This view of the Houses of Parliament from the Westminster Bridge is usually boarded for "works on the Westminster Bridge" but part of the boarding was missing on Thursday so I joined a few photographers who were already shooting the view except that I had a tripod and an SLR and the other photographers didn't.
I got pulled for a stop and search by police officers while I was shooting this one because I "didn't have a permit" from the local authority (same as everybody else but I guess the tripod and SLR spooked them).
The colours and wispy clouds intensified while they were conducting their "stop and search" but by the time they've finished writing me up and verifying the information I had provided, the light and clouds were gone and unfortunately, so had my photography eye for the night. I kept on shooting other views that night and only realised when I saw the contents of the card on the PC that none of my shots after the stop and search were usable.
Stop and Search Form: www.flickr.com/photos/kayodeok/1097627378/
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The Palace of Westminster, also known as the Houses of Parliament or Westminster Palace, in London is where the two Houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (the House of Lords and the House of Commons) meet to conduct their business. The Palace lies on the north bank of the River Thames in the London borough of the City of Westminster, close by other government buildings in Whitehall.
The palace is one of the largest Parliaments in the world.
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Sir Charles Barry's design for the Palace of Westminster uses the Perpendicular Gothic style, which was popular during the 15th century and returned during the Gothic revival of the 19th century. Barry was himself a classical architect, but he was aided by the Gothic architect Augustus Pugin. Westminster Hall, which was built in the 11th century and survived the fire of 1834, was incorporated in Barry's design. Pugin was displeased with the result of the work, especially with the symmetrical layout designed by Barry; he famously remarked, "All Grecian, sir; Tudor details on a classic body."
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Sir Charles Barry's Palace of Westminster includes several towers. The tallest is the 98 m (323 ft) Victoria Tower, a square tower at the south-western end of the Palace. The tower was named after the reigning monarch at the time of the reconstruction of the Palace, Queen Victoria. The tower is home to the Parliamentary Archives. Atop the Victoria Tower is an iron flagstaff, from which the Royal Standard (if the Sovereign is present in the Palace) or the Union Flag is flown. At the base of the Victoria Tower is the Sovereign's Entrance to the Palace. The monarch uses this entrance whenever entering the Palace of Westminster for the State Opening of Parliament or for any other official ceremony.
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