This weeks PhotoFriday theme is “Constructed.” Unfortunately, while this picture may look appropriate I should probably tell you that I’m cheating. This image is, in fact, of the demolition, the deconstruction, of a car park near where I live.
It’s dark when I get up in the morning and it’s dark when I leave work in the evening. I’m not a huge fan of this time of year… But, it did mean that I was in central London yesterday for a lovely sunset. Sunset, of course, being the traditional segue into “Evening,” which is this weeks PhotoFriday theme.
For most of the last year I have been in an office with no natural light. Well, I say office. It was really a conference room with a dozen of us crammed in, two to a desk in my case. Cables everywhere; at one point they almost shut the project room down for health and safety violations.
But — getting to the point — a couple of months ago we moved. And not only was there natural light but I got a window seat. And what a view.
I look down right over London Bridge. Shortly after I get to work I see a non-stop mass of people crossing the bridge from the train and tube station. There are a few gaps in this image — taken with my rarely used 300mm lens — which takes away some of the effect. From 8.30 to about 9.00 it would probably have been non-stop (but I had a job to do).
I can also see The Shard.
It’s not to everyone’s taste, but I think it’s a great building. At least from a distance… I’ve not been in it yet.
And, with the Olympics still on, there are still a lot of Union Jacks around, including on the very building that I work in. Luckily, many of the nearby blocks are made of glass and work handily as a mirror.
This was a much easier option that asking security guards to let me in to take a few pictures…
But whatever you think of the view, you have to think that it’s better than what I had before.
I’d walked across this square, in the City of London, for weeks before, one evening, I went past at dusk and saw that the pavement was “Glowing,” which, by strange coincidence, is this weeks PhotoFriday theme.
Please also vote for my entry in last weeks challenge, “Near.” I’m entry number 164.
Swiss Re Building (Gherkin), London
In fact this isn’t the first “Cameraphone Shot” that I’ve entered as an entry to PhotoFriday. This shot isn’t perfect but I think it makes good use of the available light. It kind of goes back to the old adage that the best camera is the one that you have with you. I could have done better with my 50D but that was at home.
Please also vote for my entry in last weeks challenge, “In Shadow.” I’m entry number 210.
Why, you might ask, is a ride on a large ferris wheel called a “Flight“? Your guess is as good as mine but I think it might have something to do with the London Eye’s original sponsor, British Airways. Whatever the reason, I thought this image made a good candidate for this weeks PhotoFriday. It was taken on my second “flight,” the first being a couple of years earlier.
Please also vote for my entry in last weeks challenge, “The Office.” Mine is number 133.