The essence of London in one simple image.

Like I said in an earlier post, whenever time, weather and jetlag permit, I like going on a photo safari.

Last week I found myself in several interesting European capitals, but only in London did I have time to actually venture out from the location somewhere in Zone 6 of the Tube map.

Due to time restrictions, travel time and the fact that I wanted to spend an hour or so in the Tate Modern, there wasn't much time to go for a long walk. Plus I was rather focused on getting to the Tate Modern and back in time, so any nice image would be an extra.

So here you have St. Paul's Cathedral as seen from the Tate Modern side of the River Thames from the bottom of Millennium Bridge.

What I especially like about this image is the special light. The light stayed like this only for a short time. I think it was because not 10 minutes after I shot this image it started to snow, yep snow. I love how the bridge leads your eyes to St. Paul's Cathedral and especially how the (natural) light works wonders to not just show the path by highlighting one side of the bridge (casting nice shadows underneath the bridge), but more importantly how it illuminates the cathedral building. 

The lines and the light automatically draw your eyes to the main subject of the image. Two composition techniques I've tried to use in this image are 'leading lines' and 'the rule of thirds'. The leading line is the bridge and the dome of the cathedral is at exactly at an intersection of two of the four lines (horizontal and vertical) that cut this image in 6 parts. Three parts, horizontally and three parts vertically.