I love London and this particular trip there was no different. I went the by my self for two days. I was actually on my way to Malta and a few other Countries but I had to stop in this incredible city. It was really cold and rainy the entire time I was there. Even though the conditions were not the best to shoot, I still made it happen.
I have learned that sometimes you have to work with the weather and really challenge your self to take interesting photos. In this particular case I had to work with lots of rain and beautiful clouds. I quickly realized that long exposures were on my side.
I shot most of these long exposures in bulb mode and some where over 2 minutes in length. Overall I really like the results. These are my favorites from that particular trip. You can see them on my Shop Gallery on this link.
The Palace of Westminster after a bit of rain and a nice cup of coffee. Form my last trip to London a few months back. Aka Big Ben. It was a cold wet rainy day and it just kept getting worse as the day went by. But I kept shooting until I count walk anymore from fatigue.
After doing some retouching I couldn’t decide what photo I liked better, so here are both, color and black and white. What one do you like better?
Settings: 1/500 f/14 ISO 400 @ 70mm
The London Eye
On my most recent visit to London I stopped by the famous London Eye, I have been here a couple times, las time I was here I actually went on it to watch the sunset with my friends.
The London Eye is a massive ferris wheel located on the river. It is an iconic tourist attraction and its quite cool. When you are on it you can get insane views of the city, thus called The London Eye.
This time I stayed on the ground and photographed it from a couple different locations. It was really cold out and it was raining on and off, but I still managed to get a few good shots. My reason for my visit was to shoot the London Tower Bridge you can see the photo and a full post about it here.
Camera info: 1/400 of a second f13 ISO400 14-24mm lens
Camera info: 80 second exposure f16 ISO 100 14-24mm lens
Camera info: 30 second exposure f10 ISO 100 14-24mm lens
London Tower Bridge
I was in London in the summer of 06, and the Tower Bridge stole my heart. I remember sitting there mesmerized by this incredible piece of architecture, I couldn’t stop staring. I remember my friends went into a bar right below the bridge, but I followed about 30 minutes later because I couldn’t lay eyes off of it. I have never forgotten this bridge and I had to go back.
The entire purpose of this trip to London was to photograph The Tower Bridge, the plan was to get there about half hour before sunset and stay well past it. I did just that, the weather was terrible, it kept raining and raining, I was soaked from head to toe and freezing my butt off and after 10 hrs of shooting and walking around London I was a bit tired.
I was hoping for a break in the weather, the clouds were really good but my camera and lens were soaked, I kept wiping my lens down but the rain kept coming destroying every hope I had for a decent shot. Determined to get a good shot I kept walking across the bridge and all around it trying to put the rain behind me so it wouldn’t get my lens wet and ruin any chance at a good photo, and when the rain would slow down for a few I would take a shot or two.
My mom has a photo of this bridge on her wall I took with a point and shoot back in 2006. Every time I see it I would just want to be back there and get a great shot. I think I got what I was looking for… Mom you have a new photo coming for your wall, it can sit next the the old one. I’m not done just yet. I still have future plans to photograph this awesome bridge.
Camera settings: 30 second exposure f/18 ISO50 24mm lens shot about 30 minutes after sunset in the freezing cold on a very rainy day.
About the bridge:
Tower Bridge (built 1886–1894) is a combined bascule and suspension bridge in London which crosses the River Thames. It is close to the Tower of London, from which it takes its name, and has become an iconic symbol of London.” Wikipedia.