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Friday, 5 February 2010

Sights of London: Buckingham Palace

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November, 2009. I went to London for a short trip. I had my borrowed Nikon D70s with me and was very looking forward to that day. It was a great opportunity to take the SLR for a spin before turning it back in.

Diana Memorial Walk Plaque
[HiRes] Princess Diana Memorial Walk, not far away from Buckingham Palace.

The short visit to London was very eventful. So eventful that I was too emotionally occupied for photography. Luckily, thanks to the great sights of London and the surprisingly cooperative weather, I still managed to pull off some satisfying shots despite not being able to put my entire heart into it.

The first place my friend and I visited was the Buckingham Palace.

Buckingham Palace
[HiRes] Façade of Buckingham Palace.

It was conveniently located just some 20 minutes' walk away from Victoria Coach Station, central London, where I disembarked from the tiring midnight bus.

Gate, Buckingham Palace
[HiRes] Main gate of the Buckingham Palace.

And I thought Buckingham Palace was in Buckingham.

Most people recommend visitors to catch the Changing of Guard, but we were too early for it (we arrived at 6am in the morning and the Changing takes place at about 11am).

Photo caught from a site unknown to me some 10 minutes walk away from the Palace. I assumed they were the Queen's Guard in training.

Bayonets pointing to tall headgears
[HiRes] Caught in the same site.

Nevertheless, there was still a great deal to look around the Palace. There are all sorts of pillars with ornaments and statues all within sight of one another.

Carvings on pillars
[HiRes] Ornament on a pillar just outside the Palace.

[HiRes] This looks quite classical. Must be hundreds of years old.

I spent quite some time wandering around, clicking away, and to be honest I'm not entirely satisfied with my collection of photos yet.

Queen Victoria
[HiRes] Queen Victoria.

Ebony and Ivory
[HiRes] Ebony and Ivory.

Not that the photos turn out bad, but I think I missed a lot of good opportunities.

Reaching for the sky
[HiRes] Reach for the sky...

Caught this though.

Malay States Wreath
[HiRes] A carving of a wreath, saying "Malay-States".

Perhaps I should visit the place again some time. More photos of London coming up.

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful palace. Nice pic of palace. Thanks for sharing.

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