Reporting from London

It has been a while since I had a chance to post on the website, so I wanted to provide a quick update and some news. First of all, I am currently in London with my family. We arrived here over a week ago and my first few days were quite rough, since I was pretty sick. When we landed in London, my splitting headache and the 8-hour long overnight flight, during which our little girl Jasmine had a hard time falling asleep, was just too much for me. As we were heading out, one of our readers approached me and said a few nice things about the site. I was so disoriented that I couldn’t talk and didn’t even get his name! So if you are that gentleman, please accept my apologies and do get in touch with me please!

Update: We are meeting on Wednesday, May 14 2014 for a Photo Walk. Please see this post for more details.

London River Thames Overlook

Second, this is my first time taking such a long vacation during the past 10 years, so I wanted to do as much sightseeing as possible with my kids (who have never been outside the US before). I realized how nice it is to disconnect from the busy life every once in a while! Speaking of the past, I do have something big coming up. Can’t tell you the details yet, but it is a HUGE change for me. I am a bit nervous, but excited at the same time. Will make an announcement on this separately later :)

It would be nice to do a little Photography Life get-together for our readers in London, so if you happen to live close and want to meet up sometime before the 18th of May, please let me know in the comments section below. We could meet at a local bar or perhaps even do a photo walk! It has been quite rainy and windy so far, but the weather forecast is showing some nice days next week. Bring all the questions you have and if you need some help with your portfolio, we could do some critique / portfolio reviews. And if you are struggling with your photography, I would love to help you out! I am thinking of doing a mini-workshop during the photo walk – let me know what you think.

I have some new gear with me, which I have been using as much as I can. The Fuji X-T1, along with the new 10-24mm Fujinon lens are being heavily used. I have already written about the X-T1 a couple of times before, but still need some more time with it for a more in-depth review coverage. The Fujinon 10-24mm f/4 is an amazing lens and I am already in love with what it has to offer for architecture and landscape photography. Right before I left, I got a hold of the new Sony A6000 with a number of different lenses as well. The above image of the river Thames / London Eye was shot with the A6000 and the Zeiss 16-70mm f/4 lens – a great combo for photographing the city (I also have the Sony 10-18mm f/4 with me for wider shots). In addition, the Canon 6D, along with the new Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art lens also found their ways into my camera bag, thanks to our friends at B&H Photo Video. The latter is not yet available for the Nikon mount, so I will probably have to delay the lab measurements until the end of May / early June. Planning to review both though.

More to come, so stay tuned for the upcoming announcement!

Comments

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    ) Clarence
    May 9, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    Nasim,

    You are just an amazingly nice guy. Had the pleasure of meeting and learning from you on your Colorado photo workshop. Good things happen to nice people. Congratulations in advanced on the “HUGH” change of yours!!

    To general traffic on this site, should we start a little guessing game?

    • May 9, 2014 at 8:26 pm

      Thank you Clarence! It is always great to hear from you my friend.

      A little guessing wouldn’t hurt I think :)

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        ) Clarence
        May 10, 2014 at 2:31 pm

        Nikon ambassador?

        • May 10, 2014 at 3:22 pm

          Nah, that wouldn’t be a HUGE change :)

          • 62
            ) Tapo
            May 11, 2014 at 2:56 am

            Canon Ambassador ?

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            82
            ) Clarence
            May 11, 2014 at 10:16 pm

            B&H is hiring you full time testing new equipments, producing instructional videos, and promoting their websIte/stores?

      • 89
        ) Martin
        May 15, 2014 at 6:05 am

        I could imagine well doing as Editor for a Photography Journal

  2. 3
    ) Brian Jonas
    May 9, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Looking forward to seeing more London pics especially from the XT-1, which I am interested in learning more about. I’ll definitely visit the link to your review you posted. A few weeks ago, I returned from a two-week 1,800-mile road trip through England and Scotland and brought back some nice pics. I really fell in love with the UK and can’t wait to return. Keep up the phenomenal work on your site, and like others, I can’t wait to see your photos!

