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Getting a feel for London

by Coole Photography on April 4, 2011 Leave a comment

“London has been called a ‘world in one city’ and that’s not just empty rhetoric. The brilliant feat carried off here is that while immigrants, the city’s life blood, continue to flow in and contribute their energy and cultures to the capital’s already spicy melting pot, London nevertheless feels quintessentially British. Whether it’s those boxy black cabs, the red double-deckers or those grand symbols of Britain – the mother of all parliaments at Westminster, the silhouette of Tower bridge above the muddy Thames or the already world-famous London Eye, barely a decade old.” – Lonely Planet.

As my flight from Valencia was landing at Gatwick I decided to spend a week in London getting to know the layout and doing some on-site research for when I go back in the summer. The Spanish sun was sorely missed as I walked and walked under cold and grey skies, however I did get a few sunny spells and blue hours which was a pleasant surprise!

As I mentioned, my main reason for being in London was research but I did manage to take a few shots while in the Capital. I wanted to try and capture the “postcard” images but add in my love for vibrancy, not an easy feat but as long as you are prepared to wait for the right light and the right clouds, anything is possible! It’s also worth remembering that even if a day is grey and overcast this can make for quite an interesting evening as the lights bounce off the clouds giving everything a really unusual colour and look.

Tower Bridge, the EDF Energy London Eye, St Paul’s Cathedral and of course Big Ben with the Houses of Parliament during sunset and blue hour were my main focus, and the rest of my time was taken up with learning bus routes, good angles and vantage points for the major sights and navigating crowds. I did venture onto the tube once or twice but you just can’t beat a bus journey for learning the layout of a place and also being able to sit back, relax and enjoy the views.

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  • Some fantastic photo’s here Kim!

    This is my personal favourite … http://www.coolephotography.co.uk/travel/united_kingdom.php?var=london#17 …as it’s a view we have shared!

    Keep up the fantastic work! Great blog!

  • Lilly Lockheart

    These photos are lovely, the colours in them are really amazing, well done! Not long ago I stayed in an apartment and I had a stunning view of Tower Bridge out of my living room window, I couldn’t have asked for a nicer view! London is a great place and these photos really show off what London can offer.

  • I love your work!

    I have been looking at your website since a friend mentioned your photography to me. I am a photographer myself but have over the last 6 years been concentrating on wedding photography.

    I am so keen to get into travel photography and would love to work as your assistant if you are in need of someone to help you. I could carry your equipment for you, and offer any kind of assistance that you might need in a sensitive and friendly way without being intrusive or interfering. If this is something that you ever require, I am fairly flexible and could easily travel anywhere at short notice.

    I would really appreciate gaining experience from working with you. Thank you so much for your time, Alexa.

  • N.O. Photos

    Superbes photos, elles donnent envie de voyager…
    Particulièrement l’ambiance de nuit, on a envie de déambuler au rythme des lumières…

    Keep up the good work…

  • Josh

    Amazing blog!

  • Chris + Ruth

    Kim,

    These are excellent pictures, and superb narrative, looking forward to your Venetian collage. 😉

  • I totally agree with the saying than London is more than just one city.
    The pictures are incredible and besides the technology behind it and the effects those landscapes you captured are really wonderful so I can see what inspired you.
    In a deeper note I am sure that you realized by now that the best postcard you can keep is visiting a place and remembering it with the heart and the mind.