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A while ago someone (who claims to be a photography teacher) raised the issue of not knowing how long to expose a shot for during blue hour using an ND10 stop filter as the light is always changing, claiming it is a little hit and miss. No actually it isn’t! Shot just as Twilight / Blue hour started this 37 minute exposure I think proves you can get your exposure right in changing light conditions if you know how to work it out. Using manual colour balance in camera you can also have greater control over the colours in the image.


This is straight out of the camera.


Shot using the SRB Photographic ND1000 filter.


Top tip - the longer the exposure the easier the math - and the exposure will be more forgiving and you can be more accurate - however there is always the risk of noise and deterioration with such a long digital exposure - bring back film however reciprocity failure.....


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On May 9 1963, HM Queen Elizabeth II opened New Zealand House on the London street of Haymarket. As well as containing the offices of the High Commissioner, the building also hosts the New Zealand consulate in London and the military attaché. Since 1995, it has been a Grade II Listed Building.


The High Commission was built by Holland, Hannen & Cubitts in 1959 on the derelict site of the Carlton Hotel, destroyed by a bomb during the Blitz. New Zealand House was to be the main diplomatic representation for the New Zealand government, and no expense was spared in its construction. The design differed from the other diplomatic buildings of other Commonwealth countries in that it would be a modern skyscraper, designed by Sir Robert Matthew. After difficulties in planning permission, the 18 storey building was constructed only after permission was granted by the British Cabinet.


It is an overseas post of the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The current High Commissioner to the United Kingdom is His Excellency Dr Lockwood Smith, who was formerly the Speaker of the House of the New Zealand Parliament. The current Acting High Commissioner is Rob Taylor. New Zealand House is staffed by a team of 20 diplomats and local staff. The focus of the High Commission's work is managing New Zealand's political, economic and trade relations with the United Kingdom and Ireland.


These images shown here are of New Zealand House, taken by the National Publicity Studios. At the end of the Second World War, publicity became the responsibility of the Information Section of the Prime Minister's Department. The purpose of the National Publicity Studios was to provide advice to government departments and state agencies on the provision of photographic, art, and display services and in particular to assist in the production of publicity material aimed at conveying a favourable image of New Zealand. The National Publicity Studios was divided into two main sections: Photographic - comprising photographers, a laboratory, a photo library and facilities for audio-visual productions & Art - comprising graphic art, display art, display workshops and silkscreen.


Reference: AAQT 6401 W3537 114 A Black and White Prints - A75084-85296 (R21435167) (Prints A76018 A76019)


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A postcard from the late 1960s showing a Grenadier Drum Major superimposed on Horse Guards Parade during the Trooping the Colour ceremony. On the left is the Citadel and on the right is part of the Admiralty extension and a glimpse of New Zealand House.

A 1993 view of the Square just before the major changes to the traffic system and to the Square itself.

Cockspur Street scene near Trafalgar Square - thru the rain [spotted window of a double-decker bus. The building on the right is Canada House - home of Canada's diplomatic mission. The new glassy building up ahead at Haymarket Street is the home of New Zealand's diplomatic mission.



Kate Middleton pictured leaving the New Zealand High Commission in London along with Prince Harry and Willam (not pictured).

Better known as New Zealand House.


Built in 1959, it's a housed skyscraper near Trafalgar Square. As well as containing the offices of the High Commissioner, the building also hosts the New Zealand consulate in London and the military attaché.


Photo taken on Thursday 4th April, this is the penultimate photo I have taken on board the tour bus for now!

Cockspur Street, St James, London

London's first superstudio for the Impact Economy ( by 00:/ (

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