One of the largest and most impressive specimens in London’s Natural History museum is this blue whale skeleton, nicknamed Hope. Installed in 2018, it is 82 feet (25 metres) long and weighs about 4.5 tonnes. Having been to London half a dozen times I am embarrassed to say this year was the first time I’ve visited this museum. Which is free and well worth a visit. I had planned to grab the shot of the whale and move onto my next location but once I had my picture I explored. I ended up spending a few hours exploring the museum and it is incredible. The museum has been there since 1881. There is more than a days worth of things to see and explore. This photograph was taken from the second floor. I like the way the morning sun was shining through the glass ceiling and the stained glass window. The white statue at the back of the main hall is of Charles Darwin.
This photograph shows a fountain called Girl with a Dolphin by British sculptor David Wynne. It’s a beautiful sculpture but it is a shame we can’t see the girls face from this angle. I would have had to be on the other side of the fountain and not see the bridge to capture the face of the girl. I had previously taken a photograph of the sculpture in the day time. While waiting for a nearby coffee shop to open after a dawn photoshoot. I came back to try to capture the movement of the water in the fountain. Using a tripod even though the sun was rising at this point. Framing the fountain to be as dominant in the photograph as the bridge. I was attempting to avoid the Shrad skyscraper in the background. In the end I chose to include it rather than hide it behind the bridge. It doesn’t matter too much as the Shard and sky are similar colours and the bridge and fountain are so dominant in the frame.
I stumbled upon this red telephone box walking back from Westminster along Albert Embankment. This was near the central London Fire Brigade building on the banks of the River Thames. With the street lights behind I pulled out the camera for a quick snap. Not only did I not plan to capture the big red bus going past, I didn’t even see it until I reviewed my photographs. It was a lucky accident to capture two icons of London in one frame, especially at night. This was a 1/13th of a second long exposure, handheld.
One of the best views of the London Eye is on the opposite bank of the River Thames by Westminster Bridge. After getting the standard shots, I experimented with the curve and swirl of the railing. Given this particular day was so cloudy I ended up editing this into a black and white photograph. The building to the right of the giant ferris wheel is County Hall. In the foreground on the left is a crowd of tourists waiting for a boat to take them on a cruise up the River Thames.