On my way to do some work in Norway, I had a lengthy layover in London. Rather than sit around the airport, I took the train into town for a power tour of the city. After arriving at Paddington Station, I ventured out by foot to see what I could see.
A pit stop at Starbucks recharged my batteries and gave me a chance to look at Google Maps to see what was in the area. My wife, oldest daughter, and I are big fans of Sherlock Holmes. Not but a few kilometers away, I took off for 221B, Baker Street, the fictional address of none other than Mr. Holmes. A museum has been established at this residence and it contains all sorts of neat objects related to the stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Inside the museum, a fascinating arrangement of newspaper clippings, investigation tools, medical curiosities, and an assortment of story-related objects were laid out to look as though Sherlock had just popped out for a bit to go chase down a criminal.
A portrait representing the landlady and friend of Sherlock, Mrs. Hudson.
I loved the lighting and all the warm, rich colors inside the museum. It made both a challenge and a perfect atmosphere for these kinds of photos. I almost left home without my Vibration Reduction lens but last minute my wife convinced me it would be worth bringing. I cleared a hole in my bag and brought it along. Any longtime readers of my website know that nearly every thing I shoot I use my simple, trusty 50mm. With no tripod handy, it would have been near impossible to get these shots with enough depth of field using a non-stabilized lens. I’m glad I listened and brought it.
After leaving the Sherlock Museum, I did a lot of walking to go see the typical sights one would expect to see in London: Big Ben (Westminster Abbey), The Palace, The Mall, Parliament Building, etc.
I have to say that I was really not in the mood for photographing things that have been shot millions – maybe billions – of times by the countless tourist who’ve visited London. I wasn’t in a foul mood but with all the other tourists around me, likewise toting their camera, it made me feel like any image I shot was just part of the mandate. I refused… well, at least refused to post them here. I did shoot some completely uninspired images of those places just so I have a record of my visit.
Here are two images of the things that I did fing interesting.
Shameful huh? Walk all over one of the most famous cities in the world and only post a photo of a bicycle and some flowers against a neon backdrop. I know. I feel bad about this but what can I say. My next post should have plenty of photos. I did a lot more shooting once I got to Norway. Inspired, I was. Check back again in a day or two or click the ‘Follow’ button if you would like to be notified any time I post new stuff.
Nikon D600 with Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-5.6 G AF-S VR