Diagonal of Light
Early morning light is the best. And sometimes, as you walk past a place that the evening before looked as nondescript as could be, you stumble upon a shot. I love this one. Not only the diagonal of light, but the shadow of the walking subject and the London Brick backdrop…
As I was walking towards a meeting in Pall Mall I walked passed St Martin in the Fields, and never having gone inside, decided to give it a try. It may look sober compared to the churches and cathedrals I’m used to in Paris, but there’s something soothing in that, even to an atheist like me. Anyway, I decided it was worth a shot. Only later did I notice the man silently praying on the right hand side of the shot.
Very close to Covent Garden, there was this building in the process of being renovated. Massive space, beautiful ceilings, no idea what it was before. Love the oval windows…
*Waiting for the Tube*
I’ve been roadtesting my newly acquired Fuji XT3 these last few weeks, and I did a lot of low light shots in the London tube to push the limits of the Fuji’s light sensitivity (this is ISO 3200 for what it’s worth). The London tube is colourful and recognisable of course which makes this a quintessentially London shot.
Nelson has Company
Canon 1000D, 80mm, f/4, 1/1600s, ISO 200
One of my oldest « keepers », this photo was shot in 2009 in Trafalgar Square, mid morning in late fall, from the back of a moving cab. I like the parallel between the lamppost and the column.
St George’s, Bloomsbury
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/100s, ISO 400
Did I mention I loved columns? Obviously, this is less spectacular than this kind of shot, but the white columns on darker background make for a really interesting composition (I think). I think ideally this photo could have been enhanced with heavy rain, but for once it wasn’t raining in London!
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/100s, ISO 320
In the last 6 months I have taken to walking a lot. When I was in London I did most of my inner city travels walking, which of course is great for street photography. Somewhere between Shoreditch and Covent Garden I saw this street window that I thought was just great: the old design, the bikes in front, everything. I normally try to have a human subject in my street photos but here I felt the shop window was a character in and of itself.
Movable Reclining Chair
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/100s, ISO 640
It was early morning in Shoreditch, and when I saw this guy I knew I had a good shot. I managed to creep close enough and capture this picture. We see a lot of guys sleeping on their bikes here in Asia, but none so comfortably.
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/4, 1/100s, ISO 1600
I am often attracted to interesting facades, and of course in order to make the pictures more accessible it’s good to have a subject into the frame beyond the building itself. As a consequence I’m very aware that many of my so-called street shots follow a similar composition. It’s something I’ve just started working on, but man are lines addictive…
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/60s, ISO 250
London is all about english breakfasts and black and white. Well, amongst other things. There’s something about London that lends itself to black & white. Maybe it’s the weather…