A slow walk in the city

Tonight we met an old friend in the city for dinner and took a slow stroll along the Thames, crossing over Millenium Bridge. After a grimey afternoon that saw us reaching for plastic ponchos, we were treated a lovely sunset.

     Aperture: ƒ/5 Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Focal length: 24mm ISO: 400 Shutter speed: 1/20s
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Close up and personal

The Gerkin is fast becoming one of the signatures of London’s skyline. It’s really quite a weird-shaped building. But without a privileged viewpoint, one has to walk up close to the building to see it, and when you get there, you’re looking upwards. We seem to be doing that a lot this trip. Often, this means you’re getting other buildings in the shot as well.

Here you can see the multi-faceted panes of glass that make up the buildings exterior.

     Aperture: ƒ/4 Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Focal length: 70mm ISO: 100 Shutter speed: 1/800s
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London gallery

Here’s a few random photos from London as a gallery.

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The wheel in the sky keeps on turning

You can’t exactly go to London and NOT see the London Eye. Even if you don’t want to, you will. We had no plans on joining the masses for a 30min jaunt above the buildings (technically, only HALF would be above the buildings) but a slow stroll past it was really pretty.

     Aperture: ƒ/5.6 Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Focal length: 57mm ISO: 100 Shutter speed: 1/500s
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From pristine to grunge

We rode the open-topped bus like real tourists as it’s a great way to see the city. You hit the highlights and see angles you wouldn’t from the street. Mayfair in London sure is quite opulent and grand. So this evening, we walked Brick Lane to get to a brewpub in Shoreditch. Walls are covered with graffiti, curry houses are packed to the brim and it contrasts starkly with the streets of Mayfair. It was great!!

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Seen on the streets of London

As with any large city, there’s a lot to see while just walking about. Yes, there’s many museums and stores to go into a look around, but often the best thing is to just wander the streets and follow one’s nose.

This was taken along the Thames somewhere.

     Aperture: ƒ/2.8 Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Focal length: 28mm ISO: 800 Shutter speed: 1/40s
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London architecture – attempt #2

This afternoon, we took one of the clique’d open-top bus tours. Surprisingly, it’s a very good way of seeing the city (any city really) and our guide was very good. Despite the wind, we had a great time.

The above image has a hotel build for the 2012 Olympics in the foreground.

     Aperture: ƒ/4 Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Focal length: 35mm ISO: 100 Shutter speed: 1/800s
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London – surprise architecture

Architecturally, London is a strange place. On one hand, you have 1000 year-old castles, and on the other, you have modern, futuristic skyscrapers. In some cases, alongside each other. It’s all very strange. Above is an image of the ‘Walkie Talkie’ – a building that’s designed to look like a 2-way radio…

Peculiar doesn’t even begin to describe it…

     Aperture: ƒ/4.5 Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Focal length: 59mm ISO: 100 Shutter speed: 1/500s
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London – The Barbican

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have finally made it to London.

Our first jaunt was a personal mission to Wimbledon to pick up concert tickets, but on the way back to detoured back to our apartment via the Barbican. Needless to say, our initial efforts didn’t do the place photographic justice, and a return trip is in order. I can see it out of the window of our flat. So that’s nice

     Aperture: ƒ/5.6 Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Focal length: 24mm ISO: 100 Shutter speed: 1/320s
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Before the boardwalk

     Aperture: ƒ/10 Camera: Canon EOS 20D Focal length: 26mm ISO: 100 Shutter speed: 1/400s
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