Photo Waddle: Canary Wharf

For my first outdoor trip with my spanking new X-Pro2 I decided to go to Canary Wharf. The plan was to take some dramatic photos of the escalators inside the tube station and then move outside for some long exposures of the station itself. After that I just wanted to focus on the various tall buildings in the area, which is not something I would normally photograph. Trying new things is the best way to learn and grow as a photographer.

When I arrived at Canary Wharf my grand plan was immediately foiled by some construction workers who had erected some terrible blue shed over the escalators. Not one to cry over spilled milk I exited the station to find several Ocado vans parked where I wanted to put my tripod for the long exposure shots. I was almost relieved to see that the terrible blue shed extended all the way to the outside of the station thus ruining my plan anyway. And I took a day off work for this.

I took the X-Pro2 out of my backpack, spent a few moments wondering why I did not bring a camera strap, before I changed the setting to ACROS and looked for something to shoot. The time was just before 10am, meaning I had missed the peak hour rush, on purpose, but there were still plenty of suits milling around like depressed penguins. I was surprised how good Canary Wharf was for street photography. There was  no shortage of interesting people and this early in the morning the light was fantastic for high contrast photography. I did not have to walk far before the crowd thinned out making it easier to isolate people. Plenty of interesting locations there as well.

In spite of the set backs I had a great morning in Canary Wharf before it was time to meet the #Fujifeed and Unsplash crowd. But, that might be another post.

All photos taken by me with the X-Pro2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 using the new ACROS film simulation.

A suit and his shadow.
A suit and his shadow.
Tweeting about an acquisition perhaps?
Tweeting about an acquisition perhaps?
Suits
Suits
Power men brokering deals?
Power men brokering deals?
Metal and glass. Concrete can't be far away.
Metal and glass. Concrete can’t be far away.
Canary Wharf, a prison for the soul?
Canary Wharf, a prison for the soul?
Patterns and reflections. Canary Wharf is surprisingly beautiful.
Patterns and reflections. Canary Wharf is surprisingly beautiful.
So glad I found this water feature so I could do a long exposure.
So glad I found this water feature so I could do a long exposure.

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