On my final full day in the UK, I got on the train from Bicester village where I was staying with Steve and Sam, on my way into London. It seemed only fitting to share my adventures in London. I wish I had more time to explore, but I made use of the time I had, and the highlight of the journey to London was to meet my buddy, Jay Slater with Fonthill Media, my book pubisher! This was the view from the train window on an overcast chilly morning. This would inspire me to look for opportunities later, so stay with me.
I walked from Victoria Station where I dropped my bag, to Buckingham Palace and its gardens. Quite a lovely place, and major tourist attraction as you can see. But you couldn’t do much there, as the palace gates were closed. London is on high terrorist alert and they have some of the best trained police in the world, so I understand. The Queen was out of town that day from what I learned.
Great street photography sometimes involves oblivious tourists, they had a story to tell too!
I walked through the gardens and eventually found Hard Rock Cafe to get T-shirts, lol! Here was a subject passing through the path of light in a heavily shaded area. Part of following light and using dimensions.
After getting my shirts and having lunch at Henry’s Pub, I walked to Westminster Bridge, another famous spot. That beer and steak and ale pie was delicious, so more walking seemed like the smart thing to do. This was overlooking the River Thames, by Big Ben, Parliament, and the London Eye. Sadly, the clock tower and parliament buildings were under a several year renovation project and were surrounded by scaffolding, but I didn’t go there for that anyhow.
This young man reflecting and the dimensions of the steps, mysterious subject composition, and the water made for an interesting capture I thought.
I thought a silhouette of Westminster Bridge would make an interesting perspective, as pedestrian traffic.
The London Eye is super gargantuan, I can’t say that enough.
I got back to Victoria Station, and took the Zone 6 train to Sutton, to meet Jay, the book publisher. I saw the reflection of a couple sitting in the row in front of me and thought I’d see what I could do with it.
I arrived in Sutton and found an interesting contrast of a subject passing through sunlight and another in shade.
Robin Hood Pub, where I met my publisher….the beer had started working. On the way to a different pub, and saw a graveyard next to a church. It was great to get to know him in a more real personal way as opposed to business emails. I also got many good tips on publishing and authoring. This was a great way to close out a magical journey.
Then off to another pub yet again…I hope you’ve enjoyed my adventures in London, back again soon I hope!