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    These are some recent photos that I took in London.

    It would be nice to see other people's London photos as well. Maybe it's a good idea for a thread.

    I'll start off with 8 darker ones, but there are more...

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    And these:

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    TRES COOOL ..... Moody & Hip
    Which Camera ?
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    GRD II. That's the only camera I use now. Though I still have my GRD I - I'm biding my time for the day the look of those jpegs will bring its price up to 5000 pounds
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    Ah, and the "Crown cafe bar" is with the 40mm. I have to say that if there was a GRD40 I'd use that all the time. It's a great focal length, but this way it's too much of a pain to lug the converter around.

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    Great idea sizifo. Some great shots you have there. I used to run a design studio in Flitcroft Street so they are of very familiar scenes for me. And you have one with Centre Point, my favorite building in London!

    My contribution.
    Night shots.

    Liverpool St Station.


    Nelsons column


    China town


    Soho


    Endel Street


    My favorite subject, Centre Point.

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    East end near whitechapel taken with a minox b,25asa b&w film,scanned and then badly photoshopped,no idea what I did,sorry if you cant post film images,all the best,Neil.
    Its a bit small isnt it? Actually the smaller it is the better it gets.
    Last edited by nei1; 10th May 2008 at 12:03.

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    Great idea for a thread. Since most posted darker pictures, here some more colorful pictures from London.






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    Will, I like the "maison Bertaux" a lot.

    Isn't Flitcroft Street where I'm standing for my second photo (the church one)?

    Center Point is a strange building. I'm not sure it's anywhere near my favorite, but the honeycomb structure is interesting. The immediate surroundings are dreadful though: the underpass, and the fountain which you can hardly walk by because there is no pavement. I've read somewhere that architecture students learn how not to design the access to a skyscraper by studying the Center Point case .

    Anyway, here is another Center Point photo. And also Harrods at night.

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    Neil, the photo looks cool. Is it the scan that makes it look ancient, or does the minox camera give it that look?

    VladimirV, the phone booth is excellent.

    Yes, one question. I've taken the photo below near Embankment, and I'm sure the guy is somebody well known...

    This also reminds me, near embankment in buckingham street, i stumbled on a photo gallery that exhibited photos of Mohammed Ali by Sonia Katchian. She was a photographer that followed him around in his latter years. There was some great stuff there. I think the exhibition closes sometime very soon, or perhaps it already closed..

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    Quote Originally Posted by sizifo View Post
    Will, I like the "maison Bertaux" a lot.

    Isn't Flitcroft Street where I'm standing for my second photo (the church one)?

    Center Point is a strange building. I'm not sure it's anywhere near my favorite, but the honeycomb structure is interesting. The immediate surroundings are dreadful though: the underpass, and the fountain which you can hardly walk by because there is no pavement. I've read somewhere that architecture students learn how not to design the access to a skyscraper by studying the Center Point case .

    Anyway, here is another Center Point photo. And also Harrods at night.
    Thanks.
    I like your new CP image and the Harrods one is great, what a strange atmosphere you captured!


    I know I'm a bit perverse liking Center Point so much but it is hated so much by the traditionalists, and has been used over the years as a whipping boy that I have grown to be very fond of it. The surroundings are great, full of litter, dark corners, beggars and dug dealers. I love seeing tourists standing looking at their guide books with there backs to a pimp and a couple of his 'enforcers' with this clean modern (quite old now though) building behind them all LOL Unfortunately it is all going to be changed when they do the TCR tube 'improvements though.
    Yes, you were standing in Flitcroft Street in your second picture, with the Elms Lester gallery on the right foreground.

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    [QUOTE=VladimirV;27481]Great idea for a thread. Since most posted darker pictures, here some more colorful pictures from London.

    Vladimir I had no idea that there was such a thing as two sizes of phone boxes? Never seen that before. Great picture of the Thames skyline as well.

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    No apology for another Center Point image and one of the metropolitan police memorial which strangely echos the building.

    GRD2


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    A 70s guy near embankment.

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    And some more geometric photos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Will View Post
    No apology for another Center Point image and one of the metropolitan police memorial which strangely echos the building.
    It does have the look of a 60s carpark. Or rather many carparks stacked on top of each other. But I can see how one can grow to love it. Talking about the immediate surroundings. I love the Korean restaurants, and the 12 bar (below).

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    I like the 70s guy, very London that one!

    OK, I'll give you a break from Center Point (this time)

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    Is that the pub on Neil street, in the last photo? You've posted that photo before, no? There was some discussion about shooting behind your back, right (and the ethics of street photography)? It is very very good.

    Here are some more photos. Various things on the move.

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    Thank you all for giving us a look at this City.
    Great stuff, all of you

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    THE GRD2 is the BEST
    SIZIFO: You shine with your action shots
    WILL: Love your last two /Cheese- British isle AND Wine & Spirits....Charming & Moody

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    Quote Originally Posted by sizifo View Post
    Is that the pub on Neil street, in the last photo? You've posted that photo before, no? There was some discussion about shooting behind your back, right (and the ethics of street photography)? It is very very good.

    Here are some more photos. Various things on the move.
    Yes that's right, it's the pub on the Seven Dials end of Neil Street, and I have shown that photo before (I like it so much I couldn't resist showing it again)

    I really like your latest set, particularly the view through the train, wonderful!

    Thanks for the kind comments Lili and Helen

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    Time for a splash of colour from me.

    GRD2 21mm (Spot the pigeon)



    GRD2 (another pigeon)


    DP1 (snuck Center Point in again )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Will View Post
    Time for a splash of colour from me.

    GRD2 21mm (Spot the pigeon)



    GRD2 (another pigeon)


    DP1 (snuck Center Point in again )
    I see the Pigeon!

