London and a mixed bag of Photography

Last week I ventured off on a day trip to London.  It had been a while since my last visit and I was long overdue a day of ‘me’ photography.  I had no real agenda and no expectations of what i would find or photograph, but, as London is place where you can find and photograph anything and everything, i was more than confident of getting something ‘in the bag’.

With that in mind it did make me take a little more kit that I really should have, but, with the light weight of the Fuji XT1 and its complement of amazing lens’ it wasn’t a real issue.  I did however make a return trip to the car shortly after parking at the rain station to dump my tripod as a last minute decision to leave this behind.

Monday morning in London was manic, it’s manic every morning to be honest, but this particular Monday was the day after the London Marathon.  The cleanup process was still in full swing and there were stacks upon stacks of those meal barriers everywhere, but, the cleanup team must have been very hard at work all night restoring the city to its normal self ready for there Monday morning onslaught.

I love the huge diversity London offers and it’s great to see all the tourists taking in the sights but i’d wish they would leave those blooming selfie sticks at home.  Having nearly had my eye taken out on a couple of occasions was beginning to wear a little thin as they waved them around with little or no regard to those around them.

All-in-all though it was a great day where i photographed ‘that’ anything & everything, from some of the iconic buildings, life on the street, life under the street and even those blooming tourists with their selfie sticks, lol.  The weather was very changeable with some heavy rain showers but it certainly did not stop play, moreover, it helped create a winning image, more about that a little further on.

Again, the Xt1 was a dream to work with, occasionally shooting from the hip and zone focusing for the street shots – but i must admit that i still need a little more practice at this technique.  As for that tripod i left behind, i didn’t even miss it.  I photographed a few long exposure images, some in excess of 75 seconds, all helped with the Lee Seven5 filter system, and just used what was available such as walls and even the pavement.  It helped me compose some great images with a low perspective and the freedom of working without a tripod was very liberating.

The week ended on a high by me submitting an image into the Fujifilm_UK #fujifridaychallenge, with the weeks theme being reflections, and having my entry chosen by renowned Fuji X Photographer Paul Sanders as the winning image.  As mentioned above, the image was taken just after a heavy rain shower and i was in an area of high-rise office blocks, with a view of the Shard in-between, and the wet pavement in combination with the glass sided buildings created an amazing reflective scene.

Anyway, I hope you like the images i’ve added below.  Please do feel free to share the blog and leave me a comment and if you missed my last blog post on why i moved to the Fujifilm X system you can read that here.  Thanks, Rob.

London Photography by Rob Ferrol

There’s more to London you know.

News reader on the streets of London by Rob Ferrol

News reader ready for action

Tourists in London posing with selfie stick

Grrr, the curse of the selfie sticks.

Padlocks left by lovers

Lovers locks

A newly married couple on Westminster bridge, london

Just married

big ben London with blurred London bus and jogger

Lunchtime rush hour at Westminster bridge

stormy clouds over westminster by rob ferrol photography

Stormy clouds over Westminster

London bus blurred with motion as it passes red london phone box by rob ferrol

elderly females taking a cigarette break

Fag break

two males outside bookshop in london by rob ferrol

Another fag break

lonely female in cafe by rob ferrol

Deep in thought

 

london city skyline in black and white by rob ferrol

London city skyline

long exposure of tower bridge by rob ferrol

Tower Bridge long exposure

st pals cathedral by rob ferrol

St Paul’s from Millennium bridge

statue of fire fighters and st pals cathedral by rob ferrol

Firefighter statue near St Pauls

shard reflections on a rainy day in london by rob ferrol

The winning shot

A mixed bag of London – Street, Architecture, Fashion & Sports Photography

In my last blog post i gave you an highlight of my images that i took of the final stage of the Tour of Britain cycle race.  A chance encounter on a fantastic weekend in the city.

I had planned to be on a 2 day workshop that ended up being cancelled last minute but having already paid my travel & accommodation costs i decided to still head down there and have a weekend of self indulged photographic fun.  It was my first ever time in London on my own with my camera so i had just planned to take my time and soak it all up and it ended up being a mixed bag weekend.

I’d arrived late in london due to a train delay but was pleased to see East Coast Trains staff handing out refund vouchers which was a pleasant surprise, id always thought train delays were part and parcel of modern day rail travel so well done East Coast Trains for your fist class customer service.  So, having arrived late, i decided to head straight over top Tower Bridge to get some late evening shots.  I didn’t plan on dragging all my luggage with me but i didn’t want to waste my first evening.  The hotel checkin could wait a little while longer.  As i mentioned above, the weekend turned into a mixed bag of photographic subject.  As well as stumbling across the Tour of Britain on the Sunday i found myself in a photographers melee on Saturday afternoon.  After a quick lunch at the Covent Garden food market I wandered down to the Strand and found London Fashion Week in full swing.  There were photographers and models everywhere, it was like organised chaos and one couldn’t resist grabbing a few shots.  I may have to venture down to London just to capture the atmosphere around this event one day.

