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St Paul's Night

St Paul's Night
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Copyright: karan A L (hester) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1320 W: 31 N: 1634] (9994)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-30
Categories: Architecture, Nocturnal, Mood
Camera: Canon EOS 350D Rebel XT
Exposure: f/18.0, 30 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Century Club (more than 100 points) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-02 11:41
Viewed: 4688
Favorites: 5 [view]
Points: 124
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I thought I would try a couple of night scenes. This is a familiar view but I have always liked it. What you can see is the Millennium Bridge and St Pauls in the background. I started shooting as soon as the bridge lights came on.

Info on the bridge from www.urban75.org:
In 1996, the Financial Times held an international competition in conjunction with the London Borough of Southwark and the Royal Institute of British Architects to design a new footbridge crossing the Thames between Southwark and Blackfriars bridges.

It would be the first pedestrian river crossing over the Thames in central London for more than a century, opening in time for the first year of the new Millennium.

Well, that was the plan anyhow.

The winners of the competition, Foster and Partners/Sir Anthony Caro/Ove Aru & Partners, proposed an innovative and complex structure, featuring a 4m wide aluminium deck flanked by stainless steel balustrades, supported by cables to each side.

Using cutting edge design, the new bridge would have a profile 6 times shallower than a conventional suspension bridge, with the bridge being supported by eight highly tensioned cables on each side of the deck, anchored at each abutment and propped by two river supports.

Such was the interest in the new bridge that when it opened to the public on 10 June 2000, an estimated 80,000 to 100,000 people crossed it.

And then the problems began.

Although the Millennium Bridge, like all bridges, was designed to cope with a degree of movement it soon became clear that things were going seriously awry as the deck swayed about like a drunken sailor.

Elderly walkers clung on to the side of the bridge. People reported feeling seasick. The swaying bridge was looking like an expensive fairground ride.

So the bridge was instantly renamed as 'The Wobbly Bridge', and after two days of random swaying, swinging and oscillating wildly, the bridge was closed down by embarrassed engineers.

Naturally, the press had a field day (in Britain we love failure!), questions were asked in Parliament and the pubic began to sense that perhaps another large white elephant had just landed on the shoreline of the Thames (the fiasco of the Dome was only a few miles downstream).

Things didn't get much clearer when the engineers decided that the problem was apparently due to people walking the wrong way! claiming that the infamous wobble (or 'synchronous lateral excitation', as they put it) was due to the 'chance correlation of footsteps when we walk in a crowd'.

After a prolonged series of tests, it was decided to adopt passive damping system which would harness the movements of the structure to absorb energy.

After nearly two years of testing, the alterations were deemed a success and the bridge finally reopened to the public in February 2002 - and the swaying was banished forever!

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the f18 is perfect
sharp in the whole frame and excellent light

Hi Karan and a happy new year

excellent low light shot great colour temperature range

love it

Regards from Liverpool 08


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  • neruda Gold Star Critiquer [C: 66 W: 5 N: 8] (3287)
  • [2008-01-02 11:48]

Just one ward : A M A Z I N G!!

Hi Karan,
interesting saturation :-)
I also have quite a few night shots from this same POV - some old and some recent ones.. :-)

Happy new year :-)
Well done and best regards, Daniel

Hi Karan
Bautiful night shot ...impressive colours and details

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  • tibig Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 657 W: 26 N: 681] (7565)
  • [2008-01-02 12:02]
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Fine view, I remember you posted something similar a while ago.

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  • juyona Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2585 W: 1 N: 425] (10173)
  • [2008-01-02 12:08]

Hola Karan,
fabuloso trabajo,
bellos efectos tonos y exposición...
hermosa composición.
saludos amiga,
feliz 2008-

Simply breath taking...love the low light,colours and the clarity.

Very well done. It has beautiful night colors and the reflection is sharp. Very clear and detailed.


Stunning colours and reflection.
Colours are great here, soft and gentle.


PS. what lens were you using?

Hi Karan,
An amazing photo !! Superb light control and great colors. Also the sky is very good. The note is informative. Good sharpness and beautifull compo.