    • May 10, 2014 at 3:25 pm

      Brian, I don’t think I will be able to manage much travel and photography with the kids, but will try to do some :) Went out a few times around London and came back with nothing due to rain / wind and unhappy little one! Can’t wait to do some more photography though :)

      • 63
        ) Chris.
        May 11, 2014 at 4:33 am

        Welcome to the UK Nasim,

        As a keen amateur, I read many sites like yours, along with some magazines and can remember being told “Get out with your cameras in all weathers, as there are pictures to be had”. So no excuses like coming back with nothing, because of the wind and rain.

        We have to put up with this mixture of weather over here, so come on, please try again ;-)

        Chris.

        • May 11, 2014 at 4:51 am

          Chris, I actually welcome rain and wind – some of the best pictures I have taken were in or after bad weather conditions! What I meant was that the weather was tough on the kids and I was too busy with handling them than taking pictures :) Planning to get out myself a few times and do some photography later this week for sure!

          • 69
            ) Chris.
            May 11, 2014 at 9:06 am

            Nasim,

            The smiley symbols at the end of my ‘Leg Pull’ was to say that I know the feeling, having had 3 young kids, 22 months apart and know all the Pitfalls concerning this.
            When asked if they would like to go out for a walk, they would ask if I was taking my camera with me and if I said yes, they wouldn’t come.
            All changed now they’re older, as they get all my cast off gear, they willingly come too!

            Have fun,

            Chris.

  3. 4
    ) Neil
    May 9, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    I wish I was there. About a year ago I was standing in that very spot on that bridge. I was on my honeymoon and shot that scene with my D800 and 24-120. If I was there this year, my Fuji X-E2 and 14mm. Amazing how much can change in a year. Have a fun vacation. Try Sherlock’s pub. It’s right across from The Grand and just up from the Embankment tube entrance.

    • May 10, 2014 at 3:27 pm

      Neil, so true, this new mirrorless stuff is surely changing the world of photography, even if rather slow. I have the Canon 6D and the new Sigma 50mm f/1.4 and boy, it is still a pretty hefty combo! The Sony A6000 or the Fuji X-T1 feel so much lighter and easier to carry around…

      As for Sherlock’s, seen it a few times, but haven’t checked it out yet. Perhaps later this week!

      • 48
        ) Neil
        May 10, 2014 at 4:54 pm

        If you go down the alley to the side of Sherlock’s you’ll see a plaque indicating that Benjamin Franklin lived there. It’s on Craven Street. A fun educational lesson perhaps while getting refreshed. My wife and I spent 10 days in London and stayed at The Grand across from Sherlock’s. Great hotel, I was very happy.

  4. 5
    ) Harlan
    May 9, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    I am a silent reader,but this post deserves a comment-have a great time!!!

  5. 6
    ) AJ
    May 9, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    Nasim,

    Relax and enjoy your holiday with your family – from what I read, long overdue.
    Try and get out into the countryside and visit some of the pubs (weather permitting). Many have beer gardens so places that children can enjoy too.
    Have a feeling that you won’t have to go looking for readers of your site, they’ll find you – plus you’ll pick up a few more on your travels.

    • 8
      ) martin
      May 9, 2014 at 11:33 pm

      Hello Nasim
      vacations are prime time for family, don’t mix it up with profession. Bad luck for photographers: they always photograph where ever they are in the world. I am hard working physician and entrepreneur: when I go for photography I am working hard too, but I have no mail, no medicine, no patients, no bills no offers to consider, of course. So I really enjoy and clean my brain. And my batteries are recharged (so to speak) Think about it. Yours

  6. 7
    ) coastcontact
    May 9, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    My wife and I took a 10 day tour of London and Paris in 2012. Our first time visit to Europe. While in London we rode the Eye in London did a tourist cruise down the Thames and of course went to Windsor Castle among other points of interest. The view from the Eye is worth the two to three hour wait. My photos, that include far more than the trip to Europe, prove the value of a super zoom camera. During the entire trip I saw only one person doing a lens change. My camera is a Panasonic FZ150. Some of the 800 really good photos are at https://www.flickr.com/photos/48969186@N04/

  7. 9
    ) Martin
    May 10, 2014 at 12:20 am

    Hi Nasim

    It is good to hear that you are in the UK and I really hope that you and family are now ok?

