You might have seen the new lights on London’s bridges, and some of the projections on the buildings during either the Jubilee, or the Olympics. If you did, and certainly if you didn’t, take a walk along the Thames in to London one evening and take a look – they are quite something in the flesh. In case you haven’t guessed it, that’s exactly what I did on Friday evening – with a big thank you to Bernie Mitchell, the London Bloggers meet up, and MoL Presents.
It was some of the most technically challenging photography I’ve done in a while, shooting long exposures from a boat on a river is definitely something that will hone your photography skills! If you are planning to take serious shots, rather than just enjoying the incredible displays, you might want to bring a tripod or a monopod with you. If you’re not a photographer, you’ll get to enjoy the show undistracted!
We gathered by City Hall, and caught some of the day’s Olympic events on the big screen, which was a great atmosphere to get the evening started and a good chance to catch up with fellow bloggers from around London. To get a feel of what you’ll find when you walk the Thames of an evening this summer, see the photo set – the first few photos are during daylight as we gathered, after that it’s lights, lights, lights!
You’ll find each of the major bridges lit, and on the Houses of Parliament from 29 August until 9 September there’s a programme of Paralympic projections that runs from 8pm until midnight every evening (except 3–6 September). The show runs every 15 minutes, for about 9 minutes. The bridge displays run from 9.30pm until 5am, with something a little special on the hour, every hour at: Golden Jubilee footbridge, Waterloo Bridge, Blackfriars Bridge, Millennium Bridge, Southwark Bridge, London Bridge and Tower Bridge.