The London Eye is one of the icons of the city and one of my favourite things to photograph in the centre of London. As the wheel moves almost constantly at half a mile an hour. One rotation takes around 30 minutes. This means that The London Eye rarely stops moving. A longer exposure time of more than a few seconds at night results in this blur of the wheel. After taking a shorter length exposure. It started moving and I set the camera to a 30 second exposer to get this photograph. The red light of the wheel appears as one continuous ring, as the lights on the 32 capsules almost blur together. The lights of the County Hall building to the right, are lit up in blue light which contrasts well next to the red. One of the issues I had with such a long exposure time is there are boats moving up and down the river. They leave long light trails which can distract your eye from the focal point of the image. The two barges in the foreground move from the motion of the river, even though they’re tied up to the bank. I tried to capture this whilst the boats were as still as possible.
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.
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.
The view of Wellington from outside the Cable Car Museum is one of my favourites. Especially in the early evening. A few years ago I photographed the Wellington Cable Car at Dusk from this spot. With more experience of capturing light trails and a new camera. I wanted to try and improve on the original photograph. This is the result. The moon rising over the harbour was an added bonus.