    I would very much like to meet up for a photo walk, but am only free on Saturday 17th May. For example, you could walk along the Southbank, cross Westminnster bridge, head into St Jame’s park, cross the ‘Chinese’ bridge (best view of London Eye) and hit the Mall in time for the Horse Guards Parade.

    Please do not hesitate to contact me. I am sure that you must have many other UK readers who would like to meet you.

    Best wishes

    Martin

  8. 10
    ) Richard
    May 10, 2014 at 12:38 am

    Hi Nasim and welcome to London. I am sorry to hear you have not been well and hope you recover and enjoy London. It’s a shame I can’t be in London too, but coincidentally I have only a week ago made the journey to capture a day in the city with my Fuji X-T1 and 24-70mm. So you may well follow in my footsteps for part of my route. Perhaps take a look at my results with the same kit as you’ll be using. My intention was to test out its low light capabilities and how it coped with high ISO noise. It coped with both admirably. Take a look and hope both you and your family have a great time.

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/richardd300/sets/72157644522804063/

    Richard

    • 39
      ) coastcontact
      May 10, 2014 at 10:21 am

      Your photos of the Tube are great memory joggers. Why in B&W?

      • 47
        ) Richard
        May 10, 2014 at 4:00 pm

        I took in RAW and jpeg but preferred the B&W look, basically because I prefer mono.

        Richard

    • May 10, 2014 at 5:39 pm

      Thanks for sharing Richard!

      • 58
        ) Richard
        May 11, 2014 at 1:47 am

        Thanks, however I’ve just realised I put that I was using a 24-70mm! Of course I meant the 10-24mm. My days if shooting with the D800 and the 24-70mm are obviously still etched in my mind.

        Richard.

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    ) David
    May 10, 2014 at 12:57 am

    Hi Nasim

    I am in London next week on Wednesday and Thursday, on a two day walkabout.
    There are also some exhibitions I am visiting, I would be free to meet up for a coffee at some stage around Central London.

    I am expanding my portfolio on http://www.photollery.com

    Regards
    David

    • May 10, 2014 at 5:39 pm

      David, I think Thursday of next week will be a good day for a photo walk. Will be posting the announcement soon, would love to meet with you!

  10. 12
    ) Hans
    May 10, 2014 at 1:31 am

    Hi Nasim,

    These last days I was already wondering what was happening to photography life.
    I live in Portugal and I wish that I had the time to fly to London next week
    just to meet you, this great guy behind yr fantastic site.
    Enjoy your stay.

    Hans

    • May 10, 2014 at 5:41 pm

      Hans, thank you for your feedback! Perhaps we could meet next time – would love to visit your country as well!

  11. 13
    ) Nivas
    May 10, 2014 at 1:37 am

    Hi Nasim:

    Welcome back to London! Hope you are settling well with your health.

    I could not meet you last time when you came here. Now, I will be happy to meet you! I am really looking forward to seeing you on May 18th.

    Countryside is beautiful! So please make sure you step out. I have been working in London 8+ years but have not explored it!!! Glued to the country side! One of my favorite place is Lake District – William Wordsworth country! But kids would love London I think – History museum is popular with my kids!

    See you soon.

    Nivas

    • 16
      ) Nivas
      May 10, 2014 at 2:00 am

      Sorry misread your post . I will be happy to meet you one of the evenings – Tue to Thu next week.

    • May 10, 2014 at 5:42 pm

      Nivas, I think Thursday of next week is a good day – perhaps we can meet in the evening at around 4-5 PM for a photo walk.

    • May 10, 2014 at 5:43 pm

      Countryside is really beautiful here, but I don’t think it will be possible to arrange a 4-5 hour trip one way – definitely not with the kids! I looked at some pictures and indeed, the Lake District does look like an amazing place. Perhaps sometime in the future, when I come by myself…

      Thanks for sharing!

      • 60
        ) Nivas
        May 11, 2014 at 2:31 am

        Thanks Nasim. Yes, it would be about 4-5 hours one way to go to Lake District! Probably you can aim it for next time! Kids would love it as well!

