Weekly Photo Challenge: Ascend

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Ascending from platform level to ground level – Maida Vale underground station, North London πŸ™‚

Weekly Photo Challenge: Ascend

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Sunset Over London

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City sunsets to me are rarely as impressive as those seen in less built-up areas – too much light pollution and less expanse of open space along the skyline to properly appreciate the full effect – so whenever I see even a promising hint of orange glow on the horizon I try to capture it as best as I can.

This was last night’s sunset over London, taken on my way home from work by my camera phone from the footbridge over the A12 in Leytonstone, East London. Not a perfect photograph by any means, but infinitely better than missing the shot altogether.

What surprised me most wasn’t the small number of people like me happy to be capturing the fast-changing colour on their phones on their way past, but the far greater number who walked on by without even lifting their heads to see πŸ™‚

Daily Prompt: Dubious

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I was a bit dubious about my ability to capture with any clarity the feeling of the exact moment a tube train bursts out of the tunnel immediately in front of you – it comes at you at speed with such a swirling rush of air it’s hard to stand your ground steady enough to keep your shot in focus – but I’m happy enough with the end result.

Overall I quite like the distinct motion blur effect at the front of the train, yet the mouth of tunnel and platform remain reasonably sharp.

This image was taken with a 28mm equivalent wide-angle lens at f2.5, 1/30s at ISO-1600 and is straight out of camera (apart from resizing) – I’m quite pleased with the overall composition, too, as it fills the frame nicely! πŸ™‚

Oxford Circus Underground Station, Central Line, East-bound platform

Daily Prompt: Dubious

7 Day B&W Challenge: Epilogue – Picturing My Life

So, having posted 7 black & white individual images of my life in 7 days (with no explanation and no people), I thought I’d go through my choices retrospectively, and show them all together as a set. The biggest challenge for me definitely was the ‘no people’ bit – I live in London with around 8.7 million other people – but I’m pleased to have managed it nonetheless.

A lot of the time I really don’t lead a very exciting life here, and nor do I want to, so I tried to show the simple everyday ordinariness of it all, far removed from the recognisable tourist views of London life. But I also wanted to find interesting enough images that had enough light-to-dark demarcation to look good in monochrome (because not everything does!).

Day 1 – This is the view outside our flat, taken from our living room window – just an ordinary quiet Victorian terraced street, built around the late 1880s…

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Day 2 – Our favourite Leytonstone cafe on the High Road, where we often enjoy a good cup of coffee and an indulgent slice of cake even though it’s only a few minutes walk from home…

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Day 3 – Leytonstone Underground Station on the Central Line is our main transport link to pretty much everywhere other than our immediate environs here in East London…

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Day 4 – This old sweet chestnut tree in Bush Wood is well over 200 years old, and is one of my favourite landmarks to visit when out for a walk. If only trees could talk, the stories she would have to tell…

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Day 5 – This is the route 257 double-decker bus I regularly take to and from from Stratford, which is our nearest decent-sized shopping centre…

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Day 6 – I love the way the light caught the leaves in this image of Bush Wood from my archives – I really appreciate walking in nature so close to home, it calms and soothes me when the hustle and bustle of city living gets too much to bear…

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Day 7 – Late afternoon light silhouetting Wanstead Flats seemed a fitting image on which to end – we live in a part of London that has a lot of green space to enjoy, so I make the most of it all year round…

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So there we are, a week long, decidedly non-peopley perspective of my everyday London life. Many thanks to Marilyn of Serendipity for giving me the chance of volunteering to participate in this challenge – I’ve really enjoyed it! πŸ™‚

Weekly Photo Challenge: Pedestrian

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A selection of pedestrian crossings here in London – on quieter streets black and white striped Zebra Crossings (with their accompanying Belisha Beacons) give pedestrians right of way over oncoming traffic, while on busier roadways Pelican Crossings (Pedestrian Light Controlled Crossings) use a system of traffic lights and a loud continuous ‘beep, beep, beep’ to stop traffic and alert pedestrians of when it is safe to cross the road πŸ™‚

Weekly Photo Challenge: Pedestrian

Thursday Doors: Ede & Ravenscroft

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The beautifully understated open door of Ede & Ravenscroft Ltd in London’s Chancery Lane.

Ede & Ravenscroft is London’s Oldest tailor and robe maker (in business since 1689), and is your go-to store for all your traditional formalwear like academic dress (gown, hood and hat), legal wigs and gowns, and pretty much all forms of ceremonial dress (Royal robes, Peers robes, Parliamentary robes, chivalric regalia, livery robes etc.)

Ede & Ravenscroft currently holds three Royal Warrants, as appointed robe makers and tailors to the Queen, Prince Philip, and Prince Charles (one of only a small number ofΒ  companies with such an honour) and historically over the last 300-plus years Ede & Ravenscroft has provided robes for twelve Royal Coronations.

As Norm is having a well-deserved break at the moment, today’s Thursday Doors extravaganza is brought to us all by Dan at No Facilities πŸ™‚