Last week I had a client meeting up in London. Travel arrangements were tricky and I could not afford to be late. Given the current state of the railways in our area, I decided to take a much earlier train than seemed sensible. As is the fate of rail users everywhere, when planning contingency in a journey, it wasn’t needed and I was at London Waterloo at 0630* and with two hours to spare.
Fortunately I had my Fuji X70 and a freshly charged battery, so I decided to walk to my client’s office along the South Bank of the River Thames. It was still dark, and so I saw the South Bank in a very different light to the one I normally see when I go out for a day’s shooting in London.
I had a blast! I must have looked quite odd, ambling along as the runners, cyclists and other early morning commuters dashed passed. I was suited up, briefcase in one hand and camera in the other.
I changed my custom settings on the Fuji to allow a maximum ISO of 6400, normally I top out at 1600, and thought that I would see what I could capture. Even at 6400, I was having to shoot at 1/30s and f2.8, as it was so dark, but I love the look of the shots, and I am pleased with how little noise there was.
The London Eye is currently closed for maintenance, but is still illuminated. I rather like this shot, it looks almost like a negative
This shot was taken underneath Hungerford Bridge, there were a lot of runners passing by, but I rather liked this cyclist.
This next shot is a the much admired, photographed and filmed Southbank Skatepark. Durning the day it is filled with skaters doing all sorts of alarming and impressive stunts. I have never seen it empty before.
As I wandered along, I would go through phases where I wouldn't see anyone, and this composition caught my eye. It feels as though someone was just there, but has disappeared.
And finally, the often photographed, but always beautiful, St Paul's Cathedral.
*Had I not taken an early train, you know I would have been late…