May 21st, 2016
We spent a day in London as part of our trip. And of course, the one day we decided to venture to London, it rained the whole day. From a photography perspective, this was both a good and bad thing. On one hand, the haziness and fog that came with the rain really made for beautiful gradient in the photos. This was an element that was great to work with as fog is a big representation of the weather conditions in London and really England in general. On the other hand, because it was raining and digital cameras aren't a fan of the rain, I had to cover it as best I could with either a coat or an umbrella, which was a bit of a pain. But it was all worth it for the photos I was able to capture.
The first stop was the London Eye. I had previously been to London a few years ago on a high school trip, but did not go on the London Eye. It was nice to get the chance to finally do it.
I’m not a fan of heights, and generally being on the London Eye didn't bother me too much, but when we got to the highest point, I was a bit nervous. It was a great experience nonetheless.
I thought that because it was quite rainy when we got there, and because there would be rain on the windows of the capsule, I wouldn't be able to really photograph anything too well. To my surprise though, I was able to get some great shots of the city, the classic double decker buses, Big Ben and beautiful gradient tones; provided I placed the lens between raindrops.
Next we took the subway to The Tower of London. This was one of the highlights of my overall trip. I was able to see the Crowned Jewels. Obviously I have no photography of this as no photography was permitted, but it was absolutely amazing. If you are a fan of the British Monarchy and/or enjoy seeing the most decked out and grant pieces of jewellery, this is a place for you. Everything was beautiful and held so much history, which I enjoy a great deal.
I was also able to see the place where they beheaded the wives of King Henry VIII, among other famous figures in that time period. I know you're probably thinking “Well that’s a morbid place to be excited about.” but it was really interesting to see. The Tudor era (as well as the Elizabethan era) of British history fascinates me, so to be standing where Anne Boleyn spent her last moments was kind of surreal.
London Bridge was literally across from the Tower on London, so that was also a great photo opportunity that I couldn't pass up.
After that amazing experience, we ventured to Covent Garden. Typically there would have been some street performers, but there were none due to the rain. We then walked up to Trafalgar Square, which gives you a cool view of Big Ben between the giant monument in the middle surrounded by large black statues of lions. I image it would look beautiful in the sunlight (not that I’m saying it wasn't in the rain, because it was).
The trip to London was great and though it was tiring, it was definitely worth it.
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