London Walkabout With Alan

Saturday arrives and I'm usually working until 1pm, but I'm always found around London in the afternoon as it's my getaway time. Today was no different except I'd asked my club mate Alan if he'd like to come along, and as Alan had a little project he wanted to fulfil, it was an ideal opportunity for me to drag him around London! Alan has been teaching me the art of Landscape photography, as this is an area I find my photography seriously lacking, so hopefully during my later blogs you'll see some improvement.

Today was just about chilling and grabbing a few interesting shots - so no pressure! First on the list was to find a Banksy graffiti street somewhere near the BT Tower, and after some wandering, chatting to a vicar, avoiding some unsavoury characters we found it and photographed it in its rapidly dilapidating state. Moving on we attempted to photograph the iconic BT Tower, an opportunity I had missed a year back to capture in nightshoot when some old buildings in front of the tower were demolished leaving a wide open photographic view. Today there are just multiple cranes and half finished buildings obstructing the tower and trying to get an interesting angle is very hard as it sits in such a built up area. We took a small side street that passes directly next to the tower to grab the best photographs we could get.

Below is a capture of the BT Tower.


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Wandering aimlessly around Euston road, we headed back down towards Covent Garden where we witnessed a Beatboxing street performer doing Dub Step, and visited a few art and photography shops.
On arriving at the Embankment we took some shots across the Thames and city skyline and Alan's 'Red' project went into action... I myself was more interested in taking photos of p*ss stinking stairways from hell!

Below is the 'Stairway to hell'


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Zigzagging across the Thames day ended up by the Southbank. This is where the street bikers and skateboarders hang out performing stunts and tricks. But trying to grab a capture one of the bikers in a mid-flight trick means a lot of waiting around and just hoping one of them will do something spectacular...
Sadly it never happened so we called it a day and headed home.