Anyway, i suppose i’d better let you get to the images.  As I said a very mixed bag of stuff which i hope you will like.  Please do feel free to leave a comment and maybe share this blog with your family & friends.  Just before i go i’d like to finish in a couple of thank you’d both heading in the direction of two London Cabbies.  Firstly to a kind chap called Dave who, after chatting in the cab on the way to the hotel, decided to give me a free ride out of gratitude for my past military service and also for my current public service as a Paramedic.  I was blown away with his kind hearted gratitude.  Secondly to another London Cabbie and good friend Terry who is also an amazing photographer, you can see some of his fabulous images on his website here.   He took time out of his hectic weekend day to catch up over coffee and then to show me a few locations around Canary Wharf.   So, on to the images.

London by Rob Ferrol Photography

Tower Bridge, London

Underground, London Rob Ferrol Photography

Early morning tube ride – so quiet compared to the evening rush hour.

London, the shard,rob,ferrol photography

Dawn Light on the Shard, Lomndon

The Shard London Rob Ferrol Photography

Dawn Light on the Shard, London.

London Rob Ferrol Photography

Skateboard Graveyard, Golden Jubilee Bridge, London

London Rob Ferrol Photography

Sh*@ting on Humanity

London Rob Ferrol Photography

Going Underground.

London Rob Ferrol Photography

London Street Photography

London Rob Ferrol Photography

What to have for lunch?? Food market in Covent Garden

London Rob Ferrol Photography

Flying the flags, Covent Garden, London.

London Rob Ferrol Photography

London Fashion Week

London Rob Ferrol Photography

London Fashion Week

London Rob Ferrol Photography

London Fashion Week

London Rob Ferrol Photography

Dusk colour at Canary Wharf

London Rob Ferrol Photography

Canary Wharf in Mono

London Rob Ferrol Photography

Bright Lights Big City. Canary Wharf, London

London Rob Ferrol Photography

Millennium Bridge & St Paul’s Cathedral, London.

London Rob Ferrol Photography

Millennium Bridge & St Paul’s Cathedral, London.

London Rob Ferrol Photography

Canary Wharf Clock, London.

London Rob Ferrol Photography

Tube Tunnels, London.

London Rob Ferrol Photography

Spot the Banana, Canary Wharf, London

London Rob Ferrol Photography

Lloyds Building, London.

London Rob Ferrol Photography

Gherkin abstract, London.

London Rob Ferrol Photography

Tour of Britain final, London.

London Rob Ferrol Photography

Tour of Britain final, London.

London Rob Ferrol Photography

Tour of Britain final, London.

Tour of Britain in London

It was by a streak of opportunistic luck that i came across this final of the Tour of Britain cycle race in London tis weekend.  I’d planned to be in the city on a two day photographic workshop but sadly this was cancelled by the organiser last minute.  Having already paid my accommodation and hotel fees i decided to just head down anyway and have a self indulged weekend of photography shooting some city architecture and some street photography.  It turned into a weekend of good fortunes, more about this in my next blog.

Anyway, i managed to catch up with a fellow photographer and London Cabbie Terry Gibbins who happened to mention that there was a cycle race on the Embankment on Sunday.  I was planning to head into the city on that day to shoot some LE stuff around the Gherkin and Lloyds building and figured there would be less people around on a sunday.  There was in a way but it was full of traffic that was being diverted due to the race so was not as peaceful as i had hoped.  So, with a morning spent there i decided to grab the tube and head over to Westminster for the last few hours before heading home from Kings Cross.  After getting off the tube at Westminster i found that i was right in the epicentre of the race.  What i’d seen earlier must have been some warm up heats as the actual race hadn’t started.  The place was full of people but i somehow managed to find a clear spot that looked straight down the start/finish line.  Not sure how i managed that one but it was a prime spot i wasn’t go into give up so decided to get comfy and enjoy the race.  The atmosphere was amazing with entertainment provided by the band of the Coldstream Guards and then some very enthusiastic DJ/Compare.  Anyway the images below are just a selection of what i took, im not sure of all the competitors names but Sir Bradley Wiggins was in there somewhere, hope you like them!!

