Red telephone box at night

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.

London Eye with swirling railing

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.

London Underground sign at Regret Street

London Underground sign at Regret Street

I had planned to photograph Piccadilly Circus at dawn, with as few a people around as possible. The lights from the advertising were so bright it was impossible to capture what I had in mind. So I ended up wondering up and down Regent Street looking for ideas. This iconic London Underground sign stood out. The steps lead down into Piccadilly Circus underground station. Waiting for buses to pass gave me the chance to capture some light trails. This isn’t what I wanted, as the light trails are a bit faint. This is due to the light from the advertising behind being so bright. You can see the building on the left lit up from them.

Inside St Paul’s Cathedral

Looking up from the middle of St. Paul’s is this impressive dome. With this wide angle lens you can see the eight arches which support the huge dome. From the inside the dome measures 31 metres (or 102 feet) across. The cathedral was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and built in 1697. The dome was painted and decorated by Sir James Thornhill. It shows eight scenes from the life of St Paul, set in illusionistic architecture. This creates the illusion of real architectural features.