St Paul’s at night 3

St Paul’s at night 3

Another variation on a theme – night time, St Paul’s, Millenium Bridge, motion blur. What can I say? I like these ingredients!

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I think the B&W version gives more prominence to the dome of St Paul’s. I also like the disembodied shoes in the foreground – probably best seen by clicking through to the larger version.

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St Paul’s at night 2

St Paul’s at night 2

Although I’ve labelled this entry “St Paul’s at night 2′, I think the Millennium Bridge shares ‘top billing’. Switching to portrait layout was intended to give an emphasis on the bridge and the ramp leading to the main deck.

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I’ve done my best to overcome the different lighting conditions – to minimise the shadows on the ramp. But I haven’t been completely successful.

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St Paul’s at night #1b

St Paul’s at night #1b

Another simple B&W conversion of yesterday’s image.

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I like this image, but there is a bit of a trade-off. I like the way that it removes the slightly odd colour cast from the sky, but I feel that the sense of motion blur has diminished.

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St Paul’s at night #1a

St Paul’s at night #1a

During our visit to London in December, I took some night time photos. The first time was intentional; the second time was on the way home from a concert. Both times featured St Paul’s Cathedral and the Millennium Bridge.

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This photo was taken from below the bridge, to create a line leading the eye towards the cathedral. Because I was shooting at slow speeds, there is a touch of motion blur on the bridge as people crossed it and on the river (water flowing). This wasn’t intentional – but I like it.

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Heroes with grimy faces

Heroes with grimy faces

I must have walked past this statue dozens of times, without noticing it. Maybe it was the way that it was lit; maybe I was taking more time to notice what was going on around me.

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Whatever caught my attention, I liked the statue set against the backdrop of St Paul’s cathedral. For once, I took the time to use my tripod and get a longer exposure (0.4 sec) – this is a habit that I’m trying to develop!

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Working with colour (or, “Say ‘Cheese!'”)

Working with colour (or, “Say ‘Cheese!'”)

This photo was taken on the same afternoon as yesterday’s. On a grey Sunday, this cheese display stood out. I like the structure of the stall as well as the vibrancy of the colours.

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I need to develop a bit more confidence – a thicker skin and sharper elbows – for this type of photography!

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This working life

This working life

I was struck by the juxtaposition of the slow-moving river barge and the high-tech, high-rise offices in the background. Then I realised that there was another contrast – the offices were grey and drab, while the barge had some colour and character.

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To be fair, this image was taken on a drizzly Sunday afternoon, so everything felt a bit drab. But it does strike me that this picutre maybe carries a metaphor for many working lives, and also for the balance of our economic structures.

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The start of the working week

The start of the working week

This photo was taken shortly after 0900 on a Monday morning. I was fascinated by the light on (or lights in?) the ‘Walkie Talkie’ building. It seemed that the lights were being switched on progressively from the bottom up. I have no idea what was creating the effect, but it was noticeable on a drab, grey London morning.

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