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I Spy with my.......

By WhiteRose1  
.... something beginning with 'S'. Spooks - No, I can't see any either! But I'm sure they're watching me.
Especially after someone tried to take out this building in Sept 2000 with a Russian-built RPG22 anti-tank missile.

The building, of course, is the MI6 Headquarters aka Legoland aka Babylon-on-Thames due to its resemblance to an ancient Babylonian ziggurat. It was built on the site of a glass factory, vinegar works and a gin distillery which probably accounts for the occupants fragile, sour and often pickled disposition.

MI (Military Intelligence) sections 1 - 4 and 7 - 19 became defunct (allegedly) along with the War Office.
MI5 became a successful TV series called Spooks and MI6.... well, it has some lovely views of the Thames.

Taken about 10minutes after my previous image, Iso400, f11, 1.3secs, 14mm, tripod and remote.

A big thanks to Carol (Humblebee), Stephen (NewDay) and Lin (Sweetpea62) for their UAs and all the kind comments by you folk on Knight On The Town. Very appreciated.


Tags: London Travel Night Architecture Low light River thames Mi6 Vauxhall Bridge

Voters: fentiger, PhillipMinnis, gazlowe and 107 more

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fentiger Plus
15 916 23 England
27 Sep 2012 7:33AM
You have these night shots down to a fine art. Another very pleasing image.


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PhillipMinnis 6 94 4 Australia
27 Sep 2012 7:35AM
Another fine night scene, Dave! Well captured!


marktc Plus
6 86 14 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2012 7:40AM
Another magnificent night image of our wonderful capital city. Very well captured!, and I love the diagonal of the river shore!
27 Sep 2012 7:42AM
Super night scene Dave,
EAS 7 1 13 Scotland
27 Sep 2012 7:55AM
Surprised you're stil around to tell the tale! Tongue Another outstanding night shot.

Another superb urban evening image.

I realy like the light on the buildings on the right side. Great shutter control.

Very inspirational.

Keep up the excellent work.


charlotte 12 34 2 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2012 8:10AM
Loving the night shots Dave. Cracking image.

27 Sep 2012 8:24AM
Another very interesting and illuminating image and narrative ! I am amazed at the exposure this building has and also westminster too!
The dovecot was only a dovecot . It is quite a fascinating place to visit I've just uploaded some info about Elche on my page . Appreciate you looking in . I work so always wishing I had more time to spend on epz. Gill
mikbee 9 3 8 Scotland
27 Sep 2012 8:38AM
I watched Spooks only last night Dave !!
A fine shot here.
27 Sep 2012 8:41AM
A stunning scene captured. All the aspects are perfect. Love the lighting and reflection. Deep
rayme330 4 17 1 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2012 8:45AM
The usual high quality image we have come to expect, Dave with good illumination especially on the ziggurat.

strong colour shimmering reflection
Humblebee 4 1 England
27 Sep 2012 8:53AM
A superb capture, full of colour with the reflections showing the water is a moving entity ... Carol Grin
Richsr Plus
9 91 223 England
27 Sep 2012 9:02AM
Good low evening colours and light Dave
Regards Richard
mrswoolybill Plus
9 986 1500 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2012 9:05AM
Cobalt and gold, the perfect combination.
almiles 7 38 102 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2012 9:42AM
Lovely skyline again and not a typical London one. You've caught the detail and held the highlights really well. I might be tempted by a more panoramic crop to lose the expanse of shingle as I think the light reflections very effectively pull your eye across the water in concert with the bridge. Did you shoot one from this side (of the bridge) closer to the bridge?
RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
27 Sep 2012 10:02AM
Interesting write up , Dave, to accompany this low light shot across the Thames to the 'spooks building' which I hated when I first saw it but has since grown on me.
27 Sep 2012 10:06AM
so very very good
great colours you have caught in this great scene
KingBee Plus
10 492 2 Scotland
27 Sep 2012 10:19AM
Ah, the famous spy-hole. Have passed it once or twice on the odd visit to The Smoke. Gives me the creeps - unlike this image, which appeals greatly.


