Friday photo: By the seaside

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Ominous sky

Ominous sky

This photo was taken on a warm afternoon in May. The build up of clouds happened quickly. A brief, intense downpour followed shortly after we noticed the ominous signs. As soon as I’d taken this shot we headed swiftly back to our hotel.

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There isn’t a lot of processing with this image – I did adjust the light a bit and straightened the horizon. But that’s all. In this case, the picture really does tell the story.

(Other, similar images can be found on my Flickr site – if you’re interested.)

View from (beneath) a bridge

View from (beneath) a bridge

On an early morning stroll, I came across this scene. I liked the way that the shimmer from the river was reflected in the underside of the Bridge.

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If you look closely, there’s also a reflection on the railings. Somehow, this worked better in black and white – in my opinion.

(Other, similar images can be found on my Flickr site – if you’re interested.)

Southbank skyline

Southbank skyline

If city skylines tell a story, I wonder what this one is saying.

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The sight of the white cranes against the dark clouds caught my attention. Then I noticed the number of them and the way that they overlapped. The passing plane was just a fluke!

(Other, similar images can be found on my Flickr site – if you’re interested.)

An Eye for detail

An Eye for detail

This shot was intended to capture half of the London Eye. I wanted to look at the structure without any other contextual information. I was fascinated by the criss-crossing cables (and I liked the background of clouds).

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But when I look at the photo now, my eye is drawn to the people in the pods. And now that I’ve mentioned that, what do you see?

(Other, similar images can be found on my Flickr site – if you’re interested.)

Design features

Design features

I’ve shown these images of Blackfriars Bridge to highlight the clever design of the underpass. I like the way that the pedestrian route under the road bridge picks up the red arcs from the bridge’s design.

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The lighting in the underpass was a wee bit tricky. But it was a beautiful sunny morning, and I did a bit of manipulation in RAW and Photoshop to lighten it a bit.

 

(Other, similar images can be found on my Flickr site – if you’re interested.)

The colour red

The colour red

This photo captures two of the themes that I’ve noticed about my London pictures – Blackfriars Bridge and the colour red.

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With the number of red buses in London, it would be difficult (but interesting?) to avoid it. This photo celebrates it, bringing different shades together in one image. Processing consisted of desaturating most colours to leave the reds prominent.

As you can see, I had some problems with the verticals in this shot, but I don’t think it detracts too much.

(Other, similar images can be found on my Flickr site – if you’re interested.)