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London Calling

London Calling
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Copyright: Alan Turvey (liquidsunshine) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 186 W: 29 N: 315] (1708)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-22
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Canon 20D, Sigma 20-40 f2.8 EX DG Aspherical, Hoya Skylight (1B)
Exposure: f/11
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-07-24 1:16
Viewed: 2152
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This was taken on a midweek riverside stroll last summer. There is so much to photograph along the river and I'm pretty sure that anyone who has spent time in London with a camera has a photo of the Houses of Parliment.

The following notes are from www.walklondon.org.uk and give you an idea of what you can see and photograph along the Thames.

Thames Path National Trail

As a National Trail, this route has to come top of the list of London's walking gems. The walking is consistently easy, though the route is subject to flooding upstream of Putney Bridge and downstream of Greenwich, at exceptionally high tides and after prolonged periods of heavy rain.

The route extends westwards far beyond the Greater London boundary, right up to the river's source in the Cotswold Hills. You get two for the price of one through London, as the route follows both banks most of the way. This provides a total of 107km (67ml) within the Greater London boundary, fairly evenly divided between the north and south banks. There are excellent public transport connections throughout this section, so you can divide the route into chunks to suit your requirements. You can easily switch from one bank to the other at any of 24 beautifully painted bridges, most of which are stunningly floodlit at night. Two ferries, a foot tunnel and several railway lines provide further bank-switching opportunities.

The route is intensely interesting, as there are constantly changing and sometimes awe-inspiring views, and something is always happening on the river, whether human-initiated or otherwise. You are very likely to see all kinds of waterborne activity, including rowing in all its forms, canoeing, sailing, trip boats, tugs, barges, floating gin-palaces, narrowboats, houseboats, marinas and boatyards. Downstream of London Bridge you may spot seagoing ships carefully manoeuvring into or away from their mooring, and downstream from Greenwich the route angles around working wharves. The Thames is now the cleanest major river in Europe, and this is reflected in the range of species that inhabits both the river and its banks. There are just too many individual places of interest to mention here.

What you should not see, and must certainly not attempt, is swimming in the river, as the Thames is notoriously dangerous with strong currents and undertows. You should also be aware that much of the route is included in National Cycle Routes 1 and 4 - walkers and cyclists should treat each other with respect and consideration. On the north bank at Barnes Bridge, you will need to take care on a stretch of fairly busy road that has no pavement and blind bends.

Most of the bridges are only accessible from the riverside by long flights of steps, where long diversions may be necessary. The only bridges that are ramped both sides within Greater London are at Hampton Court, Teddington Lock and Lambeth, while Hungerford Bridge and the Millennium Bridge have lifts. There are cobbled stretches around Southwark Cathedral, Wapping, Rotherhithe and Greenwich.

Thanks for looking

Exposure Time: 1/500
F-Stop: f/11.0
Focal Length: 20mm
Support: Handheld

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  • Jan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 451 W: 139 N: 813] (5358)
  • [2010-07-24 1:25]
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I've never been to London, so this one is not in my gallery. So I am just gonna enjoy jours!

A good shot! I love the colours and the details.
It looks like he is a little tilted, the towers on both sides are tilted.....Is that because of the lens you used?


Hello Alan ,

I like the light management here and mood. I am not a fan although of the perspective. Shooting upwards created too much distortion, horizontally and longitunally.

Shooting with camera leveled and cropping afterward the top and bottom of your image to create this panoramic view might have been more effective. Provided of course you could get all the building in one shot.

Perhaps a little higher POV could have been required to achieve that.

Have a great weekend !


Hi Alan,
Wht did have to do to get this photo. As far as I know lots of photographers are stoped by the police when they want to make a photo of the Tower? I remember a photo Paul Prince made and he told me that he was very lucky to make his'.
Anyway, the entrire composition is great. I like that there is a boat in the river to break it up and I really love the sky. Look like there is a slight halo around the building. The lens distortion isn't bothering me at all.

Hello Alan

Love the image. Great pp work on the frame and fonts. The only thing that hurts the image that I can see is that nasty contrail in the upper middle part of the sky. Still a top notch image for sure.


Hi Alan...excellent shot..wonderful details and tones...excellent perspective.


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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 47 N: 1333] (7051)
  • [2010-07-25 1:01]

Hi Halan!
Marvellous sharp capture with excellent details.
Light and clouds give a great atmosphere to the image. Well composed.
Perhaps...I would have left more breathing around the subject: my opinion, of course :)
Ciao! Vanda

Alan, The sky is beautiful, the buildings golden. The two opposite ends of the buildings seem to "anchor" the photo nicely. It's nice that the riverboat was passing as it adds to the photo. The only thing that bothers me a little is the slight distortion of the buildings. LIsa

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