On Location | The Golden Hour in London

Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.
— George Eastman

This well-known quote increasingly resonates with me and I will be the first to admit, that I have a long way to go before I have mastered the art of seeing light…but I’m getting there. Not so long ago, it would have been rare to catch me without a tripod as I took photos in London. My eye was fixed on the city’s skyline or architecture which to a large degree still is but I when capturing a cityscape, the wide vistas rely heavily on an interesting sky with great light and with all of the planning in the world, once set up ready to take the shot, I have to wait for the light to find me. Sometimes it all comes together but more often than not, I am left without an image.

Back in 2018, I started a project called London Chrome. This project continues today and was started to help me develop my photographic craft by wandering the streets, unchained from a tripod helping me to develop my eye for shapes, composition and light with a degree of success.

These days, as I wander the city, camera in hand looking for compositions, I am now using light as a part of the composition much more effectively, embracing dark shadows while attempting to balance the composition with both the subject and light.

A few weeks ago, during a bright sunny morning, I took a walk along the River in London with my Fujifilm XT2 and XF18-55mm lens starting at the London Eye, crossing the river at the Tate Modern and finishing at St Paul’s Cathedral. Along the way I tried to take advantage of the strong sunlight and deep shadows while capturing a mix of street and architecture photos. In terms of mastering the light, I think I still have a long way to go but I’m comfortable with that. Mastering photography is a journey, probably a life long one and once that reality hits, the pressure to capture a winner every time is lifted. I’m really enjoying this phase of my photographic journey, embracing new challenges and seeing where it takes me.

If you ever feel wanting for some creative inspiration, maybe down in a photographic rut, then I urge you to change things up, take on a challenge or start a new personal project and just see what happens. Exploring the unknown can be quite liberating.

I will leave you with a few of my photos from my photo-walk along the River Thames.

 
Fujifilm XT2 | XF18-55mm | 18mm | 1/110 second | f/8 | ISO200

Fujifilm XT2 | XF18-55mm | 18mm | 1/110 second | f/8 | ISO200

 
 
Fujifilm XT2 | XF18-55mm | 18mm | 1/150 second | f/9 | ISO200

Fujifilm XT2 | XF18-55mm | 18mm | 1/150 second | f/9 | ISO200

 
 
Fujifilm XT2 | XF18-55mm | 55mm | 1/220 second | f/9 | ISO200

Fujifilm XT2 | XF18-55mm | 55mm | 1/220 second | f/9 | ISO200

 
Fujifilm XT2 | XF18-55mm | 18mm | 1/400 second | f/9 | ISO200

Fujifilm XT2 | XF18-55mm | 18mm | 1/400 second | f/9 | ISO200

 
Fujifilm XT2 | XF18-55mm | 18mm | 1/350 second | f/7.1 | ISO200

Fujifilm XT2 | XF18-55mm | 18mm | 1/350 second | f/7.1 | ISO200

 
Fujifilm XT2 | XF18-55mm | 18mm | 1/1250 second | f/8 | ISO200

Fujifilm XT2 | XF18-55mm | 18mm | 1/1250 second | f/8 | ISO200

 
Fujifilm XT2 | XF18-55mm | 55mm | 1/1800 second | f/4 | ISO200

Fujifilm XT2 | XF18-55mm | 55mm | 1/1800 second | f/4 | ISO200

 
 
Fujifilm XT2 | XF18-55mm | 55mm | 1/340 second | f/4 | ISO200

Fujifilm XT2 | XF18-55mm | 55mm | 1/340 second | f/4 | ISO200

 
Fujifilm XT2 | XF10-24mm | 10mm | 1/125 second | f/8 | ISO200

Fujifilm XT2 | XF10-24mm | 10mm | 1/125 second | f/8 | ISO200

 
Fujifilm XT2 | XF10-24mm | 14mm | 1/250 second | f/8 | ISO200

Fujifilm XT2 | XF10-24mm | 14mm | 1/250 second | f/8 | ISO200

 
Fujifilm XT2 | XF10-24mm | 14mm | 1/420 second | f/8 | ISO200

Fujifilm XT2 | XF10-24mm | 14mm | 1/420 second | f/8 | ISO200