I’ll have a full roundup of my weekend in London coming soon but please feel free to leave a comment and why not stop by my website to see more of my work.


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Reflecting on a good year – 2013

Just been archiving a load of images from 2013 so i thought I’d put up a little blog post as a sort of reflection on the year.  Its been one of my busiest photographically and i’ve pressed the shutter button more times this year than any other.

One thing that I have noticed this year though that I have neglected making images for my own pleasure, most of my work has been commercial or wedding orientated, so, over the course of the next twelve months i intend to make more of an effort to shoot some personal images in the genres of Landscape & Street photography.

The images below are not a “best of”, they are more of a look back of some fun, memorable moments from 2013.  I hope you like them!!

The glitzy highlight to the North Notts business calendar.

The glitzy highlight to the North Notts business calendar.

The highlight for me was seeing the Vulcan Fly.  As a young Airman I used to stand in awe as this huge beast flew it's practice displays above RAF Marham.

The highlight for me was seeing the Vulcan Fly. As a young Airman I used to stand in awe as this huge beast flew it’s practice displays above RAF Marham.

It's been rumored that the road to Spurn Point has been destroyed by all the recent storms making future visits here impossible.

It’s been rumored that the road to Spurn Point has been destroyed by all the recent storms making future visits here impossible.

This place was something else.  A surreal mix of industrial abandonment & tranquility.  Well worth another visit or three.

This place was something else. A surreal mix of industrial abandonment & tranquility. Well worth another visit or three.

Cant beat getting some shots when names like Citizen, Rihanna & Victoria's Secrets are in the lens.  All part of my commercial clients Advertising campaigns.

Cant beat getting some shots when names like Citizen, Rihanna & Victoria’s Secrets are in the lens. All part of my commercial clients Advertising campaigns.

There were plenty wedding throughout the year.  Along with the stunning brides there were some stunning venues too.

There were plenty wedding throughout the year. Along with the stunning brides there were some stunning venues too.

I was luck enough to gain early access to Hodsock Priory to photograph their annual Snowdrop display.  Well worth a visit of you are in the area.

I was luck enough to gain early access to Hodsock Priory to photograph their annual Snowdrop display. Well worth a visit of you are in the area.

Being only 10 minutes drive away this play was always a favourite for a day/evening out.  It also proved a popular spot for many of my pre-wedding photoshoots.

Being only 10 minutes drive away this play was always a favourite for a day/evening out. It also proved a popular spot for many of my pre-wedding photoshoots.

Ya can't beat celebrating with good friends.  We've known Gill & Glen a long time now and whenever we're together there is always much fun, laughter and eeerr beer!!! :-)

Ya can’t beat celebrating with good friends. We’ve known Gill & Glen a long time now and whenever we’re together there is always much fun, laughter and eeerr beer!!! 🙂

A big highlight to our summer was hosting a child from the Ukraine for a few weeks.

A big highlight to our summer was hosting a child from the Ukraine for a few weeks.We gave a few weeks of our lives to give years of life to the little people of Korosten, Ukraine. An area affected by the Chernobyl disaster. I’ve blogged about this earlier so will leave a link below.

The Aurora Cancer Charity Awards were one of my busiest events of this year,  I love working with charities and having lost close family members to cancer this once was close to my heart.

The Aurora Cancer Charity Awards were one of my busiest events of this year, I love working with charities and having lost close family members to cancer this once was close to my heart.

For the second year running Andrew asked for Alan from A Team Fitness who runs 'boot camp' style parties for kids & big kids.  I wonder what he will choose for his birthday party theme this year?.........

For the second year running Andrew asked for Alan from A Team Fitness who runs ‘boot camp’ style parties for kids & big kids. I wonder what he will choose for his birthday party theme this year?………

A big celebrity shoot, this time for another Cancer Charity.  Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity asked me to photograph their annual 'light the night' walk and the bonus this year was that Jessica, the charities patron, would be there for a special photoshoot and to start the event.

A big celebrity shoot, this time for another Cancer Charity. Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity asked me to photograph their annual ‘light the night’ walk and the bonus this year was that Jessica, the charities patron, would be there for a special photoshoot and to start the event.

Another celebrity in the bag this year was Colin Salmon who was presenting the awards at the Redemption & Justice awards.

Another celebrity in the bag this year was Colin Salmon who was presenting the awards at the Redemption & Justice awards.

This year saw the 70th Anniversary of the Dambusters raid in Germany.  A occasion that was marked by a memorial flypast of the Lancaster bomber.

This year saw the 70th Anniversary of the Dambusters raid in Germany. A occasion that was marked by a memorial flypast of the Lancaster bomber.

