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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2011 8:10 pm 
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Shots from my recent trip to London. EXIF is available on Flickr, as well as larger versions. All shots taken with my Leica D-Lux 5.

Went to go see Elliott Erwitt initially, but when a friend said he wanted to join, the trip got extended and we went sightseeing together. Really nice to see a photographic legend like Erwitt in person. His books are big and heavy though, so I didn't get a chance to have one signed.

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On our first night in the city (after having arrived at the hotel at around five), we walked from Piccadilly Square to Trafalgar Square, past Downing Street, Big Ben / Houses of Parliament, London Eye then back to Westminster Abbey and finally took the tube back to the hotel.

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Big Ben (taken from Trafalgar Square)
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Admiralty (taken from Trafalgar Square)
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Eye (taken from Westminster Bridge)
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Kiss (taken to the south of the London Eye)
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On Monday, we walked quite a bit. Started at Harrods, then over Constitution Hill to see the last 15 minutes of the changing of the guards ceremony, then past St. James's Park to Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, then to Westminster Abbey, then to Trafalgar Square and Covent Garden (my favourite place in London). Picked up the tickets for the Elliott Erwitt talk at the theatre, quickly visited the British Museum, ate, went back to Covent Garden to play around in the Apple store, then went to the theatre, then went back to Covent Garden to use the Apple store Wifi outside (store was closed) and then got on the tube at Embankment to go back to the hotel.

Snacks (taken near Westminster Abbey)
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Posed candid (taken at Trafalgar Square)
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Look (somewhere between Trafalgar Square and Covent Garden)
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Liftoff (taken at the British Museum)
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Break (same)
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Apple
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Street (taken somewhere between Covent Garden and Embankment)
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Day three was a bit calmer. Tower of London first (didn't go in), then Tower Bridge (did go in), sort of got lost Southwark, but managed to find the Shakespeare Globe Theatre and Tate Modern. Went across the Millennium Bridge to admire St. Paul's. Had a cheap meal at the yellow M, and headed for some business district afterwards (for 'the Gherkin'). After that we went to Burlington Arcade, the official Leica boutique (held both the black and steel grey M9 at the same time :D ), Bentley, Rolls Royce and Porshe (didn't go in those last three), then dinner, then walked by the Thames and went back to the hotel.

Left (taken near 'the Gherkin')
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There'll be more shots soon!

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Nice shots Bjorn - makes me homesick for London! I alsoa dmire your long wlaks - I always used to enjoy covering huge distances on foot in London!


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Thanks Gordon! Walking through London with decent weather is great, there's things to see and visit everywhere! On my summer trip I used the tube most of the time, but walking was actually quite enjoyable this time!

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Great set, Bjorn. What are you using for B&W conversion? Silver Efex?


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Thanks Phil! I just use ACR for my B&W conversions. Saturation down to -100, bit of contrast and blacks, and that's pretty much it.

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Some really great shots Bjorn. Its always nice to see London through the eyes of the tourist, and really different in black and white.
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Thanks again Sue! I tried not to be too much of a tourist with my photos, but I guess the places you visit make you a tourist anyway...

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Another Londoner here, East Londoner to be specific but now living in Canada. I'll be there for the olympics no matter what :D


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some nice shots.When in London I work in the Gherkin! there are loads of tourists photographing it all th time.

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Thank you DP!

Here's two new ones, including a shot I just couldn't convert to B/W...

Admire (featuring the very impressive St. Paul's cathedral)
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Red (shot near Waterloo Station)
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As always, very nice shots! I especially like the last one, the red coat really stands out.

Didn't you win your D-Lux 5?

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Thanks Evan! It wasn't easy shooting the last one, me and my friend were walking tourist-style: slow and tired from all the distance we'd already covered. Then Ms. Blonde comes rushing by, I turn on the camera, snap, and there it is.

Yes, I did win my D-Lux 5! Seven questions in Facebook contest organized by Leica. The questions were related to Berlin in the most abstract ways possible (this video shows the questions I had to answer), but I had the time at the time to Google around a bit, and ended up winning one of 10 D-Lux 5's. Best prize I've won in my life, I love the Leica, so much it's really my primary camera these days.

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Interesting, thanks for the information!

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Tate (shot right by St. Paul's, looking towards the Thames)
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Step (shot right in front of St. Paul's)
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