Here are all of the photos that I took last week for my ‘London: After The Summit’ shoot, including a couple that didn’t make it into this week’s wallpaper posts. Click on each photo to go through to Flickr to read more about the image.

Smithfield Market

Capturing Your Attention

Passing By

St Pauls Cathedral

City of London Information Centre

Beware Oncoming Cyclists

St Pauls Cathedral and Blackfriars

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St Pauls Cathedral and Blackfriars

From St Paul’s, I wandered south through the lanes (which you’ll see tomorrow) and down onto Waterloo Bridge for my last shot of the evening. You’ve got St Paul’s Cathedral, with the brightly lit Blackfriars Station immediately in front of it, and the lush purple lighting of Blackfriars Bridge just peeking in on the right.

A pro tip for any photographer who wants to join the crowds on Waterloo Bridge to capture this scene after dark: take a tripod. I shot this handheld at 200mm, but I’m shooting with crazy gear and I’ve had a lot of practice at stillness – and it was still the only usable image that I got from the bridge that night! If you’re using prosumer or entry-level gear, physics is against you, sorry. Take a tripod down to the bridge to avoid disappointment.

Or alternatively, do what I’m planning on doing in the summer and head down there at dusk to capture this scene towards sunset. I imagine it’ll make for spectacular photos – if you remember to take a tripod.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s photos. Tomorrow, I’ll publish a round-up post with all the images that I took for ‘London: After The Summit’. And tomorrow, I’m supposed to be spending the day climbing Pen-y-Fan in the Brecons as part of the training for the 3 Peaks Challenge. If weather permits, I hope to bag a few shots for a future set of wallpapers 🙂

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St Pauls Cathedral

From the Museum of London, I headed due south to the back of St Paul’s Cathedral. One of the great buildings of the world, like many iconic structures in the UK it has been so hemmed in by other buildings that it’s very difficult to photograph well from street level. Many photographers head over the river to the South Bank and shoot St Paul’s and the Millennium Bridge together. It’s become a terribly cliched shot, and it wasn’t one that I wanted to repeat, as frankly I’m fed up of seeing it regularly on Twitter. I want to seek out the photos that you hopefully haven’t yet seen.

I’d originally planned to shoot this from the north-east corner, but I couldn’t find a position where the shot wasn’t suffering from light pollution from everything else around. In the end, I ended up shooting through the trees down at the south-east corner. I think it makes for a strong image and a good wallpaper.

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Passing By

Directly opposite the bright lobby display in the gym are the circular walls of the Museum of London, and attached to those walls is are a couple of multi-segmented art deco lizards. You can’t see them from the skywalk entrances to the museum above – you have to come down to street level to be able to enjoy them.

Whilst I was trying to find the photograph in the lizards, I spotted this strong reflection of one of the shops opposite, and more by luck than by judgement I managed to bag this shot of someone walking by the shop. I think it’s a great photo, and probably my favourite of the whole evening.

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Capturing Your Attention

This week’s theme is ‘London: After The Summit’ – photos from an evening shoot in London last week.

From Smithfield Market, I wandered south to the Museum of London. In true British fashion, it’s built on a roundabout, and is connected to the surrounding streets by several elevated walkways. Down at street level, I spotted this bright lobby display beneath the local gym, and thought that it would make for something a little different. The display changes colour over time. I preferred the warm colours of the reds and oranges myself.

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Smithfield Market

Last week, I was in London for this year’s Scale Summit, and afterwards I went for a wander through the City of London to try my hand at some night photography. I’d been in the City exactly a month earlier, speaking at the PHP UK Conference, and had spotted all of these interesting sights – but hadn’t had my camera with me at the time. Friday’s trip gave me the perfect opportunity to go back with my camera and see what I could capture for you.

My first photo this week is the magnificent roof and hanging clock of Smithfield Market. Originally built some 140 years ago, it’s got that Age of Progress vibe that you’ll find in old railway stations like London Waterloo and London Paddington – only much much cleaner and much better lit.

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