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Stand & Stare

By Jasper87  
What is this life if full of care
We have no time to stand and stare?....
William Henry Davies

Found this little church whilst wandering around London the other day. Been done many times but this is the Jubilee/Olympic makeover colour on the Millennium Bridge, and I liked the light on the 'watchers'.

Iso400, f13, 8secs, 20mm, tripod and remote.

Many thanks for your response to my rusty shot, and to Mick and Jocelia for their UAs. Also, apologies for absence for the next few days, my brother and family (3 boys, 15,13,9) are staying with us, I have a feeling we'll be quite busy Tongue


Tags: London Night Low light Millennium bridge River thames St pauls cathedral Landscape and travel

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LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2012 7:52AM
Beautiful low light shot and the watchers really add a narrative.

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andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2012 7:53AM
belting comp dave brilliant colour and light a cracker nice one Wink
2 Sep 2012 7:56AM
Cracking night shot Dave, super composition,
marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2012 7:56AM
Good luck with the boys. Another fab image Dave, great composition and wonderful light! Superb.
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
2 Sep 2012 8:00AM
A wonderful pov, David, very well captured. Carol
helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2012 8:12AM
I expect we will be seeing some real action shots with three boys coming to stay WinkWink
Great capture Dave - love your "little church"
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2012 8:13AM
Fab composition Dave and the human element gives it much more. Lovely low light.
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2012 8:40AM
Fabulous picture great light and composition
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2012 8:45AM
Another well composed and excellent image Dave.

Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2012 8:47AM
Think I may be so bold as to say...
I think this is your best so far, stunning shot and the people help
and that 'wee' ChurchWink
6 3 8 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2012 8:58AM
Fantastic shot. The exposure and comp are top drawer!Grin
zapar40 8 66 5 Wales
2 Sep 2012 9:04AM
a superb scene well captured, beautiful exposure.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1928 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2012 9:10AM
Another quote - “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life”. (Samuel Johnson)
Tibetan 5 3 England
2 Sep 2012 9:28AM
A really great shot Dave the bridge stands out beautifully love the couple looking at the water, the different light colours are well perceived giving a 3D effect, like it from me, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Nice exposer, well framed, the added people really make this a very good capture, right place right time, when it all comes together you get a shot and a very good one at that, great work Dave,

Great shot, superb colours and lighting Smile
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
2 Sep 2012 9:46AM
Stunning composition and exposure Dave.


jasonrwl Plus
8 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2012 9:49AM
Great shot - and love the title and poem
2 Sep 2012 9:55AM
not a case of a bridge to far at all excellent

RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
2 Sep 2012 10:13AM
Tibetan has stated exactly what I was feeling about this shot, Dave; and so well titled.
bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2012 10:18AM
Magic capture Dave very good work like it alot.Wink
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
2 Sep 2012 10:40AM
Wonderful comp and the exposure works perfectly. The inclusion of the figures add that certain something!

nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
2 Sep 2012 10:54AM
Gorgeous night shot and I love the couple and the title from that famous poem.
2 Sep 2012 10:55AM
Excellent ! Love the juxta position of the new and the old and the tranquility of the bridge scene against the City .Won't be on the site much over next little while either hope you get to see the Australian Voices !Gill
wolfy 14 36 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2012 11:06AM
Excellent exposure and clarity on this one
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2012 11:31AM
A composition composed and captured by one of the best. Everything about this image screams out quality, stunning lead in lines, spot on exposure, and what a quaint little Chapel in the background.

Regards Nathan
woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2012 11:40AM
The title is a subtle lead-in to the candid capture - the wee dome in the distance is the first subject noticed. Super composition and exposure.

Ne'er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep.
rayme330 6 17 1 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2012 11:41AM
Immaculate as ever.

CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2012 12:18PM
Super composition and exposure.
another strong night time by the river in London that makes feel like I am there
saltireblue Plus
8 7.9k 33 Norway
2 Sep 2012 1:05PM
Watching the watchers, a great past-time, Dave. Considerate of them to stand there perfectly placed from your point of view. Adds to what would still be a marvellous night shot even if they weren't included. Nice little village church dome lit up in the distance as well.

Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2012 1:17PM
You had me looking up Poets there.
I was mixing up this quote with something from Wordsworth's Westminster Bridge.
Wonderful image with the beautifully lit bridge leading us to
'The wee church'!
2 Sep 2012 1:42PM
I don't know what to say anymore, Dave!!!!!!! You're very good at it, end of the storySmileSmileSmileSmileSmile!!!!!!!!!!!! AniaWink
Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
2 Sep 2012 1:48PM
Beautifully composed and those two people are the icing on the cake.
Trademark attention to detail. Composition and sharpness faultless as always. I am surprised you secured the trademark star shaped reflection from the illuminations on f/13 rather than the f/22 it would normally take. Also going for ISO 400 as opposed to 100 achievable on a tri-pod. Plus you did manage to get two people to stand still for 8 secs which in itself is a triumph.

Regards Russell
jdinne 15 16 England
2 Sep 2012 2:06PM
Brilliant Dave............

Dave, Superb work. The colors and comp are superb. The couple standing at the bridge at the right place made all the difference. Deep
Brilane 11 5 12 Wales
2 Sep 2012 2:33PM
Superb exposure.
2 Sep 2012 4:08PM
Fabulous low light composition, the little church stands out well as do the watchers
2 Sep 2012 4:25PM
What a perspective in adding 2 figures . Superb idea.
xwang 9 56 8
2 Sep 2012 5:07PM
Excelelnt low light. Beautiful colour and clarity.. great work,Dave.
2 Sep 2012 5:09PM
Excellent SmileSmile
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
2 Sep 2012 5:11PM
A beautiful view, and yes, the light on the watchers takes this above the ordinary!
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
2 Sep 2012 6:00PM
Good lowlight photography, like the highlight radiating of the girls bum on the bridge Tongue You can tell I'm a red blooded male Smile

2 Sep 2012 6:07PM
A simply stunning night shot.
gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2012 7:08PM
There is something that really appeals to me here Dave - this is simply stunning!
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2015 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2012 7:22PM
Wonderful night shot, Dave, you always come up with the goods, but this is a bit special with the watchers included.

Of course, I find far more time for "Leisure" in my retirement, and it's great.

"No time to turn at Beauty's glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began".
1881 6 India
2 Sep 2012 8:04PM
CLASSIC IN> all the respect.

=== SANJEEV ===
2 Sep 2012 8:27PM
Dave, stop it I've run out of UA's. Another stunning shot......did you have to give them a bag of chips and a can of coke.

Fantastic detail and outstanding lighting again Dave.........think we will need to rename you King of low light.

pdcche 7 4 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2012 8:34PM
Stunner Dave, Peter..
netta1234 6 382 2 Wales
2 Sep 2012 8:58PM
GrinGrinGrinGrinBrilliant night shotGrinGrinGrinGrin
UrbaneMagick 6 172 1 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2012 9:27PM
beautiful..the 8 second exposure has worked wonders.........very professional expected from you Dave.

derekhansen Plus
9 210 24 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2012 10:17PM
Another excellent shot Dave. As others have mentioned the figures on the bridge make a fine shot really special.
phil99 11 45 6 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2012 10:30PM
Another cracking shot .great composition and superb night light.....Phil
2 Sep 2012 11:42PM
Love this. Outstanding image, Dave.
paskinmj 9 11 1 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2012 10:51AM
Nice exposure.
Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2012 2:19PM
Nice to get people in the shot that you dont want to shout" Get out of my shot..............." atWink
They really add to the image.................... Hope you paid them lotsGrinGrin
3 Sep 2012 6:16PM
A stunning image Dave. Well composed and captured A+++++
gajewski Plus
13 10 9 United States
3 Sep 2012 9:30PM
A fantastic low light shot -- GREAT comp.
I like the included verse and a special thank you for including your tech info. It helps all of us night shooters to see you it is done.
clintQB 6 51 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2012 10:24PM
Expertly spotted, took and processed as always Grin
Jat_Riski 9 89 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2012 8:33PM
Stunning night shot, Dave.
CHRISB911 12 54 1
6 Sep 2012 4:07PM
the genius stikes again, a beauty Dave
6 Sep 2012 9:40PM
Superb Dave..Lin
7 Sep 2012 9:33AM
Wonderful image Dave.

John Smile
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2012 9:32PM
You've done the bridge design full justice! Wonderful shot... IB
LexEquine 12 19 United States
9 Sep 2012 6:44PM
'Superlative perspective, pov, Composition, & Image parameters' ~ Peter
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
22 Sep 2012 8:20PM
A wonderful view of the bridge and river Thames at night

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