An early morning start, and I was on my way to London for a street photography workshop hosted by Kevin Mullins.
Thought it best to travel light, so took my Fuji XT-1 and 2 lenses, my 18mm and 27mm pancake lens, which I’ve hardly used, for no other reason than the 18mm always seems to be on my camera and handles everything really well. So a conscious effort was made, and I started the day with the 27mm, just to see if it would be suitable for some Street Photography.
Arrived nice and early, and a brisk walk from Victoria bus station, led me past Buckingham Palace, and down The Mall, which although the weather wasn’t great, was full of people walking, running, and cycling to work.
After quickly moving on from taking the policeman’s picture under Admiralty Arch, I made my way to Trafalgar Square, I couldn’t believe the amount of people walking past the National Gallery, heads down, either buried in they’re phones or under umbrellas.
I was meeting the rest of people attending the workshop at charing cross station.
Found the right station, and a quick briefing about our day and introductions to each other with a coffee.
Shame really, that we were in the coffee shop across the road from this one, you can probably see which one from the reflection in the window.
Now I love black and white images, so the majority of the time my camera is set up in jpeg black and white, but today I was also using the Classic Chrome and Velvia filters on my camera, and I was really pleased with some of the results.
First challenge of the day was “The Colour Green”, and being on Trafalgar Square at the time there wasn’t much of it about.
Until you start looking, then that’s all you start seeing.
Next up was to use the plain background of the National Gallery’s wall to photograph movement of people, luckily I had already had a practice on my walk from the bus.
Couldn’t resist taking a picture of the painters and decorators on they’re way to work.
From here we moved to Covent Garden, where we were to capture pictures in Black and White, we also had time to use the back button focusing technique, which once I got my head around was much quicker.
I love taking pictures of everyday life, but, there’s not many people walking around with smiles on there faces, so when you see a smile, you have to try and capture it.
There it is, love it.
After a well deserved lunch break, we headed to China Town, as we walked towards it, you could see the lanterns hanging over the streets like bunting, it looked amazing, try to catch some interesting portraits was the order. An absolutely brilliant place to visit, probably my favourite part of the day.
This man walking through China Town, is probably my favourite picture of the day, I love the colours and how serious he is looking, don’t think he minded me taking his picture, I’m sure he would of told me if he did.
Last part of the day was spent in Leicester Square, then onto a debrief, some editing techniques, and a well earned pint.
Had a great time watching London being London, the information I gained on the workshop was so helpful, but most of all, I really enjoyed my day.
The images which have not been watermarked, were edited on my tablet whilst travelling back home on the bus.
Thank you for taking the time to have a look.