We did a lot when we were in London last week. We went to the Making Colour exhibition at the National Gallery, the Matisse Cutouts exhibiton at the Tate Modern, a performance of Julius Caesar at the Globe Theatre, and an exhibition of Mexican rebozos at the Fashion and Textile Museum.

I wrote in More Flying Twigs about the Matisse exhibition and how it triggered a design idea I have been doing since we got back. You can read about that HERE on More Flying Twigs.

So with all that going on, I wanted to keep the camera I had with me as small and light as possible.

I have been using an Olympus E-PM1 and a 45mm lens. The E-PM1 is a Micro 4/3 camera, so the 45mm lens is equivalent to a 90mm lens on a full-frame camera.

In other words, it is a portrait lens – a longish focal length lens. It is very sharp and I am very happy with it, but I knew I needed something wide for the trip. So I took the kit lens that came with the camera.

The whole package sits easily in the palm of my hand and weighs very little.

I thought a trip to London would be a good chance to try out the kit lens.

I have my eye on a wide angle 17mm prime lens or a wider angle 12mm prime lens.

So my thinking was that if the kit lens (14-42mm) did the job, I wouldn’t need to consider buying another prime lens.

But, sad to say the lens is not up to the standard I want.

All of which is a longish preamble to this gallery of photos.

The photos are:

A view through the trees at the spire of the church of St Martin’s In the Field, which is across the road from the National Gallery.

A shot inside the church looking down the length of it to the quirky glass window at the far end

A bas relief sculpture of a baby that is on a rough-hewn column outside the church. I saw people passing who did not see it, and I would not have but for the fact that I was looking over it at the National Gallery beyond. Strange sculpture, isn’t it?

A view up the long ramp of the Tate Modern, with the light streaming in from the window and illuminating a couple.

The spire of St. Pancras church viewed through the trees. I took a few shots of buildings framed by trees – I like the way the trees ‘explain’ the setting rather than just have the building disappear out of the frame.

An alleyway – Godwins Lane, I think it was – just up from the National Gallery. It seemed to say that London is full of hidden treasures… come look and find them.

A man blowing hot air out of his tuba (is it a tuba? I am suddenly not sure whether that is the correct name for the instrument.) Whatever it is, he made puffs of flame shoot out of it as he played.

The fret-worked dome of the Coliseum Theatre just up from St Martin’s church

A view from the cafe in the Stevenson Wing of the National Gallery looking down onto Trafalgar Square and the now-famous blue cockerel sculpture.

And finally, Nelson surrounded by trees

Two More Shots

And now for just two shots – one of the courtyard of the British Museum.

And a shot inside St. Martin’s church showing the down-and-out homeless people propped up in the pews.

They are not allowed to sleep there. Over time they slump and fall asleep and a man comes around and prods them awake.

They shuffle to a more or less upright position and slowly slide down again.

The church stank. It stank from all these homeless men sheltering and being prodded and staying under a roof as long as they could.