SlowSong Plus
8 6.4k 29 England
27 Sep 2012 10:43AM
Another impressive night shot. And I can see those buildings in the background again. You don't see them for years, then they all come along at once. WinkGrin
27 Sep 2012 11:04AM
indeed an interesting write up, perhaps you should stay of the sauce when doing them TongueWink good composition Dave, like almiles idea of producing a pano of this ah well gives you 2nd one to upload later good low light and love the reflections and pools of light

27 Sep 2012 11:17AM
Another very lovely night shot. You are so lucky to have these magical moments on your doorstep! SmileSmileSmile

nonur Plus
7 17 11 Turkey
27 Sep 2012 11:19AM
Gorgeous colours, lights and reflections, super work!
achieverswales 6 8 101 Wales
27 Sep 2012 11:32AM
You do have the skill to pick the right time of day/night to photograph these London places Dave! With light left in the sky and the three tones in the foreground makes this stand out, the exposure also is spot on mate. Please accept my UA for today, a very worthy capture to receive it.


gingerdelight 10 298 11 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2012 11:41AM
Another splendid low light capture!
Fefe Plus
4 23 31 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2012 12:30PM
I am up to date nowWink.................
Excellent Again DaveGrin
PattiW 11 24 2 United States
27 Sep 2012 12:32PM
An absolutely beautiful image. The colors and reflections are spectacular! Patti SmileSmileSmile
franken Plus
14 4.0k 4 Wales
27 Sep 2012 1:00PM
Another wonderful low light image here Dave.

taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
27 Sep 2012 1:17PM
The 10-20 at work, the light reflections always fascinate me!
CaroleS Plus
6 423 3 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2012 1:42PM
You really capture these night shots superbly Dave.
danbrann Plus
12 624 17
27 Sep 2012 1:49PM
It's all been said above. Fantastic Dave.
CarolG Plus
9 196 19 Greece
27 Sep 2012 1:53PM
An excellent night capture, Dave. Carol
Tibetan 4 3 England
27 Sep 2012 2:08PM
Very sharp clear photo, interesting narrative for a starter! and substantial main course, like it, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
TrevBatWCC Plus
8 12 10 England
27 Sep 2012 3:41PM
Keep photographing this, Dave, and they'll be whisking you away! Wink A great night scene, though, excellent capture Smile
Trev Smile
Irishkate Plus
6 38 100 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2012 3:43PM

Quote:Cobalt and gold, the perfect combination.

Yes that sounds good instead of blue and yellow!
Whatever we name the colours it is a lovely image.
All different styled buildings combing to make a superb cityscape.
Irishkate Plus
6 38 100 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2012 3:44PM
Should read combining!Sad
Very nice Dave, lovely reflections showing colour in all it's glory, I was passed there last week but had no camera with me,

Gerryrys 4 1 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2012 4:17PM
It's a bit like an iceberg apparently (not a lettuce), there's a lot more hidden below than there is above. You have skillfully captured the available light beautifully.

AnnChown Plus
6 199 1 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2012 4:29PM
Great composition Dave - love the blues and yellows - and the reflections. Glad you weren't arrested!
27 Sep 2012 4:47PM
Amazing picture.
jasonrwl Plus
6 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2012 4:56PM
Another great low light image Dave
27 Sep 2012 5:07PM
I like the composition and the colours and reflections are excellent. "Cobalt and Gold" sounds like it ought to be an 80s TV drama!
gajewski Plus
12 10 9 United States
27 Sep 2012 6:01PM
Another great night shot, Dave. Yes, I can understand the "LegoLand" label.
I love the commentary you posted with this one -- very informative with a nice touch of humor.
canonfan 6 7 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2012 6:49PM
Another fantastic low light image Dave. Lovely colour and reflection
27 Sep 2012 7:13PM
Another superb evening image, the colours are fabulous.

