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Friday 1 January 2010

Walking Along the South Bank of River Thames

I started my evening walk along the River Thames from Tower Bridge at the eastern side of the waterfront. The first interesting entity is the City Hall which looks like an egg just a stone-throw away from the Tower Bridge.

The next thing that caught my eye was a stationary vessel park in the middle of the river. It's the HMS Belfast which had served in World War II and the Korean War.

Further west is the rebuilt London Bridge, of which the name is always mistakenly crowned on Tower Bridge. It is a just a very ordinary concrete bridge.

There are many pubs and cafes along the South Bank. Londoners indulging themselves with a pint of beer or a cuppa is a common scene after working hours.

As I walked further west, I could see the Millennium Bridge connecting the south and north banks of River Thames. It has been rumoured that the bridge was designed for synchronised walking. Any other walking pattern will put the bridge into vibration mode. I did not go on the bridge to testify that.

The abutment of one of the bridges across River Thames has become the playground of skateboarders. I stopped and watched them playing for a little moment.

After a 3.5-km walk, I finally arrived at the British Airways London Eye. Across the river are the Houses of Parliament with the eminent Big Ben. At this point of time, I took a bus back to the Tower Bridge again to photograph this magnificent bridge after dark.

After I had done with Tower Bridge, I started to take some cityscape shots. The view of London City from the South Bank is quite awesome after dark.

I started to walk westward again and came across Millennium Bridge the second time, but this time with the illumination from the artificial lighting.

The dome of St. Peter's Cathedral is clearly visible at night. Most of the bridges get illuminated at night too.

Even the National Theatre gets multi-colour illumination. The building looks more like a sculpture at night.

When I returned to the viewpoint of the Houses of Parliament again, it was already past 11 p.m., so I quickly got myself to the bus stop to catch a bus back to the hotel.


lechuaphotography said...

hi ck, fantastic night shots of the sights along the river! did u capture them with a tripod?

Apartments Buenos Aires said...

Great night pics, for sure not easy to get them, no? Yes they are captured with a tripod.

CK Ng said...

Thanks for the compliments, lechau and ABA. The night shots were all taken with a tripod.

Anonymous said...

I've never been able to do good night photos - what's your secret?

CK Ng said...

Hi Ritchie, there's no secret to good night shots. A tripod and the right camera settings are the keys. :)

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