The Palace of Westminster

It’s a long time since I was in London at Sundown, but last week we were walking along the Southbank with our son on a perfect summer’s evening as the sun was going down behind the Palace of Westminster, or the Houses of Parliament as they are better known.

IMG_7940I got left behind as my wife and son walked on ahead, while I stopped every minute or two for another shot. Images like this are hackneyed and taken by the million, but there’s nothing quite like having a version of one’s own.

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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'.
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21 Responses to The Palace of Westminster

  1. oneowner says:

    Beautiful sunsets are a requirement for every photographer, like baskets of kittens.

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  2. seekraz says:

    Beautiful silhouette, Andy…and I’ve never seen the image here, so it’s all new to me!

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    • LensScaper says:

      It sounds strange to say that approaching 70 this is the first time I can recall seeing sunset over the Houses of Parliament!

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      • seekraz says:

        So it wasn’t hackneyed and overdone for you then, Andy…it was a “once in a lifetime” (thus far) event. 🙂

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        • LensScaper says:

          No, not hackneyed for me, Scott. There is a well-established, and documented, love/hate relationship with images of sunset among many photographers (in the UK at least) that has given rise to the letters NABSS – standing for ‘Not another b***** sunset’! I understand the attitude but don’t subscribe to it personally. If I see a sunset I capture it, but generally hide it from public view!

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  3. Thanks for that last, forgiving, sentence, Andy. (And I did enjoy your photo.)

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  4. Superb shot Andy 🙂

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  5. shoreacres says:

    Well, I’ve never seen such a shot. I think it’s beautiful, and you have quite a sky to go with the silhouettes. I’m not too fond of technicolor sunsets, anyway. This one suits me just fine.

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  6. Such a dramatic sky you have captured and of course set against a well know skyline. A very nice photo.

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    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks very much Otto. We must have spent fifteen minutes walking along the embankment watching the sun sink lower in the sky and I took a series of images. This was the one that had the most pleasing silhouette.

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  7. Chillbrook says:

    A smashing silhouette Andy. The sky is superb and as you say, nothing like having your own version of a scene that is often photographed. We all bring something new.

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  8. poppytump says:

    You ‘ve said it Andy *one’s own version … Lovely photo I’m not agin at all to sunset pictures … and I’d not heard of NABBS .. :-/ just as I’m looking through some pics I’ve taken this week down In Sussex … 😀
    Have a super weekend Andy , temperatures a little less tropical thank heavens .

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    • LensScaper says:

      Glad to hear you enjoy sunsets too, Poppy. The F1 Grand Prix comes our way this weekend – and the Red Arrows will fly straight over our house repeatedly on Sunday, so it won’t be quiet. We will be down in Sussex in the next week or two – househunting has shifted a bit south of the Surrey Hills.

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  9. Len says:

    It is hard to not recognize this famous landmark, even in silhouette. Lovely light.

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