Hi Karan,
Beautiful composition and lovely architecture and great colors, beautiful light and details very well done,

:), great one ! good POV and long exposure effect, very attractive colours, a version with a lot of less saturation is a good option too, but good like this too

Great colours, detail and POV. Very good indeed.
Cheers, John.

Hi Karan,

it is simply WONDERFUL! Great light managing, excellent colors, very good POV.



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  • mbrito Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1929 W: 117 N: 3017] (13240)
  • [2008-01-02 14:41]

Hi Hester,
Beautifull «night scene» with great clearness and details, and amazing colours. The colours in the water are wonderfull; I love it.

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  • cinca Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 323 W: 2 N: 143] (4456)
  • [2008-01-02 15:07]

Hi Karan, great pov and beautiful colours and lights.
Excellent sharpness too.
Ciao, Cinzia

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  • salmi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 752 W: 5 N: 428] (4755)
  • [2008-01-02 15:42]

Hello Karan,
WOW! Amazing view, great post for the begining of the 2008...so great! Thanks.

  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2008-01-02 16:05]

Hi Karan,high impact,great image.TFS


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  • glint Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 593 W: 3 N: 545] (3785)
  • [2008-01-02 16:08]

hello Karan,
this is a top class shot. love the luminous colours and the silkiness of the water.Smashing POV too.What PP work did you do?

hi karan, absolutly amazing colors and composition with a great point of view, well done,
thanks, scott

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  • LarZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 94 W: 0 N: 57] (313)
  • [2008-01-02 16:30]

Hej Karan,
Great night view of London. The colours and light are beautiful and I also love the reflections in the water. You made also well use of the bridge in the composition. Well done and thanks for sharing!
Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2008!

Hi Karan

This is truly nice picture ... I love it the way you shots this nite shots... Congrats

Amri HMS

Hello Karan,
WOW!! Absolutely stunning shot, great composition and pov, excellent sharpness and great depth of field, wonderful clarity and brilliant color, terrific exposure!

  • linus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1797 W: 13 N: 1442] (15482)
  • [2008-01-02 19:34]

Hi Karan,
Great nightshot. First I thought it was by your fellow countryman Daniel. Great colour saturation and exposure.

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  • timtim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 934 W: 105 N: 608] (10187)
  • [2008-01-02 20:39]

great shot nice comp POV and colours

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2008-01-02 21:12]

Hi Karan,
Wonderful night photo! Interesting POV and very good composition. The colors are gorgeous especially the red sky. very well done! Annie

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  • PaulH Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 34 W: 0 N: 107] (651)
  • [2008-01-03 1:35]

Hi Karan,
an amazing and mesmerising shot...wow....and yes, i remember the famous wobbly bridge! Unfortunately i never got to experience it, but i do know the spot and it looks magnificant here, well done!

wow Karan.. really incredible!! perfect definition.. and excellent tecnique!! note is so exaustive!! good colors and details captured!! brava!!
ciao Marco

Hello Karan,
Excellent composition!
The bridge is well placed in the frame, creating dynamics as it forces my eyes to follow, ending with St Pauls...
Attracticve colours and sharp fine details!
Pablo -

Hi Karan, amazing nocturne shoot with wonderful perspective and splendid colors, great composition, very well done, have a great 2008, ciao Silvio

Hello Karen,

What a very well presented night shot with great colors bG POV DOF excllent work in all aspect of Photography,

TFS Kyle

Wow, Top notch work Karan!
A magnificent composition.
Masterfully exceuted.

Wow! That is about all I can say. A perfect photo. TFS

A familiar view but unconventional color treatment for a unique interpretation! A magical mood:)

Hi Karan
Excellent night shot and Very beautiful light with sharpness.wonderful colours and compostion.Well done.Tfs.

perfect colours for night......very nice perspective.....well done .....tfs *****

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  • nova Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2441 W: 250 N: 873] (8693)
  • [2008-01-03 12:10]

The colors and the texture are awesome.What kind of pp work have you done here? The composition with the bridge is superb.Very well done.Bravo!

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2008-01-03 19:44]

Hello Karan, great night shot with a perfect exposure and a beautiful composition. Well done, thanks !


