London’s Tower Bridge at Night

London's Tower Bridge at Night

Tower Bridge is my favourite sight in London to photograph and I knew that this weekend I wanted to concentrate on taking pictures of the bridge at different times of the day and night. Strangely enough we ended up at this location on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The photograph above was taken on the Saturday evening. The bridge is really well lit which is good in a way but I don’t like the reflections on the water below, it almost looks more like tin foil than water. Also with the bridge being so bright it was difficult to get the camera to capture any detail in the sky. It would have probably been better to have go there an hour earlier, but we were at Westminster at the time. I would have rather taken this picture from the other side of the Thames outside the Tower of London but this area is closed to the public at night. Still, I did the best I could. It made carrying the tripod on the train and around London worth it.

Millennium Bridge infront of St Paul’s Cathedral

Millennium Bridge infront of St Paul's Cathedral

After the past two days of running around London I knew that I couldn’t physically do as much as I did over the past couple of days. So once we had checked out of our hotel, we got the tube back over to the banks of the Thames River, Blackfriars station to be exact. I wanted to see Millennium Bridge. I have heard in the Media that it is described as the “Wobby Bridge” but I didn’t find it at all wobbly. The photograph above shows the end of the bridge looking over towards St Paul’s Cathedral. Behind me as I took this picture is the Tate Modern art gallery. I have seen the bridge from this angle in a couple of magazines and University prospectuses and wanted to see if I could recreate it. Just as I had my camera set up, two young guys came and stood in my photo and started handing out leaflets. Still, next time I am in the capital I know where I need to go on a quiet but sunny morning.

Ocean Majesty under Tower Bridge London

Ocean Majesty under Tower Bridge London

Since my very fleeting visit to London in the first week of January for a wedding, I have been desperately trying to plan and organise more time in London taking photographs. Finally I got a train early this morning and arrived in London at about half nine this morning. I am spending the next three days (two nights) with my friend Ciaran taking pictures in and around the city. After checking our bags into the small Holy House Hotel (2 minutes walk from Victoria Station) we set out for the Thames River. Our plan was to go on the London Eye but when we arrived the waiting time would have been around four or five hours so we decided against it. After taking photographs around Westminster and the London Eye we carried on walking along the banks of the Thames, then to St. Paul’s Cathedral and toward the “Gerkin Building” (Swiss Ree Bank).

We finally ended up at one of my favourite sites of London, Tower Bridge. It was a gloriously sunny day and after walking three or four miles we decided to wait around the bridge and explore different angles and sides of the river to best photograph it. Whilst hanging around there was suddenly a large siren and the bridge started to open up, two tug large boats went under the bridge and then the bridge closed up again. Half an hour later the large cruise liner which was moored next to H.M.S. Belfast begin being pulled toward Tower Bridge. Once again the road was raised out of the way for the cruise liner to get through. As you can see in the photograph above Ocean Majesty only just makes it through. Strangely, I was showing this image to my grandparents and they told me they went on a cruise around Norway on this very boat only a couple of years ago. Of all the boats I could have seen going through Tower Bridge, very weird but still a very spectacular sight.

Lowry Hotel and Bridge, Manchester

Lowry Hotel and Bridge, Manchester

I saw a photograph of this bridge in a recent competition, and asked the author where he had taken it. Realising it was within walking distance of my flat (just behind Deansgate, towards Salford Station) I went down pretty much the next day. Sadly, when I went the weather and lighting was very bland and flat, without a nice blue sky the picture above looks very different. A week ago (on my little photo walk around Manchester), I went back to the area outside the Lowry Hotel to take photographs of the bridge. It reminds me of other modern looking bridges in and around Manchester including the one in Castlefield and the one across the Manchester Ship Canal at Salford Quays.