Thank you for the double vote.
Ade_Osman 13 4.5k 36 England
27 Sep 2012 7:30PM
I feel a bit like a spook myself keeping tabs on everything going on in my garden........If only I was paid as much as the folk working here....sigh!

Good image Dave.....

bobsblues 6 10 2 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2012 7:30PM
Top class work Dave these should be printed and hung on a wall.SmileSmile
7 10 10 England
27 Sep 2012 7:34PM
Quality through and through Dave.
27 Sep 2012 7:59PM
Nicely done Dave. And yes they are watching you, believe me. Wink
zapar40 6 66 5 Wales
27 Sep 2012 8:18PM
a low light image with lots of lights in it. great exposure Dave.
nice one.
Lillian Plus
7 22 17 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2012 8:22PM
Perfection...really perfect Dave
27 Sep 2012 8:22PM
Fantastic colours in this night shot with a good reflection

HELANA 6 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2012 8:24PM
Another superb night image of London Dave.I do wish I could go to London later than I usually do.Super shot.
pdcche 6 4 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2012 9:20PM
Beautiful colours from the reflection Dave, Peter..
27 Sep 2012 11:36PM
Another amazing shot, Dave!!!!! May I say, romantic tooSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile????????!!!!!!!!!! AniaWink
28 Sep 2012 8:38AM
Smashing pic. I love the blueness of it.
28 Sep 2012 4:08PM
Brilliant Dave,superb colours and reflections..Lin
28 Sep 2012 7:27PM
When I'm looking at your night shots, my breath becomes more frequent! Great work, Dave!Smile
Regards Valery
xwang 7 55 8
28 Sep 2012 7:40PM
Beautifully taken, wonderful light.. Great work. Is it later than the last one? Looks a bit darker..You know a lot about MI6, MI5...and studied Russian missiles..mind you, you will find out that you are not only watched by MI6&5, but also the Russians as well nowGrin..Have a double check in and out your house..they know where you liveGrinGrin I have never watched Spooks.. but I was fascinated by the stories that I read when I was at school.. Some years ago, I remembered that BBC made a programme about what kind of work spy does and what kind of people can be spy. I guess that was after London bombing, it's a kind of way to help the service to open up and recruit members. They selected some people from public, and tested them. I remembered that only one or two left at the end.. They gave a test questions at the end.. I was really interested in the tests and tried Grin.. but one has to be mad wants to be a spy nowadays..Grin
Chinga Plus
5 3 1 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2012 12:15AM
Hope you kept an eye on the tide... It rises very fast...
This shot has a beautiful mystic mood for sure...
The leaning tower and dark foreground does not do much for me Dave.
The dark blue is over powering. Reflection colour is good. WesternRed.
Rende Plus
9 38 4 Netherlands
30 Sep 2012 11:45AM
Gorgeous night shot with great colours, detail and reflections.
saltireblue Plus
6 6.0k 33 Norway
30 Sep 2012 12:42PM
The Master of the Nightshot strikes again. Yet another top-quality low-light / night image, Dave.
Setting up with a tripod, even on the opposite bank may mean they were watching you...

LexEquine 10 19 United States
30 Sep 2012 7:11PM
'Superb night Image & Composition' ~ Peter
bill33 Plus
5 15 1 Scotland
30 Sep 2012 8:12PM
Something from a James Bond movie Dave, expertly captured low light image with amazing detail, very well done, Bill.
posty57 8 6 2 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2012 9:05PM
Another of your superb low light captures Dave. Do you knit between the shots to stave off boredom ? Wink

ugly Plus
8 9 57 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2012 8:44AM
A great low light image at low tide of MI6 and Vaxhall bridge...
There a lot of detail and great colours..

Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
15 Oct 2012 6:43PM
A wondeful cityscape taken at night
15 Oct 2012 7:39PM
Perfect white balance. I really like the reflective colours in the river
jacquig 2 3 United Kingdom
8 Nov 2013 11:16PM
So much atmosphere. I feel like I'm there. Technically, inspirational.Smile

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