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Favourite pictures revisited: Leaning on the Late Side

Posted by HelenEdith on August 26, 2009

St Stephens Tower, which houses Big Ben, photographed at 11pm

St Stephen's Tower, which houses Big Ben, photographed at 11pm

This picture was taken on a summer evening when we had been up to town to do some photography and had stayed on for some twilight pictures of the Houses of Parliament. By 11pm it was fully dark, even on a June evening, and I set my tripod up on Westminster Bridge and composed this picture diagonally in my viewfinder. It was shot on colour slide film, but converted to monochrome after scanning, partly because I had to do some work on the clock face, which was brighter than the rest of the picture, and that resulted in some odd colours! I think this picture works very well in monochrome but I only got 8/10 from the camera club judge. However, I noticed several members of the general public enjoying it when it was hung at the Annual Exhibition in 2004 and it remains a favourite picture of mine.

I may try reprinting it with my Epson Stylus RS2400 printer some time, as the prints from my old Epson Stylus 1200 tended to mark very easily. I always felt that this printed best as a matte print, which may have been part of the problem, but I think I’ll still try it on matte or Oyster paper with the new printer and see if the print is more durable.

By clicking on the thumbnail below, you can open up a full-sized copy of this image:

Leaning on the Late Side

Naturally, this is copyright, so please get in touch if you want to use it commercially. 🙂

I have not yet (and maybe never will) put all of my Palace of Westminster pictures up on my website, but I used this one in a Bromley Camera Club competition and you can see this image in that context on my website here.


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