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.
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.
Every so often if you take enough photographs you find one that you would like to print out large and stick on your wall. This is that photograph for me. When I say photograph, the image above is a cropped down section of a panoramic composition of over a dozen digital files. In this particular section there is three or four photographs. The large sky scrapper to the far left is the Beetham Tower (or Hilton Hotel). The chimney is from the Macintosh Mills (now converted into apartments. You can see the roof of the G-Mex exhibition centre and Bridgewater Hall. To the right you can just see the top of the Town Hall over more apartment blocks. The full image extends past the Palace Theatre to the Palace Hotel and beyond (to the right). Taken through the dirty glass of a sixth floor window without using a tripod this picture took me three attempts and over eight hours work in Photoshop. But I think it is worth it.
The photograph above was taken from in front of office buildings at Salford Quays. To the left is the Manchester Ship Canal. I took this photo on the Friday the 2nd of this month. Ciaran and I decided to take advantage of the fine weather and walk from my flat near Oxford Road along the ship canal towards Salford Quays. I really want to get a sunset photograph from this spot I think that it would look fantastic, given the right sky.