London’s Square Mile at night

If you like bright, colourful lights, I think you’ll like this picture. It’s a long-exposure shot of the Square Mile in Central London taken from Hayes Galleria on the south side of the River Thames.

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A long-exposure image of the Square Mile in London featuring 20 Fenchurch Street and the Leadenhall Building.

I took the picture after Helen, Izzy and I had travelled up to Central London to meet Mrs Adams after work one evening. It was taken a few months ago, hence why the night sky looks so dark. It was the usual thing for me; I was planning to post an image of the storms that have hit our area over the past couple of days, but my best shots need a little more editing.

I popped this pic of the Square Mile on Instagram in the meantime and it proved very popular. This was enough to persuade me to reconsider!

The tall buildings dominating the centre of the picture are 20 Fenchurch Street, commonly known as the Walkie Talkie, and the Leadenhall Building. What strikes me about the image are the bright lights and how the long-exposure made the river seem very calm. I can assure you it was considerably more choppy than it appears in this shot.

Every week I tend to add one post to my blog that’s dedicated to my photographic hobby. As I usually do with my photographic posts, I shall be adding this pic to the #MySundayPhoto linky that’s hosted by the wonderful Photalife blog. You can visit the linky and see other examples of photography by clicking on the badge below. I strongly suggest you do and please do also leave a comment below with your thoughts about this picture.

 

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28 Comments

  1. July 29, 2018 / 5:33 am

    I love it! I never tire of looking at these iconic London buildings, but I’ve never seen them at night like that.

    • John Adams
      Author
      August 1, 2018 / 7:03 am

      Well, i’ll say this, 20 Fenchurch Street looks better at night time than day time!

  2. July 29, 2018 / 6:32 am

    I always enjoy a good London buildings shot and this is a great one John – well composed and beautiful lighting too.

    • John Adams
      Author
      August 1, 2018 / 7:03 am

      Thank you Victoria. Coming from someone who knows her photography, that means a great deal.

  3. July 29, 2018 / 7:19 am

    I love this shot. Full of light and energy. London is beautiful especially at night. #mysundayphoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      August 1, 2018 / 7:03 am

      Yes I guess the energy of London does come through this picture.

    • John Adams
      Author
      August 1, 2018 / 7:02 am

      A long-exposure does indeed help London look a bit nicer than it really is!!

  4. July 29, 2018 / 7:55 am

    Gorgeous part of London to focus on. What was the exposure time on this?

    Thank you for linking up to #MySundayPhoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      August 1, 2018 / 7:02 am

      I’ll check the exposure and get back to you. It is a very photogenic part of the city for sure.

  5. July 29, 2018 / 8:20 am

    Lovely night time cityscape, One day when my girls are older I’ll be able to get out at night too 🙂

    • John Adams
      Author
      August 1, 2018 / 7:01 am

      Ah, yes, I see your dilemma. When kids are too young for a visit to London that can be an issue. Hope you get to visit soon enough.

  6. July 29, 2018 / 11:18 am

    the white lights in all the buildings make the city look so pretty #mysundayphoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      August 1, 2018 / 7:01 am

      Certainly look prettier than in the day time, that’s for sure.

  7. July 29, 2018 / 12:52 pm

    Beautiful night lights

    • John Adams
      Author
      August 1, 2018 / 7:00 am

      Thanks carol, that they were without a doubt

    • John Adams
      Author
      August 1, 2018 / 7:00 am

      Thanks Kim, took a few tries to get it right but got there eventually.

  8. July 29, 2018 / 4:49 pm

    Hi John, I do love your city night shots. It’s something I have yet to have a go at. The lighting adds detail that would go unnoticed in daylight and the water looks velvety if that’s even possible. And those cranes always make me think War Of The Worlds!

    xx

    • John Adams
      Author
      August 1, 2018 / 7:00 am

      Oh yes, War of the Worlds, I see why you would think that! Hadn’t published a city shot at night for a while so this seemed like the right time to do it.

    • John Adams
      Author
      August 1, 2018 / 6:59 am

      I see what you mean, I guess there is a lot of drama in there.

  9. July 29, 2018 / 6:44 pm

    WOW! This photo makes me feel tired! I’m definitely not in a hurry to get back to the hustle and bustle. #mysundayphoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      August 1, 2018 / 6:59 am

      It was quite a relaxed evening, truth be told! then again, London is ridiculously busy.

  10. July 29, 2018 / 6:46 pm

    I love a visit to the Capital… once in a blue moon! Beautiful photos like this give me my fix of City life! #mysundayphoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      August 1, 2018 / 6:58 am

      Delighted to provide you with that fix and glad you liked the picture.

  11. July 29, 2018 / 10:26 pm

    That’s unique and quite pretty. Nice thinking on the long exposure, something I don’t do often probably because I’m too lazy to set up my tripod. I see a unipod in my future.
    I love the reflection you caught and it looks like a couple of tour boats too. The building looks like a lantern and the stark brightness near the trees is very cool.

    • John Adams
      Author
      August 1, 2018 / 6:58 am

      Ah, believe it or not, this wasn’t shot with a tripod. The camera was balanced on a safety rail with the strap wrapped around my wrist. if it fell, it would have gone into the River Thames!