A city break with a camera – in retrospect #5

Day 3, my final morning in London. I planned to be on a homeward-bound train by early afternoon. It was early Sunday morning, so there were no trains running from Bank underground station at that time. I’d paid my hotel bill, but left my suitcase with Reception for collection later that morning. By six-thirty I was walking towards the Millennium Bridge again.

The streets were almost deserted, so I had the bridge to myself. I took my opening shot, which you can see above, from the bridge looking in a West-South-West direction towards Southwark Bridge, I guess. Low-light, longish-exposure, nice reflections. I was quite pleased.

I walked to the other side of the bridge and, looking East-South-East , I got the photograph above towards Blackfriars bridge and its rail crossing, the Shard and, just above the bridge I could see Tower Bridge.

Before I left the Millennium Bridge, I took the photo above the Cathedral and of the two paths onto/off the bridge straddling the pedestrian path down to the riverbank path. You will see that I’ve chosen to crop and to render this image in black and white. The combination of a strange shade of green glazed panels and a dark reddish ramp looked unpleasant to my eyes. The sunrise-time clouds also had a strange colour cast. Monochrome allows you to see the architectural features without such distractions.

I include the original uncropped, coloured version below so that you can judge.

As I walked along the South Bank towards Blackfriars, I took the photograph above of the financial district’s high-rise buildings in the near distance.

At this point, just before Blackfriars Bridge, I took a second look at both bridge and buildings. By now, morning had broken.

Between Blackfriars bridge and the rail crossing I had a better view of the architecture which included a peek at the Gherkin.

As I walked from London Bridge towards Tower Bridge I took this final view of the city buildings that I admired so much.

As I approached HMS Belfast, which seems to be permanently moored in the Thames now, I had a walk inside Hays Galeria – an arcade that I photographed above. I include today a second shot of this amazing sculpture as the Featured Photo.

This was my final shot of my weekend break. I took it as I crossed London Bridge towards my hotel to collect my suitcase and head for home in Merseyside.

As I mentioned above, my featured photo is a full-frontal image of the imposing sculpture inside Hays Galeria.

EXIF data were: I took this photograph using my Pentax K-1, 36 MP, full-frame, dslr paired with a Pentax 15-30 mm f/2.8 mm lens. Shutter speed was 1.6 secs @ f/16 and 15 mm. ISO was 100. The photo was taken using a tripod.

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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