December 20, 2012

Streets of London: Southbank Christmas Market

It was such a lovely, sunny winter morning in London, that I just had to capture the beautiful sunlight at the Southbank. My right hand was starting to numb, as I kept taking my glove off to use the camera and almost gave up, but I didn't want to lose the light and just carried on for as long as I could ... frozen hands and all :) 

I didn't nearly capture the Southbank Christmas market as much as I'd liked, so I think I need to wear an extra layer or two if I want to stay out in the cold for longer periods of time! 

Here are just some shots of the market and the crowds and what Southbank looks like around the festive season.

When is it going to snow, people?

December 11, 2012

Winter has come

Guys, its freezing out there! It hasn't snowed yet, but frost and ice are everywhere. Some lakes and ponds have even turned to ice and we're all trying not to fall on our behinds as we walk through random patches of frost on the pavements. Today my hands went so cold and numb, they actually seemed to be burning, which doesn't make any sense, but I swear that's what it felt like. I feel blessed to be able to come home to a warm heated flat and often think about the homeless at this time of year. Not being able to properly operate my camera with gloves in this weather, as annoying as that might be, is really no big deal.

It's no fun to go out and shoot in this weather, but hopefully it will snow soon. I love shooting in the snow. The harsh whiteness is magic...

For now I leave you with a leaf, so you can have an idea of just how frosty it has become.

November 8, 2012

The last few bits of Autumn

Autumn has always been my favourite season, but Cape Town has never had the typically beautiful Autumn coloured landscapes, save for a forest or two. Now that I've moved to London, I have finally been able to enjoy the beauty of Autumn that I've always dreamed about(see a shot I took here on Flickr).

This year, however, I missed the heart of Autumn, due to being in Cape Town at the time, which broke my heart (just a little) when I realised that London already feels like Winter and I probably missed the golds and reds in all its glory.

So even though I went out in the 7 degree weather(yes winter is approaching real fast!) in non-mud proof boots, I managed to take a few shots of the last of Autumn I could find. I also took a few on my iPhone, but eventually my fingertips went numb, so I thought it better to go have some Starbucks instead. I think I need those gloves for use on electronic devices. Yes I do.

November 1, 2012

A little iPhoneography

Some iPhone shots of the new Green Point Urban Park. I was quite impressed... its beautiful.

October 31, 2012

It was more about allergies


So, it's been a while. I've been to Cape Town and back in the last 6 weeks and haven't posted anything here, nor on Flickr, sadly, but I'm back now and hope to post regularly as usual. 
Due to me being more sick with allergies than anything else because of the "lovely" Cape Town weather, I haven't been able to take as many photos as I would have liked (I was miserable!). I have managed though, to take some of Green Point before my coughing fits and muscular pain started... so, here are some of them. As usual, I was sneaky and took shots of strangers without them knowing, but I only included one of those :) 
Oh, how lovely it was to be back on home ground and to smell the sea air...
 

September 7, 2012

Leicester Square, when its hot and sunny

So, it doesn't matter if your jeans are too long and you have to roll it up...


Or, your dress is too long and you need to tuck it into your shorts...


Or, you're wearing a warm bomber jacket and closed shoes with socks...


Or, you came perfectly prepared with the right clothing and shoes that are water-friendly...


everyone can enjoy the sun and play around in the water.
That's what sunny days are all about :)

August 31, 2012

For the love of bokeh-ry window shots..

First things first, I now have a twitter account where I post my new blog posts, Instagram and Flickr photos, so you can see them all in one place, if you wish to. Find that at Two Lights. I will most likely also be blabbering on there about all things photography, camera gear I'm drooling over and possibly sharing other photography tweets and so on.

And now for the bokeh windows, because they always make for a good shot. These were taken one morning at Pret A Manger.


August 29, 2012

Paralympics...

So who's excited about the paralympics? I can't wait. I love this ad which plays on Channel 4. Watch it here: Channel 4 Paralympics - Meet the Superhumans.

