During my hunt for Christmas trees I discovered the beauty of the open air ice-rinks that pop up over London every winter. This set features the rink at Somerset House which began life as a Royal Palace back in the 16th Century during the reign of Elizabeth the first. Its now an arts centre and its splendid court yard features some wonderful fountains in the summer and an ice rink in the winter.
I enjoyed trying to capture the skaters and took two sets, one during the day and one at night. But the real magic for me was the way the ice was smoothed after each session as it gave me a wonderful unexpected photo opportunities.
The Saturday night session I went to was of course date night. And I stumbled over couples without even trying. This picture is really in the post for the story which my camera wasn’t up to capturing with its limited controls. The lady with the wings had been teaching her date to skate all session. She was skating backwards and leading him by both hands, as he gingerly skated towards her. You can see he is much taller than her and and it was great to see them skating side by side by the end of the session.
Here’s a gallery of the whole set. As always click on a photo to view in gallery mode.