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June 2015

 

View from the Millenium Bridge

 

 

And I'm a Londoner!  I've photographed at night in London many times over the years but I've forgotten how irresistible the twinkly lights are.  All my old London at night images have long since been consigned to the archives. I have better camera equipment and a better tripod now so I was able to push technology a lot further this time round.  This enormous panorama excites me!  I composed it in my head, standing on the wobbly bridge at silly o'clock in the morning.  It's a massive scene that shows the hand-rails of the bridge in each corner.  It's made up of 6 x portrait images stitched together using Lightroom's photo-merge facility.  The detail is absolutely extraordinary!  I only wish I had a printer that was capable of printing the final picture.

The night's photography started near Westminster Bridge and we watched the sun set and the sky get darker around Big Ben.  I remembered that old adage about London buses coming all at once or not at all when trying to photograph their lights for traffic trails in front of Big Ben.  

London at night on your own with a lot of camera equipement isn't the best place to be and I was pleased to have gone with a small group and even more pleased that the arrangements included going to Ferrari's at 2am for a well-earned meal and a taxi to drop us off and pick us up!  Very civilised!! Thank you Doug and Terry for all the organisation and logistical support.  It's not often I get home at 7am!  

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It was very exciting pouring over the back of the camera, working out the long exposure times and then seeing the results in the screen.  The London Eye was pouring red reflections all over the water and if this wasn't exciting enough at the time, it was just as exciting playing around with the photo-merging and post proceessing in Lightroom and Photoshop afterwards!  Yes, I know that some of these images are completely over the top... but who says I can't be cheesy sometimes?!  Starbursts?  You better believe it! The detail and dynamic range of these images is quite extraordinary.