Day 302 – The Tower of London

One of the most famous landmarks in London is the “Tower of London” – this is one of the Royal palaces and is currently home to the Crown Jewels. It is also an amazingly busy and popular place with tourists and families during half term. We visited, as I always wanted to see the Crown Jewels and I never had … and because it is one of the most prominent landmarks on the Thames when we visit London.

My attention today was to try and capture a view of the Tower of London that my friends from other countries would enjoy, to try and avoid the crowd and to follow the rules – there were many areas where photography of all kinds was prohibited, and to capture some unique views of London that you would only be able to see inside the Tower of London.

Exploring the Tower of London - ISO100, F5, 1/320sec
Exploring the Tower of London – ISO100, F5, 1/320sec

An introduction shot – The Tower of London, a world heritage site and a great place to explore. I loved the patterns and the shadows that were here on the grey wall.

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A beefeater in the Tower

There are less people in the world that are Beafeaters than people whom have travelled to the moon. The beefeaters are “tour guides” but they also tell you some of the history of the tower, have served in active service and who are currently still protecting the Queen’s palace.

Oldest buildings and Newest buildings - ISO100, F8, 1/125sec
Oldest buildings and Newest buildings – ISO100, F8, 1/125sec

We were shown the oldest buildings in the city of London – we only got to see the outside… and still a palace fit for royalty. Fascinatingly it was overlooked by one of the tallest and new structures of the London sky line – “The Shard”.

Standing guard of the Crown Jewels, ISO100, F5.6, 1/125sec
Standing guard of the Crown Jewels, ISO100, F5.6, 1/125sec

Standing outside the Crown Jewels – there were two soldiers on duty. It is amazing how still and emotionless they have to stand, I deliberately over exposed the background on this shot so that I could capture the details in his coat and hat. A traditional English scene!

A beefeater in the Tower - ISO100, F7.1, 1/60sec
A beefeater in the Tower – ISO100, F7.1, 1/60sec

Another Beefeater … he was waiting to let people in and out of HM private church, partly in shadow by the tree, again I over exposed the background so that I could capture the detail on his coat and under his impressive hat brim.

Looking out of the White Tower - ISO125, F7.1, 1/40sec
Looking out of the White Tower – ISO125, F7.1, 1/40sec

Looking up at the White Tower – I am not sure what this costume character was doing, but it was a different view and one without the crowds below. However the wide angle lens pointing upwards really shows how the lines are forced to converge – however in this case I think it works and it helps with the sense of scale.

Another View of Old and New
Another View of Old and New

Exploring – it was really hard to capture images without crowds of people, here I just liked the shadows from the railings, the texture of the castle wall and the contrast of the shiny Shard behind.

A tour of the tower, ISo100, F7.1, 1/200sec
A tour of the tower, ISo100, F7.1, 1/200sec

This is how I could have captured The Tower of London – the Beefeater here is giving one of his guided tower tours … there were so many people…. but I really did not want to capture that … I feel I did a great job of choosing different and quieter shots of The Tower of London.

A different view of Tower Bridge, ISO100, F10, 1/50sec
A different view of Tower Bridge, ISO100, F10, 1/50sec

My daughter spotted this shot – looking out through a broken window at Tower Bridge beyond… I wanted a different view of London, and I wonder just how many people spotted the broken glass.

A different panaroma from the Tower of London, ISo100, F10, 1/30sec
A different panorama from the Tower of London, ISo100, F10, 1/30sec

I also had another go at a couple of panoama shots – handheld and with moving people in it adds to the challenge – it is quite hard trying to work out what to include and what to leave out – maybe a double height panarama would have been best – I will have to try it!

Apanaroma of the river from the River Thames - ISo160, F10, 1/30sec
A panorama of the river from the River Thames – ISo160, F10, 1/30sec
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