    Love the color and sharpness.
    Dontcha just love the Gw-1 Will?

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    Thanks for the nice comments everybody.

    Will - That is all well known territory to me. Did my phd in King's College, and the office was in Drury Lane.

    + I believe the idea is to spot the aluminum pigeon in the last one.

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    Not very recent, nor small sensor, but scanned from rather ancient slides. Can you imagine taking these nowadays?

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    Excellent!

    How old are these? Judging by the car it's the 70s. I can't recognize the guy in the first photo as any PM known to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sizifo View Post
    Excellent!

    How old are these? Judging by the car it's the 70s. I can't recognize the guy in the first photo as any PM known to me.
    I'm not sure of the date - somewhere around late 70s. I don't think the chap is a PM. In those days, you could walk freely along Downing Street, up to the front door of No 10 and have your photo taken there...no longer possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Campbell View Post
    I'm not sure of the date - somewhere around late 70s. I don't think the chap is a PM. In those days, you could walk freely along Downing Street, up to the front door of No 10 and have your photo taken there...no longer possible.
    Yes, it's amazing it was all open despite the IRA threat. Apparently they only locked down the street in the late 80s, according the wikipedia. I actually went inside a few years ago (there is a court I visited, for a strange reason), and it's mega security. Taking out a camera would probably cause some problems.

    Thanks a lot for these photos.

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    I think it's time for some park photos. The first is actually with an SLR. The last is my favorite, with a minolta small sensor, taken a few years ago. I have many different PP versions of it, this being a massively overshaprened one.

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    Really like the B&W one of the birds.

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    I think I may have posted this a while back but I cant remember?

    Tate Modern Turbine Hall taken with Olympus C-3040Z


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    It is a beautiful photo. Somewhat reminded me of the famous photo of grand central station in New York http://www.nyc-architecture.com/MID/...andcentral.jpg , with the three strips of light on the right hand side.
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    Great comparison, Sizifo
    NY/LONDON....... PURRfect
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    Wow, this one is extra special, Will.

    There's a wonderful interplay between the people, shadows, and reflections. It's the kind of image you become lost in (in a good way) as you sort through the intricacies of the composition.

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    sizifo, Helen, David many thanks. That image is one of my all time favorites, and my picture is one of my all time favorites out of my images.
    The NYCS one benefits a lot from the smoky atmosphere, not sure it's worth all the respiratory deceases but it really makes for a good picture!

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    Another view from London.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Will View Post
    I think I may have posted this a while back but I cant remember?

    Tate Modern Turbine Hall taken with Olympus C-3040Z

    LOVE this shot!
    Very Dramatic, very Hitchcock

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    Hi, everyone! This is my first post to the forum. I recently "came back" to photography after getting the wonderful GX-100. Before that, my DSLR probably made it harder to go on shooting rather than helping it.

    I welcome your comments - criticisms, what you would have done differently, anything

    One rainy morning on Old Street.


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    Some more pictures from London:

    My Paparazzi shot:


    Banksy


    St. Paul's


    Greenwich


    The O2


    Tate Modern

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    Not a contradiction in terms. Speakers' Corner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ntrolls View Post
    Hi, everyone! This is my first post to the forum. I recently "came back" to photography after getting the wonderful GX-100. Before that, my DSLR probably made it harder to go on shooting rather than helping it.

    The GRD did the same for me. I like the photo. Was the composition deliberate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sizifo View Post
    The GRD did the same for me. I like the photo. Was the composition deliberate?
    First of all, thank you! It was half deliberate, half by chance. My original intention was to shoot the reflected image of the lamp post. As I took out my camera, a couple of people passed by the lamp post. The first was a guy coming toward me, followed by a lady who walked past me from behind. I also shot the guy, but I liked the second one.

    Later I thought: 'hmm maybe I should have included more of her upper body to make it more balanced.' However, the reflected image being the focus of the picture, I tried to make it up for weird(?) composition by turning the photo upside down instead of cropping.

    That's probably way more detail than what you wanted, but there it goes anyway

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    A couple of older ones of mine from London (they've been posted before sorry)....




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    Terry: LOOOOVE your second shot ....Spot on Lovely

    Best, H

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    Tottenham Court Road GRD2


    Liverpool Street Station GRD1

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    Will your shot is FANTASTIC
    Brilliant composition........
    between Darks & Lights, Curved & Straight
    Cheers! H

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    All your pics of London are great - Especially like the Tate pics from Will and Vladimir, also the Millenium dome is a cracker from Vladimir.

    My contribution:-
    C5050z:-
    River and Tate


    Lincolns Inn Fields


    GX100:


    Inside the tate



    All the best

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    Paul, very good images; especially the third one ("GX100") is a minor masterpiece!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ntrolls View Post
    First of all, thank you! It was half deliberate, half by chance. My original intention was to shoot the reflected image of the lamp post. As I took out my camera, a couple of people passed by the lamp post. The first was a guy coming toward me, followed by a lady who walked past me from behind. I also shot the guy, but I liked the second one.

    Later I thought: 'hmm maybe I should have included more of her upper body to make it more balanced.' However, the reflected image being the focus of the picture, I tried to make it up for weird(?) composition by turning the photo upside down instead of cropping.

    That's probably way more detail than what you wanted, but there it goes anyway
    I've flipped over reflections a few times like this, and most of the time it doesn't work. I think the reason why yours works is that the reflection also looks like it has its head cut off. It would be slightly better, in my opinion, if the real person was decapitated exactly at the shoulders . Here is one reflection shot of mine that I did like. Nothing to do with london thought. Small diversion.
    Last edited by sizifo; 4th April 2009 at 12:12.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TEBnewyork View Post
    A couple of older ones of mine from London (they've been posted before sorry)....
    Nice. Are these shot with the small Leica?

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