london sightseers tourist photography

Sightseers 6 – the Southbank at night & the Fuji x100s

sightseers

These pictures are from one of my first outings with a new Fuji x100s: I was interested in seeing how the camera coped with the low light of early evening and how the flash balanced with available light.

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craft photography carre ducker

Carre Ducker – shoe makers

craft

Some more pictures from my Hand Made In London project, this time from the studio of Carre Ducker – cobblers and shoe makers. After meeting at master bootmakers, Lobb, and competing an apprenticeship there, Deborah Carre and James Ducker set up in partnership to make traditional shoes with a contemporary twist.

It takes more the 40 hours of skilled work to make a pair of shoes and the pair make everything from scratch, even waxing and twisting the twine that sews the shoes together.

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The Overground in colour.

Overground

 

It’s been a while since I posted some train travel pics: summer’s been quite busy and I’ve been away a lot and not scooting around London by train so much. Yesterday we travelled from South London right up to the outskirts of North London on what I still think of as the Thameslink line. It goes from the ‘burbs right across the edge of the City – Ludgate Circus (CIty Thameslink) and Farringdon – and then on out to the ‘burbs on the other side of London.

 

The light was amazing and I was shooting with the 5D and a 50mm1.8… it really tickles me to use an £80 lens on a £2.5K camera and I love the results, right down to the way the lens vignettes at a wide aperture. The colour and clarity are astounding…. so here’s a small selection of colour pics.

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home made bread

big batch of bread

bread

I’m slightly addicted to baking bread in a-  grow my own sour dough starter, build my own woodfired bread over, drive 2 hours to buy great flour and bake several times a week  – kind of way…. so here is a batch of pics from the last few weeks of baking.

This week’s favourite has been a sour dough – with a rye starter but a white flour dough – run through with handfulls of fresh rosemary from the garden. I placed a sprig of rosemary in the bottom of the proving basket to give a lovely finish to the crust. It went really well with fresh crab mayo as a pre-lunch snack with drinks.

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Rosemary sourdough

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crusty white sourdough

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Slightly wonky baguettes…

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Less wonky sour dough baguettes

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Crusty white bloomer

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Finger rolls for hot-dags

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Hot from the oven

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and ready to eat

underground festivals

Overground

I don’t normally take pictures on the London Underground: I know that I’d hate it if someone stuck a lens in my face in the already crowded and busy platforms or trains. But the other day, as I was rushing for a train to take me up to Sheffield for the Documentary Festival, where our film is showing, I saw a shot that made me stop and dig my camera out of my bag… I only had time to grab 2 frames before the next crowd of people pushed by and a tube train came in and blocked the shot.

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And a few weeks ago, we were on the way back from another film festival – the Fringe Festival in East London (can you see a pattern) –  when a group of people reading on the tube caught my eye. I really like the way that each of them is lost in their own world, some with books, some eyes closed and some chatting…

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Here are a few more shots – some from the Underground and some from the Overground.

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