        Yes, I can do Thursday 5pm. I look forward to meeting you! Please confirm once you firm up the plan around this.

        It looks like that we have occasional Sun-breaks this week! Good luck with the weather!

        By the way, I love the London eye photo! It took the back seat given the chance of meeting you! :-)

        • May 11, 2014 at 7:47 am

          Nivas, thank you for the compliment :)

          Actually, I received a number of requests to meet on Wednesday, so I think 5 PM Wednesday would work better for the group. Let me know if you are OK with that!

          • 68
            ) Nivas
            May 11, 2014 at 7:58 am

            Thanks Nasim. Yes, I am fine with Wed 5pm as well. See you soon!

  12. 14
    ) AK
    May 10, 2014 at 1:41 am

    Sedateome suggestions, I apologise if your a seasoned visitor to London.
    Apart from the obvious London attractions, try and visit Maltby St market on a Saturday its a small but bustling alley way full of food smells and assorted junk, try to get there early as it can get busy. After that meander down to Borough Market more commercial these days but there are some interesting bits here and there if you nose about.
    The British Museum is a fav of mine and the National Portrait Gallery, Churchill War rooms at the Back of Downing Street are worth a look.
    If your in the mood to get up real early 0300 the Smithfield Meat Market, followed by an early morning drinks at the pub.
    Other food suggestion…. Rice House of kebab on Chiswick High Road is very nice basic but good quality, Take the tube to Chiswick Park head for the high St and turn right at the traffic lights its on the other side of the road at the end of a small parade of shops….Decent fish n Chips can be found at the Catch its in the same place.
    I often tell people that London is not England… I see it and all the other major world capitals of the world as separate entities….So if you do have the time and inclination try and see The Lake District, Northumberland’s coast. Closer to London (taking the train from Victoria) the Victorian sea side can be found in sedate Eastbourne or more bohemian atmosphere Brightons “Lanes” area are fun…..Fingers crossed for some reasonable weather…Enjoy.

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      ) Photollery
      May 10, 2014 at 2:51 am

      I agree about London not being like any other part of the UK, but Eastbourne as ‘Victorian’? Our family has rental property there, I would not suggest its Victorian.

      For the tourist shots, from St Paul’s you can walk over the Thames on the millennium bridge, then along the South Bank to Westminster. Greenwich is a lovely place, as I was born their I’m biased though…

      • 35
        ) Neil
        May 10, 2014 at 8:06 am

        You’re so right about Greenwich. My wife and I made a special trip out there when we stayed in London. How could you not? The people were very friendly and it was a lovely area. Steep walk to the observatory though, lol.

      • 44
        ) AK
        May 10, 2014 at 3:25 pm

        OK its sedate place with a Victorian pier….I like it…..only suggestion’s.

    • May 10, 2014 at 5:46 pm

      Thanks for sharing! I have already been to some of the places on your list, but definitely need to check out more!

  13. 15
    ) Tom D
    May 10, 2014 at 1:55 am

    Hi Nasim

    Welcome to the UK and I’m glad you are feeling better. I work in London and would like to meet one evening next week, even if just to say a big thank you for the excellent site. It has helped me a lot over the years, from equipment recommendations, saving time on workflow and of course photography advice. Only a few weeks ago I cleaned my own sensor for the first time after watching your video.

    I hope you and your family have a great time in the UK. Best of luck for the big change!

    Kind regards

    Tom D

    • May 10, 2014 at 5:47 pm

      Thank you Tom! I am thinking of organizing a small photo walk on Thursday of next week. Hope you can make it!

      • 77
        ) Tom D
        May 11, 2014 at 3:53 pm

        Hi Nasim

        Would love to join you on Thursday. Let me know if this is possible and I will try and organize my work to accommodate. If not, well I will enjoy the photos and thanks again for the great website.

        Kind regards

        Tom D

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    ) Daniel Michael
    May 10, 2014 at 2:14 am

    Awesome Nasim! Welcome to a great city! I hope you really enjoy your time here! Some very good suggestions for places to visit have been posted above. Also I would like to add Hampton Court Palace to the list, it’s a little outside London on a short train ride, but it’s chock full of history and is beautiful!)

