Passing Through

In my last Post (click here) I showed an image from a passageway on the walk from Charing Cross Station to Southbank via Hungerford Bridge. Today we look up at the first part of that walkway viewed from Villiers Street – a short street that slopes down from The Strand to the Embankment.

There’s a brief ‘window’ where people on the walkway high above pass through an open section where they are reflected in the glass façade of PricewaterhouseCoopers.

IMG_5501_CropShooting with the Canon G10 was not easy (due to shutter lag). There was very little time to ‘catch’ people when they came into view and I was also endeavouring to shoot over the heads of pedestrians walking along the sidewalk from which I was shooting.

Every time I shoot Glass reflections I give thanks for the fact that Float Glass is very rarely Flat. If it were, life would become rather boring. It’s the capacity of Float Glass to warp and distort the environment that it reflects that adds so much interest to this type of shot.


About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'. I'm not averse to manipulating images to produce derivatives that may sometimes be far removed from the original.
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14 Responses to Passing Through

  1. Adrian Lewis says:

    Good stuff, Andy, great image! Adrian

  2. Earl Moore says:

    Very interesting view giving plenty of opportunity for the viewers imagination to write their own story. Well done…especially using the G10.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thank you Earl. This was one occasion when the G10 was really a bad choice. There was a a very narrow window of opportunity to catch people passing through. A shutter lag was something I could have done without!

  3. oneowner says:

    How boring it would be if glass gave a perfect reflection. Well done.

  4. janina says:

    A long time fan of reflections, this one takes my eye, andy! Good one! But, why were you so intent on having a ‘still’ person? I think even a slightly blurred moving person would be just as interesting, if not more so; perhaps a gang of people going by….you know!

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Janina. People moved past this window in 2-3seconds and with a G10 it was hard to catch people at the right moment. Apart from the fact I was trying to avoid disrupting pedestrians, some of whom were kind enough to stop when they saw a camera raised, many ploughed on regardless. It would have been a lot easier with a dSLR and perhaps a change of position. And I was a little short on time. An extra 5-10mins and I might have got something more adventurous. Anyway – enough of my excuses! It’s one of those scenes I would like to return to.

  5. Len says:

    Very creative shot Andy. You seem to have a knack for silhouettes and this is really an unusual (in a great way) take on one.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thank you very much Len. This was quite unusual – somehow you don’t expect to be looking up quite acutely and seeing people reflected in glass along with some rather bizarrely rendered trees.

  6. Phillip says:

    I agree the float glass does make an interesting and creative shot. You have a great eye for this sort of photography. Great job!

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