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London Bimbles 2020 ~ *UPDATE 2*

Post by Pen Pusher » Wed Jan 15, 2020 3:55 pm

Night Shoot ~ 9th January 2020

With summer on its way, and the nights are getting shorter, I need to take advantage of what darkness there is at the minute for some hand-held night photography around London. For this Bimble I started at Hyde Park Corner just after sunset and a rain front having passed through and walked back to the Travelodge Hotel in Covent Garden, where I was staying, taking in the sights along the way. In the order taken.

The Wellington Arch (built 1826-9)
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The Australian War Memorial, built from rock called Laguna Green mined from quarries in South West Australia. Dedicated in 2003.
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Place names of where Australian service personnel originated with battle locations Australian Forces served in during the First and Second World War picked out amongst the place names.
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The Australian War Memorial, built from rock called Laguna Green mined from quarries in South West Australia. Dedicated in 2003.
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Bronze sculpture of ‘Peace Descending On The Quadriga Of War’ by Adrian Jones installed in 1912 on top of the Wellington Arch.
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Buckingham Palace from the top step of the Queen Victoria Memorial.
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Gilded bronze ‘Winged Victory’ perched on the top of the Queen Victoria Memorial with Courage and Constancy seated at her feet.
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25 meters (82ft) tall Queen Victoria Memorial.
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Duck Island Cottage, St James’s Park.
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Relief frieze around the main portico to the Supreme Court, overlooking Parliament Square, which is the final court of appeal in the United Kingdom.
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Façade to what was once the Raymond Revuebar, a theatre and strip club in the heart of London’s Soho district, which opened in 1958 and closed in January 2009. Reopened in 2011 under new management. If you screw your eyes up and tilt your head slightly to one side, you can just about make out what the out of focus video on the screen behind the grill is.
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At the entrance to Leicester Square from Piccadilly Circus is the Swiss Glockenspiel, a mechanical clock with 27 bells and moving figures which ring out and move on the hour every hour.
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The two centre pieces to the fountains in Trafalgar Square, replacing the originals built in 1845, were designed in the 1930’s by Edward Lutyens as memorials to Lord Jellicoe and Lord Beatty who were both Admirals of the Fleet.
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The two centre pieces to the fountains in Trafalgar Square, replacing the originals built in 1845, were designed in the 1930’s by Edward Lutyens as memorials to Lord Jellicoe and Lord Beatty who were both Admirals.
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Refurbished clock face on the east side of the Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben) with the clock dial and hands being finished in the original Victorian blue colour scheme and not the black it was in.
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Tourist shot across the Thames of County Hall, the old headquarters of the Greater London Council, and the London Eye.
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The Palace of Westminster, seat of the United Kingdom Government, with complete refurbishment due to be completed in 2031.
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Façade of County Hall an ideal backdrop to psychedelic light shows.
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To celebrate 20 years since lesbian, gay and bisexual personnel were legally allowed to serve in the armed forces, the south side of MoD main building is lit up in rainbow colours.
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Charing Cross Station with the R.S. Hispaniola restaurant/bar docked on the Thames and the supports lit in blue of the Golden Jubilee Bridge.
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King Street, Covent Garden still with christmas lights up.
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I arrived at the old Covent Garden just before 10pm with trucks, cherry pickers and contractors congregating outside ready to take down the last of the Christmas mistletoe lights.
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Selfie in the constantly changing coloured lights in the mirrored passageway to Conduit Court, Covent Garden.
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St. Martin’s Theatre, Seven Dials, opened in November 1916 and a Grade II Listed Building, has been showing a stage version of Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap since March 1974.
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Re: London Bimbles 2020

Post by slogen51 » Wed Jan 15, 2020 5:04 pm

Always enjoy looking at these night views of London

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Post by Freeman Lowell » Wed Jan 15, 2020 5:25 pm

I agree with Mike. Very good Brian.
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Post by conelrad » Wed Jan 15, 2020 5:42 pm

:thumb: Wonderful shots, as usual.

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Re: London Bimbles 2020

Post by Pen Pusher » Wed Jan 15, 2020 5:54 pm

I'm off shooting Elephants :whistle: at Marble Arch on Sunday :D

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Re: London Bimbles 2020

Post by Seahawk 11 » Fri Jan 17, 2020 2:50 pm

It is really great to see these, I can not get there to see this so thank you very much for sharing these photos of London at night,

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Post by paddyboy » Sat Jan 18, 2020 5:37 am

Top work as always, Brian :thumbs:

Thanks for posting :thumb:

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Re: London Bimbles 2020

Post by Pen Pusher » Wed Jan 22, 2020 10:38 am

Shooting Elephants @ Marble Arch ~ 19th January 2020

Shooting with a camera that is. A herd of 21 life-size bronze pachyderms, one mother and 20 babies, have taken up residence on Marble Arch lawn. This is a sculpture installation called ‘The Orphans’ by Gillie and Marc and each sculpture represents a real elephant in the care of Sheldrick Wildlife Trust based in Kenya and are on display until December 2020. I arrived early afternoon and despite the wall to wall blue sky and sunshine it was the wrong type of sunshine and a bit too crowded so I went back late afternoon with better light and less people. Only downside was with the recent rain the green, green grass had turned into soft squelchy mud.

Early Afternoon
Marble Arch, designed by John Nash in 1827, originally as a State entrance to Buckingham Palace before being moved to Hyde Park Corner.
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‘Not A Banksy’ was the mantra, as he didn’t acknowledge painting it, when this artwork appeared next to Marble Arch the day after Extinction Rebellion's London protest at Marble Arch finished back in April 2019. It’s still there and protected behind a polycarbonate screen though.
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‘Still Water’(2011) 33ft bronze sculpture horse’s head by Nic Fiddian-Green.
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‘The Orphans’ by Gillie and Marc. Twenty-one elephant sculptures created to raise awareness for orphaned elephants in east Africa.
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Late Afternoon
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Re: London Bimbles 2020 ~ UPDATE~19Jan20

Post by JONLITE06 » Wed Jan 22, 2020 6:36 pm

Great Pics Brian…...very interesting info on your wanderings!! :thumb:

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Re: London Bimbles 2020 ~ UPDATE~19Jan20

Post by reheat module » Sun Jan 26, 2020 1:11 pm

A lovely opportunity to see many things from your images, which we wouldn't normally see.
Love those elephants.
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Re: London Bimbles 2020 ~ UPDATE~19Jan20

Post by Pen Pusher » Sun Feb 02, 2020 2:52 pm

UPDATE 2

The Rolling Bridge of Merchant Square ~ 31st January 2020.

Paddington Basin was a dock used by barges on the Grand Union Canal to on/off load goods for Paddington Rail station which is right next door. Today it’s called Merchant Square and consists of offices, shops and residential properties with the basin still used by canal barges to moor up. There is a pedestrian footbridge called the Rolling Bridge and it does exactly what is says on the tin by rolling up into an eight sided ball.

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There is another bridge in Merchant Square called The Fan Bridge(2014) consisting of five side by side sections of varying lengths which rise independently at various angles to give a Japanese fan effect. Unfortunately the wind, and it was a very cold wind, was above limits for the sections to rise but fortunately the bridge openings are every Wednesday and Friday at 12pm and Saturday at 2pm so a return visit when it’s less windy and in the summer when it’s warmer.

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Re: London Bimbles 2020 ~ *UPDATE 2*

Post by paddyboy » Mon Feb 03, 2020 4:40 am

Hi Brian :P

Well I'll go to the foot of our stairs :O

Never knew such a structure existed :lol:

Thanks for posting :thumbs:

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