This morning I went to Canary Wharf to take a couple of pictures. My main objective for the day was to take a snapshot of the recently built “tunnel” connecting the financial district to the new Crossrail station.
First things first. There were very few people around apart from myself and another guy with a Canon camera. As you do, once I arrived at Crossrail Place, I assembled my tripod and started setting up my Fujifilm X-T3. I must admit I felt observed whilst taking a couple of practice shots. I turned my head and there was a security guy standing right behind me. The guy asked me how long I was planning to stay there for (FYI, there was nobody around!). I politely told him I was planning to take a photo of the tunnel and then move on. He nodded and walked away.
Next, I walked into the Canary Wharf Shopping Centre. All shops were closed except for a couple of sandwich places. Once again, I came across very few people. The place was very much deserted. As it started raining outside, I decided to remain inside and set my camera to manual focus and took a couple of random shots to kill time. Bored to death, I decided to venture out but shortly before exiting the shopping mall another security guy stopped me and asked whether I take photographs for commercial purposes or personal use. Jeez, does my Fujifilm X-T3 really look so professional? I told him I usually do it for fun and asked him what was the big deal. He said the shopping centre is a private property, albeit it is accessible to members of the public (!!!) I would ordinary require a permit to take any sort of picture within the building.
By the way, I am not sure what happened to the Canon guy!
Dear Canary Wharf, see you in 2021. Maybe. Or maybe not.
I grew up in Milan, a place known for its foggy mornings in the winter months. Unfortunately, with time the phenomenon has become less frequent. London was also known for its fog. Once again, I have not seen much of it. Blame it on climate change. Blame it on the rain. Blame it on whatever… The thing is this 2020 is a year like no other and guess what? The fog is back.
Over the past ten days, London has woken up covered in mist and fog. Unfortunately, the combination of “working from home” and unsociable working hours meant I never really had the chance of taking a snapshot of it. However, this morning I ran out of bread so I ventured out to my local bakery and on the way back I positioned my camera and tripod in the middle of the road (it is a pedestrian/residential area) and clicked the shutter. In fairness, it hardly required any post editing as colours were pretty much black and white…
I’d like to share a couple of socially conscious and politically minded thoughts to introduce a picture I shot this afternoon in Central London.
These troubled times may have cathartic effects. For years we took for granted what our grandparents and great grandparents fought for: FREEDOM. Once upon a time, not so long ago, women had no right of vote and slavery was legal. Rights to education, housing, and welfare were also yet to be granted. Then the age of revolutions arrived. As it happens, the French were the first to kickstart a revolution against the ancien régime. The rest of the Old Continent followed suit. Little by little, piece by piece, men – and later women – gained a vast array of rights, from voting to access to education and healthcare. In essence, many lost their lives to set us free.
The advent of digitalisation seems to have given the reborn ancien régime a chance to shift – again – the balance of power. All of a sudden, we discovered we had to make a case for freedom. As I was casually walking around with my Fujifilm camera today, I came across a sit-in protest in Trafalgar Square. What really struck my attention was what a young woman wrote on a piece of cardboard: WHY DO WE HAVE TO DEMAND DEMOCRACY IN 2020? It’s a fair question, isn’t it?
Location 🌏 Trafalgar Square, London | Camera 📷 Fujifilm X-T3 | Lens 🔭 Fujinon XC 50-230mm | Setting 🔧 ISO 640 – SS 1/125s – f 5.4 | Film profile 🎞 Colour | Edit 🖥 RAW file in Lightroom and Photoshop ¦ 📽 Stefano Fujifilm
🔴🔺️⚀❎ JUST in time for the arrival of Sony’sl PlayStation PS5 console today, signage at London’s Oxford Circus has been updated with the console’s trademark square, circle, triangle and cross. Unfortunately, the normal signage is expected to be reinstated on Saturday morning.
All pictures were taken with my FUJIFILM X-T3 camera and Fujinon XC 50-230mm lens. All images are straight out of the camera with very minor edits.
In spite of the cloudy weather – the quintessentially Autumn climate someone could argue! – and a little bit of a cold (yep! I’m not in great shape, to be honest with you!), I ventured out with my FUJIFILM X-T3 camera and the Fujinon XC 50-230mm. Once again, I can honestly say this is a massively underrated lens as results speak for themselves.