Twin Towers

On first arriving in the bleak and industrial area alongside the Thames, east of London, the potential for landscape photography seemed small, but on seeing the massive bridge at night, I knew that it would be the centrepiece of any photographs.

I shot this as a tungsten-lit image and fiddled with it in Photoshop, then realized that the best effect was achieved by just adjusting levels. The unusual mix of neon arc lights, tungsten, moonlight, sodium street lighting and the perpetual reflected glow on the clouds of the massive built-up area around London works in the image to produce a pretty accurate view of the scene as it was when I was standing there.

The glow below the bridge was created by the floodlit docks on the far side of the river, which are hidden by an artificially-created ridge which protects the surrounding land from flooding.

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