Archway

Archway

I really like these arches that we stumbled on in South Molton Street in London. They’re a bit different, and definitely eye-catching.

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They were also popular with tourists and photographers, so I had to wait a couple of minutes to make sure that no-one was standing in front of me. But developing patience is part of the craft of photography.

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A traditional view

A traditional view

A more traditional Christmas view than yesterday’s entry. This was taken outside the Natural History Museum in London.

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We were heading to lunch as we passed by. So, this falls into the category of snapshot. With more time and care, I’d have tried to capture some of the motion and to avoid the lighting pillar in the front right!

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The singing tree

The singing tree

This is the singing Christmas ‘tree‘ at the V&A in London. It’s an interesting concept – an audio-visual mix of words, sound and light.

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I wasn’t hugely impressed with the audio element, but I really liked the visual effect. Especially when you stepped back to see the reflections on the floor.

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Laughing with or at?

Laughing with or at?

Regular readers will know that taking photos of people is not one of my strengths. Needless to say, I’m not comfortable with the concept of the selfie.

However, these mirrors at the V and A offered an opportunity for a bit of fun.

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If you position yourself carefully, you can get a triple reflection. That’s what I was trying to do here. I’m not sure that my family appreciated how tricky this was!

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At the ‘V and A’

At the ‘V and A’

I guess that most people visit the Victoria and Albert Museum for the artefacts and exhibitions (which are amazing). For me, there is something about the building and the atmosphere that draws me back here. I love the red brick that features throughout the site. I love the elegance of the lines. On this visit, I was captivated by the juxtaposition of modern and traditional architecture.

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It might seem odd to talk about the red bricks and then convert the image to black and white, but I like the elegance of this version. You can see the coloured alternative at Flickr.

For the record, I did go to an exhibition as well as taking photos. It was a photography exhibition!

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In the shallows

In the shallows

This shot was taken at the V&A museum. There were a few leaves in the pool in the courtyard. I like the way this one seems to be standing on tip-toes to stay on the surface.

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I had set myeslef a mini ‘one lens’ challenge – all of the photos in this set were taken with my 25mm lens. In this case, I had to get right up to the egde of the pool. I was prepared to get my shoes wet if necessary – but I drew the line at taking them off and rolling up my trousers to paddle around in the shallows!

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