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!

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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Tower Bridge #1

Tower Bridge #1

Earlier this week I posted a photo taken while walking across Tower Bridge.

I’ve tended to view the Bridge from the banks of the Thames (and once from the Shard). These more traditional views let you see the bridge as a whole.

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But shooting from a different angle allowed me to frame the tower in a different way – using one of the arches of the bridge itself.

Seeking alternative perspectives really does make a difference in photography – and other aspects of life.

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HMS Belfast @ sunset

HMS Belfast @ sunset

I really liked the background to this photo – the way the lights was catching the Post Office Tower.

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However, I had a lot of trouble processing it. I had used my neutral density filter to cope with shooting towards the strong, low sunlight. This created a silhouette effect throughout the image, including HMS Belfast in the foreground.

So I’ve fiddled with some fill light in the RAW editor and some of the light settings in Photoshop. The end product is close to what I was hoping for… but not quite there yet. I’d like the background to be a bit more silhouette-y.

Any suggestions?

The glass floor

The glass floor

I took this shot while walking across Tower Bridge. I was looking up to see if I could spot the (relatively) new glass floor that has been installed. If you click on the image to enlarge it, you can see it more clearly.

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I can’t decide if this photo is a by-product of my curiosity or not. Is the unusual perspective accidental or deliberate? I can’t be sure, and it doesn’t really matter to me.

 

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Millennium in motion – again – #2

Millennium in motion – again – #2

Somehow (i.e. carelessly) I managed to publish yesterday’s entry without any text. Oops!

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So, here’s the story.  I was standing on the Millenium Bridge taking some motion blur shots. I suppose I was trying to be inconspicuous, but the tripod and camera gear was a bit obvious. So much so that another photographer came to join me at this spot. He was setting up his equipment when this woman walked right in front of us to take her photo. She passed within two feet of me, then walked directly ahead.

I was trying to be inconspicuous, but the tripod and camera gear was a bit obvious. So much so that another photographer came to join me at this spot. He was setting up his equipment when this woman walked right in front of us to take her photo. She passed within two feet of me, then walked directly ahead.

Initially, I was a wee bit outraged. She knew she was blocking our view. “How selfish!”

Then I spotted the opportunity. If she was standing still, that would provide a contrast to the people who were walking along. I think the shot got even better when she raised her arm.

I’m glad that I didn’t wait until she’d cleared the view, since she provides the focal point of this image.

The processing of this version was a simple conversion to black and white, then a layer mask to pull her colour through.

 

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