Cruising the river Thames from Westminster to tower bridge is really popular. Many companies take thousands of tourists on this boat trip every day. It wasn’t part of the plan for our weeks stay in London. The open top bus tickets we had included the cruise. So on a rainy afternoon we decided to get on the boat rather than using the tube to get up to Tower Bridge. It was raining so I focused on the rain running down the glass of the boat’s windows to blur the bridge behind. Even with the blur this iconic bridge is still recognisable.
About a year ago I set my camera up in the back seat on the tripod and drove around the city centre of Manchester. More recently I wanted to try it again with Mark helping me out. This was actually taken after spending about an hour driving around the city centre, then on the East Lancs road back towards Mark’s house. It was difficult to get the timings and flash right, but that is my face reflected in the mirror as I was driving at the time. Makes for a good Facebook cover photo.
Inspired by my experiments a few months ago on Abersoch beach in North Wales, Mark asked for a demonstration of the technique to produce these light balls or balls of light. He was off to New Zealand for a holiday and wanted to try this type of thing out there. The above experiment was taken with the 10mm super wide angle lens in his back garden one evening.
In my last photograph titled Weird light at beach huts I lied. That’s right, I made that strange blue light just as I made the big ball of light in the above photograph. This was taken on Abersoch beach. I set the camera up in the pitch dark and climbed up into the beach hut with a small set of LED Christmas lights. Moving around in a circle whilst swinging them around my head I created the above abstract image. The orange glow on the steps was so I could see where I was going (light from my torch) and so that the camera could focus on something.