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Houses of Parliament
London, Greater London, England
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About the photo:

It was the end of a very, very long day walking around London (carrying all my camera gear). Thank goodness I had a new lightweight carbon-fibre tripod! I set up on the south bank of the Thames across from the Houses of Parliament and waited while the sun went down and the sky deepened in colour. I had a long time to wait, as this view faces directly towards the setting sun. A fellow photographer set up his gear a few feet away, and I think we surreptitiously glanced over to see what the other one was doing. He was certainly busy; I stood and waited while the Houses of Parliament became illuminated and night came on, and he clicked away like an Old West cowboy with an itchy trigger finger! I wonder what he saw that I didn't? Anyway, the sky finally get dark enough to make the lights on the Houses of Parliament stand out. What a brilliant sight. I'm not a city person, but I must admit it was stunningly beautiful, and I'm glad I waited for it.

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