The middle bit

When I woke up this morning, I realised it was exactly three years ago that I met a lovely American gentleman in London for a day out with our cameras. I wrote two blog posts about it last August – one about the beginning of our trip and another about the end. I said at the time that the middle bit could wait for another day and to be honest, I couldn’t think of a better one. Sadly we no longer belong to the same photography forum, but recently he was kind enough to join me in my disastrous venture into running my own. Since then we have both been busy, but he is often on my mind.

So after visiting Highgate cemetery and the arches close to Charing Cross station, we crossed the river and wandered along the South Bank. With far too much to see and not enough hours in the day, we never did reach my intended destination of Tower Bridge. In fact, we never managed to have lunch either. A bad habit of mine and something I have always regretted. The photography was great, but it would have been so much nicer if I had set aside a bit more time for chatting. Instead, we lingered in the wonderful Borough Market, where in spite of the freezing conditions, it was still bustling.

The image above was taken at a large fish merchant’s stall. The wide-angle lens was enough to convince the fish monger that he wasn’t in the frame and I think it is a decent candid shot. The photograph below was taken outside, where the steam from one of the food vendors makes an interesting addition. I adore street photography in the winter, when people are wrapped up against the cold. To enhance the wintry mood, both images were converted with Silver Efex – probably my favourite Photoshop filter.

Steam

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