Towering reflections

Towering reflections

My initial interest here was the contrast of ancient and modern – The Tower of London and the Shard.

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But… when I got home and started to process this image, I realised that the setting sun had caused some reflections on the Tower’s walls. Looking at it more closely, it dawned on me that they were reflections from passing vehicles, including a double-decker bus.

It’s not the best photo that I’ve ever taken, but it does show that sometimes you don’t see what’s there until you take the time to look properly/reflectively.

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

After the deluge

After the deluge

One Sunday afternoon we were caught in a downpour. After using the Millenium Bridge as an umbrella (we sheltered underneath it), we were treated to some dramatic views.

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This one – taken from, and featuring, the Millenium Bridge – gives a sense of the intensity of the darkness. I wonder what it was like to watch the cloudburst from the Shard.

 

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

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.

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

On the right tracks

On the right tracks

One of the great things about the view from The Shard is the different perspective that it offers. I really liked the way that the curves and connections of the railway track were so evident.

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While I like that there are two trains visible, I wish I’d been able to capture some motion blur. But the Shard’s ‘no tripod’ had me a bit flummoxed. Oh well, I still like it.

St. Paul’s from the Shard #1

St. Paul’s from the Shard #1

This photo was taken from the viewing platform of the Shard. I’ll be posting a few more taken from there soon. The views from it are stunning and it’s a great experience. However, it’s not the best place for photography. Firstly, it’s generally busy, so you’ll need to dodge around people. More pertinently, you have to shoot through glass. There are two viewing levels – both are completely surrounded by glass. Suffice to say, I had an extremely high ‘reject rate’ for my shots.

But, as I said, it’s a great experience. We bought a ticket that allowed us to visit twice in the same day – we went at 1000 and 1800. The evening slot allowed us to enjoy the views as the sun set and darkness settled in. This was my favourite experience.

In addition, you are not allowed to use tripods, which makes night time shots tricky. For some shots, I overcame this restriction simply by placing my camera on the floor. This image is an example of that. I love the way that the cathedral stands out in an elegant, almost understated way. It’s a lovely building, and it will feature here for several days!