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A train approaching the now closed overground Island Gardens station. Taken the 25th of july 1998 around 11 pm. Preparations for this photo took about half an hour. I timed the journey from Mudchute to Island Gardens of the two previous trains to find out exactly when to start my 30 secs exposure time to make sure exposure of the film would end exactly when the train approached the points in front of Island Gardens station. As you can see i my calculation wasn't far off.
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Greenwich seen from the riverside one minute away from the now closed Island Gardens station. Visible in the picture are the Cutty Sark and the Greenwich end of the foottunnel to/from Island Gardens. This was a real 'click and run' image with the camera on half-automatic. A large group of youths was shouting threats about stealing my belongings (i was alone), i ignored them, set the exposure time to 20 secs and let the camera do the rest. After exposure i walked, with the camera still mounted on the tripod, to the safety of the well-lit Island gardens station. This picture will be redone on my next visit but then in full manual mode with various exposure times as i'm not satisfied with this picture.
Image #3 description
West india quay station and the West India Quay to Canary wharf footbridge. The bridge is open for pedestrians only. It's a simple floating bridge but it's very nicely lit at night, a must see for everyone who likes taking pictures at night. This very simple daylight picture (one of the few i did during daytime) was done in half-auto mode as it just started raining. I manually focussed on a part of the footbridge and just hit the button. It would be nice to redo the picture on a sunny day.
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A dual exposed picture of the Isle of Dogs taken from greenwich, just a few metres from the exit of the Island Gardens-Greenwich foot tunnel. I had just done a single-exposed picture of the island and i finally had an excuse to use the multi-exposure mode of the camera. It really wasn't dark enough for using this kind of effects but by the time i found out it was too late to have another go. Just after taking this one i was photographed myself by a friend of mine, the result can be seen at the bottom of this page.
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This is one of my all-time favourites, taken roughly from the same spot as image #3. The red lights in the background are on top of the milennium dome. This picture shows the footbridge as it should be seen, fully lit. It's a pity that many of the lights under the hand-rail aren't working because of poor maintenance. Don't forget to walk this bridge when visiting, the lights on the bridge surface have special filters and appear to change colour when walking past them. Taking this picture took over half an hour. I changed the position of the camera dozens of times before i found the point where it was possible to have both the bridge and the fountain (a few metres from the lens) reasonably focussed. I have never seen the fountain switched on, but that's because the water level was well below the water inlet. I forgot to compensate for the fluorescent lighting after scanning so the DLR platform in the topleft corner of the picture is just a little too green. I think it improves the rest of the picture but for those of you who'll want to retouch the picture yourself, increase the blue range from 0-170 to 0-maximum and you're done.
Image #6 description
Bank station, the start of most of my DLR journeys. A very well lit platform at the deepest point of the Bank/Monument station which is also the only underground DLR station until the Lewisham extension opens. This photo was taken using a mini-tripod mounted on one of the seats at the far end of the platform. I meant to take it using my normal tripod a little closer to the platform edge but i was told passengers would trip over the legs of my tripod. I tried reasoning with the man as i was on a disused part of the platform far from the entrance on a dead end where the trains never stopped (is that clear enough?) but i had no luck. Luckily i was allowed to take this one. One year later i was sent away from Canning Town station when waiting for a train to take a photo of. For some reason i wasn't even allowed to take pictures without a tripod over there so i guess i was lucky for being allowed to take this one at Bank. This one is on the redo list, together with the Caning Town one.
Me in action...
This is me in action, the left one was shot at the Lloyds building near Bank while i was adjusting my camera. A friend who was with me the got bored while waiting for me to finally press the button so he got my videocamera and his own camera and captured almost anything that did and didn't move, including me, on video and on photo. The result of the wait can be seen on my Lloyds building photo page, the image i was working on here is the 4th one on that page. We had just 25 minutes left that day to return to Bank station so we would still catch the last northern line train back to the hotel. It took me just over an hour to shoot the four photos i wanted and another hour and a half to walk back to the hotel... The picture on the right was done at the Greenwich side of the foot tunnel right after shooting the fourth picture on this page. There's nothing to tell you about this one that isn't already in description number four above.


Docklands Light railway page / R.P.F. Consemulder / dlrsite@conz.co.uk / august 1999