On New Year’s day when you get that New Year – New You feeling and you believe you can do anything, you make rash decisions. Like going out to do a time-lapse in Westminster without checking the weather. Then you spend 20 minutes setting up the equipment carefully so your sister’s macbook pro doesn’t get wet and you don’t drop the even more expensive Canon 5D and brand new lens in to a puddle. Finally when you have set up you realise that the weather is so bad that the sky is a uniform grey wall of cloud with zero interesting features and pointless for a time-lapse. In this situation, give up and learn a lesson from it. The next day, make a time-lapse of Tower Bridge for people to enjoy. @xirfan
The photos for this shoot were taken in the Isle of Dogs not from across the river as some people have said. There is a nice little private estate where you can take great photos with the Towers in the background as long as you’re quiet! It’s interesting to watch the lights of entire floors switch on and off as the cleaners go through them, even on a Sunday evening. Dear bankers, please give them a living wage, they deserve it!
In full screen mode you can see a star or planet curve in to the pyramid roof of 1 Canada Square before dropping behind the building.
Once again, great skies and clouds along with frozen noses and fingers. @xirfan
I wasn’t around for this shoot but I wouldn’t have thought overlooking a fly-over could produce a wonderfully memorising video, did @fxylxy just get lucky? You have to watch this video a couple of times at least, the way the buildings light up, the effect this has on the clouds while the sky remains the same and the multi coloured lights of Pan Peninsula changing on the hour is beautiful. @xirfan
I don’t like to bad mouth people on the internet but when you own a property on the River Thames please don’t treat the view like you own that too. Be kind and let people shoot their Wedding Videos or Time Lapse Videos for free. Guoman Hotel next to Tower Bridge do not allow tripod photography or serious videography (now a real word) outside their hotel so we were moved on.
Fortunately tripod photography is allowed on Tower Bridge itself as long as you don’t get in the way. However be prepared to be accosted by a vast number of tourists who have spotted your massive camera and want you to take pictures for them.
Tower Bridge did open during this shoot but we weren’t in a position to capture it, that will have to wait for a later date. The blustery winds we endured made this video great, the cloud movement is beautiful. @xirfan