Em­brace the dark­ness

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BIG CITIES BY NIGHT MAKE A WON­DER­FUL BACK­DROP for pho­tog­ra­phy, and Rich Walker (in­sta­gram.com/ rich­w­pho­tos) used a bit of re­search and per­se­ver­ance to get this stun­ning im­age of a fa­mous Lon­don land­mark with his highly orig­i­nal night shot of Bat­tersea Power Sta­tion.

“I’d seen a few ver­sions of this shot on Facebook and In­sta­gram, so while I was in Lon­don for the Open House week­end in Septem­ber, I de­cided to pay a visit.

“Hav­ing sussed out the lo­ca­tion on Google Maps, I set up my cam­era, got my com­po­si­tion sorted and spent about 45 min­utes shoot­ing light trails from the trains. It wasn’t a re­ally chal­leng­ing shoot, the main is­sues were try­ing to pre­vent the high­lights blow­ing out, and hav­ing to wait un­til the pass­ing trains were on the right tracks. The tracks clos­est and fur­thest away didn’t re­ally give good trails, so I had to wait un­til a cou­ple of trains had passed on the mid­dle sec­tion of the track to get the de­sired re­sult.”

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