The camera never lies… Or does it !?!?…

Looking Up

This is another from the night spent cruising the streets of London… and even though the weather itself was rather uninspiring, this particular building was the highlight of the evening… and where the two absolute extremes of security personnel were met within minutes of each other….

You may recall the national security threat I posed when standing on someones step… Well this was that very same building… and the curved building you see here directly opposite was where the complete antitheses in security guards resided… I guess they have to work that closely so as to maintain the security balance….

I was just setting this shot up when he came out… and there was me wondering exactly which toe had set in motion the next cataclysmic event of the evening…. when he took me completely by surprise by informing us that the lights on the Lloyds Building go off at exactly 10pm… so we have only 3 minutes in which to get any other shots we might want before darkness descends…

And he was right… On the stroke of 10pm precisely the lights went out…

So proof that they do exist…. elusive as they may be to find, there ARE some nice security guards…

18 responses

  1. What a cool perspective! Do you have pictures of the two buildings separate from each other? I’m just curious as to how they look from the front. Are they across the street from each other?

    May 16, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    • Hi… Yeah it was one of those shots where I was struggling to get an angle and just happened to look up and thought… wow… Any other shots weren’t particularly good other than the 2 I’ve posted and maybe one more for the future… The best I can do to show you both buildings though would be by checking the google street view… You can see the Lloyds building, and the curved building facing it… The Lloyds building is amazing though….

      May 16, 2010 at 11:13 pm

  2. At first I thought the curve in the building was the result of a wide angle lens. Then I thought some effects had been added to make the blue look like lightning. In the end, I just thought it looked great. I like the perspective.

    As for the guards, I think they just must be bored. On a normal night, their metrics for success probably just come down to how many people they harass. Good thing you found the nice one. :)

    May 17, 2010 at 2:53 am

    • Cheers Sean, but nah, the building is actually curved like that, and the blue lights were as shot… Nothing here but the some minimal HDR, and a tiny bit of photoshop tweaking…

      May 17, 2010 at 2:13 pm

  3. SUCH a cool shot! LOVE that funky blue and the orange-y trees!

    GREAT story, too! You actually met a sane security guard!

    May 17, 2010 at 5:12 am

    • The blue is pretty cool eh… It’s one seriously impressive piece of architecture when it’s all lit up like this… Mind you, it’s impressive when it’s NOT lit up too…

      May 17, 2010 at 2:14 pm

  4. Wow this is a fantastic shot. I love the angle and the colors, beautiful..and it’s nice that you came across a nice security guard this time. :)

    May 17, 2010 at 7:45 am

    • Thanks Consuelo… I was quite surprised when he appeared to be “normal”… lol… considering the others we met that night…

      May 17, 2010 at 2:16 pm

  5. Avital Pinnick

    That is awesome! I love the electric blue. It’s nice to hear that there are some decent security guards out there.

    May 17, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    • The blue really does set this place off at night… Thanks Avital..

      May 17, 2010 at 3:24 pm

  6. aswirly

    Haha, that is too funny. What polar opposites! Well, at least you know that building has a nice one if ever you wanna go back :) This shot is suh-weeeeet. It’s looks so electric and sci fi with that all that neon blue glitering off the building. Awesome dizzying perspective too :))

    May 17, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    • Yeah, the trouble is he was in the “not so interesting” curly building, so he was probably just trying to make some new friends. He was likely jealous that the other building gets all the attention… lol…

      May 17, 2010 at 9:08 pm

  7. When I look at this shot, I feel like I am being suck into a black hole! Seriously Brian, it makes me dizzy too. Other than that, It’s definitely worth the trouble you went through during the dark night LOL
    Hey nice to know that some of the good ones are still exist in this world. ;)

    May 19, 2010 at 5:02 am

    • Haha… Yeah the perspective is pretty dizzying eh… and it was a shot I almost missed too… I guess it pays to look up sometimes… :)

      May 19, 2010 at 6:58 pm

  8. Glad to hear you didn’t get any more hassle from the Feds…and a lovely perspective too.

    May 23, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    • Cheers Bri… A few minutes later and I’d have missed it completely…

      May 24, 2010 at 9:32 pm

  9. what a corker, I havn’t looked at my shot of this. must dash and sort it. as i remember I got the shot as the lights went out!!

    May 26, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    • Well that’s what happens when you spend most of the evening chatting up the security guards… lol…

      May 27, 2010 at 1:41 pm

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