During my trip to London I went for a walk to Millennium bridge at one morning. I got up very early to shoot some blue hour. This photo here was the last one I took that morning. Using a self-timer I walked into the frame to make it a bit more interesting.
City Hall is the headquarters of the Greater London Authority (GLA), which comprises the Mayor of London and the London Assembly. It is located in Southwark, on the south bank of the River Thames near Tower Bridge. It was designed by Norman Foster and opened in July 2002, two years after the Greater London Authority was created.
The Millennium Bridge, officially known as the London Millennium Footbridge, is a steel suspension bridge for pedestrians crossing the River Thames in London, England, linking Bankside with the City of London. It is located between Southwark Bridge and Blackfriars Railway Bridge. It is owned and maintained by Bridge House Estates, a charitable trust overseen by the City of London Corporation. Construction began in 1998, and it initially opened in June 2000.
I was really lucky to get anything here today as it was pouring down and I got a royal soaking before I got here, I decided to visit a spot undercover right next to here to try and wait it out, with a few mins amazingly it did stop and allowed to to not only get a nice long exposure with the low light but also manage to get all the storm clouds, with 30 minutes it had completely cleared and was sunny for the rest of the day, well worth a soaking, to think I almost gave up for the day.... Also pleased with the colour version, but I'm really feeling the black and white vibe at the moment, especially for stuff like this, just feels a lot more emotive to me when you remove the distraction of colour.
Booked tickets for 1545-1645hrs to catch sunset, but damp and overcast weather meant we were denied this pleasure. The darker it got the more reflections appeared in the glass windows, making it very difficult to take clear images through them. Security guards will stop you from lifting your camera above the height of the safety glass to overcome the reflections.
Another visit to the Capital, this time trying to get some different, less obvious images, one from Central London yesterday, a phenomenal staircase in a department store of all places, that seemingly goes on upwards forever . . .
Last time I was here I had no wide angle or tripod, so decided to come back when I was better equipped, it also should double as a great little place to shelter from the rain, apart from the fact that the brick lined roof let loads of water in so infact I wasn't much better off, except out of the wind... I liked the old paving stones and brickwork down here leading into the well known scene in front. 93 seconds @ f11.
Last monday I was in photographers heaven for a few minutes. London before sunset with a storm front rolling in from the east presented the best photo opportunity in this year so far and I was in exactly the right place.
I have an Article on my blog where I provide some behind the scenes info to how this photo came to be, if you are interested.
As an interlude between all the New Zealand Photos I want to show another photo from that incredible evening in London back in August. To see such awesome light at such a great location was really something special. I felt very lucky :-)
Processing on this one was my usual Exposure Blending, then some dreamy photo techniques and to finish it some contrast and color work. I explain all of this in my video tutorials, which I've recorded over the last years.
An apparently simple staircase allowed me to realize this splendid shoot which perfectly expresses my continued research of an ideal photo composition: a beautiful abstract form (an eye) extracted from a daily life object (staircase).
The Shard, also referred to as the Shard of Glass, Shard London Bridge and formerly London Bridge Tower, is a 95-storey skyscraper in Southwark, London, that forms part of the London Bridge Quarter development. Standing 309.7 metres (1,016 ft) high, the Shard is the tallest building in the United Kingdom, the fourth-tallest building in Europe and the 96th-tallest building in the world. It is also the second-tallest free-standing structure in the United Kingdom. Wikipedia
Is there such a word?, if not, then there should be.... This place was built for the Crossrail project and resembling a scene from Star Wars or some Sci-Fi movie this new addition to Canary Wharf makes quite a striking feature and seemingly made for black and white photography.
Great place to be for sunset is the top level of Tate Modern Gallery. You get an inspiring 360ᵒ view of the London skyline, from high above the River Thames. More spectacular buildings on the other side but colors on this. The best, it's for free.
Something very different this time. I like modern architecture, especially when it comes to symmetry and geometric lines. This is one of the exits of the Canary Wharf underground station. Most people seem to prefer photographing the other one, but I liked this one as it has more escalators. It is one of London's busiest stations, but not so on Easter Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately tripods are not allowed here, so this needs to be done with a steady hand and higher ISO. But I personally like the result and posting something different to my usual images.
Soon after taking the photo I showed here yesterday I had to run for cover. The dramatic light turned into a short but heavy downpour. The next dry place was right under the Westminster bridge in this passage underground. As I turned around after the short spring and saw this view I didn't hesitate to take another couple of photos. If it wasn't for the rain I might never have gone down there and found this gem of a perspective.
A bit of a change again and back to London, more architecture in the landscape and one of my all time favourite building, St Pauls cathedral, completely iconic on the skyline of London, so dominating yet not the easiest of features to shoot due to the built up areas around it, a nice cloudy day with no rain just the job here, there was a nice yellow hue starting in the sky, I was going to post that version but I'm a sucker for B/W and I've posted loads of colour shots lately.
It's absolutely ages since I've done any meaningful architechtural shots as I've been so busy it's easy to overlook my other favourite genre.
A day off last week saw me head down to London for a full days shooting, the weather had looked to be poor but the beauty of shooting in London is it really doesn't matter as you just switch to indoor locations, and there are so many you could have a week and still not get round them all.
I've come away from this day with a few images I'm really happy with, some from new locations, some I've shot in the past, this being one of my favourites, the light in here is gorgeous during the day but can pose a bit of a challenge with the dynamic range in the scene. I took the D750 for this shoot as the rear flip out screen is an absolute godsend for this type of photography, and allows you to frame up subjects from really unusual angles without having to lie on the floor and get covered in someone eklses chewing gum... something you only do once !
Canary Wharf is a major business district in east London, within the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. It is one of the United Kingdom's two main financial centres along with the City of London and contains many of Europe's tallest buildings, including the second-tallest in the UK, One Canada Square.