The London Eye

London's Eye from St James' park

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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London's Eye from St James' park
London Eye

Thames Barrier

The Thames Barrier in London is an engineering marvel but is HUGELY overlooked by many people. A short train ride out the Charlton from London bridge and you get an awesome view back into Canary Wharf.

River Thames Barrier

Swiss Cottage

Swiss Cottage tube station

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.

Swiss Cottage tube station
Remarkably, if you walk one stop from the busy St John’s Wood, you get to the less busy Swiss Cottage and can get on the train with no problems.
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Lloyds of London

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.

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The Lloyds of London building. 

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!

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Tower 42

The building Tower 42
The building Tower 42
Tower 42

Taken in London on a solo photo walk.  Entered into the Dailypost  weekly photo challenge .

Walking around London is a great way to get shake yourself from the creative slump.  This image was an after though, I had just finished at the Leadenhall Market when I saw this colossal glass lobby.  Standing on the other side of the road I was able to get the whole lobby.  The tower it self stands back and rises high above.  Be Careful taking images around th city in London that you stay on the public footpaths, or you may be trespassing.

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Charing Cross

Charing Cross Station

London is full of train stations. It took me years to realise that the colourful building at the other end of the Jubilee bridge over the river was in fact Charing Cross Station.  What makes that even more stupid is that I’ve walked over this bridge and into the station many times!  I hope you enjoy this long exposure of Charing Cross and the river Thames.

Charing Cross Station
Charing Cross Station and the Jubilee Bridge.
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Leadenhall Market – Diagon Alley

Diagon Alley

Taking advantage of cheap train tickets, I spent Sunday in London.  Wandering the streets of the City of London I initially walked past Leadenhall Market and just couldn’t see the image.  On my way back round about an hour later I decided to suck it and see.  Using a polariser and a 10 Stop filter this was the image I managed to capture:

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Leadehall Market, the setting for Diagon Alley

Whilst I was here I met two other photogs.  There is something nice about meeting others from the community and exchanging stories and places to visit.  One guy showed me his homemade Lens baby.  I think I have a project I need to start!

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South Side of the River

Bankside in London

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….

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Bankside and Bokeh!
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Tower Bridge

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.

Tower Bridge in London

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City Hall – London

GLA City Hall

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.

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City Hall in London
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Tower Bridge – From the river

London Tower bridge

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!

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Tower Bridge from the river
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Sunrise on the Thames

Sunrise Skyscrapers in London

During the winter months, it is easier to see the sunrise.  Mostly because it happens at the late time of 8 am!

I captured this one of the Walkie Talkie and the cheese grater (great names) this Morning just past sunrise.

63mm f/9.0 1.3 Sec

Sunrise Skyscrapers in London
Sunrise on the Thames