London snapshots 3, Nov 2006
Street scenes around Covent Garden and the South Bank, London
(Photos/words © urban75, 11th November 2006)
Saturday afternoon snapshots: testing my new Nikon D80 dSLR and Sigma 30mm f1.4 lens.
I was impressed with the new Nikon camera throughout the day, although the Matrix metering is going to take some getting used to (if you don't quite 'get' how it works, it's easy to over-expose images).
Street lamps and cranes, Piccadilly.
Street portrait artist, Leicester Square.
Another street portrait artist. Why people pay money to get really average drawings of themselves in tourist spots remains beyond me!
Photographer's Gallery, Leicester Square.
Billy at the Photographer's Gallery Cafe. He makes the best sandwiches in town, and his wife's cakes are delicious!
Paints, London Graphics Centre, Covent Garden. I was experimenting with the depth of field of my new snazzy f1.4 lens, but the security guard took a dislike to my snapping antics, so I wasn't able to get this one quite right.
Once he told me to take no more photos, he proceeded to follow me around the store for the next five minutes. Which was a bit silly.
St Clement Danes Church, Strand, London. The church was dedicated to the Royal Air Force in the 1950s and holds daily prayers and regular memorial services for members of the air forces.
The original church dates back to the 10th Century AD and the current structure was rebuilt by Wren (1681), with a steeple added in 1719.
German bombing destroyed the vast majority of the church in 1941, with only the steeple and walls left extant.
The beautiful interior of the church, built from the ground up, was completed in 1958.
Dr Samuel Johnson statue.
HMS President, a 1918 ship moored at HMS President now in use as a bar and conference centre.
Waterloo book fair. See 360º panorama
Skateboarders underneath Queen Elizabeth Hall on London's South Bank.
Chatting by the Thames, South Bank.
Waiting for a friend, South Bank.
South Bank view.
Reading, South Bank.
Bench, South Bank.
Street entertainer and crowd, South Bank. There's so many of these immobile (ahem) 'entertainers' along the stretch up to Westminster there's almost a traffic jam of human statues.
Millennium Wheel and the Houses Of Parliament. Tourist-tastic photo!
The Harp pub, 47 Chandos Place, Covent Garden.
Stage Door at dusk.
Charing Cross Road at night.