Category Archives: My London

Waiting for the ferry…

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I took this photograph in early December last year. Living on the North side of the River Thames I am accustomed to looking at the South side, this is the reverse. It’s taken from the South side of the river looking West along the river at the North side. It’s just a quick snapshot that I took while waiting to board the Woolwich Ferry. It was the foreshore and the old pilings in the foreground contrasting with the new of the Thames Barrier and Canary Wharf in the background that appealed to me.

Technical info: Leica D Lux 6 with 24 to 90mm zoom (35mm equivalent) at 90mm. The exposure was 1/320th of a second and the aperture was f8, the ISO was 200

Happy New Year..

 

Christ Church, Wanstead as seen from the High St looking across Evergreen Field with barbed wire in the foreground.

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I took this photograph a few days before Christmas. I had intended to just get a good shot of Christ Church looking across Evergreen Field, Wanstead and that worked successfully. However, as I stood reassessing as I usually do after the first photograph, I was drawn by the three strands of barbed wire across the top of the fence. For some unknown reason it stirred memories and emotions of less hospitable places and camps that I have been to in my career. Maybe it was the time of year with everyone getting ready for Christmas, I’m not sure. How lucky we are to live where we do, lets bear that in mind for 2014.

This photograph also appears today on Wanstead Daily Photo.

Technical info: Leica D Lux 6 with 24 to 90mm zoom (35mm equivalent) at 24mm handheld. The exposure was 1/125th of a second at f8, the ISO was 200.

A little window shopping …

A little window shopping

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If your a photographer it doesn’t hurt to be a little nosy, if fact it’s almost prerequisite, to put it more politely, be curious. By this I mean do a little window gazing as you wander the streets, if you were shopping you are probably doing it all the time. Kind of think of it as window shopping but with a camera, the bonus is of course you are not going to spend any money.

I took these two photographs in Spitalfields, Continue reading

Twice as nice.

  Twice as nice.

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Twice as nice.

Text and picture World © Geoff Wilkinson – All rights reserved.

 

Habits as we all know can be good or bad. If you stop for coffee every day at the same place that’s fine, if you make a habit of dropping litter that’s not so good.

Here’s a good habit that I picked up some time ago. Continue reading

Not everyone’s cup of tea.

Not everyone's cup of tea.

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There is an English expression ‘Not everybody’s cup of tea’, it means that something is not for you. That certainly applies to this photograph, it’s a Marmite picture, you either love or hate it. One of the wonderful things about photography is that everyone can interpret the way they see the world in their own way. A few months back Continue reading

Definitely no parking !

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The photograph above is another good illustration of why you should always have a camera with you. I know it’s a hassle sometimes but worst case scenario remember your phone probably has it’s own camera. In fact, how great the camera is on Continue reading

Composition.

Blue Sky, Spitalfields

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I have to say that I didn’t see many blue sky days during my Spitalfields project. This photograph was taken one August afternoon and if I remember correctly this was a unique weather day. Not that I worry too much about such things. One of the pieces of advice Continue reading

The Magic Hour – How to make buildings look great.

The Water Poet, Spitalfields

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The most interesting hour for taking pictures of buildings for me is called many things by different photographers.

There is a short period of time at dusk that is perfect for photography. As it gets darker, the lights from a building appear brighter, enough to shine out from the gathering night. This brief period has many names, the golden hour, blue hour, magical hour but Continue reading

Old Jewish Soup Kitchen – How I achieved this panoramic photograph.

Old Jewish Soup Kitchen. Spitalfields

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I really like the stonework on the front of this building. It’s was the old Soup Kitchen for the Jewish Poor in Brune Street, Spitalfields. It doesn’t matter what time of day or the weather, black and white or colour it always makes a good photograph. The mood of the stonework seems to change with the light.

Opened in 1902 it looked after and fed the less fortunate of the community with bread and soup. It was feeding over 4000 people per day at one stage, as late as the 1950’s it was still feeding over 1000.

The building now has been turned into apartments but the facade has been preserved and I believe is listed. I put my Continue reading