Canary Wharf - Light Festival

The fifth and the final part of the Light festival is from Canary Wharf, from the Winter Lights festival. This festival is more established and perhaps more interesting as it has more interaction between visitors and art. Another wonderful set of light sculptures and art installations such as Fantastic Planet (by Amanda Paper) inspired by the cult science fiction film Fantastic Planet [1973]

Fantastic Planet, Amanda Paper

Fantastic Planet, Amanda Paper

Another rather unique and wonderful installation was BIT.FALL (by Julius Popp)  which looked pretty much like a waterfall made of words but in fact was a very clever printer-like design placed under the DLR bridge. The printer was printing words (one at the time) using water droplets, which were then falling down to be illuminated by light once they were printed.

BIT.FALL, Julius Popp

BIT.FALL, Julius Popp

On The Wings Of Freedom - an installation by Aether & Hemera, was made of illuminated "butterflies" which were changing colours as viewers were interacting with them via mobile phones in real-time.

On the wings of freedom, Aether & Hemera,

Infinity Pools by Stephen Newby - circular pools floating on the surface of Middle Dock. The mirror-light design of pools makes them look like an endless tunnels going down.

Infinity Pools, Stephen Newby

A rotating circular frame with LED lights which change colour creates a sphere when observed for a longer time - Light Sphere, by Tom Wilkinson

Light Sphere, Tom Wilkinson

An ultra interactive installation - The Pool, by Jen Lewin Studio. Large rings of touch-sensitive pads change colour as people jump, step, run alone or in groups inside of the pool.

The Pool, Jen Lewin Studio

The Pool,  Jen Lewin Studio

My Light Is Your Light by Alaa Minawi, though beautiful reflects the plight of Syrian refugees, which areshown as lonely figures cut out of light fleeing though the darkness.

My Light Is Your Light, Alaa Minawi

My Light Is Your Light, Alaa Minawi

My Light Is Your Light, Alaa Minawi

London Lumiere - St James’s Sq

Part three - was a bit further afield at St James Square, where hanging from above and sitting on roofs were ethereal sculptures made of light -  Les Voyageurs (The Travellers) by the wonderful French artist Cedric Le Borgne. This was my favourite light instalation. All shots were taken handheld with Fuji X-T1 and Fujinon FX 50-140mm f2.8 lens.

Les Voyageurs, Cedric Le Borgne

Les Voyageurs, Cedric Le Borgne

Les Voyageurs, Cedric Le Borgne

Les Voyageurs, Cedric Le Borgne

Les Voyageurs, Cedric Le Borgne

Les Voyageurs, Cedric Le Borgne

Les Voyageurs, Cedric Le Borgne

Les Voyageurs, Cedric Le Borgne

Les Voyageurs, Cedric Le Borgne

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland with Fuji X-T1

At Christmas a large part of Hyde Park was converted into an amusement park - Winter Wonderland.  So what will a kid with a camera do?  Yep, go and have some fun. Here are a few photos taken at the park at night with long-ish exposures to get some light/movement sense or presence. Those from above were taken from the observation wheel. All but one (the last one) were taken with Fuji X-T1 and 18-55mm f2.8-4.0 which has an impressive image stabilisation - all shots were taken handheld. The last image was made with X100T 23mm lens.

18mm f8.0 iso 200 1/4

18mm f8.0 iso 1600 1/60

25.4mm f9.0 iso 200 1/4

18mm f5.0 iso 200 1/15

20.5mm f8.0 iso 200 1/125

32mm f8.0 iso 200 1/8

18mm f9.0 iso 250 1/8

18mm f14.0 iso 200 1/4

23mm f5.6 iso 1600 1/60