Parlament at night

Parlament at night

I find it fascinating to see how different a building can look (and feel) at night.

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The Austrian Parliament is equally impressive by day or by night. But I think there is a feeling of warmth when it’s floodlit. Maybe the edges are a bit softer, or the lighting brings out a mellower aspect to the stonework. Or, perhaps, it simply brings back a pleasing memory.

 

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

Staatsoper #2

Staatsoper #2

So, the alternative treatment of yesterday’s image was relatively straightforward.

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After converting it to black and white, I added a layer mask to pick out the lights and the decoration in the balcony. I think it still retains the elegance and the drama of the building. And, although, the bike is a bit lost, I think it is an improvement. As ever, I’d appreciate your feedback.

 

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

Staatsoper #1

Staatsoper #1

In recent days, I’ve posted a couple of entries featuring the Opera House in Vienna. This is the photo that I was trying to get.

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I like how the gathering darkness creates an element of drama and makes the lights stand out a bit. I like the opportune positioning of the bicycle – obscured in a previous entry by a moving car.

I’ve tried to tackle the vertical lines, but that hasn’t been completely successful. Definitely something to work on.

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

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge

On our second (evening) visit to the Shard, I came up with a strategy to compensate for the ‘no tripod’ rule. I placed my camera on the floor; knelt down; and pressed the lens hood against the glass. It wasn’t perfect, but I got a couple of decent shots with this approach.

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There’s nothing unique or creative about this composition, but I am pleased with the blurred motion of the vehicles on the bridge. (You’ll get a better view by enlarging the image.)

I also like the shimmering reflection in the river, which was ‘kinda intentional’.

 

Floodlit

Floodlit

This image combines two themes that have featured (and will continue to do so) on this blog recently – St Paul’s cathedral and twinkling lights.

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This view was taken from the Southbank. I  like this angle, because of the way that the towers and the dome interact. I must visit again and get closer to the cathedral to understand how it is floodlit.

I was tempted to tone down (or remove) the bright red light in the lower left of the photo. It seemed to be a distraction from the subject (i.e. St Paul’s). But, then I thought that the shot worked because ti showed the cathedral in its context. And it would be wrong to remove part of that environment. Anyway, St Paul’s can stand up to the minor distraction of a single red light!

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

The allure of twinkling lights 2

The allure of twinkling lights 2

One of my photography adages/mantras is ‘Don’t forget to look up’. While walking along the Southbank in London, it would be easy to focus on eye level – i.e. the river, because it offers so many opportunities. But, to miss seeing the famous Oxo tower at night would be a serious omission. I love how the simplicity and elegance of the OXO lights stands out against its more modern surroundings. I wonder which building will have the longest ‘shelf life’?

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There is an alternative treatment on Flickr – if you’re interested.

The allure of twinkling lights 1

The allure of twinkling lights 1

There’s something about the lights of a city at night that captivate me. I love the effect in this shot of the red dots from the cranes of Canary Wharf. (You really need to click on the photo to get a larger version to see what I mean.) I like the way that the barge and the posts in the river give a contrast to the shimmering lights of Blackfriars bridge. In some ways, this image tells a story of a great city – simultaneously ancient and modern.

Southbank in motion 2

Southbank in motion 2

The motion blur in this photo is not intentional. I was trying to capture the curving line of lampposts with St Paul’s cathedral in the background. The length of exposure (1.6 seconds) created the blur. The starburst from the light is straight out of the camera, and I’m very happy with that!

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Other night time shots along the River Thames are available on Flickr.

Vienna’s museum quarter #2

Vienna’s museum quarter #2

This version of yesterday’s image uses the relatively simple technique of de-saturating specific colours to create an almost monochrome effect. If you’ve followed any of my work, you’ll know that this is one of my favourite approaches. In this case, I’m not entirely convinced that it improves the image. What do you think?