There is something wonderful about the feel of Borough Market. It’s bustling and thriving in the heart of the city. It’s traditional and appealing. I loved the dynamism and energy of the place. It’s well worth a visit.
Of course, the star of any market should be the produce. But it’s hard to get close to the produce when the place is teeming with customers. I didn’t want to incur the wrath of the stall holders by getting in the way of their sales. So my opportunities were limited.
Lesson to learn – for this type of photography, get there early!
We visited Borough Market on a Saturday afternoon. It’s fair (and obvious) to say that it was very busy. I noticed that there was an interesting mixture of people standing looking at the stalls and produce, while others were trying to make their way quickly through the market. This stall grabbed my attention because of the meat products hanging from the roof. The movement was accidental, but I think it captures some of the atmosphere.
(Motion blur was a bit of a theme for this visit to London!)
If you’re interested, the shutter speed was 1/20, aperture = 7.1.
I also converted this shot to black and white. I can’t decide if it enhances the shot or not. What do you think?
I’m taking a wee break from processing posting photos from our trip to Vienna, to work on some recent material from a trip to London. The images below were taken in the Victoria and Albert museum. I was sitting on a bench in a (relatively) quiet corridor when I noticed that people were tending to move around in groups. So, I thought I’d dabble in some motion blur shots. Rather than set up my tripod, I placed my camera on the bench beside me. My intention was to avoid drawing attention to myself, so that people would move naturally rather than becoming self-conscious.
Later, I tried to take some similar images of the entrance vestibule. There’s room for improvement, so I’ll keep working on this technique.
(Click on images for larger versions.)
Vienna’s museum quarter #2
This version of yesterday’s image uses the relatively simple technique of de-saturating specific colours to create an almost monochrome effect. If you’ve followed any of my work, you’ll know that this is one of my favourite approaches. In this case, I’m not entirely convinced that it improves the image. What do you think?
Vienna’s museum quarter #1
This photo of the natural history museum was taken in the evening. I was waiting to cross the road when I noticed the way that the lighting seemed to soften the building. As you can see from the traffic lights, I didn’t cross the road at the first opportunity. Instead, I quickly set up my tripod and took a couple of shots. Catching the traffic lights at green and the lamppost on the right-hand side were unplanned, but I think they add to the overall image. I also resisted the temptation to remove the tramlines and the road signs – there are limits to what is acceptable in post-processing, and they help put this building into a context in the city’s life.
To the rear of Belvedere there is a large pond, leading towards more gardens. It is impossible to resist the temptation of the reflections (well, it was for me). Again, the overhead conditions didn’t help, so I had a bit of fun in post-processing developing a range of variations. I can’t decide which I like best, so I’ve posted them all!
The front of Belvedere is laid out with formal gardens leading down to the lower building. These are not the most impressive formal gardens that you’ll ever see, but they are nice and the views are great. My attention was drawn to the fountains, which are both decadent and playful.
I had a bash at some motion blur. Typically, I wasn’t carrying a tripod, so they’re not as good as they should be.
The grandeur of Vienna is punctuated by Imperial palaces. We visited Belvedere – the winter palace. Actually, we only went to the upper building, given how much there was to see there. The main reason for our visit was to see the collection of paintings by Klimt, which is fabulous.
The elaborate decoration of the building is hardly surprising. It is, nevertheless, stunning and a bit surreal.
The views from the palace over Vienna are wonderful. Unfortunately, we were there on a grey, overcast Sunday. I would like to visit again with different weather conditions.
(By the way, we noticed several people running through the grounds as part of their morning jog. So, I assume that you can visit the grounds without paying.)