This is a guided tour at photographers pace & perspective, it's not only about amazing opportunities for vibrant street photography - we'll be looking off the beaten track, areas above the market , the railway track, the old grain houses, the canals - & the history of the place & remarkable people who have created Camden Lock since the 18 century to date. London's busiest and brightest markets – and its fourth largest tourist attraction for good reason - a "living" film set - an alternative London & at it's most vibrant during the Christmas Market Season.
All the ingredients are there - in " The London Capital of Youth Cool & Cutting Edge " - the zany, eclectic people, diverse alternative life styles. I will guide you to great vantage points off the beaten track with lots of opportunities for terrific landscapes above the markets as well as street portrait & food photography in the maze of interlinked markets - all this with the history of the place too.. which is fascinating.. The Clash, Peter Docherty, Amy Winehouse, Sting along with Dickens & Gilbey's Gin.
Cameras: Practice or perfect your panning as the crowds gather over time - focusing in individuals or play with shutter speeds to get blurs & movement of the crowds - as well as the changes in light between the open & closed & underground market areas where you will be experimenting with wide apertures & lower f numbers.. Wider angle lens will work very well in this kind of environment, great for people detail & also in the lower light of the maze below ground. I don't mind if people want to bring tripods but it will get very busy around 12 & that might be a problem, think its easier to focus on hand held shooting.
If you like people, architectural, cultural or food photography this is the place. Six linked artisanal & food markets that sprawl across the streets between Chalk Farm & Camden town - a backdrop of Victorian streets & warehouses, canals & overground railways.
The diversity provides opportunities to vary exposures - low light as we explore the Stables Market with its Catacombs, craftsmen's studios, cobblestones & often harder winter light of the open Lock Market which will be brightly lit with Christmas decorations intertwined amongst its famous giant street sculptures.
Photograph the Lock itself with its old canal boats & functioning lock, set alongside Industrial Revolution Age iron and brick warehouses. ..
I find it's much better to start early before it's too crowded, I've taken my best shots at that " quieter " time " before it all gets going full swing .
I'll tell you all about rich history of this area ; Charles Dickens, Dingwalls, the Vanishing Viscount by the canal; George Bernard Shaw, Dylan Thomas, Bob Dylan, The Hawsley Pub & Amy Winehouse ..
We will meet at:
We'll meet at the entrance to Chalk Farm Tube ( Northern Line ) TFL is showing the tube as clear of works that weekend.The tour should take approx 3 hours, there's no rush as there will be a lot of shots that you will want to be setting up & taking - afterwards for those who would like to we will stop to eat & in one of the hundreds of local eateries - perhaps the Lost Elephant Cafe or The Hawsley Pub.
It's a great place for Christmas present shopping afterwards.