Yesterday I had a wonderful time in London, exploring some areas with my camera that I haven’t before. I was invited to come along to an event by Maplin to take a tour around some bits of central London together with the talented photographer Kaye Ford, as well as visiting B-Bakery for some afternoon tea.
We started the day by meeting up outside the bakery to embark on a tour around Covent Garden and China Town. There were 10 bloggers in total, including the lovely Kariss from Shy Strange Manic and Char from Memoirs and Musings. The walk itself wouldn’t be more than 35 minutes, but for stopping to take pictures we had an hour an a half to spend. In the end that proved not to be enough, and I could have stayed out all day taking more pictures!
We started right in a very busy Covent Garden, full of tourists as expected on a Saturday afternoon in August. It gave us the opportunity to practice taking pictures through a crowd, and learning not to be afraid of getting strangers in our pictures.
We continued towards China Town and walked through some really cute streets with lots of photo opportunities, including a bubble making machine, but it was absolutely impossible to capture them on camera to any good standard. I know the whole point of doing something like this is to shoot as many pictures as possible and worry about it later when you go through them, but I find that very difficult as I’m a bit of a perfectionist with my pictures. I want all the lines to be straight and a good composition, otherwise I hit delete straight away.
China Town has a lot to offer for photo opportunities, especially if you want to capture a bit of hustle and bustle. I quite enjoyed the quiet streets we went through after that to get back to where we started, walking past some antiques and book shops. I captured a man in front of a antique jewellery shop which I really quite like (see further below).
We had to rush a bit to get back for our afternoon tea as there we could have spent all day walking around the streets of London with our cameras, but we were all quite excited about the prospect of afternoon tea so we didn’t mind. We got our own room downstairs at Bridgit’s Bakery and the service and food was amazing. Really good quality and the rooms are super cute.
When we had taken all the pictures of the cakes and eaten them all I was shattered! It was such a great day though, and I can recommend anyone who wants to utilise their camera a bit more to just get out there an explore. you never know what amazing photo opportunity you might find around the next corner!
A massive thanks to Maplin for inviting me to the event, and for Kaye Ford for letting us in on her photography wisdom. Maplin is a specialist supplier of anything tech, so if you’re ever in need of storage for your pictures or media for example, do check them out.
Below are my pictures from the day… And if you want to see more picture from out photo walk, have a look on twitter for #MaplinPhotoWalk.