A Dash of Color

Last summer I had the great fortune to be able to go to England and amongst my time there I was able to see everything fro Spitfires flying over the countryside to the canal district of London. On a photo walk in London the group ventured along the canals which are enormously long and have so very unique history to them. Unfortunately that history I’m not so good with. But the one thing I noticed is color. Everything there was green or some sort of shade of green. The boats are the most unique aspect alongside the architecture that goes alongside the canals. This one stood more then the rest.

Two things to think about here. First off on a photowalk I tend to go minimally, one body and one lens on a camera strap. Less to carry and more of a challenge for the old noggin. Secondly this was taken with the 18-35mm on the D750. A small body and a wide lens because I knew architecture and landscapes were the primary focus nothing far away and nothing super detailed. It’s a fast lens and a sharp one at that. Now back to this little boat. I don’t know what they were thinking when they painted it nor how many times they did paint it but it stands out. On a photowalk if you just come away with one image that stands out in your files, then you’re doing good because they are hard. Exciting and new but hard to come away with something great.

From Old to New

The best part of being in England was seeing all the great architecture including some that I really wasn’t expecting to see. During the Grey’s of Westminster sponsored Photo Walk our great guide Michael took us to the Grand Union Canal of London which is pretty impressive being 137 miles of the 300 miles of canals in England. We walked 9 miles.

Not only are the canals home to many people who live in boats docked in different areas throughout the canal, but the canal goes through some amazing areas where docks used to bring in business. In many areas the old architecture can be seen on one side and new architecture on the other side. It’s like looking into two different worlds. The reuse of some of the old buildings is pretty impressive as well. Since it was a photo walk I went light. Knowing that it was mostly architecture I went with the D750 and 18-35 f3.5-4.5. Simple, small and light.

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