Saturday, 22 December 2012

London Light {Photo Post}

Having been in the UK for the last week I've learnt a lot 
of things about England, one of the most interesting 
being that the light is absolutely awesome for photography.

In Durban the light is great for 'straight-forward' photos but here
 the light is just perfect for special effects, especially chiaroscuro -
 the contrast between light and shadow.

I've been sharing my camera with the kids - I have my 
old D40 that they've been using, and some of these
have been taken by Cami, who has a great eye for photography.

Awesome...she took that...

The light is so strong here that initially the photos were over-exposed
{until I realised and adjusted my aperture} but I've had fun editing them.

There are also the most amazing backgrounds everywhere you go.

Doesn't Jack look gorgeously handsome there?  His new
haircut has really made his chiselled features stand out.

For some reason a lot of these photos also look way more
awesome in black and white.  I think it draws attention to 
the different textures that are just everywhere, from the
winter fabrics to the architecture.

I love Jack's European tourist look :)

We stayed right on the Thames river - it was beautiful.

We found the most amazing tunnel full of graffiti,
which made for the most amazing photo ops.

This is the first time I've got online all week. There's wifi 
available everywhere but my laptop weighs a tonne and 
we are out all day & half of the night too so I'm not 
carrying it around with me right now.

I hope you are all well & managing to take some time-out
too this holiday season.  Got to get to bed now - have 
another train to catch in the morning.  We are off to Ireland!


Michelle said...

Oh I am SO envious of all of your travels!!! I would LOVE to see Europe. Ireland is big on my list being I am 1/2 Irish. Fun pics!!! I love them!!

Keren Tamir said...

oh wow these are amazing!! you will have a lot to scrap when you come back. fantastic pics

Chantal Vandenberg said...

Awesome photos!!!

Kerryn said...

Looks amazing Helen! Hope you are all enjoying this time together.

ANUPAMA CHOUDARY said... are incorrigible, Helen... Doing a blog post while on vacation!!!
Awesome photo-ops. Keep clicking away. Can't wait to see these on your gorgeous layouts.
Merry Xmas to you and your beautiful family!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Beautiful photos!! Glad you are having fun!!!

Lizzy Hill said...

I found it really hard to cope without bring online whilst away..go you for managing so well:):):):) LOVE the photography - you're going to have enough snaps for all of 2013 at this rate!!!!

Bernadine said...

Love the photos. So glad you are having a great time. Did not even recognise Jack in the photos.

juscrap said...

Love the photos. You will have a lot to scrap when you come back. Merry Christmas e a Happy New Year!

Evgenia Petzer said...

oh, wow! kids look so gorgeousssss!

sandi said...

Wow! Fabulous pics!

Alison said...

Glad you're enjoying your travels Helen...fab pics!
Alison xx

Carin McDonough said...

The light may be good for the contrast photos but is definitely not good for taking photos of layouts! (the high amount of rain doesn't help either!) You look like you are all having a ball, enjoy Ireland :)

Mitra Pratt said...

Dream vacation! Glad to see you guys are having an amazing time of it! Great photos too! Love it!

We are off on our own little adventure...bright lights on ours. Can't wait. Not as long as yours though!

elainec said...

Fantastic photos. looking forward to seeing them in some layouts. x

Lynette said...

Your photos are beautiful...your family are handsome. Enjoy your holiday Helen.

Wishing you and your lovely family a Blessed Christmas.

Lynn Le5 said...

Looks like you'll have plenty of great photos to create with :)
Wishing you all the best Holidays! xo

Marjie Kemper said...

Merry Christmas, Helen! Your photos are just wonderful. I hope you are having a fabulous time... I'm sure you are!

yyam said...

Glad you are enjoying yourself. These photos are fabulous! :)

scrapbookertink said...

Hi Helen, glad you are enjoying our gorgeous city, take care x

Lili Sulastri said...

Those photos are so beautiful - very artistic. Love them all.

Tracey Sabella said...

Wow, there are some really amazing photos here. I can't wait to see how you scrap them!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

Svjetlana said...

Glad you enjoyed your time in London. Love your photographs. I am always watching those beautiful dynamic sky over Dublin, but haven't been able to capture them, must learn more about photography. Happy New Year.

Sandie Edwards said...

Oh Ireland would be amazing to visit, I am so envious and seriously cannot wait to see you scrap some of the photographs!!

Mrs Frizz said...

wow - fabbo pics and awesome scrapping material to help scrap those special memories when you get home. Safe travels.

Eila Sandberg said...

LOVE seeing all the places through your camera lense! surprised Jack hasn't been spotted by a model scout already, he is stunningly handsome but then again he's got some pretty good genes! :))