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.)

An emerging obsession

An emerging obsession

Now that our daughter lives in London, we’re visiting several times a year and becoming more familiar with parts of the city. As I’m processing my photos, I’m spotting some common themes – some of them bordering on obsession!

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The bridges at Blackfriars definitely fall into the ‘obsession’ category. I love these pillars from the old railway bridge – that have a timeless elegance that captivates me.

I’m sure that I’ll keep playing with them for a while. So, I’m open to suggestions about other angles or compositions.

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

Abstract blossom #1

Abstract blossom #1

After I spotted the ‘blossom snow’ – see Thursday’s entry – I started to see a few shots.

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This one grabbed me. The wind had blown a pile of blossom into a pile. So many shades of pink. I liked the way that some of the petals were beginning to decompose. It seemed to add a degree of grim reality to a fluffy bundle of airy pink-ness.

 

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

Red

Red

As I was taken my photos of Blackfriars bridge, I noticed the red bus approaching. It occurred to me that the bus and the cranes matched and provided a contrast to the colour of the bridge and the pillars of the old railway bridge. So, I de-saturated all colours apart from red.

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The lamposts, scarf and buoy (can you spot them?) add to the effect – even if I didn’t notice them as I took the image!