise it as the point of light,” Nathan says. “I wanted it to seem like the im­age was taken in-tran­sit, to­ward the hole.” The eye is drawn to the bright yet divine light above.

Oth­er­worldly warmth

Nathan ad­justed the hues in Light­room to de­lib­er­ately re­move all colour aside from yel­low and or­ange. Th­ese colours are by na­ture invit­ing, warm and glow­ing, so we feel al­most com­forted when look­ing upon the scene. “When I look at it, I re­ally get the im­pres­sion of heaven,” Nathan says.

Look­ing up

The chil­dren are the key to cre­at­ing a nar­ra­tive here. “The look-up is one of the main at­trac­tions of The Hive struc­ture at Kew Botanic Gar­dens,” says Nathan. “From the bot­tom floor, the light was re­ally fo­cused through the mid­dle piece so the fig­ures on the glass be­came sil­hou­ettes. The chil­dren, who ini­tially were a frus­tra­tion, be­came ab­so­lutely piv­otal to the whole con­cept.”

Con­sid­ered ex­po­sure

Nathan used neg­a­tive ex­po­sure com­pen­sa­tion to en­sure the high­lighted cen­tre wasn’t clipped. “I used th­ese set­tings as I wanted to get the de­tail of the struc­ture but con­trol the amount of light. I knocked the ex­po­sure way down,” he says.

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