St Pauls and a faulty tripod....

Hi and welcome back.  I hope Spring has indeed sprung wherever you are - I'm certainly appreciating the warmer days and later nights.

A couple of weekends back, I was fortunate enough to shoot inside one of London (and Europe's) most famous and iconic buildings - St Paul's Cathedral.

St Paul's Cathedral was built by Sir Christopher Wren in the late 17th Century (in the aftermath of The Great Fire of London).  To give some idea of its sheer scale, it was the tallest building in London from 1710 to 1967.

St Paul's is (along with Parliament/Big Ben) one of the key London sites for tourists and visitors- normally however, photography of any kind is not allowed inside the cathederal. 

This image is entirely down to the splendid people at London4All (one of Instagram's best photographic groups) for somehow arranging an after-hours visit where we could shoot away to our hearts content.  To be able to do so without hundreds of people milling around made it even more special.

To call the interior stunning actually does it no justice - several of us, rather than snapping away, took a few minutes to just soak in the magnificent surroundings.  Despite this, I know there are angles and details that I missed.

Having finally got inside St Pauls, I had the unwelcome surprise of realisng that my tripod was unusable - "frustration" is a mild understatement for how I felt!  This 5 second exposure shot was only possible becuase a fellow shooter lent me his tripod (thank you Greg!).

Having fianlly got the shot I wanted (looking towards the High Altar and featuring some of the beautiful ceiling detail), I opted for a slightly subdued edit, lowering the blacks and raising the clarity.  I hope you like the final image. 

A huge thank you to London4All for organising this visit - they're a fab bunch so give them an Instagram follow: @london4all

This image is in my London gallery and available as a print.

Please feel free to get in touch and thank you for reading.

Thanks, Mo

 

 

Abseiling for a great cause

One of the very best things about being a photographer is the opportunity it gives me to work with some fantastic people and causes.

Case in point - Orchid Cancer, an amazing group of people who do so much good work and whom I'm priviliged to have worked with for a couple of years now.  I've covered all sorts of events for Orchid from Christmas drinks to fancy-dress charity runs to The London Marathon.  Always stimulating, always varied and as you'll see, often challenging.

Last week, I found myself on top of Broadgate Tower in the City of London, covering one of Orchid's more spectacular fundraising events - namely, snapping the brave souls who each abseiled down the Tower to raise money for Orchid.

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The sun was shining, the views were incredible and every single one of the 40 fundraisers achieved their aim and abseiled down the 541 feet to terra firma.

To get these shots, I was positioned alongside the abseiling platform and was actually straddling the very edge of the building, whilst tethered to ensure I didn't take any unplanned trips.  Was I nervous?  Yes, of course I was!

From a photographic perspective, it's not often you get the chance to shoot from such a vantage point.  Broadgate Tower directly faces the City of London's skyscrapers - just about every London landmark can be seen from here.

Technically, the shots were relatively straightforward - I shot in Manual Mode with a flashgun to enable me to correctly balance the backgrounds and the abseilers.

Well done Hannah and Manjeet at Orchid for yet another superb event!  For more information on the great work done by Orchid, please visit their website - maybe I'll snap you at a fundraising event sometime!

Oh and in case you're wondering, yes - I DID abseil myself!

Thanks as always for reading,

Mo