After having sought closure with some past connections, I was feeling extremely good. I spent an hour on the balcony watching and shooting the sun set over London. I still haven’t quite mastered the sunset time lapse technique. I struggle with getting the settings right to end up with a balanced exposure. My end result tends to be too bright while the sun is still higher or too dark when the sun goes down. Will have to do more reading and tests to figure out that one.
When the sun was fully gone, I decided to take a walk along the river right by my sisters apartment. I walked as far as I could along the waters edge before turning off a random road. I do this kind of thing all the time in Munich. I go down streets I don’t know with the intention of getting lost. It’s amazing what you places you can discover that you yourself of other people never knew existed. I think it is definitely one of the best ways of getting to know a city.
I always love it when people stop and ask what you are photographing at night, since they assume it is too dark to get any good results. I love it even more when they are amazed at the results you can achieve in the dark, which in my opinion are usually better than those during the day. This was definitely the case with the Pan Peninsula Building. During the day it looked like any ordinary high-rise apartment building, but at night it was lit with long colorful stripes that almost made it look like a art-deco building in Miami, with its green and purple colors and contours. This gave the area a nice colorful focal point, that I was able to use as a bearing for finding my way back after getting lost.
Coupled with the closure I had gotten earlier in the day, the peaceful night air gave me a sense of euphoria that kept me walking all the way to the fever bank across from the O2 Arena and all the way back to my sisters apartment. A nice long walk before the long drive home tomorrow morning.