I hate waking up early. Making a photograph and catching a plane are about the only two things that will get me up before 6 a.m. The day I made this photograph I awoke at 3:30 a.m. at my Heathrow airport hotel, where I was staying and working in May, 2016. I took the hotel shuttle bus to the airport, grabbed a coffee, and caught the first express train of the day into London. I was the only passenger on the train.
Arriving in London, I transferred to the subway (the Tube), and arrived at Westminster station just in time to hear the clock ring out 6 a.m. I first made this photograph of the Westminster Bridge with the Parliament Buildings, which was my main “mission.”
After feeling that I adequately captured that composition, I could comfortably move on and explore the area. The London Eye has been photographed many times, and I wanted to do something different. I thought I might capture it moving, but it hadn’t started operating yet, so scratch that idea.
Then I decided to make the photograph you see here, a long exposure highlighting the morning clouds. As usual, I photographed the top and the bottom separately and merged them later in Photoshop. This merger wasn’t easy, given the complicated “hub and spokes” characteristic of the image.
After making this image, it started to rain, so I had to pack up and wait out the rain in a coffee shop. By this time, I definitely needed my second coffee.
Technical Details: Nikon D800, Nikon 35mm f/1.8G, f7.1, 71 sec, 10-stop ND filter
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