Paddington Basin #2

Paddington Basin #2

I’m completely bamboozled. Why does this image work so well in black and white? On the face of it, it makes no sense. I only tried the conversion as a whim – I was pretty sure it would be awful.

Soemtimes photography is full of surprises.

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Taken at Paddington Basin, London.

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Paddington Basin #1

Paddington Basin #1

I was so taken by this installation, that I felt it deserved more than one entry here. So, this shot shows the flotilla in its setting. I hope it conveys some of the tranquility and joy that we experienced.

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Taken at Paddington Basin, London.

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Flotilla

Flotilla

While visiting London, my wife spotted that this installation was ‘open’. So we headed out one night to have a look. It’s called “Flotilla” by Steven Messam.

There were quite a lot of people around, including several photographers, and there was a nice laid-back atmosphere as we all wandered around looking at wee origami-style boats gently moving around the water. It sounds a bit ridiculous, but it was tranquil and relaxing.

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Please note – the installation finished on 15 April 2018. (I’m a bit behind with processing!)

Taken at Paddington Basin, London

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Blackfriars @ night #2

Blackfriars @ night #2

Given that the blue lights were the first thing that I noticed before I took this shot, I felt that they should have more prominence.

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I’ve desaturated most of the colours to leave the blue tones. One effect of this is that The Shard is harder to see. Nevertheless, I prefer this version.

Taken from Blackfriars Bridge, London

 

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Blackfriars @ night #1

Blackfriars @ night #1

Out for a late evening stroll – without my camera – I noticed the blue lighting in/on Blackfriars railway bridge. Then I noticed St Paul’s and The Shard in the background.

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So, I whipped out my phone and took a panorama. Simple as that.

Taken from Blackfriars Bridge, London.

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St Paul’s at night 5

St Paul’s at night 5

This is the final shot of St Paul’s for this wee series.

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This image is quite similar to yesterday’s. But it’s not a B&W conversion of it. Similar, but different!

In this one, there’s a couple of ghostly, motion blur figures in the foreground. Beyond that, much the same really!

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St Paul’s at night 4

St Paul’s at night 4

Same ingredients as recent entries, but a different location.

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This shot was also taken at a different time – 2200 on a Sunday night. The number of people in the vicinity was dramatically reduced so I could wait to get the foreground clear before taking this image. I like the ’empty space’ and the small group of people in the middle distance.

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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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