St Pancras Renaissance

For a friend’s birthday in the SUMMER (for goodness sake), we went on a history tour of the ‘new’ St Pancras Grand hotel. It opened a couple of years ago following an enormous and expensive refurbishment which took the building from severely neglected Victorian station hotel to one of the most high profile venues in London, and for good reason because it’s quite breathtaking. The tour, which may have been an unusual birthday gift for some but fits right in with my oldest friend (er, by which I mean we have known each other since we were 6, not that she is 102) and the kind of things we enjoy, was very interesting and gave us the chance to see inside a hotel that we could never afford to actually stay in without a lottery win. We also learnt a lot about carpets.

It has now been such an embarrassingly long time since this visit that I can offer no good explanation as to why my aperture values seem so off. Well, that’s a bit of a lie. It was really quite dark inside so I suspect I had tried to open up the aperture as much as possible. Fortunately, it didn’t seem to cause too many problems.

34mm, f/4.5, 1/12 sec, ISO 1600

34mm, f/4.5, 1/12 sec, ISO 1600

18mm, f/4.5, 1/50 sec, ISO 100

18mm, f/4.5, 1/50 sec, ISO 100

18mm, f/3.5, 1/30 sec, ISO 100

18mm, f/3.5, 1/30 sec, ISO 100

18mm, f/3.5, 1/30 sec, ISO 800

18mm, f/3.5, 1/30 sec, ISO 800

55mm, f/5.6, 1/80 sec, ISO 1250

55mm, f/5.6, 1/80 sec, ISO 1250

55mm, f/5.6, 1/100 sec, ISO 800

55mm, f/5.6, 1/100 sec, ISO 800

35mm, f/4.5, 1/50 sec, ISO 160

35mm, f/4.5, 1/50 sec, ISO 160

18mm, f/5.0, 1/60 sec, ISO 100

18mm, f/5.0, 1/60 sec, ISO 100

43mm, f/7.1, 1/100 sec, ISO 100

43mm, f/7.1, 1/100 sec, ISO 100

55mm, f/5.6, 1/100 sec, ISO 320

55mm, f/5.6, 1/100 sec, ISO 320

18mm, f/3.5, 1/30 sec, ISO 160

18mm, f/3.5, 1/30 sec, ISO 160

27mm, f/4.0, 1/50 sec, ISO 200

27mm, f/4.0, 1/50 sec, ISO 200

18mm, f/3.5, 1/30 sec, ISO 1000

18mm, f/3.5, 1/30 sec, ISO 1000

18mm, f/3.5, 1/40 sec, ISO 1250

18mm, f/3.5, 1/40 sec, ISO 1250

18mm, f/3.5, 1/8 sec, ISO 1600

18mm, f/3.5, 1/8 sec, ISO 1600

18mm, f/3.5, 1/25 sec, ISO 1600

18mm, f/3.5, 1/25 sec, ISO 1600

18mm, f/3.5, 1/10 sec, ISO 1600

18mm, f/3.5, 1/10 sec, ISO 1600

40mm, f/5.0, 1/10 sec, ISO 1600

40mm, f/5.0, 1/10 sec, ISO 1600

18mm, f/3.5, 1/30 sec, ISO 1600

18mm, f/3.5, 1/30 sec, ISO 1600

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2 thoughts on “St Pancras Renaissance

  1. As someone who usually shoots with the aperture wide open, those values look completely normal to me!

    I like the two shots of windows from inside rooms. I just love the way windows throw light into a room. I’m also really partial to the hallway shots (mainly the ones where you can see the carpet). I love the detail on the carpet and the bannisters and the perspective of the shot. However, they look a touch warm to my eyes, as if the white balance needs bringing down a bit.

    My favourite shot is the last one; it just seems to encompass everything about all the other shots – I love the colours, the red and green play together really well, and then you have the textures of the ceiling and the detail in the bannisters. I like the lights in that image too, they work really well with the atmosphere.

    • Good to know I’m not alone with the aperture values then! I think it was a question of weighing that up vs. a higher/noisier ISO.

      I played with the light in the interior shots for a while; it was a difficult one, becuase the furnishings were all quite dark, the light was very yellow/tungsten-y, and the sun was setting outside so giving a sort of orange quality, it made it quite difficult to find a white balance point that didn’t make one thing or another look strange. But admittedly, I got annoyed with this and sort of gave up before finding the right balance…

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