Sticking with the Lancaster theme.  I photographed the ceremony to mark the laying of a memorial stone in memory of a Lancaster that crashed close by killing many of its crew.

Sticking with the Lancaster theme. I photographed the ceremony to mark the laying of a memorial stone in memory of a Lancaster that crashed close by killing many of its crew.

Jodies Birthday party was at Creswell Craggs.  A prehistoric cave complex which suited these Neanderthal kids to the ground.  I tried to give this image a 'Land that time forgot' look.  Not sure if it worked...

Jodies Birthday party was at Creswell Craggs. A prehistoric cave complex which suited these Neanderthal kids to the ground. I tried to give this image a ‘Land that time forgot’ look. Not sure if it worked…

Lost count how many times i've been here.  There have been occasions when I never made it out of the car but when the light is good you can see its well worth it!!

Lost count how many times i’ve been here. There have been occasions when I never made it out of the car but when the light is good you can see its well worth it!!

I entered a few images into the Nottingham Flickr groups 'Connected' exhibition and was in awe at the quality of the work on display.  I even managed to sell one of my images on display.  I wonder if it's gracing a prime location or a toilet wall somewhere in someones house

I entered a few images into the Nottingham Flickr groups ‘Connected’ exhibition and was in awe at the quality of the work on display. I even managed to sell one of my images on display. I wonder if it’s gracing a prime location or a toilet wall somewhere in someones house

Andrew loves sports day which is a far cry from my childhood memories of them.

Andrew loves sports day which is a far cry from my childhood memories of them.

I love street photography.  One of my goals this year is to shoot a lot more than i did in 2013.  Capturing life in an uncontrolled environment is not easy but its loads of fun.

I love street photography. One of my goals this year is to shoot a lot more than i did in 2013. Capturing life in an uncontrolled environment is not easy but its loads of fun.

Not sure why I've included this image.  Possiblhy because it encapsulates all that is right with this country and all that is wrong with it too!!  I love this country for its history, architechture, culture and diversity  but boy do i get annoyed with those that run it.  I'm not going there in this blog though :-/

Not sure why I’ve included this image. Possiblhy because it encapsulates all that is right with this country and all that is wrong with it too!! I love this country for its history, architechture, culture and diversity but boy do i get annoyed with those that run it. I’m not going there in this blog though :-/

Managed a few model portrait shoots along the way too.  Mostly TFP stuff, portfolio building, playing with lighting techniques etc.

Managed a few model portrait shoots along the way too. Mostly TFP stuff, portfolio building, playing with lighting techniques etc.

The Streets of London

This week I took a trip down to London for the day with an old friend Bryn to shoot some street scenes.  Street photography is a relatively new genre that I’m exploring but enjoying immensely.  With no clear agenda I set out to record what I found interesting, what captured my attention and generally have a good bloomin day out.  We walked miles and witnessed everything from candid emotions,  street protests & Street artists all while doing a little bit of tourists snapping taking in the scenery and wonderful architecture of this fantastic city.

London has so much to offer and explore, way more than a day trip can do justice, so I’m hoping to head back down there next month.  Anyway, here are a selection of images from the day, I hope you like them.  Please feel free to leave me a comment and share with your friends, or stop by my website or Facebook page for more images and updates.  Thanks for looking.

Start the day off with one of many coffee's

Start the day off with one of many coffee’s

Tunnel vision.

Tunnel vision.

Thanks not gonna get me to London, there's workmen approaching.

Thanks not gonna get me to London, there’s workmen approaching.

Bryn watching the world whizz by

Bryn watching the world whizz by

Sleeping

Sleeping

is that Superman???

is that Superman???

these feet are made for walking

these feet are made for walking

first some lunch and a beer :-)

first some lunch and a beer 🙂

what you looking at?

what you looking at?

mmmmm, really?

mmmmm, really?

May day protest - Trafalgar Square

May day protest – Trafalgar Square

protest

protest

more portest

more portest

he's a peacekeeper

he’s a peacekeeper

on the underground

on the underground

Big Mac

Big Mac

more tunnel vision

more tunnel vision

tube

tube

a hard day at the office

a hard day at the office

going up

going up

still going up

still going up

high rise high contrast

high rise high contrast

on reflection

on reflection

London Streets-24

the shard

the shard

Sleep walking - Jive talking

Sleep walking – Jive talking

dunno!!

dunno!!

dreaming

dreaming

caught in the lime light

caught in the lime light

tourist snap

tourist snap

tourist snap

tourist snap

tripods not allowed

tripods not allowed

London Streets-33

skater boy

skater boy

home time

home time