    I don’t want to disturb your family holiday at all, but if you are meeting up with some other readers on Saturday 17th (or even Wednesday 14th), it would be great to finally meet you!

    I really hope you enjoy your well-deserved break in this beautiful city, and again thank you and your team for making our photography better!

    Daniel

  15. 18
    ) Peter
    May 10, 2014 at 2:28 am

    I’m another silent reader who would not normally post, but I work in London and wish you a fantastic stay in our great country :-)

    Hope the weather improves for you!

    Peter

  16. 20
    ) Ade
    May 10, 2014 at 3:03 am

    Welcome to the UK Nasim & family.

    I live outside of London but would love to meet up and do a walk about London with you and your loyal readers. Why don’t you pick a day / evening or time and we can then come and meet you.

    Lets hope the weather improves a bit for you. Have a wonderful stay.

    Cheers
    Ade

  17. 21
    ) Michael Colman
    May 10, 2014 at 3:14 am

    Good Morning Nasim, the sun is shining, hope you and yours are all enjoying yourself.

    As you know there are some great sights in London. Here are a few other things you might like

    Thames Clipper boat service from central London down to The Dome that was built for the Millennium now an entertainment centre but the boat offers great water views of St Paul’s, Tower Bridge, The Tower, Canary Wharf (all dockland until 1980s). It is a great way to visit Greenwich with the Naval Museum, Observatory and Meridian timeline.

    http://www.thamesclippers.com

    Get an Oystercard for cheaper travel.

    David Baileys fashion photographer has an exhibition at Nation Portrait gallery and I think the Sony phot exhibition is on somewhere in town.

    Also venture out to Stratford for the Olympic Park now called Queen Elizabeth Park. Credit card beware, it is next to Westfield the largest shopping centre in Europe.

    Enjoy

    Michael

  18. 22
    ) Colin
    May 10, 2014 at 3:20 am

    First of all let me say that your website is one of the best photography site out there. Please keep up the good work. If you want to get out of the city then I would second AK’s suggestion of a day trip, by train, to Brighton whose train station is in the centre of town and only a few hundred yards from the sea so it is easy to walk to the seafront, the pier and the ‘lanes’.

    If you are really adventurous then you could also take a day trip on the Eurostar to Paris for a completely different experience.

    Have a great time.

    Colin

  19. 23
    ) Colin B Sanders
    May 10, 2014 at 3:35 am

    Hi Nasim & family,

    Welcome to our island. Try to visit The Shard above London Bridge station. It is better to visit here than the London Eye. Has a fantastic behind glass view at level 69 and open air (for photographers) at level 72, especially of the Tower of London site + rest of London. Do buy tickets in advance and miss the queues.
    Have a good time!

    Regards, Colin

  20. 24
    ) Paul thompson
    May 10, 2014 at 4:00 am

    I too am shooting on vacation with the XT-1 and the 10-24. I’m in Mallorca as I write this. I’d like to compare notes later but even with 3 extra batteries I’m challenged. If I shoot panos the battery just drains. The lenses seem sharp, contrasty! The jpegs are full of color. The RAW’s will have to wait. I’m traveling light for these 4 weeks. So far I love the camera. I’m a former large format shooter so hard to please.

  21. 25
    ) Martin
    May 10, 2014 at 4:07 am

    Hi Nasim

    There are so many things to do and you are getting a lot of good advice, so here is some more:

    http://www.museumofchildhood.org.uk/home/, might be of interest for the kids (not sure how old they are)
    http://www.wallacecollection.org/ is also free and has a stunning art collection. Hertford House, Manchester Square, London W1U 3BN is just behind Oxford Street -is my favourite London museum

    Finally walk along busy Oxford street towards Selfridges and turn into St Christopher’s Place

    Kind regards

    Martin
    Ps I do hope that it is possible to briefly meet up on Saturday 17th?

