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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St Paul’s at night #1b

St Paul’s at night #1b

Another simple B&W conversion of yesterday’s image.

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I like this image, but there is a bit of a trade-off. I like the way that it removes the slightly odd colour cast from the sky, but I feel that the sense of motion blur has diminished.

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St Paul’s at night #1a

St Paul’s at night #1a

During our visit to London in December, I took some night time photos. The first time was intentional; the second time was on the way home from a concert. Both times featured St Paul’s Cathedral and the Millennium Bridge.

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This photo was taken from below the bridge, to create a line leading the eye towards the cathedral. Because I was shooting at slow speeds, there is a touch of motion blur on the bridge as people crossed it and on the river (water flowing). This wasn’t intentional – but I like it.

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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.

 

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Sealed with a kiss

Sealed with a kiss

After showing photos taken from the Shard, I thought I’d post some images featuring the building itself.

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This one didn’t turn out as I’d intended… I’m pleased to say!

My plan was to take a panorama – using my iPhone – taking in Tower Bridge, the Shard and Tate Modern. I didn’t realise that this couple were being intimate until I swept around as I took the shot.

My first reaction was to wait for them to leave and take it again – as you may have noticed, people don’t feature much in my photography. But as I waited, I looked at the photo and concluded that without them in shot, the image would be a bit flat. So, I decided to keep it and share it.

Sometimes accidents are useful.

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Across the Millennium Bridge #1

Across the Millennium Bridge #1

The Millennium Bridge has become a common vantage point for capturing shots of St Paul’s cathedral. And I don’t have any problems with that – I’ve certainly used this before.

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For this shot, I moved to one side of the bridge, rather than standing in the centre. I like the way that the lines of the bridge’s steelwork lead the eye towards the dome of the cathedral. I tried to get some motion blur images of the people crossing the bridge. But they weren’t ver successful and they distracted from the main purpose of the photo – i.e the cathedral. I might try some motion blur the next time I visit.

 

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