I have always loved taking photographs, even if I don’t have the most amazing skills I love to play around with the focus and composition to make something special. It wasn’t until I attended the Maplin Photo Walk recently that I realised how much I look down when walking around instead of up, missing out on so much!
As part of Maplin’s memory card campaign, the photo walk was hosted by Kaye of Fordtography, a professional photographer who picked out a route for us to follow to get some great snaps of London life. We started out in Covent Garden and had the chance to shoot the crowds and street performers. I have to admit I prefer to avoid photos of other people but Kaye pointed out that great street style includes using the people as props to create great unexpected pictures. I loved snapping the columns which give a great sense of perspective.
After Covent Garden, we walked up past the tube station to Neil Street where we had the chance to photograph the people, buildings and bunting which made for some really lovely photos. When we turned onto Short Gardens and peeked down into Neils Yard I was blown away by the explosion of colour! We all took lots of photos of the vibrant buildings with their dainty signs and painted windows.
Next, we wandered through to Seven Dials and made our way to Chinatown where we had the opportunity to take photos of the famous Gates which proudly stand among the Chinese restaurants and shops. My favourite location on the photo walk was Cecil Court – a small pedestrian road which is home to a selection of curious old shops that sell antiques, antiquarian books and other things. It is said to be one of the inspirations behind Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley and I can see why!
The Maplin Photo Walk ended at Bridget’s Bakery in Covent Garden where we indulged in afternoon tea. It was a really fun day out, I enjoyed the company of other bloggers and Kaye’s advice as well as actually looking up and seeing new things in the city! Have you taken any great photos recently?