  22. 26
    ) Graham Serretta
    May 10, 2014 at 4:35 am

    Hello Nasim

    Welcome to my home town! I would love to join you in London Town for a photo walk while you are here but unfortunately other commitments prevent me from doing so. I hope you and your family have a great time and return home with many pleasant memories. Thank you for your superb site and all the hard work you put into it for our pleasure.

    Best regards

  23. 27
    ) Jeremy
    May 10, 2014 at 4:40 am

    Dear Nasim
    It would be great to meet up with the ‘person’ behind the blog, and even do a bit of photography with you and like-minded others. I ‘m a Londoner and could meet at most times given a bit of notice.
    As everyone says, your site is really appreciated.

    regards

  24. 28
    ) mark
    May 10, 2014 at 4:53 am

    Welcome to the UK Nasim and enjoy your stay. If you have the time i would recommend getting down to Cornwall. The most amazing beaches and landscapes, and of course Scotland! But maybe your time is limited. I live down in Brighton and I am more then willing to show you the sites if you need some sea air!

    Mark

  25. 29
    ) Theresa
    May 10, 2014 at 4:54 am

    Dear Nasim,

    It would be great to meet up. I live in London and read your blog regularly – in fact it’s my favourite.

    Kind regards

  26. 30
    ) Anthony
    May 10, 2014 at 6:50 am

    Hello Nasim,

    Welcome to the UK – I hope that you and your family have a wonderful visit (despite the changeable weather – something us British simply have to live with!). This is a wonderful website and one of the main reasons I chose to buy a D800 a few months ago (upgrading from a old D80) – this is one of the only areas on the web where I genuine trust the reviews and expert technical insight. It’s really great stuff – so thank you.

    Having lived in Central London for almost ten years now, I just love to randomly wonder around the place – there is so much to see. The central part of London is not actually that big – so I recommend walking rather than the Tube! A couple of suggestions I have:

    – City of London (Bank or Monument Station). If you go here at weekends you’ll find it’s empty and you have an opportunity to get some great shots. Lots to see – the Guildhall, Leadenhall Market, Lloyds of London, London Wall (an old Roman wall surrounding the City), Monument, St Pauls… all within walking distance).
    – Camden Town and Primrose Hill (Camden Town or Chalk Farm Station). Very lively neighbourhood – outdoor market, canals and lots of people! Try and get a chance to walk to the top of Primrose Hill – the very best view in London (and free!). Primrose Hill is a a great village-like neighbourhood too if you’re taking the family (along Regent’s Park Road) – quite the opposite of Camden Town yet next to each other.
    – East London / Shoreditch (Shoreditch High Street or Liverpool Street Station). This is really hipsterville to be honest, but there is a sufficient amount of interesting things to take pictures of – mainly in the Brick Lane area.

    Would love to have a London website meet up and offer advice as to where you could wander around in this great city.

    Cheers,
    Anthony

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    ) Gosia
    May 10, 2014 at 6:53 am

    Hi Nasim,

    I have only started reading your blog not long ago, but I really like it. I live in London and if you want to catch up for a coffee or drink in the evening, let me know.

    Enjoy,
    Gosia

  28. 32
    ) Anthony
    May 10, 2014 at 6:55 am

    Hello Nasim,

    Welcome to the UK – I hope that you and your family have a wonderful visit (despite the changeable weather – something us British simply have to live with!). This is a wonderful website and one of the main reasons I chose to buy a D800 a few months ago (upgrading from a old D80) – this is one of the only areas on the web where I genuine trust the reviews and expert technical insight. It’s really great stuff – so thank you.

    Having lived in Central London for almost ten years now, I just love to randomly wonder around the place – there is so much to see. A couple of suggestions I have:

    – City of London (Bank or Monument Station). If you go here at weekends you’ll find it’s empty and you have an opportunity to get some great shots. Lots to see – the Guildhall, Leadenhall Market, Lloyds of London, London Wall (an old Roman wall surrounding the City), Monument, St Pauls… all within walking distance).
    – Camden Town and Primrose Hill (Camden Town or Chalk Farm Station). Very lively neighbourhood – outdoor market, canals, lots of people! Try and get a chance to walk to the top of Primrose Hill – the best view in London (and free!). A great village-like neighbourhood too (along Regent’s Park Road)
    – East London / Shoreditch (Shoreditch High Street or Liverpool Street Station). This is really hipsterville to be honest, but there is a sufficient amount of interesting things to take pictures of – mainly in the Brick Lane area.