There's always ways to cash in on huge events like this, if you're clever enough. Here's a guy who's making extra cash by painting all the flags of participating countries outside, on the ground, in front of the National Gallery. Foreigners who pass by, leave coins on the flag of their choice/country. and also have the option of drawing one themselves. Simple, but darn clever right?

We spotted the SA flag too... and of course we had to leave some coins on it when we left.

August 24, 2012

A peaceful morning at M&S café

Gorgeous, gorgeous light in this café, due to the floor to ceiling window. I love the combination of light and soothing colours of the décor... couldn't resist taking a few shots.

August 1, 2012

Doors

I love vintage doors and there are plenty in London. These were taken in Fournier and Princelet Streets and I'll most likely be going back to take some more shots.

Also, I think Eleven and A Half is a pretty good number for a door :) This particular door was featured in the countdown visual just before the opening ceremony of the olympics. It went by pretty fast, but I recognised it!

July 26, 2012

Apricots

I have a serious lack of light in my flat, which irks me. So, on days when its sunny or the light streams in, I have to take the opportunity to shoot.

The other day, magic hour sunshine was streaming in and I loved how it was hitting the apricots on my table and I went snap happy.

July 19, 2012

Streets of London: Passages and Lanes

The one thing I find quite fun and quirky about London, are the lanes and alley ways with old architecture, bang in the middle of the renowned steel structured buildings of the CBD. Their names are quite fun too. Not only are some dripping with dry humour, but every single lane, alley or "row" (as it is sometimes called here), has a name.. even the dodgy ones that lead nowhere and is just used for parking garbage. Every single one has a name.

In the near future I plan to capture as many interesting lanes and quirky names as I can find and then post it here, or perhaps do a series on the streets of London.

Today it will be Sandy's Row and Artillery Passage. Love these lanes. About 100m either way, you will find towering modern architecture. 

Also, off Sandy's Row, you will find Frying Pan Alley, but I will have to go back to take a photo of that for you :)


Find the last photo cross-processed on my Flickr account, if you are interested.

July 13, 2012

Streets of London: Tower Bridge

This day, I witnessed a rarity. This day, the Tower Bridge actually opened up for a not-so-tall boat, but I saw too late and only managed to record the end of it on my iPhone. So alas, no photos of the bridge opening, but these showcase, what I would call, a typical day at Tower Bridge.

Note the olympic rings under the top of the bridge. 

July 9, 2012

Starbucks

Starbucks in Brushfield Street was recently refurbished and at first I was a little unsettled, as I loved the cosiness of it and the many many couches it had. I didnt want the many couches to be removed! The windows were the typical London vintage and the decor was quaint. It was cosy and studious at the same time with countless corporates and students in and out, sometimes choosing to sit there for at least 2 hours doing work or having informal meetings.

Well, when I popped in 2 weeks ago, I was pleasantly surprised to see that, although its modernised and chic with a few less lounging areas, it has managed to keep its charm. I actually prefer the new decor so much more and they've even added a third floor of seating :)

Here are a few shots I took. There was too much artificial light at the counter, which caused harsh glare, but these are the few without.

July 5, 2012

A new start


This morning I took photos of my breakfast, as I sometimes do, then sat down with my coffee, newspaper and phone (sadly) and made a decision then and there to start this blog today. So I captured that moment and thats what you see above. I have contemplated creating a photo blog for so long now but was reluctant, as I'm not one to blog regularly. However, I realised that I take more photos than I probably should and most of them dont even see the light of day! So hopefully, I will be able to share some of the many photos of my days here with you.

I cant promise that my photos will be interesting, or good for that matter, as I'm not a photographer, but I hope you will enjoy some of what I have captured. This is just me dabbling in what I would call a pretty serious hobby and I hope you'll stick around. Here's to new beginnings..

I might post the pics of this morning's breakfast in a new post - I still have to decide.