London by day and night

by Helen Hooker October. 29, 2008 4922 views

I did something I've wanted to do for a long while today - some architectural photography in London. I had a meeting this afternoon (in the building next door to the MI6 building of all places) which left plenty of time this morning and evening to take the shots I've been itching to try for ages. I started off in the city with the Lloyds building and the Gherkin. The Lloyds building was finished 22 years ago but it still looks modern and the steel is remarkably bright and shiny - it really got my photographic juices flowing. I had intended to take lots of shots of the Gherkin (30 St. Mary Axe) but discovered that I just couldn't get anything terribly convincing as my lens simply isn't wide enough. However, I did get one shot I rather liked of reflections of the building opposite in the diamond shaped windows. I guess I'll just have to go back once I've finally got a wide angle lens!
After my meeting this afternoon I headed to Westminster to catch some shots at dusk. I took a few of the Houses of Parliament then went to the north bank of the river Thames to catch the London Eye. I used a very slow shutter speed to blur the lights as the wheel spun. Finally I went to the Millennium Bridge to take a photo north looking towards St. Paul�??s Cathedral. The bridge was heaving with people but the slow shutter speed blurred most of them away, leaving just one person looking rather lonely, waiting at the bottom of the bridge.

The Lloyds Buildin

Reflections in the ‘Gherkin’

Houses of Parliament at sunset

The London Eye

The Millennium Bridge looking towards St. Paul's Cathedral

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Pedro Pinho 11 years ago

Uau, all great but the last is amazing! Great atmosphere! Congratulations.

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Gillian 11 years ago

These are all really great shots; hard to decide on a favourite, but I think probably the reflections in the Gherkin. The eye at night is interesting too - I've really only ever seen it photographed during the day.

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Carol 11 years ago

..I loved England...we lived in Newmarke for several years while in the Air Force at Lakenheath.....lovely post ! ! ! ! !

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