    Would love to have a London website meet up and offer advice as to where you could wander around in this great city.

    Cheers,
    Anthony

  29. 33
    ) John Cannon
    May 10, 2014 at 7:27 am

    Hi Nasim
    I am based in London and a member of you website I would love to meet up with you
    Whilst you are in London for a photo walk or just a coffee and talk
    I am in fact a black taxi driver a would be very happy to give up a morning to drive you and your family around London ( 5 people ) max. I would like to do this in exchange
    For all of the info and tips you give me on the site
    Let me know please. I am free from Tuesday onwards

    Regards
    John Cannon

    • 36
      ) Martin
      May 10, 2014 at 8:43 am

      Nasim

      Having a guided tour of London in a black cab is an offer that you cannot refuse. How thoughtful and considerate is John? I’m not even coming but am touched by his generosity.

      Martin

      • May 11, 2014 at 3:44 pm

        Martin, indeed, that’s very kind of John! I am just amazed by all the hospitality here. I am staying at my sister’s place in Bromley and had a chance to interact with the locals. Amazing people, very hospitable and welcoming. Thank you so much!

        • 83
          ) Martin
          May 12, 2014 at 5:38 am

          Hi Nasim

          I was so disappointed when I saw that the photo walk was on Wednesday, especially as I am out of London, however, one of my colleagues has just agreed to cover me, so I will be there. It looks like the weather will have improved by then
          Regards

          Martin
          Ps my wife agrees about taking the kids to the science museum.

    • May 11, 2014 at 3:41 pm

      John, thank you so much for your offer, that’s very kind of you. I am amazed by the hospitality that we have received so far from our readers and local people here. What an amazing place, I am in love! Family is enjoying every minute of being here and my boys don’t want to go back! :)

      I really appreciate your offer, you are indeed very generous! Are you going to be able to join us this Wednesday?

      • 84
        ) John Cannon
        May 12, 2014 at 5:49 am

        Hi Nasim
        Yes will join you on wednesday thank you I will be joined with another friend if you want talk about ride then

        Regards
        John
        Taxi driver

        • May 12, 2014 at 5:10 pm

          Sounds good John, see you there on Wednesday my friend!

  30. May 10, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Hi Nasim, let me guess on the HUGH change in your life. You are going to become a full time RVer out traveling the country and taking photographs with your family. :)

    • May 11, 2014 at 3:46 pm

      Mark, I am not sure I am quite ready to go full time :) I got the fiver right before we left and boy, parking that monster was very tough – nothing like my old 23 footer! You are pretty close though, full time is definitely the keyword :)

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    ) Tom
    May 10, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Nasim,

    Nice article, and great image.

    I just received my XT-1 and the 10-24mm lens, excited to be it to use.

    Tom

  32. 38
    ) Des Benjamin
    May 10, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Also a silent reader, although I have bought a couple of things you have recommended. I never get excited about anyone of any celebrity status whatsoever. However, like others I wish you a happy family time in this amazing city and I want to take the opportunity of thanking you for everything you have taught me.

    Thanks big time:)

  33. 40
    ) Mike B
    May 10, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Hi Nasim
    Welcome to the UK, sorry but cannot make it up to London have a great visit and I hope you receive the same warmth and hospitality that myself and my wife received in Colorado recently.

    Mike

  34. 49
    ) Alpha Whiskey Photography
    May 10, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Welcome to London. It’s a great city with a ton of photographic opportunities, rain or shine. You just have to know where to look.

    Enjoy.

    http://alphawhiskey.slickpic.com/photoblog/post/ARainyNightInLondon

    http://alphawhiskey.slickpic.com/photoblog/post/ADryNightInLondon

    http://alphawhiskey.slickpic.com/photoblog/post/MoonlightAtTowerBridge

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    ) Rick Keller
    May 10, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    Nasim,

    I’m happy to read that your family vacation is on the right track. Sounds like you and your family are having a smashing time in the UK.