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  • BenF Gold Star Critiquer [C: 261 W: 0 N: 352] (3060)
  • [2008-01-03 22:31]

Hello Karan,
A Happy New Year to you.
This is a "wow" shot. The exposure is perfect.
The combination and colors is great.
Another well done shot my friend.

Hi dear friend,
grea result!
Excellent tones, textures and reflections.
Great mannage of light and angle of shot.
Best wishes,
Good Luck in the New Year!
:) soon

hello karan!
this is so beautiful night shot with so beautiful colors and great composition, i like it.


Hi Karan and Happy New year!!!

Excellent shot with great colours!Amazing!!

This is just stunning. The lights are amazing and everything is so clear and sharp. Really magical. I hope 2008 is a good year for you and all your loved ones.

The sky is magical. I guess you took it from the shore of Tate. I was there about 3 months ago. TFS.

A beauty Karan. A successful slow shutter photography with good metering and colors. Cheers! Danilo

Simply a stunning capture Karen with a perfect exposure setting. I love the smooth colours and the texture of the water.
Happy new year to you.

Regards Mark :)

Hi Karan,
What a superb night shot.great colours, light and reflection.TFS.


Stunning reflections!!! Very great night shot. It's oh so sharp and just inviting to visit.
Very nice

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2008-01-07 9:19]

Hi karan

An exceptionally good nocturnal shot with the strong compositional diagonal of the bridge leading directly to St Pauls Cathedral. Wonderful colour & sharpness. Tfs!

Hi Karan,
For some reason I missed thsi beautiful image. Great noctureal, excellent soft almost pastel tone colours. The panoramic view is superb in short an outstanding posting!

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  • Juliet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1250 W: 106 N: 2911] (22323)
  • [2008-01-07 15:34]

Hi Karan,
Let me make this 100 for you ! Simply a gorgeous posting. Excellent control of settings, perfect coloring and stunning to look at. TFS this beauty. Julie

Hi karan,
I checked the map of London real quick, and it looks like my hotel is only a few hundred yards away for this location. I have to try to copy it when I am there. About the visit, I will e-mail you very soon with the details of my trip.
The photo is a beauty. I like the cobination of the old and new and the use of the different colors light. The effect on the water and the color in the sky are real stunners.

Hi Karan

That is wonderful
it is an explosion of colors and details
I am amazed with the beauty of this picture
night, I love their colors, the architecture, the metallic bridge. interesting and beautiful saturation.


The colors in this are stunning Karan! Just amazing all around....sharp, great saturation, wonderful bridge that leads the eye to the marvelous capital building! Really excellent!

Wonderful night time shot - stunning colours and a great composition. Great stuff!
Thanks for sharing

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 114 N: 2985] (16653)
  • [2008-01-26 18:07]

Hi Karan,

Perfect shot, love the colours, love the slow shutter speed effect, excellent lighting, everything is Perfecto!!!


Beautiful colors and compo karan!!
Great POV interesting story with that bridge!!
I love Lights of London at night!



HI Karan

This is an AWESOME composition! I love it!

Great POV used, colour saturation and DOF are superb. Sharp detail and not over-exposed. Great note too. Well done!


Hi Karan,
Congratulations on this winning shot of March Issue of Digital SLRuser Night Photography competition. Upon reaching the page of results, I found your name, which read very familiar to me. I quickly browsed your gallery and YES, this is it. Congratulation Karan.

This is a beautiful shot of London at night with jewel-like lights peppering the opposite bank. The river Thames looks like silk and the contrasting colours make this our winner. Excellent! as what the mag had written about this.

I am glad to see a clearer view of the shot, here in your gallery. (The mag printed them quite small for me to enjoy.)

Congratulation again,
:) later

This is an outstanding and stunning image. No need to talk about the technical point of view. Everything looks so right. Beautifully done.

Hi Karan,
I must have missed this one, what a cracker, lovely detail and amazing colours, the various shades on the river are lovely.


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  • cycle Gold Star Critiquer [C: 190 W: 0 N: 3] (1873)
  • [2008-08-01 14:53]

incredible capture...
thanks for sharing

Hi Karan,

Wonderful night capture of the Millennium bridge. Great colours, lights and reflections. Nice DOF with great details.

Congratulations even two years l8r.


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