Piccadilly Circus: Eros

Eros in Piccadilly Circus
Eros in Piccadilly Circus

The Angel of Christian Charity? No, incorrect.  Eros, Greek God of love? Also incorrect. A dollar for anyone who can tell me the name of the statue atop the Shaftesbury Monument Memorial Fountain in Piccadilly Circus, London.

Is there a circus in Piccadilly Circus? Was there a circus? Elephants eating peanuts? Clowns (God forbid)? Alas, no. I was vastly disappointed, as I was with much of my UK adventure. Circus comes from the Latin word meaning “circle.” (Thanks, Wikipedia).

From Wikipedia:

The Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain in Piccadilly Circus was erected in 1893 to commemorate the philanthropic works of Anthony Ashley Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury. During the Second World War, the statue atop the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain was removed and was replaced by advertising hoardings. It was returned in 1948. When the Circus underwent reconstruction work in the late 1980s, the entire fountain was moved from the centre of the junction at the beginning of Shaftesbury Avenue to its present position at the southwestern corner.

Piccadilly Circus

This is an HDR experiment gone coolly awry. All the HDR tutorials say to use a tripod. I will shout from the highest mountaintops: I hate tripods.

This is a composite of three images. If you look really close you can see they don’t completely align. That can be blamed on a) no tripod; b) the pints the night before and my shaking hands; c) the biting cold. Note: This was shot back in the day when cameras DID NOT have built-in HDR functions.

Now, most cameras have HDR built-in. It was over-used smoke and mirror before, I truly hate to think what it has become. That said, I do shoot an HDR image now and again, with the built in function on my Canon 5D Mark III. It does give a little extra detail in some lighting situations.

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