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London St George Wharf Tower at Sunrise

Vauxhall, London
14 December 2014

We arrived back in London from Edinburgh at around 0600 hours; I took the scenic route home. This means walking along the Thames Path for a while :-)

This is St George Wharf Tower at Vauxhall; I’ve photographed it many times before but the sun sets behind me.

This is a 1.3 second exposure with an ND Filter; I took ND Filters (and a Tripod) with me to Scotland but it was too cold there so I never used them.

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London Battersea Power Station and Railways at Dawn

Ebury Bridge, London
14 December 2014

We arrived back in London from Edinburgh at around 0600 hours; dawn was breaking and I wanted a photograph before going home.

I’ve visited this location before in 2008; it was much busy then (it was a Saturday Night). On this Sunday Morning, I had to wait a while for a train that would give me just the streak I need before daylight.

(PS: Battersea Power Station was really missing a Chimney when I visited).

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Edinburgh: One More Thing

Edinburgh
13 December 2014

The coach back to London was scheduled to leave at 2145 hours on Saturday 13 December so I spent the last few hours wandering the streets. There was no point in taking more photos as the night sky was very dark, very black and the street lights just weren’t as bright as the ones in London. London Skies are brownish at night . . . I don’t remember them being black.

I kept an eye out for a Costa Coffee Shop but they were closed so I settled for Starbucks somewhere at the Corner of George Street and North Castle Street where the nice young lady gave my Hot Chocolate Drink to the guy next to me while I got his Latte (we didn’t notice the mix-up till we sipped; he tried to complain, couldn’t get her attention and left with the Chocolate while I left with his Latte).

There was a quiet room downstairs (at Starbucks) so I played with my iPad and downloaded the day’s steps from my Jaw band.

Didn’t get much sleep because the bus vibrates a lot but the Step Count is a personal best.

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Edinburgh Trams at South St Andrews Street, Edinburgh (2)

South St Andrews Street, Edinburgh
13 December 2014

I saw these Trams during the day and planned to photograph them during the blue hour but was too late.

I prefer a symmetrical composition for shots like this one but it was just too cold for me to hold the camera steady while shivering so I leaned against a post.

WikiPedia says the Tramways was completed in May 2014; I didn’t know this when I visited Edinburgh.

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Edinburgh Trams at South St Andrews Street, Edinburgh (1)

South St Andrews Street, Edinburgh
13 December 2014

I saw these Trams during the day and planned to photograph them during the blue hour but was too late.

WikiPedia says the Tramways was completed in May 2014; I didn’t know this when I visited Edinburgh.

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The Balmoral, Princes Street, Edinburgh

Princes Street, Edinburgh
13 December 2014

I was on my way back from Royal Mile and I wanted to photograph the Trams at Twilight at St Andrews Street (next two blog posts) but I wasn’t going to get there in time. This was taken while I was waiting to cross the busy street.

The Balmoral is the building on the left.

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The Hub, Royal Mile, Edinburgh (2)

Royal Mile, Edinburgh
13 December 2014

This is The Hub at Royal Mile.

It is a very tall building and I shot this one with my 12-24mm lens on my Canon 5D; still managed to nick the cross at the top (I don’t think I even noticed the cross while I was there).

Two photos in this blog post because I can’t decide between Colour or Black and White.

From WikiPedia:
“The Hub, at the top of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, is the home of the Edinburgh International Festival, and a central source of information on all the Edinburgh Festivals.

“Its gothic spire – the highest point in central Edinburgh – towers over the surrounding buildings below the castle. The building design was the result of a collaboration between Edinburgh architect J Gillespie Graham and the famous gothic revivalist Augustus Pugin.

“It was constructed between 1842 and 1845.”

The Hub in Colour:
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The Hub in Black and White:
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