Its been a while since i last posted , i have a fair bit going on with trying to purchase a house, sort out a holiday and seek quotes for work to be done at home and given the fact is been a long few winter months i have not been out much with the camera. However yesterday i decided i would go up town and visit London. I did not have much of a plan just a couple of ideas of places i wanted to go. One of which is Leadenhall Market as i have seen images from other photographers and thought it looked a great place and as i had not been before i wanted to have a look for myself. I did discover that trying to photograph this place at lunchtime during the week was not easy as it was a very popular place for all the City Workers to come for lunch.
The market stands on what was the centre of Roman London and dates back to the 14th Century. Today however its home to traders of fresh food and drink as well as a selection of clothes outlets and a Pen Shop.
Here are a few more images from Leadenhall Market
After visiting Leadenhall Market i decided to head of down past Lloyds of London, The Cheesegrater and The Gherkin , all great names for the buildings of London's constantly changing skyline, when i came across a little side alley with this scene
I have no idea of the history of this place but looks like a real old part of Victorian London. I continued down towards Tower Bridge where i stopped for a coffee and a sit on a bench, not as fit as i was and i have not done a lot of walking since having the hip operation last year. Paying for it today as both legs are sore today, does not bode well !!
As it was still afternoon time the light around Tower Bridge was not great so i made my way onto the bridge and walked across to the other side. I walked down to the Lady and the Dolphin waterfall and grabbed a bite to eat in Tesco express which is tucked down the side of the bridge.
I walked towards City Hall and noticed that members of the public were going in so i thought i will go and see if it was ok to go in. I walked in the front door, through security xray area and back out the exit !! This was because you could only visit the lower level and i wanted to go up to the 9th floor, which is only open to the public during Open House weekend, in September !
I continued to walk along the river bank towards London Bridge and could not resist taking a image of the no well photographed Numer 1 London Bridge.
I continued on towards the Millennium Bridge and walked past a lovely pub i can not for the life of me remember the name of but would be a nice place to stop for a spot of lunch by the river, well when the summer comes anyway
On arrival at the Millennium Bridge it was still poor light as it was only about half past four by this point , so i decided to set up with my Lee Big Stopper and do a long exposure. As i was there taking images i met a couple of young men who showed a keen interest in what i was doing. We spoke briefly about my set up and how they were here on a Holiday, i gave them my card so tey could look at this the image i was taking at the time.
This one turned out to be a 81 sec Exposure ISO 100 at F/13 using a 10 stop Lee Big Stopper filter. Hope you got some good images yourself and if you do stumble across this blog post would be nice to see some of your stuff from your Holiday here, hope you enjoyed it, was nice to meet you both.
London is one of the busiest Cities in the world with thousands of tourists and city workers and we as a country are one of the most affluent in the world, however there is still a great divide between the haves and the have nots, there but for the grace of god anyone of us could potentially end up alone and nowhere to live.
From here i made my way along the Southbank towards the Houses of Parliament as i had already looked to see that this is roughly where the sun would be setting so i hoped for a nice sunset.
I arrived at my spot a little early so i played around again with some long exposures , this again seemed to attract the attention of a Orientale couple. The lady wanted to see the image on the back of the camera and instantly took her mobile and snapped a image of it !! The final shot is the one at the top , not the best sunset but a good day out even though by this point i was cold and tired of walking . I then made my way back to Blackfriars got a train to St Pancras and waited for my train back home.
Had half hour to wait so made my way outside and took this final image of the day of the bird cage swing.