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 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.

Shanghai skyline at night

Shanghai skyline at night

This view was the reason I wanted to visit Shanghai. The tall building lit up with purple lights is the Oriental Pearl Tower. The two largest spheres are around 50 metres in diameter. Opened in 1994 this tower is a symbol of Chinese architecture. The larger but further away building on the right. Lit up in yellow is the Shanghai Tower. This 632 metre tall tower is the second largest building in the world. 

Fireworks from Mount Victoria

Fireworks from Mount Victoria

For this year’s Chinese New Year fireworks I walked up to the Mount Victoria Lookout. From here you get a good view of the city centre. It was too crowded at the lookout and I didn’t like the foreground. So I walked down Lookout Road to in front of the Radio Tower. What caught my eye was the twists of Palliser Road in the foreground. Taking a wider view of the fireworks meant I captured the S shape of the road. This leads the eye towards Clyde Quay Wharf and the explosion of the firework in the sky above the city centre.