Title: One Of These Is Not Like The Others
Location: Whitecross Place, London
Camera: Canon EOS 5D MkIII / 50mm EF f/1.4 USM
Notes: It was another damp evening as I walked back to Liverpool Street from work… I can’t resist the light sculpture in Whitecross Place.
November has been an incredibly busy month for pictures and trips. The first photographic outing of the month was to see Fantastic Fireworks at Billericay. We got a great spot across the water so the reflections were even more spectacular than usual. I think I did a better job than last time, in 2011.
A few days later it was out to Sunny Southend for a photowalk with friends. It was very cold but the light was great.
The next week, I went on a Nature Study Day at Copped Hall run by Peter Warne. It was very enjoyable but the weather was less than kind – the drizzle was pretty awful by the end of the day! Waterproof trousers were a must, and I still got some decent shots.
I chose another drizzly day for a Wivenhoe Wander but the boats provided a splash of colour in an otherwise grey outing.
The next day however, there was some fab autumn light during my Mersea Meander. It was bitterly cold and my fingers barely survived, but the sunshine was most welcome.
Alistair came to stay for a while mid-month, and we took an evening walk along the Thames on our way to meet friends for a birthday dinner. The bridges at night looked spectacular.
We had a few dull days, but eventually we made the most of the sunshine by taking a trip to Epping Forest for some Autumn colour. Alistair also helped me out with my lastest Face Down Tuesday – Autumn Colour Edition.
Another day we went for a walk into Chelmsford and passed the Graffiti wall again. It’s always good to take a look to see what’s changed since last time:
As well as the wall, I also spotted this lovely leaf which was a near miss for Day #2152:
I enjoyed another weekend away this month with Alistair, this time exploring Bath and Lacock, looking around the picturesque Abbey:
The last photography outing of the month was back to my Monthly location of Sandford Mill Footbridge, this time with some lightpainting tools to have a play. I got a few good shots before the cold got the better of me! I’ll have to revisit again soon with thicker gloves, perhaps.
I have managed several more 50@50 images this month too: #44 at Hylands Park, #45 at Southend-on-Sea, #46 in West Mersea, #47 in Bath. And of course I decided to participate in MoNovember again this year, having done it first in 2011 and then 2012. I was pretty pleased with the results over the month.
I decided some of my final days in Tokyo would be spent relaxing after such a hectic trip around the country. Here is a flavour of each of the days which I’ve only written about in my September Photo A Day diary.
First full day at my Tokyo apartment. Spent the day relaxing in my cosy billet and having a little walk to Shinjuku. See Day #1721.
Toy shopping in Nakano Broadway! Then a little bit of planking in Sensō-ji. See Day #1723.
Back to Nakano Broadway to marvel once more at the never-ending toyshops! See Day #1726.
Grizzly old rainy day spent at the apartment sorting photos. I only nipped out to forage at the supermarket next door. See Day #1728.
A sunny day at last! Visited Yoyogi Park via the National Gymnasium at Shibuya, then onto the Shintō shrine at nearby Meiji-jingu. In the evening there was the first of the two Asia shows in Shibuya that I’d stayed on in Tokyo to attend. See Day #1729.
Day spent sorting and packing before going to the final Asia gig in Shibuya with Tomoo in the evening. See Day #1730.
Sad to be leaving! An early start to catch the N’EX service back to Narita airport, and homeward bound. See Day #1731.
Japan is a wonderful place to visit. It’s people are warm and friendly – even if you don’t speak their language. The culture and architecture are amongst some of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen, and this trip was the culmination of many years’ longing to visit the country. And I can thoroughly recommend Inside Japan Tours who arranged my trip without a hitch.
So for now, it may be sayonara, but rest assured, I’ll be back as soon as I can! In the meantime, here is a selection of shots from my time in Toyko:
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Title: Whitecross Place
Location: Broadgate, London
Camera: Canon EOS 7D / 10-22mm EF-S f/3.5-4.5 USM
Notes: Another night shot today, taken on the way home from the office. After heavy rain during the afternoon, the pavements were providing some interesting reflections.