    Big announcement? Huge change? Hmm, let me guess. You’ve been secretly experimenting behind the scenes with film photography, and you’ve been so impressed and marveled with the beauty and wonders of film that you’re finally making the leap and will never go back to digital, like so many other wise photographers out there? ;-)

    Have a great time, and Cheers!

    Rick

    • May 11, 2014 at 3:48 pm

      Rick, that’s a fun guess! In fact, you are partially right – I have been experimenting with an old film Nikon SLR and I have yet to see the results! But that’s nowhere close to be the huge change I mentioned above :)

  36. 59
    ) Marco
    May 11, 2014 at 2:24 am

    Hi Nasim,
    have a great time in London, and if you are planning to come in Italy – Milan, you are more than welcome!
    Marco

    • May 11, 2014 at 3:49 pm

      Marco, thank you so much for hospitality! We had some plans to visit Italy, but we decided to stay here and explore places in the UK this time. Perhaps next time we could visit the beautiful Italia!

  37. 61
    ) Srini
    May 11, 2014 at 2:46 am

    Welcome to England Nazim and family.

    The UK is a beautiful country.

    Please see the following amongst many other places, which you will see.

    Guard of honour at Buckingham Palace
    Windsor castle and a nice market place at Windsor
    Shakespeare’s birth place at Warwick county
    Oxford and Cambridge – both are must see towns. Please make it a point to visit these towns. They are small and stunning. A rail tour of history of Oxford, which is not to be missed.
    Thee are many other places, which I can recommend. But you won’t have time.

    Please enjoy your vacation. It is a shame I can’t meet you. I’m pretty tied up on a huge project for an insurance major. It will be great to meet you for a quick coffee though in Central London. Please let me know, although I do not want to disturb your vacation and precious family time.

    Have fun.

  38. 65
    ) Martin
    May 11, 2014 at 5:20 am

    Hi Nasim

    Take the kids to The Science Museum(South Kensington) and get out of the rain !

    Martin

  39. 66
    ) Michael Karchmer
    May 11, 2014 at 6:44 am

    Nasim – My wife Suz and I just arrived in London after a week of photography in Canterbury and the Cotswolds. Also traveling with our X-T1s and iPhones for shooting. Too bad we leave on Thurs morning back home to Cape Cod. If there’s anything on Tues or We’d, we’ll be there. We’re staying next to the British museum. LOVE your blog and would love to meet you. Michael

    • May 11, 2014 at 3:50 pm

      Michael, we are meeting on Wednesday, so I hope to see you there for the Photo Walk, if you have time of course!

  40. May 11, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Big thanks to everyone who responded and provided some tips on where to shoot and what to do. You guys are amazing!

    Thank you thank you thank you, and looking forward to meeting some of you guys in person on Wednesday!

  41. 78
    ) Pranav
    May 11, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Hi Nasim,

    Welcome to London. Hope you & your family are well now.

    Am a follower of this very fine site of yours from its Mansurov days :-) and highly appreciate your work and advise. It will be great to meet up and look forward to meeting you in person.

    From my experience of last few years weather wise, usually May is the best time to visit London, with clear blue skies, lovely sunshine with the right temperatures however its a shame that this year its not so as yet atleast. Anyway, as you said, the weather forecast does show some improvement later this week so hopefully should be good after that so you can make the most of your holiday. See you soon. Take care.

    Pranav

  42. 81
    ) Crystal
    May 11, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Hi Nasim

    Would you come to Sydney and do a Photo Walk? Sydney is a beautiful and family-friendly place.

    Crystal

  43. 85
    ) Alvin Willis
    May 12, 2014 at 7:58 am

    Hello Nasim.

    I’m an amateur photographer from Canberra, Australia. I’m holidaying in London and would enjoy meeting up with you if possible. I have a great admiration for your photography skills, and catching up with you would turn my mates in Aussie green with envy.

    Alvin.

  44. 88
    ) Michael Karchmer
    May 14, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Sorry to report that we’ve run out of time before heading back to the US . Were disappointed to miss meeting you doing the walk. Have a great stay in London.

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