London Big Ben - Another treatment of the Big Ben tower at the Houses of Parliament in London. Trying to find a new angle on a familiar London topic.
How I took this London Big Ben inverted picture
In the current climate, I think turning Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and the House of Commons on their head might not be too bad an idea. This picture of Big Ben was taken on an overcast day in Spring in London, in the run up to the 2010 UK elections.
I took a few standard shots of Big Ben and then started to wander around the central square trying to pick a new angle on the famous tower with its bell that chimes every hour. I spotted the murky puddle and by shuffling my position, found that it reflected Big Ben quite nicely. It was also a convenient horizontal shape to it, reflecting Big Ben's tower.
After some test pictures, I was excited to find that there were some lines leading straight towards the Big Ben tower created naturally from the grass verge to one side. More challenging, I couldn't work out how to fit both Big Ben and its reflection into one photograph. I tried tilting the camera, but I couldn't cram it all in and keep the reflection in my lens. I decided to compromise by cutting off the top of the real Big Ben tower. I went down as far as the Churchill statue.
I realised that there were intermittent London Red Buses trawling along Parliament Square, so timed my shot to get one of these splitting the frame. If I had a tripod I would have gone for a bit more motion blur here but I will have to live with the bit I took.
Despite the overcast sky, I managed to find a tiny bit of blue in the sky, which I positioned by the reflected clock face of Big Ben. Some branches help remind me that this is a puddle rather than a fancy photoshop effect.
Then I took the picture.
Back at home, in Aperture, I realised that by flipping the picture 180 degrees, your eye would recognise Big Ben, and run down the page trying to make sense of what it was seeing. A bit of fun for a most iconic of buildings - Big Ben in London.
Big Ben is the nickname for the great bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London, and is often extended to refer to the clock or the clock tower as well. Big Ben is the largest four-faced chiming clock and the third-tallest free-standing clock tower in the world. It celebrated its 150th anniversary in May 2009 (the clock itself first ticking on 31 May 1859), during which celebratory events took place.
To learn more about Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament in London, visit Big Ben on Wikipedia.
London is a city the really rocks for photography. London has so many iconic buildings and locations. I Love London. You can see my London set for more London.