The dry moat around the Tower of London is host to a major art installation of 888,246 ceramic hand-made poppies representing the number of British and Colonial fatalities during the Great War 1914-1918 and is an impressive and powerful visual commemoration for the First World War Centenary, especially floodlit after the sun goes down. The title of the installation is 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red', which is the first line of a poem written by an unknown soldier from the First World War, and is a collaboration between ceramic artist Paul Cummins and theatre designer Tom Piper and was first unveiled on the 5th August 2014 which, 100 years ago, was the first full day of Britain's involvement in the First World War and it runs until the 11th November 2014. The ceramic poppies were on sale for £25, and were all sold out, with the proceeds divided between various service charities.
I had a wander around the Tower of London in the morning looking for vantage points to get some photos of the poppies for when it turned darker. Didn't quite get the twilight shots I wanted due to the vast number of visitors around the moat so made the best of it. As you come out of Tower Hill tube station underpass and turn right, they have a one way pedestrian system to walk around that part of the moat heading towards the Thames. They also have crowd barriers set up along that footpath that cuts down the width of it by about half. I got stuck in that section as the crowd came to a halt as the Roll Call and Last Post were sounded just after sunset so didn't get any photos of that.
I took a tripod but no way could you set one up in the crowd and these are taken hand held mostly with the camera, with a 24-70mm/f4 lens attached, held above mine and visitors heads as it was difficult to get to the front of the crowd line. I used manual settings which I could see and adjust in the tilt screen although a slightly faster f2 wide angle lens would have been an advantage.