Day: November 22, 2014
Okay, this is my last one – promise. London’s architecture is unique, a combination of old and new that is somehow still uniquely English.
Grabbing that quick shot that tells a story is often difficult. Light is poor, and subjects are moving, and you get strange reflections. Then again, that in itself can make an interesting composition.
During the past week in London, one of the areas that caught a lot of my attention was Buckingham Palace. Partly because I was staying at the Royal Air Force Club, just across Green Park from the palace, making it easy to get to, but also because of the history of the place. The guards are not as colorfully dressed during the dreary fall and winter, but still impressive.
I started with a shot of the palace from Green Park.
This was shot around 4:00 pm, when the sky was already starting to darken, and lights come on inside the building. This helps to establish the size of the structure. I was also impressed by the statue and fountain in front of the gates, which attract less attention than the palace itself, but are in many ways even more impressive. Take the water gushing from the mouths of the figures, for instance. You cannot help but be drawn to that.
One’s attention is drawn to the ornate gates and the crowds gathered around them; then the building itself:
Finally, we have the Buckingham Palace guards and these two photos I got just before it got too dark to get good exposures:
I was in London for the past week, and while I took a lot of photos, I wasn’t in a place where I could do a photo blog and post it, so I’m playing catch-up this weekend, starting with the subject Landscape.