for this exercise I went to Canary Wharf in London on a Sunday as it would be less busy, unfortunately, the sky was overcast and the light very flat which didn’t allow the shadows I would have liked. Canary Wharf is a very clinical place, there are gardens and parks but they are very well maintained and very tidy so more often than not they look very much like a newly planted garden. This is aesthetically pleasing as the architectural clean lines still exist but at the same time can be very sterile. The garden is located above the new Crossrail station Jubilee Place, the bridge in the second set of images is a level below and links the main estate to the new station. The other drawback with Canary wharf is that is is a private estate with its own security team, they normally tend to leave you alone if you’re not in one place for too long or are have a tripod and its busy. I didn’t know that on the chosen day there was an emergency exercise underway and I was stopped on three separate occasions, the officers were pleasant on all occasions and I also felt they were interested in what I was doing rather than being obstructive(if only some places in London could take tips!). I also bumped into a camera club walkabout and a couple of general members of the public that just wanted to chat as I had a tripod.
All of the images below are created with my Nikon D810 and 24-70 wide lens, due to the long exposures and small aperture all are mounted on a tripod. In this instance I did not use a remote release but set the camera to mirror up mode prior to releasing the shutter to create the exposure.
In the roof garden I like image 2, the garden walkway disappears behind the sign in the mid distance, you can see the sign but not what it instructs you and with the foliage hiding the path it adds a level of intrigue. The soft foliage is then overshadowed y the strong roof lines.
The walkway is a great location if you want long lead in lines, this image converts very well to black and white with the contrast boosted, however it is now one of those ‘tourist’ images regularly popping up on images of Canary Wharf. I created the usual image and also one to the side (image 5), in this image the lines converge more noticeably and the overhead light bends towards the viewer, like its seeking you out. My final select would be image 7, although quite bland in overall colours the girl in the red coat stands out, the family group is also reflected in the window on the walkway which adds another layer to this image.
Image 1 ISO 100 24mm f22 1.0sec
Image 2 ISO 100 27mm f22 2.0sec
Image 3 ISO 100 27mm f22 2.0 sec
Image 4 ISO 100 24mm f22 1.5 sec
Image 5 ISO 100 40mm f22 2.0sec
Image 6 ISO 100 24mm f22 0.7sec
Image 7 ISO 100 35mm f22 0.5 sec