Jubilee Bridge setting 

Jubilee Bridge setting

This shot was taken from the Victoria Embankment. I wanted to capture the Palace of Westminster as a backdrop to the Jubilee Bridge.

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As I was processing this one, I realised that desaturating all of the blue and cyan would emphasise the golden-ness of Westminster.

With a bit more perseverance, I might have found an angle that would have framed the tower better – maybe next time!

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

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Jubilee Bridge detail

Jubilee Bridge detail

Walking across the Jubilee Bridge on a gloriously sunny evening, I was struck by the patterns of the structure.  The wires seem to be set at unconventional angles – I’m sure there must be a technical engineering term for this.

Anyway, as well as looking ahead, I took the time to look up. This seemed to create a range of images that highlighted the complexity of the structure.

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To compensate for the bright sunlight – especially when looking upwards – I used a neutral density filter. Beyond that, this is a simple conversion in Photoshop Elements. The black and white option seems to draw attention to the clouds, as well as the bridge structure.

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The Scoop

The Scoop

Strolling and discovering… a lovely way to spend time. This ‘find’ came as we were having a post-dinner walk along the Thames.

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I subsequently discovered that the Scoop is used as an amphitheatre, so we’ll need to visit again at a different time to see what’s happening. I’d also like to invest some time looking at different angles and perspectives – I think it offers lots of opportunities.

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You’ve been framed! #1

You’ve been framed! #1

Another opportunist shot. Heading back to our hotel, looking towards the Shard, I noticed how the flags seemed to be forming a frame for the view.

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I also liked the contrasting heights of the mast, funnel, Shard, Tate Modern and the modern apartments. (The empty space to the left is intentional.)

I wonder what the semaphore means!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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