Canary Wharf abstracts

Canary Wharf abstracts

Don't forget to look up when you are wandering in a city like London!  There's always something to shoot!

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Over Canary Wharf

I really enjoy my visits to London.  It’s a great town (ok, actually it’s a great CITY) and there is really a lot to see and do there.  Of course from a photographic perspective, there’s a lot of historic awesomeness to aim the Nikon at.  In fact, I have a whole list of London stuff to shoot here on the blog.

But there is also a newer part of London, which is less historical but packs in a lot of awesomeness as well.  It’s the Canary Wharf area, and that is part of what you see in the photo.  Canary Wharf is a major business district and financial center on the East side of the city.  While it may not be your traditional “London” photo spot, there is a lot to see here, especially if you like architecture (and I do).  

I was traveling around that day with my friend Mike Murphy, an excellent photog and all around excellent gent.  He had the idea to go shoot out in the area, with the plan to take the Emirates Air Line across the River Thames.  The Emirates Air Line is a cable car which crosses the river, giving you this fabulous view of the Canary Wharf district and the Millennium Dome.  It was pretty awesome.  And that’s why I list “Make Friends Before You Go” as Tip #6 on my list of Ten Tips for Better Travel Photography.  Locals know about things to do that, as a tourist, you might never get to experience.

Canary Wharf DLR

DLR stands for Docklands Light Railway and it is an automated light rail system used in parts of London.  It's a pretty good system, from what I can tell, but hey I'm not from around there so not sure what Londoners think of it.  Plus I have never used the MetroRail here in Austin, so I'm not really qualified to offer a professional opinion on the matter.  But I digress.

On my recent trip across the pond, I had the good fortune to spend an entire day shooting new and interesting parts of London (new to me, that is) with Mike Murphy (my 2nd time to shoot with him, actually) who in addition to being a great tour guide is also a wonderful photographer.  It's great to have a local photographer guide you around.  While they know the best spots to shoot, they also know how best to get there, and how to figure out which train on the DLR goes where...and which Tube stops to take... and which bus to take when the Tube line is down.

So, thanks Mike!  I appreciate that!

This shot was taken at the Canary Wharf station, which Mike recommended we visit, and I am glad we did.  It's pretty awesome looking in my opinion, but I am partial to these sorts of things.  We all have our weaknesses, I guess. I went a little grungy on the processing on this one, but it is a train station and that just conjures up a little grunge in my mind.  How about you?