This weekend I visited London again. I know there seems to be a theme of constantly visiting the one city but it really has many opportunities for different images. I had originally planned to get an image of Buckingham Palace at sunset. Buckingham Palace is crawling with people, it is absolutely heaving with tourists. Unfortunately, I stupidly left my cable release at home and so couldn’t take an exposure longer than 30 seconds. This meant that no matter what I did, and barring some heavy post-production which I really didn’t want to do, there would always be some tourists lurking in the image. I really wasn’t that happy with the image I did get, and the sky just didn’t light up with colour that was being promised by the interesting cloud an hour before. I stayed through the blue hour and ended with an image I am sort of happy with and will share next.
On my way back to the tube station I happened to walk through St James’ park. It was by pure chance as I had originally intended to go back via Trafalgar square, but not having my cable release I would end with the same tourist issue. As I rounded the corner and walked over the bridge I caught a glimpse of the top of the London Eye. Such a beautiful and iconic sight.
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I love the underground. If you’re in London and need to go anywhere you just pop down some stairs, jump on a train and then pop back up for air at your destination. It is so much quicker than trying to get a bus anywhere, and not too expensive. Today I was at Swiss Cottage on the Jubilee Line (the silver line). I found myself here after the England vs South Africa ODI Cricket match at Lords. Normally you would get on a St John’s Wood, but getting thousands of people onto the train at the same time seemed ludicrous, so I walked the extra stop up the line. These older stations are beautiful.
London is known for its financial district. One of the most notorious well-known companies to reside here is Lloyds of London. Now without condoning some of their past insurance-based practices, I’d like to present their outstanding building! Completed in 1986 this “Inside out” building houses the majority of its services such as lifts, stairwells and ducting on the outside, allowing for an unencumbered space inside. A similar building exists in Paris called the Pompidou centre housing the Musée National d’Art Moderne. We are hoping to visit Paris Museum of Modern art next week on our Paris trip. As it was a Sunday I was unable to look into the Lloyds building…and I’m not even sure I would have been allowed.
This post also makes up my entry to the weekly post photo challenge with the theme of “Wish“. My wish is that these posts will start to inspire others to pick up their camera, get out there and take some great photos to share with the world!
A friend was leaving Melbourne and as a gift my Image of Melbourne from the VCCC was given to her by our old work colleagues. This sparked me to go through some old images and reprocess one or two now that I have developed better skills in Lightroom and Photoshop. This one is of the city of Melbourne from Albert Park, back in 2014.
I never really took much notice of the lamp posts in London, but these ones have fish on the bottom of them! I was thinking of naming this image Carp-ey-Diem but then I may loose followers due to the pun….
London’s famous Tower Bridge is often mistaken for London Bridge. Constructed in the late 1800s it is still used as a major road to connect Tower Hamlets in the north to Southwark in the south. A London icon, this bridge is famous throughout the world! A long exposure of about 1.5 minutes.
City Hall in London. This is where the London Mayor has his office (now Sadiq Khan). Apparently, Ken Livingston called it the Glass testicle and Boris Johnson used to call it the Glass Gonad. What do you think?
This one was taken with my 10 Stop Zomei filter. A 17-minute exposure (ISO 50, f/9.0) to erase the tourists. This is the first time I’ve used it, I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.
Today we took the river bus to Greenwich and we passed under Tower Bridge. I had never seen it from the river before and had only previously been able to get photos from the side. The river bus costs more to get around than the underground…but it is totally worth it for views like this!