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The city awakens – Dawn over London

The city awakens – Dawn over London

It was late when I got to my hotel last night. I knew my room overlooked Waterloo station and the city, but it was too black to photograph. This morning, however, after an early breakfast I was back to my room ready to pack up. The sky was just beginning to lighten up and I was greeted by the view looking east over the city as the day began too come to life. The dawn over London this morning was spectacular.

Dawn over London
Dawn over London

Dawn over London

The sky was fairly clear with some cloud to add detail and was lit by the orange of the early sunrise. The ground was still cold from the previous day and the clear night leading to a light low mist which shows the recession of distance wonderfully. It was still early so the platforms of Waterloo station were empy of the hoards of commuters that pour into London each morning. For me, it’s these views that really make London special. There’s just something fabulous about city skylines at dawn or sunset that brings it alive.

 

Dawn over London
Dawn over London

The photos

I have to say I was fortunate this morning. I managed to capture these at the perfect time of the day. My hotel room was on the twelfth floor and facing east giving me the fantastic view of the dawn. And the real bonus, is that the hotel’s triple-glazed windows were clean. This meant I was able to shoot through them with with minimal impact to the images. I made sure all the lights were off inside the room and it was as dark as possible. This is essential for avoiding reflections and glare in the glass. I also wound down the exposure compensation by 1 ⅔ stops to account for the darkness of the dawn.

These images were shot on my Sony A7 mk ii camera. This is a full frame mirror-less camera, but is still compact enough to feel you’re not lugging a monster around. If I’m honest I prefer my beast of a Canon but I do find this is perfect for quick trips to London.

Dawn over London
Dawn over London
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