London in Black and White

A couple of weekends ago I got the opportunity to spend some alone time in London. I had three photography goals.

1. To take some food photography ( that’s the next post).

2. To take some night shots ( That was a bust: the weather was foul. Either cold rain or  freezing winds or both. I made a token effort but soon gave up when I couldn’t move my fingers and was in danger of being blown off the bridge.)

3. To find some interesting angles to photograph bridges and the London Eye. Even this third one was hampered by weather and, by the middle of my trip three huge blisters on my feet that meant the Odeon Cinema mid-afternoon was far more attractive than walking to Shad Thames to get under London Bridge! Many weather also meant manky light and fat boring skies. so all I can say is, I did my best with these images which I decided to convert to Black and White because the dull grey light and the colours so de-saturated anyway. I did have fun even if the end result was maybe not all I had hoped.

The first Night I tried Hungerford Bridge. First underneath it.

 

The struts and supports of Hungerford Bridge

Hungerford Bridge from South Bank

 

Underneath Hungerford Bridge

Underneath Hungerford Bridge

Then on top of it looking at The Eye. I wish the sky had been more interesting. Typical British grey!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

London Eye seen through the struts of Hungerford Bridge.

London Eye from Hungerford Bridge

London eye from the end of Hungerford Bridge

London eye from the end of Hungerford Bridge

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I hung around until it got dark. The security guards shout at  you if you use your tripod on the actual pavement surrounding the Eye but I got some shots before they noticed me and I found out their nastiness.

 

London Eye at night

London Eye

Black and White image of a curved segment of the  London Eye at night

London Eye

Curved segment of London eye at night

London Eye

Then it started to rain. I sheltered under the lee of Hungerford Bridge for a while but it turned into an arctic Monsoon so I packed up and ran for this welcoming bookshop an then the Italian restaurant next door until it stopped.

Foyles bookshop at night in the rain

Foyles offers a shelter from the rain

The next night I tried again from Waterloo Bridge but the wind was buffeting the tripod and sensible shots were not very effective. So I decided to have a bit of fun and went with exaggerating the movement of the camera.

Light squiggles caused by moving camera when photographing London eye

Light drawing with the London Eye

Light squiggles caused by moving camera when photographing London eye

Light Drawing with the London Eye

Earlier that day I was underneath the Millennium footbridge on my way to Borough Market.

Underneath Millenium Bridge

Underneath Millennium Bridge

Black and White photograph taken underneath Millenium Bridge

Millennium Bridge

Black and White photograph taken underneath Millenium Bridge

Millennium Bridge

Black and White photograph taken underneath Millenium Bridge

Millennium Bridge

 

2 thoughts on “London in Black and White

  1. Though not what you intended, these turned out great. I’m especially in love with the squiggly line, night time Eye pics, especially the second one that looks 3D to me.

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