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Waverley in the dark

Posted by HelenEdith on October 19, 2009

Waverley passes through Tower Bridge

Waverley passes through Tower Bridge

My personal timetable didn’t allow me many opportunities to see Waverley during her Thames season this year. I did snap her on my cameraphone one day, but least said about that is probably best!

I did haul my camera up to town one day and watched her pass through Tower Bridge, but she was really a half an hour behind optimal lighting conditions and this isn’t the best Tower Bridge lift picture I’ve ever taken!

Waverley at Tower Pier

Waverley at Tower Pier

This was probably the best picture I took. I set my tripod up on one of the Tower Bridge piers for this. There’s no point in doing tripod work from the suspension sections or the bascules as they are not steady enough!

Waverley under tow approaching Tower Bridge

Waverley under tow approaching Tower Bridge

This is probably the worst picture that I will admit to taking. Believe me, there are a lot which are considerably worse in my reject pile! I just couldn’t achieve a fast enough shutter speed to freeze Waverley’s motion and now I want a Pentax K-7!!!

I hadn’t stood on Tower Bridge and watched Waverley approach before, so it was an interesting thing to do. She departed from Tower Pier and went up near London Bridge, where her tug swung her around. Then she stayed under tow for her departure.

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Website update: Tower Bridge lift and other nearby sights

Posted by HelenEdith on July 28, 2007

I’ve got a few more pictures off Yahoo Photos this afternoon. I had a complete Tower Bridge lift on there, taken from actually on the bridge, which could be run as a slideshow. Now it’s on my website in its own animated page. 🙂 I added in some pictures of the paddle steamer Waverley, who was visiting London that day, and was in fact the reason why I was in the Tower Bridge area with a camera; plus pictures of a couple of other pleasure craft and a rather pleasant view of the City of London’s skyline.

Click here to view them. I don’t recommend clicking on the animation unless you have a broadband connection, as it’s 41 full-sized images long!

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Entry for July 11, 2007 – Steamboat!

Posted by HelenEdith on July 11, 2007

I spent today up in town. I enjoyed my day a lot, including the “after work” bit where I got my camera out. Having checked the Tower Bridge lift schedule and found that a historic steamer, Balmoral, was going to be in port for one of her London visits during her summer itinerary, I’d decided to cart the camera up to town. I missed seeing Balmoral arrive, but she was supposed to leave again within half an hour, so I found myself a spot and waited. And waited. And waited.

Just as I was thinking of giving up in disgust and going home, the klaxons on Tower Bridge went off, and I knew that things were going to happen. I told the tourists near by to watch, and Balmoral came steaming towards Tower Bridge, but nothing was happening! Then just at the last moment, up went the bascules just far enough to allow her two masts through and through she went! That bridgemaster has it down to a fine art: the bridge is never open for any longer than it needs to be!

Today’s picture doesn’t have Tower Bridge in it, but it does show Balmoral against the backdrop of the changing London skyline: from the left, the green glass building is Plantation Place in Fenchurch Street; the tall tower is Tower 42, the tallest building in the City of London, and also the oldest tall building; then come the gothic gables of Minster Court, with the tower section of the brand-new Willis Building behind, and just a little of the Aviva Building peeping from behind the right side; and then at the right, the unmistakable shape of the Swiss Re Building, more commonly known simply as The Gherkin.

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