Weekly Photo Challenge: Tour Guide

For this week’s Photo Challenge Krista at the Daily Post has asked each of us to take all of us on a tour of wherever we live via some of our favourite images. As I live in London, there are infinite images of interest already online, taken from a series of similar spots across the capital.

In particular the rather fixed view from the famous vantage point atop Primrose Hill shows the soft greenery and foliage of Regent’s Park in the foreground, the sharp staccato jagged city skyline of concrete, steel and glass along the horizon, and the vast skies of either blue of grey above, depending on the weather. Different cameras, different lenses, different seasons provide variations on a theme, but otherwise the general view over the city remains reasonably constant.

So I thought instead of adding even more of the same I might apply a few different art filters to one favourite image taken looking out over London from Primrose Hill, to show how in my mind’s eye I can often find the same view looking very different depending as much on the colours inspired by how I’m feeling about life as anything else.

Here is an everyday, generic pastel-coloured artistic impression of London’s skyline…primrose-1

And here it is as I might imagine it on my sunny good days, mellow and yellow and modern, bright and vibrant…


On other, stressful days I can see it in my mind’s eye as shades of graphite grey, a hurried and worried monochrome scribble of hesitant outlines, highlights and shadows…


But on days like today today I might view London painted in a blurred palette of blue, mired in misery, matching my melancholy mood…



Battersea Power Station


The four corner chimneys and the stark 1930s architecture of the old coal-fired Battersea Power Station are a bit of a London landmark, and at the time I grabbed this quickly-snapped shot, taken from the window of a moving train in late December 2011, the iconic Grade II Listed Building was little more than an abandoned empty shell.

The power station had already been closed for a good 30 years, and an initial ambitious redevelopment plan had removed the roof (and all internal machinery) before sadly going bust, leaving a gaping cavity in the centre exposed to all weathers.

Thankfully after a few more failed fits and starts and wrong turnings along the way the whole area is now in the process of being successfully redeveloped as a multi-functional residential/ business/ recreational space, but I think in my minds eye I’ll always see it as an imposing but cavernous ruin.

My original image, taken on a dull and dreary winters day, is truly plain and grey and drab and boring, but after trying on a few different snazzy post-processing art filters I decided ‘polygon‘ from LunaPic perhaps provided the best impression (in my view, at least) of the power station as a grand iconic building of its time… ๐Ÿ™‚

Daily Prompt: Cavity

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Starts with ‘W’, more than one vowel

Although lots of people still drive their own cars, getting around in London is often easiest by public transport, including tube train, bus, or bicycle!




The effect of the wonderfully wacky art filter called ‘Candy’ from LunaPic for this week’s Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Starts with ‘W’, more than one vowel ๐Ÿ™‚

Sunset Over London


City sunsets to me are rarely as impressive as those seen in less built-up areas – too much light pollution and less expanse of open space along the skyline to properly appreciate the full effect – so whenever I see even a promising hint of orange glow on the horizon I try to capture it as best as I can.

This was last night’s sunset over London, taken on my way home from work by my camera phone from the footbridge over the A12 in Leytonstone, East London. Not a perfect photograph by any means, but infinitely better than missing the shot altogether.

What surprised me most wasn’t the small number of people like me happy to be capturing the fast-changing colour on their phones on their way past, but the far greater number who walked on by without even lifting their heads to see ๐Ÿ™‚

Daily Prompt: Dubious


I was a bit dubious about my ability to capture with any clarity the feeling of the exact moment a tube train bursts out of the tunnel immediately in front of you – it comes at you at speed with such a swirling rush of air it’s hard to stand your ground steady enough to keep your shot in focus – but I’m happy enough with the end result.

Overall I quite like the distinct motion blur effect at the front of the train, yet the mouth of tunnel and platform remain reasonably sharp.

This image was taken with a 28mm equivalent wide-angle lens at f2.5, 1/30s at ISO-1600 and is straight out of camera (apart from resizing) – I’m quite pleased with the overall composition, too, as it fills the frame nicely! ๐Ÿ™‚

Oxford Circus Underground Station, Central Line, East-bound platform

Daily Prompt: Dubious