I have never been inside the City Chambers in Glasgow, but I do remember this lion and his twin sitting at the main entrance of this large Victorian building. It is home to Glasgow City Council and built between 1882 and 1888 by the architect William Young. The above photograph was taken at night and is lit by the lights on the building (not flash). I often find that with a strong, heavy tripod and the correct settings, statues seem to look better at night with artificial lighting.
There is great potential for photographs in the area of Glasgow around the banks of the Clyde River and the Science Centre. I have been to this part of the city three or four times, in the day and at night and hardly scratched the surface of the photos that I could capture. The buildings, reflections and shapes make it worth a visit for almost any photographer.
The Helter Skelter slide was always one of my favourite attractions at the fair. I didn’t go on this one, but I did want to capture a good photograph of it. This was much more difficult than I would have thought, mainly due to all the other distracting elements on all sides. Seeing a clear blue sky above I went in close with a wide angle lens to capture it looking up at the structure. As you can see from the small Christmas decoration in the lower right corner, it was taken in early December.
At the time I thought this was some sort of shopping centre or cinema complex, as I recognised one of the restaurants on the ground floor of the building. It turns out it was a Casino. As you can see it was a very calm evening in Glasgow and the River Clyde was very still. This allowed for a mirror like reflection when captured with the right shutter speed. The above capture was originally intended for HDR (high dynamic range) processing but in the end I preferred one image over a combination of different exposures.