London, you either love her or hate her. Regardless of your feelings for her, London does offer a great day out especially for photographers. London offers some fantastic city skylines, architecture, history and character. This photograph was taken around the Charing Cross area, near the London Eye and markets. The markets are full of street life and I urge you to visit them when in London. As a photographer, there are so many locations to shoot and finding the ideal spot takes time.
The River Thames
The River Thames is a river that flows through southern England. At 215 miles, it is the longest river entirely in England and the second longest in the United Kingdom, after the River Severn. It also flows through Oxford, Reading, Henley-on-Thames and Windsor. The lower reaches of the river are called the Tideway, derived from its long tidal reach up to Teddington Lock. It rises at Thames Head in Gloucestershire, and flows into the North Sea via the Thames Estuary. The Thames drains the whole of Greater London.
Its tidal section, reaching up to Teddington Lock, includes most of its London stretch and has a rise and fall of 7 metres. Running through some of the driest parts of mainland Britain and heavily abstracted for drinking water, the Thames’ discharge is low considering its length and breadth: the Severn has a discharge almost twice as large on average despite having a smaller drainage basin. In Scotland, the Tay achieves more than double the average discharge from a drainage basin that is 60% smaller,
The administrative powers of the Thames Conservancy have been taken on with modifications by the Environment Agency and, in respect of the Tideway part of the river, such powers are split between the agency and the Port of London Authority, Wikipedia.
Visiting large capital cities such as London, requires time, planning and patience. I advise not to take too much equipment and take a good ‘all-round’ lens. Cities are busy and the weather is not always pleasant (in UK anyway), so be prepared. personally, I do not have the luxury of multiple cameras, if I did I would take a camera like the Sony A7 series. These cameras are top spec and small ideal for travelling. Take a few batteries with you if possible, a good bag, lens wipes and weatherproof clothing. I used a Sony SAL1680Z lens, this is a good ‘all-round’ lens to shoot with, though there are many choices.