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    Posted: 03 January 2019 at 22:31
As I do every year, went for a walk on Christmas morning in central London. Its nice, somewhat novel and feels odd to walk around an empty London (which only ever happen at this time in the entire year)

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The first handful are all very good. Excellent job and tfs
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I remember you doing this last year too, Anand. It's nice with empty streets, isn't it? I like to walk around downtown Milwaukee on Sunday mornings because there are very few people to get in the way of photo opportunites. I like #7 the best.
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Most interesting set, and so unusual to find central London so deserted.
The reflections in #3 and #4 are most unusual. I like how the time exposure has softened the water surface.

All of them are very good, with the first five at dawn the most attention grabbing for me.
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Fantastic set Anand. For me the palette of colours and city skyline make #4 my favourite. That being said, I now wonder what about this images makes it more appealing for me than #3 which is presumably taken from the same location but with a wider field of view. I think it may be the fine and interesting detail of the city skyline is more prominent in #4 at the dyxum image size. It also has less area within the image devoted to context setting (i.e. sky and water foreground) than does #3. It would be intersting to print both out at poster size and compare. I have a feeling #3 may be the more impressive large print. TFS!
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WOW! Just LOVELY work. I absolutely LOVE all the first colour night shots. All of them. Perhaps... just perhaps, I like the first best - but that may just be because I saw it first and let my jaw drop on it a while before looking further!




EDIT:.... Nope. Number 4. Perfect timing of light and choice of composition... and WOW the colours and details. Print it... sell it... ;)

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Post Options Post Options   Quote bigsi Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 January 2019 at 08:36
Very eerie with the empty streets, and you had a decent sunrise! #2 and 7 for me, beautiful!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote owenn01 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 January 2019 at 09:23
Hi Anand,

I recognize many of these viewpoints as these are close to where my wife works at Guys Hospital - it's convenient for me if I'm in London on meetings to go along and meet her afterwards and taking a camera is sometimes feasible. The only difference, however, is that I NEVER see the streets as empty as this!

As many have said already, for me it's the first 5 that really grab my attention and the combination of the colours, tones and shapes that the buildings give you in this early light, together with the beautiful reflections in many of them, that really set them apart. If I had to choose one or two out for special mention I feel it would have to be #'s 3 and 4 for the quality of the reflections and the colours it brings; mind you, I do wish I could take at least one shot of London at the moment without there being a crane somewhere on the skyline!

In fact, the lack of any people in the images takes them above the ordinary and into some sort of '48 hours' feel where the whole of human kind has been wiped from the city. Slightly unnerving in some ways as well.

I admire your fortitude to get up that early on a Christmas morning and get out and about - for that alone you deserve some recognition!

Thanks for sharing some very special images and best regards,

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Post Options Post Options   Quote waldo_posth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 January 2019 at 16:29
Although there seems to be a consensus that the first five images in the thread are outstanding - and excellent they are, no doubt - I just want to express my appreciation of the three b/w images at the end of the set. I think these really show the special time you have been choosing for taking these photographs.

I will also plead for #7 as my personal favorite in the set. The colors are really "cool" - to the point at which an otherworldly mood is created, a very special image!

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Great set. 3 & 4 are the pick for me but I also like the lovely serene feel of 7.

I agree with waldo_posth on the B&W images. Great composition, and they really convey a peaceful side to London which is very rare.

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Thank you all for the compliments and kind comments

Originally posted by AutumnRose AutumnRose wrote:

I remember you doing this last year too, Anand. It's nice with empty streets, isn't it? I like to walk around downtown Milwaukee on Sunday mornings because there are very few people to get in the way of photo opportunites. I like #7 the best.

Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:

Most interesting set, and so unusual to find central London so deserted.
The reflections in #3 and #4 are most unusual. I like how the time exposure has softened the water surface.

All of them are very good, with the first five at dawn the most attention grabbing for me.
TFS.


Yeah I do it every year that I am in London. Done it for 4 years now.
It nice and somewhat very odd to walkaround empty London. It actually kinda feels scary and unsafe to some extent lol

Originally posted by clk230 clk230 wrote:

Fantastic set Anand. For me the palette of colours and city skyline make #4 my favourite. That being said, I now wonder what about this images makes it more appealing for me than #3 which is presumably taken from the same location but with a wider field of view. I think it may be the fine and interesting detail of the city skyline is more prominent in #4 at the dyxum image size. It also has less area within the image devoted to context setting (i.e. sky and water foreground) than does #3. It would be intersting to print both out at poster size and compare. I have a feeling #3 may be the more impressive large print. TFS!


Yes roughly same location, one with 24mm and other with 85mm lenses. I did print #4 at A4 size and it looks nice. But now that you mention it I might print out #3 big and see how it turns out   



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Originally posted by bigsi bigsi wrote:

Very eerie with the empty streets, and you had a decent sunrise! #2 and 7 for me, beautiful!


It was decent for like 10 minutes before the clouds ruined it. But i was lucky to catch the small break having waited in the cold!

Originally posted by waldo_posth waldo_posth wrote:

just want to express my appreciation of the three b/w images at the end of the set. I think these really show the special time you have been choosing for taking these photographs.

I will also plead for #7 as my personal favorite in the set. The colors are really "cool" - to the point at which an otherworldly mood is created, a very special image!



Originally posted by Andy81 Andy81 wrote:

Great set. 3 & 4 are the pick for me but I also like the lovely serene feel of 7.

I agree with waldo_posth on the B&W images. Great composition, and they really convey a peaceful side to London which is very rare.

TFS.


Thanks, that one thing I try to capture every year, an eerie feel to London streets. This is only possible as far as I know at only this time of the year and only for few hours early morning. leave it till 10am and you'll see fair amount people dropping in.

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Originally posted by owenn01 owenn01 wrote:

Hi Anand,

I recognize many of these viewpoints as these are close to where my wife works at Guys Hospital - it's convenient for me if I'm in London on meetings to go along and meet her afterwards and taking a camera is sometimes feasible. The only difference, however, is that I NEVER see the streets as empty as this!

As many have said already, for me it's the first 5 that really grab my attention and the combination of the colours, tones and shapes that the buildings give you in this early light, together with the beautiful reflections in many of them, that really set them apart. If I had to choose one or two out for special mention I feel it would have to be #'s 3 and 4 for the quality of the reflections and the colours it brings; mind you, I do wish I could take at least one shot of London at the moment without there being a crane somewhere on the skyline!

In fact, the lack of any people in the images takes them above the ordinary and into some sort of '48 hours' feel where the whole of human kind has been wiped from the city. Slightly unnerving in some ways as well.

I admire your fortitude to get up that early on a Christmas morning and get out and about - for that alone you deserve some recognition!

Thanks for sharing some very special images and best regards,

Neil.


My father actually regularly teaches ay Guys. Although I have been there to see him.

The cranes are certainly an annoyance photographically and to some extent I have considered cloning them out! But then after so many years in London, I am used to seeing them in the skyline it actually feels like I'd be missing something important in London like the Shard or St. Pauls

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Really good series. Well worth getting up.

#7 is a special shot for me. Love the mood and everything - except maybe the blown sky - but on second thoughts, it's nice and straight and it's okay to have your eye dragged there, so I think you get away with it! Great shot anyway. Its twin #4 is fine too! Really like #2 as well - excellent idea.


The B&W are well composed and nicely eerie without people, but there are artifacts in the sky in 9 and 11 - may want to have another go... especially #11    Even in #10 the bollards look a little bit funny - although I would never have noticed if I hadn't been trying.
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