There were many reasons for this trip. Primarily to get some time off from the stress at work and go see old friends from University. However, the idea was also to use the opportunity to build up my architectural photography portfolio. This was made difficult already on the first day, when I was faced with, for June, relatively cold temperatures and horrendous gusts of wind.
This is where one needs to remember an important aspect of photography: you can’t always have the perfect conditions, so just make the best of it. Suffice to say my pictures during the day time came out gloomy and the colors were washed out. So I temporarily gave up and decided to save my energy till the night.
Anyone who ever finds themselves near Covent Garden and is into Sushi must pay a visit to Kyashii. A restaurant/lounge that has a beautiful interior and walls lined with aquariums, it provides a great atmosphere and the food is delicious, even if you aren’t into seafood (like me). It was here that I got to know one of the managers and after talking about photography for a while I decided that ‘it never hurts to ask’ and asked him if he would mind letting me photograph the restaurant, during off hours, as a practice exercise. The wall to wall aquariums and mirrors behind the bar would create a nice challenge which I looked forward to taking on the next day.
With my energy stored up and fuelled by a few bottles of Sauvignon Blanc I packed my gear, grabbed my tripod, and took a walk through Canary Wharf. An area rumoured to be a pain for photographers due to patrolling security guards who stop anyone trying to take any decent pictures with a tripod, I was amazed that in the cover of the night I had no problems whatsoever. No problems that is, except for the weather.
It would be an understatement to say I have a fairly decent tripod. My inherited twenty year old Gitzo tripod, that weighs more than I would prefer to carry with me, has been to a lot of places with me and it is almost always very sturdy. The wind this time, however, was so strong that I could do nothing about the fact my camera was shaking with every picture. This became very frustrating as the lighting was quite peaceful and I had found a few good shots a long the way.
I hoped the weather would improve the following day.