Garden of Light at Leicester Square

Garden of Light, Lumiere London at Leicester Square

On Saturday 16th January we made our way through the crowds at Trafalgar Square to find an even bigger squeeze of people at Leicester Square, which has been transformed into an Enchanted Garden of Light and Colour.

 

Garden of Light

Leicester Square Ticket Office Bathed in Puple Light

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Lumiere London

Lumiere London – Festival of Light

I saw a news story about Lumiere London at Kings Cross and decided to go along and photograph the illuminations.  Ron and I travelled into London on the Saturday evening.  As we made our way to Kings Cross we quickly realised that London was packed.  We changed our route as public transport was disabled between many of the sites and made our way on foot instead.  We were in for a busy evening as London bustled with crowds, who came to see this exciting event. Continue reading “Lumiere London” »

Sculptural Form of Trees

Photographing Sculptural Forms

Today in the park I came across a grand tree which is tall in stature reaching up towards the sky.  The tree was so tall I had to tilt my head right back to admire its stretch.  The top of the tree trunk was broken, perhaps a storm or lightning strike.  I look up and admire, seeing all the branches stretching towards the light.  I love the textures of the trunk, quite gnarled in places.  This tree has been here for a long time and stands silently watching life as it passes by.  The branches and trunk are sculptural in form.  I still stop, looking up enjoying what I see. Continue reading “Sculptural Form of Trees” »

The Colours of Autumn

Photographing the Colours of Autumn

It was one of those days when you first head out the light is filtered and just right for getting the best colours of autumn. Arriving at the location the light changed and suddenly everything is dull and flat. Not to be put off I frame a few shots always looking up at the sky. Cloud is dense and the chance of the sun filtering through seemed for another day. I didn’t want to miss this day of photography though, as the trees still have leaves and I want to capture the colours of autumn. Continue reading “The Colours of Autumn” »

Autumn Mist

Misty Days of Autumn

Autumn Mist

Misty Days of Autumn

On looking out of my window this morning I see fog and very little else.  Ah…this will be a great day to photograph the Autumn mist in my local park.  I check the forecast and there are a good few hours of mist.  Great this will let me have a concentrated morning’s shoot with no worries.  Towards mid-day the fog will lift and lingering misty conditions will remain.  I imagine the atmosphere of my shots as I head out. Continue reading “Autumn Mist” »

Remembrance Day

Every Man Remembrance Statue in Trafalgar Square

Remembrance Sunday

Red Poppies Drop Softly on the Every Man Remembrance Statue

Remembrance Sunday falls on the 2nd Sunday of the month, the Sunday nearest to Armistice Day 11th November.  It is a time of remembrance and commemoration to the contribution of service men/women and civilians in the first 2 World Wars and later conflicts.  Red poppies have become a metaphor for Remembrance Sunday. Continue reading “Remembrance Day” »

Selfies and Street Photography

Always Time for a Selfie

Selfie in the Park

Selfies and Street Photography

As smart phones became smarter, individuals became preoccupied with taking selfies on their phones, then uploading the selfie to social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter etc.  Photographing people taking selfies has now become part of street photography.  Continue reading “Selfies and Street Photography” »

The Shard in Autumn

Autumn in the City

The Shard

The Shard in Autumn

The Shard looks great today, bathed in the fresh and airy light of Autumn. Cool, crisp colours are in the air!

Making my way to London to capture Autumn light in the City I find that I cannot resist yet another shot of the Shard. Continue reading “The Shard in Autumn” »

Falun Dafa

Peaceful Contemplation in Trafalgar Square

Falun Dafa in Trafalgar Square

Peaceful Contemplation in Trafalgar Square

On a wet day in August I head out to London to photograph the rain.  Rain always creates amazing reflections as pavements are illuminated with light.  Never be afraid of the rain as it is just another photo opportunity!  I make my way into Central London to take a look at Trafalgar Square.  Wow – it is wet and as the rain pours I discover gentle contemplation in the centre of Trafalgar Square.  Falun Dafa followers are sitting quietly, eyes closed as the rain falls on them.  Continue reading “Falun Dafa” »

Street Photography Tips from Lou Smith

London Street Photography

Street Photography in London

Street Photography Tips

I head out to capture interesting street photography. I am often asked how this is done as novice photographers want to photograph street action as it unfolds, but are often concerned about how to go about it.  Here are a few of my best Street Photography Tips. Continue reading “Street Photography Tips from Lou Smith” »