London Bridge Station

February – No I am not a tourist.

I had time to try out my new Sigma 10-20mm f3.5 today. I made the choice of wanting to photograph three iconic land marks on London.

I arrived at London Bridge Station and followed the sign towards HMS Belfast which is moored a short walk from the Shard. I was passing a large number of dead people… the London Dungeon was either close by or the cast of the Walking Dead were in town.

Side stepping a corpse who wanted to give me a leaflet, possibly titled ‘You are all going to die any way so please offer up your jugular’ I headed down towards the River Thames. Turning right I could see the HMS Belfast in the distance. I reached for my Canon, fitted with the 10-20mm Sigma wide angle lens nicknamed ‘Stubby’ and looked through the view finder.

The Belfast looked further away. OK then, turning from people drinking coffee I continued along the river bank to get a closer look.

Continuing past the Belfast’s 613¬†feet and 6¬†inches (thanks Wiki) I pushed my way through many tourists all heading in different directions. I headed towards City Hall. It looks like an onion that has been cut sideways and was about to fall over. Apparently it’s other nickname is the ‘Glass Gonad’.

Close by is a sunken amphitheatre called The Scoop. This looked like an excellent place for a photo… as soon as I reached for the camera… people appeared.. from out of nowhere the place was deserted one minute and crowded the next. So I sat down and waited. One thing about tourists… they always leave at some point.

After shouting ‘The tour bus is leaving in two minutes’ the Scoop cleared so I managed to get this shot.

Watching as some tourist were returning from finding the tour bus was parked up and the driver enjoying a bacon sandwich, I headed east again towards Tower Bridge, I headed under the bridge and across to a street called Shad Thames although I prefer the 1633 street name of Horseey Down. Perhaps the bloody cobbles made the horses fall over all the time. It might have been Horseleydown Brewery. As it was originally a large field for grazing horses and cattle, it is likely to be a corruption of ‘Horse Down’. (again thanks Wiki)

This is a famous street and has been used in many films and television productions. Oliver! in 1968, A Fish called Wanda in 1988 and now my blog in 2014.

Returning at last to London Bridge I found it stuffed full of tourists again. I waited, watching as people were taking photos with every device under the sun, phones, ipads, sketching, stone tablets. Some where even using memory…

I walked towards the centre of the bridge, and stood right where the two suspended roads meet. I have wanted to do a panoramic photo from here for a long time. Wish I had picked another, less crowded day to do this, I had forgot to bring my camera strap and had visions of my camera and Stubby tumbling into the river. No doubt someone would have filmed it.

I managed to take the shots I wanted with out loosing the camera and headed for home. Once at home I made some tea and sat down to edit the shots. The first I edited was of the panorama from London Bridge adding texture files and a subtle lens flare from the right.

Wide Angle London

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