Not a scene from "The Borrowers" just a long lens shot of the London Eye and the magnificent Coade Stone Lion that graces the southern end of Westminster Bridge in London, England. "The South Bank Lion" as it is known, once stood over the entrance to the Lion Brewery on the south bank of the Thames. The brewery closed in 1924 and lay derelict until 1949 to make way for the construction of the Royal Festival Hall. The Lion was saved, painted red and mounted outside the Waterloo Station gate to the Festival of Britain site. In 1966 the station was enlarged and the lion moved again to its present location and stripped back to the original coade stone.
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jhm (146700) 2014-07-26 1:13
Your picture is very well taken, out of a nice angle; with the lion as real eye catcher on these nice picture.
Lovely picture with the shuttles of the big wheel.
Excellent composition and good presentation too.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
snunney (92616) 2014-07-26 3:49
A very clever juxtaposing between lion and eye. Makes for a very interesting and out of the ordinary graphical composition. Beautifully illuminated as always and with superb colours and clarity. Love the title as well. Have a great weekend.
emka (89461) 2014-07-26 4:13
Hello Brian, so well spotted this lion looking at the "Eye". Good title. I would be probably scared in one of these cabins.
WArm regrads MAlgo
Tigerlily (3301) 2014-07-26 5:18
An excellently captured image, I like it, makes me laugh as well...nice colour contrast, beautiful detail. Does the lion want to be caged, but in the air as well? It doesn't look so happy...:-D, of course if I see a lion smiling at me, ha,ha... you get the conclusion.
Nicou (133510) 2014-07-26 6:50
quelle image ce lion en statue de toute beauté avec le cabines ovale comme des petites fusées de la grande roue fantastique merveilleuse vue.
Bravo et amitié
asajernigan (21427) 2014-07-26 8:02
Your composition is great showing us both the lion and eye in perfect sharpness. The contrast between the style of the lion and eye is well shown. The vertical format works fine here showing the height of the scene and allowing for nice detail. The lighting and colors are great and the photo has fine sharpness and DOF.
dekanski (4499) 2014-07-26 8:27
a lot of !!!!!!!!!! from me!
Noel_Byrne (28176) 2014-07-26 8:28
This is a very clever composition, I love how much it seems that this is a giant lion gazing at all the people in these big pods. Really nicely scene, this brings a smile to my face.
I like the lions face too, he has a very calm expression. I always take note of the expression of stone lions, so many look angry, guards that they are, but this one looks quite calm. From the heritage of a brewery, I hazard a guess he has had a nice calming beer or five and hasn't got the energy to be angry!
Strangely, the lions at Powerscourt house in Wicklow look slightly stoned, we should introduce them to this guy.
All the best
bema (26407) 2014-07-26 8:46
an very attractive composition, you´ve done here.. Looks like the Lion is watching for the next meal! hahaha..
perfect in sharpness and Colors, too..
enjoy your Weekend, see you around, Bernd
rychem (30395) 2014-07-26 8:51
Two in one, very nice capture of this majestic lion and as contrast the London Eye, well done
Lefteris13 (300) 2014-07-26 9:04
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jjcordier (79289) 2014-07-26 23:12
Le superbe lion de pierre semble veiller sur le London Eye. Beau cadrage pour cette photo de très belle qualité.
kasianowak (7759) 2014-07-27 2:50
Amazing unique shot of the London Eye. Great idea to include the lion - old and new London landmarks in one shot.
Have a nice day
carlo62 (41323) 2014-07-27 3:10
ieri avevo visto questa foto, ma non ho avuto il tempo di commentarla, lo faccio oggi.
La luce è bellissima, ma quello che colpisce immediatamente sono i due soggetti, così diversi e così uniti nella stessa foto. Eccellente messa a fuoco, con un bellissimo cielo che fa da sfondo.
npecanhuk (72092) 2014-07-27 10:53
Very interesting and attractive picture!
I specially enjoyed the colors, vertical format, chosen pov and, above all, the composition, that's original and very beautiful!
TFS - congrats,
ChrisJ (107157) 2014-07-28 12:06
OMG, A giant lion! Wait... An optical illusion, and well captured. Good sharpness and the reddish yellow lion contrasts superbly against the backdrop of blue sky. Excellent density levels and sharpness. The people in the car seem unconcerned. Tfs!
romanaa (7984) 2014-07-28 12:47
I have seen so many pictures of the Eye that I have had a feeling there is nothing more to say by taking another shot. But you have done a marvellous job. Great contrast of old and new, cold and warm colours, and the size of the lion makes the people become ants.
serp2000 (42558) 2014-07-29 0:56
Great! I like your funny idea to make so amazing composition. Very nice soft colors, good graphic.
My compliments! TFS!
adores (42331) 2014-08-04 16:13
This is a very nice shot! It really seem the lion is looking to the people inside:)! Yu captured the perfect moment! Funny and well thought. The quality is great also.
Tue (31064) 2014-08-08 10:07
I found it hard to choose on which of your photos to comment; you have uploaded some truly great pictures. This one attracted my eye, because of the old lion juxtaposed so well with the modern wheel. The blue sky is a great backgound for the warm colours of the sunlit lion.
- Copyright: Brian Denton (timecapturer) (49288)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-07-23
- Categories: Daily Life, Humorous, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Sony Alpha 850 DSLR, Sony 70-300 F4.5-5.6 G SSM, Hoya Super UV
- Exposure: f/14.0, 1/250 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
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- Date Submitted: 2014-07-26 0:57