London Underground

What I saw overseas!

Keble College

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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.

Keble College Great Hall

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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.

Millennium Bridge

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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.

London Pride Parade

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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.

London Southbank Stake Space

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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.

Piccadilly Circus

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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.

Globe Theatre Balcony

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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.

London Underground

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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!

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Lion and London Eye

Found my self overseas!

London Blue Whale

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Visiting London wrapped up my summer of study abroad doing marketing, social media, and photography. London was different than Grenada but also different from the living in the states.

While I was there, I covered students attending classes. There was nine classes total, and I almost made it to everyone. I was only there for seven teaching days, making it a challenge to see every class. The above photo was from seeing the Natural History Museum in London with the education class. The Blue Whale skeleton, named Hope, hung in the middle of the exiting gallery leaving the museum. Trying to line up photographs like this take a few shots, but I measured lines on the ground and kept looking at the side angles to make sure it was aligned as symmetrical as I could make it.

Queen Mary University of London

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I spent two weeks in London with the study abroad group, and we stayed at the Queen Mary University of London. The school regularly has students, but since it was the summer, we didn’t see a lot of college students. There were plenty of other school groups there, including us with over 100 students. One of the largest classes from Midwestern State University.

I have so many pictures from the trip, I’ll split this up into two blogs, including some of my favorites.

Boats

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One day I was with the history and sociology class on a boat, punting along the river. The next day, I would be at the Camden Markets looking at the local shops. Punting was in Cambridge, where we spent half the day learning about the town and seeing the other colleges in the area. Punting means pushing, and Punters would sit on the bow of the boat, gondola style, and punt down the river while giving us information about the river and area.

Camden Markets

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The Camden Markets were located in north London, and it was a bunch of shops all put together. The one in the photograph was an Indian shop selling stuff from India. The lamps struck at me and created this pattern throughout the shop. Of course, I stuck a while until I photographed the image I wanted. At the markets, I found an art print to include in my collection. The markets also had a selection of food to eat from around the world.

Globe Theatre

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One of my last nights in London, I went with the Shakespeare class and saw a performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the world-famous Globe Theatre. The students already had tickets, so I was stuck with the expensive ones, which were really not that expensive. I did have an enjoyable seat, as you can see from my angle. The students stood for the entire play, to have a real-life look at how it would have been in the times Shakespeare lived.

Some of them even participated in the play by doing minor-tasks. The production was a lot of fun with great acting, music, and incredible dance numbers. This was the way Shakespeare was meant to be performed, and you can see it at the Globe Theatre in London.

The other big thing about London is how you travel. From the buses to the tube to an actual car, there are many ways to see the city. The ‘Mind The Gap’ painted on the picture below was a constant reminder every time we used the tube.

Mind The Gap

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It was a warning to remind passengers to be careful as they left the tube. If there is one thing you will remember about the tube, it’s that little phrase.

Lion and London Eye

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Here is a photograph of a Lion with the London Eye in the background on a cloudy day. There were a lot of cloudy days, and the weather was always around the 70s. Apparently, this is hot, according to the locals. There was also rarely air-conditioning around, except for a few places. It’s manageable, and I became used to it after a few days in London.

London was a lot of fun and has some of the most exciting sights in the world. It was great to have a chance to visit and photograph this great city that plays host to the capital of the United Kingdom. Stay tuned for more from London and also my weekend in Paris.