Parliament Square on a winter’s evening

I’ve not had a huge amount of time to dedicate to photography this week. I did, however, find myself in Parliament Square in Central London early on Tuesday evening and that’s where I took this image.

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A photograph of Parliament Square in London taken using a 25 second exposure.

This is the latest in my experiments with long-exposure photography. I didn’t particularly want to go taking long-exposure images but the conditions were perfect and it’s such a classic location I thought I’d go for it.

Parliament Square is in the foreground just over the road and then in the top left corner you can see some of the pods of the London Eye above Portcullis House, to the right of that is Big Ben wrapped in scaffolding, the rest of the Palace of Westminster is to the right of that and then further to the right you can see some of Westminster Abbey.

I didn’t have my tripod with me so I had my camera perched on top of a pole on a zebra crossing. As you can see lots of traffic was passing as it was rush hour and many buses went past, hence why so many of the lights seem to be in the sky.

If you blow the image up, the lights of the traffic are in incredible detail. Speaking of detail, the streets were heaving with people and yet I can only see one person on the right on the image. I can only assume she (I think it’s a woman!) was stood still for the whole 25 seconds.

To get serious for just a moment, I was in the area because I’d been to the Palace of Westminster for the launch of a report examining how bereaved parents and their dependent children are treated following a death. I wrote a blog post about it and while an uncomfortable subject, I’d recommend having a read as bereaved families have to tolerate shocking treatment.

Getting back to photography, I have linked this image to the #MySundayPhoto linky, it’s hosted by the Photalife blog and showcases imagery taken by lots of other bloggers. Please do click on the badge below and take a look.

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36 Comments

  1. November 19, 2017 / 6:23 am

    Hi John, I do like this! I have yet to dabble in long exposure photography, but I have a tripod on order and then there’ll be no excuse. Wouldn’t it be funny if someone shared a photo of you taking a photo of Parliment Square as their Sunday photo? Maybe that’s what the woman was up to!

    xx

    • John Adams
      Author
      November 21, 2017 / 11:50 am

      Well who knows Debbie, maybe the mysterious woman to the right will produce an image of me one day! It is odd though, there were loads of people crossing the road right in front of me but not one blurry image in the final pic!

  2. November 19, 2017 / 6:41 am

    I LOVE this image John. It’s just says London to me, busy and bright. The trails are in the perfect place too. #MySundayPhoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      November 21, 2017 / 11:49 am

      Thank you Tara. Gosh, so many positive comments! think I may struggle to top this! The trails are mostly buses and coaches.

  3. November 19, 2017 / 7:02 am

    What a brilliant photo. It’s such a fantastic location anyway, but the long exposure makes this image very special.

    • John Adams
      Author
      November 21, 2017 / 11:48 am

      I think it works because I was stood right on a corner. I took a few shots right next to the traffic at 90 degrees and they just didn’t work.

  4. November 19, 2017 / 8:16 am

    Great shot I love these long exposure photos you are doing totally awesome mate #mysundayphoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      November 21, 2017 / 11:47 am

      Taking a bit of practice Nigel but I think I’m getting some decent results! Thanks for commenting.

    • John Adams
      Author
      November 21, 2017 / 11:47 am

      Oh it was very busy. Right at the heart of rush hour. It was buses and coaches that produced the best light trails.

  5. November 19, 2017 / 8:44 am

    Wowsers this puts my efforts to shame! Great shot! #MySundayPhoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      November 21, 2017 / 11:46 am

      Oh not at all. Glad you like the picture and thanks for commenting.

  6. November 19, 2017 / 8:58 am

    Another fab long exposure. I’ve always wanted to try this in central London somewhere

    Thank you for linking up

    • John Adams
      Author
      November 21, 2017 / 11:46 am

      Well now you know where to try it! Glad you like it Darren.

  7. November 19, 2017 / 9:52 am

    I love how close you got to the road with this shot, it makes me feel like I’m right in the middle of it! Hope you didn’t have to dodge too many cars! #MySundayPhoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      November 21, 2017 / 11:45 am

      Ah, no, that’s an illusion. I was stood at a crossing so not in the middle of the traffic!

  8. November 19, 2017 / 10:23 am

    John I just love this, I love long exposure photos they have so much life in them that you can almost feel it. What a great result without a tripod too x

    • John Adams
      Author
      November 21, 2017 / 11:45 am

      I did try in one or two other locations with the camera on a wall but I think this worked because it was on a corner where the traffic had to pass.

    • John Adams
      Author
      November 21, 2017 / 11:44 am

      The light trail is great isn’t it? Can I say that and get away with it? Well i will anyway!

  9. November 19, 2017 / 10:35 am

    This is a blooming great capture. I love the light and speed. You’ve really captured the essence of London #mysundayphoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      November 21, 2017 / 11:44 am

      It is quite a London-esque picture isn’t it? I think it benefitted from so many buses and coaches going round the square at rush hour. they produced the best lights.

  10. November 19, 2017 / 12:07 pm

    I love the lights in the air, Abbey I was on one of those buses? Good that there is a report into bereaved families and their treatment an often overlooked subject

    • John Adams
      Author
      November 21, 2017 / 11:43 am

      If you find me with my camera at Parliament Square again while on a bus, do wave!

  11. November 19, 2017 / 2:02 pm

    That photo is fantastic…I love the trail of light.

    • John Adams
      Author
      November 21, 2017 / 11:42 am

      I didn’t expect the lights to create such trails. It was because of my position on the corner I think.

    • John Adams
      Author
      November 21, 2017 / 11:41 am

      Thanks, very kind of you to ssay so. Glad you enjoyed the picture.

  12. November 19, 2017 / 8:45 pm

    What wonderful photo. Fantastic location for a long exposure shot. Perfectly representive of bright, busy, bustling London!

    • John Adams
      Author
      November 21, 2017 / 11:41 am

      Thanks Paul. I need to try and get another shot in a more Christmas-tastic location I think.

  13. November 19, 2017 / 10:01 pm

    Brilliant effect you have created here. I love the lights and the ‘apparent’ lack of people.

    • John Adams
      Author
      November 21, 2017 / 11:40 am

      I don’t think I realised I was stood at such a good spot. Right on the corner where the traffic turned. It worked well with their lights.

  14. November 20, 2017 / 11:01 am

    Really nice shot. I love doing long exposure photography. What gear do you use? #mysundayphoto

    I have just took a star trail this week. First time doing it.

    • John Adams
      Author
      November 21, 2017 / 11:40 am

      Oh excellent, I look forward to seeing the star trail. On this occasion no special equipment. A Canon EOS 100D and 18-55mm lens.

  15. November 22, 2017 / 7:46 am

    I love the long exposure shots. This is brilliant. Really captures how alive and busy London is.

    • John Adams
      Author
      November 28, 2017 / 12:40 pm

      Thanks Emma, quite a lot of this was down to luck!