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Night Photography Around London

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Last week Angela attended BritMum’s Live ’16. While Angela was attending the event, I took the opportunity to head out and do some photography around the Capital. There are some area’s I was not able to get to due to repeated and sudden downpours which put and end to my photography for the day, meh!

Photographic Journey Around London

The night before BritMums Live ’16, I went out along the Thames embankment to do some ย late night photography. I always enjoy doing long exposure photography and this was my chance to get some great photos.

London Eye - Long Exposure2

When I set out along the Thames Embankment, the sun was just setting. It took me some time to make it to The Houses of Parliament. Luckily it was still quite warm so I wasn’t too concerned about putting layers on.

Houses of Parliament - Long Exposure Red Lights

I just wanted to let the Angela relax in the Hotel after her appointment with the Endocrinologist. It would have been nice for her to enjoy the walk, but she needed her energy for Brit Mums and cant walk really long distances yet.

Sun still Setting London Eye - Long Exposure3

Long before we arrived at the hotel, I knew we were close to the London Eye. I could see it through the maze of high-rise buildings which litter the London skyline, from our hotel to the side of the Thames embankment.

I headed off in the direction of the London eye, with my camera bag, my trusty tripod in my hand and my camera strapped over my shoulders. I thought I would need to change my lenses, but in the end, I only used one lens. This defeated the object of taking my camera bag (with an assortment of lenses in the bag) but sometimes I am of the opinion, ‘I would rather have my bag and not need it, than not have my bag and need it’.

I’ve created a gallery of shots to share. I’m really pleased with my evening photos. I’ll be sharing the day time photos next week.

The view from the Thames was breathtaking. Lots of colours and many people just enjoying the evening out. It was Friday night after all. I do hope you like my photos. My wife loves them and hopefully in future she will be able to come with me to see the sights.



    1. When John tries to explain how he does these type of shots, it goes in one ear, out of the other. I am very impressed with his photographs. He will be happy to see these comments. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Ang Xx

    1. I would have never have thought someone could take such gorgeous photographs at night. There is so much to take photographs in the day time, when the weather is right. I hope you get to to go there soon.

      Ang Xx

  1. When i was active in photography one of my favorite is shooting at night. Set up the tripod and the camera to slow shutter to capture all those perfect lights and make wonderful stories with it.

    1. John has been improving with his photography. I was back at the hotel resting while he was out doing his photography. I was very impressed when I saw what he had taken on the camera.

      Ang Xx

  2. Wow, those are some gorgeous photos! I would love to visit London someday. I’ve heard that it’s so beautiful, and from looking at your photos it certainly is!

    1. A tripod is a must. For the aperture, set it to around ฦ’/9 to ฦ’/16. Your shutter speed will depend on the available light and where your focus point is. Some of the photographs I took of the Thames and of The Houses of Parliament, my shutter speed was between 10 to 13 seconds. Also keep your ISO low to ISO100. The smaller the aperture, more sharp the objects/subjects will be and you have some nice photographs. Another thing too, try to head out, within the late golden hour. Which is 1 hour before sunset. You can still get some good long exposures if you close your aperture right down between ฦ’/16 to ฦ’/32. My final tip: Practice, practice and practice.


    1. Actually, It was I (John) who took the photographs. Angela was back at the hotel at the time. She wanted to rest before Brit Mums on Saturday.

      Thanks for commenting Rachel.

      John M

  3. The lights reflecting off of the water are so pretty. This post makes me want to learn the ins and outs of night photography. I’m still a long ways off from achieving photos like this.

  4. London is so good at night because of shimmering lights. And I have London on my bucket list too. I am now considering learning night photography before going.

  5. Beautiful photography, John, hope you both enjoyed the conference and your beautiful hotel! Angela, hope the appointment went well and it is a step forward in you getting better.xx

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