I’ve been back in the states for about a month, and I’m still pouring through thousands of photographs. See all the photos from the United Kingdom makes me want to go back, if only for a weekend.
One place that was probably one of the most gorgeous places I visited in the UK was Keble College in Oxford. This place has that college look you always think about when going overseas. It has the old traditional-architecture and the stained-glass in every building. The grass is also immaculate, and you are discouraged from walking on it.
I was able to attend Keble with the business class, which takes a trip to Oxford to learn about the Mini-Cooper plant. Because it’s a long day, we stay in Oxford and use the college as a place to sleep for the night. Everything about Keble reminded me of the Harry Potter movies. Ironically, the college was used as inspiration for the film. You can see that in the Great Hall photograph below where we were able to enjoy an excellent breakfast buffet. The bacon they have in the UK is tasty.
Just sitting in the Great Hall, I felt like Dumbledore was about to come and give me points for just waking up early. The students enjoyed it and were snapping pictures everywhere. You could tell we were tourists because we wouldn’t stop snapping pictures in what felt like a sacred building. It was just a cafeteria with great architecture and servers. I wouldn’t mind going back to Keble and photograph more of Oxford.
Back in London, we saw more sights, including the Millennium Bridge. There were quite a few photographers also on the bridge. It was hard to show the right shape of the bridge while on it, so I had to wait until I was quite a bit away to take a decent photograph. My favorite part was being able to show the older St. Paul’s Cathedral in the background with the new futuristic Millennium Bridge. For my Harry Potter fans. This bridge is in the first part of the movie Half-Blood Prince.
The first Saturday of my time in London, we took a trip to Trafalgar Square. We were just passing through, but I, along with some students, found ourselves lost in the crowd. I was busy taking pictures, and the students were just enjoying the festivities. I tried to capture how big the groups of people were, but there was just no way with how packed it was. I went to Trafalgar Square a few times after that Saturday, and I never saw it packed liked it was for the London Pride Parade. With crowds everywhere, I tried to focus on couples and then let everything in the background fade out.
The South Bank Skate Park was full of creativity. From the skateboarders learning new tricks to the graffiti art, to the small market. There was something for everyone, and colors were popping everywhere. Each graffiti piece was so detailed, I tried to focus on the more significant parts. The girl in the painting above had a striking pose and was in just enough sunlight to give me some good exposure. It was a cloudy day, so I did my best to adjust to the ever-changing sun patterns.
In the Piccadilly Circus, we saw street performers and crowds all over. I just tried to concentrate on emotion while taking these photos. The architecture was great, but when there are so many crowds of people. You just try and photograph emotions to tell the story of the area and what people are doing there.
I posted about the Globe Theatre and my experience sitting in what would have been in their time, the luxury boxes. This was at eye level before the performance began. It gives you a better view of what I saw for most of the night. The detail in this place is impressive. I did some highlight compensation in Lightroom to try and bring out the lighting in the statues on the orchestra balcony. Doing this, I had to put the color back in the hanging pillars of fabric that made the show so colorful.
If you ever have the chance to visit London. Make sure to stop by and catch a show here. You won’t regret it and don’t forget to sit in the middle sections to experience the show from a new point-of-view.
I’m wrapping up my time from London in this blog, but I hope to go again. I fit a lot of adventures with photography into two-weeks. Until next time. Cheerio!