A city break with a camera – in retrospect #2

Following on from yesterday’s post, I called in for something to eat and then took a Docklands Light Railway train to Greenwich. My first stop was the Queen’s House. an architectural jewel and home to an internationally renowned art collection, My reason for calling, though, was to photograph the Tulip spiral staircase – seen above and below.

I didn’t get a chance to ascend the staircase. When I arrived and handed my tripod in at Reception, I was told that I’d only have ten minutes, because the building would then be closed to the public for a private wedding function. Someone guided me to the staircase where, once again, I lay on my back, looking up and swivelling around to find the best angle I could in the few minutes available. It’s a good job that I was wearing only my old anorak as a topcoat.

I headed back to the station and caught a train to Canary Wharf. Stairs led me swiftly to my next viewpoint (above). I was now well on schedule to head back to my hotel to check-in my luggage and have a hot drink before I set-off to the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. Well, you can’t come to London and not take a snap or two of that bridge.

I crossed the bridge to Butler’s Wharf on the South Bank to capture this image with The Gherkin building peeping through the frame.

I re-crossed the bridge to St Katherine’s Pier to get the shot above of a large sundial with Tower Bridge and City Hall in the background. By now it was sunset. Time to find somewhere to eat before more walking after dark.

From near to City Hall, I managed, before nightfall, to take this image with the modern high-rise city buildings (middle and left) nestling cheek-by-jowl with the flag-flying historic Tower of London on the right of the photo.

I couldn’t get a decent shot of City Hall itself because of the festive continental market stalls and their lights, but this is what I saw when I turned around. I don’t know what that building is called or who owns it, but it looked, to me, like something out of a Batman movie. Notice the Shard peeking through the gap between buildings.

Well, that was enough photography for one day. Time to head back along the South Bank towards London Bridge where I’d cross to reach my hotel. I wanted a good night’s sleep for an early start in the morning.

I took today’s photo only minutes before the sundial shot at St Katherine’s Pier. What you see is the Girl and Dolphin fountain at St Katherine’s Pier. You would not believe how long I stood there trying to get a clear shot. An American lady came up to me and said that she had waited two hours the previous evening before giving up. I decided that, with just a day and a half left to me, I’d make do with the best shot I could get.

EXIF data were: I used my Pentax KP 24 MP cropped sensor dslr camera coupled with a 16-85 mm f/3.5-5.6 lens. Shutter speed 1/20 secs @ f/8 and 16 mm. ISO 100.

Author: writingandphotography0531

I am a retired local government officer. At that time, I was an IT manager and had associated responsibilities for training. I have previously been involved, in various organisations, with aspects of industrial training and management development. My hobby is photography and, until recently, hillwalking in Snowdonia. I have just written my first novel, Persephone and the Photographer, published as a Kindle eBook.

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