A city break with a camera – in retrospect

I’m having to look back for inspiration. I’ve only been out of the house with my camera once since Christmas – for a variety of reasons: the weather; I live in a town having the highest Covid infection rate in the country; and I’m trying to compile my first photobook.

Two years ago, the weekend starting Friday 3 January, 2020, I had a Christmas present from my wife, two nights in London to indulge my wish to photograph the city of London.

I caught an early train to Liverpool then a connection to London – the latter being a journey of two-and-a -half hours or so. On arrival, I took a London Underground train to Bank Station – just around the corner from the Bank of England – and deposited my suitcase at my pre-booked hotel. Check-in wasn’t until 3:30 pm or so. I then left with my backpack, two cameras and a tripod for a walk into London’s financial district – its Square Mile.

I knew what I wanted to photograph, but I also knew that the Square Mile is on private land and has its own laws and police force – who don’t take kindly to people with cameras and tripods. I found just the spot I wanted in the Leadenhall and Bishopgate area, looked-up, lay down on the pavement and started taking photographs. This seemed to amuse passers-by greatly, but, having got what I wanted, I donned my backpack again, picked up my tripod and left.

Much as I loved capturing the shape of the spaces between the tall buildings, the reflections in their glazed walls and the science-fiction appearance of the Lloyds building – I adored the Gherkin (pictured above).

Obviously, I had taken a lot more photos than the few above, but this post is just an introduction to my weekend and its first morning. Tomorrow, I’ll be telling you about my first afternoon at The Queen’s House (no not Buckingham Palace!), Canary Wharf, and the Tower of London (and no, I hadn’t been arrested.)

Just another tall building today – but that was my morning – it was a lot of walking before lunch!

EXIF data were: I used my Pentax KP 24 MP cropped sensor dslr camera coupled with a 16-85 mm f/3.5-5.6 lens. Shutter speed 1/80 secs @ f/8 and 16 mm. ISO 100.

Author: writingandphotography0531

I am a retired local government officer. At that time, I was an IT manager and had associated responsibilities for training. I have previously been involved, in various organisations, with aspects of industrial training and management development. My hobby is photography and, until recently, hillwalking in Snowdonia. I have just written my first novel, Persephone and the Photographer, published as a Kindle eBook.

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