Again I was looking through my achieves of my London trip last month. I was there for just under three days and I have never had a weekend where I took so many photos that I wish to share with you. One in ten images I captured of the city of London, I hope to publish over time. The picture above was taken obviously at night, looking along the River Thames toward the heart of London. I was stood on my favourite place in the city, Tower Bridge. Using my tripod I was able to capture a long, thin panoramic photo, this is the most interesting middle section of the image. It is a very busy photo so I would encourage you to click the preview above a see it nice a big.
Certainly the dome at least of St. Paul’s Cathedral is much easier to photograph from far away. A few days ago I was complaining about how difficult it was to fit the whole cathedral into one image. The picture above gives a much better impression of its size and height. It also shows the new Millennium Bridge in a much clearly light than my previous image of the bridge. Using the diagonal lead-in from the top left corner is my attempt to draw your eye along the bridge to the focal point at the end, i.e. the cathedral. I was quite surprised at how many cranes were on the skyline behind the cathedral. In this picture they almost look like they are on the bridge or on the banks of the River Thames, but from what I could see they were much further away than they look.
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.
I took this photograph for the sky. Once in a while I take a photograph and the sky is truly awesome. The photograph above was taken at half past eight last Saturday evening from outside the Houses of Parliament. The London Eye dominates the left side of this photograph and with the inclusion of the other buildings give scale to the relatively modern eye. Apart from the Eye the rest of the buildings are relatively boring but since researching them I have found out that the history behind them is quite astonishing. Just to the right of the London Eye is County Hall which was the headquarters for the Greater London Council. Today it is the site of many businesses and attractions, including the Dali Universe and the London Aquarium, as well as two hotels and several restaurants. The well lit building to the far right of the photograph above is St Thomas’ Hospital. Looks like a pretty boring building architecturally and it is in my opinion but the hospital was founded in 1100 (yes, that is over 900 years ago). It wasn’t always in this location on the banks of the Thames River but still an amazing historical hospital.