Traffic waits on The Mall before passing through Admiralty Arch toward Trafalgar Square, London.

Double decker bus in front of Big Ben, London, England.

Phone booths sitting in Shepherd Market in Mayfair, London.

A member of the Queen's Guard stands guard beside an entrance to St. James's Palace in London.

Traffic flows from Regent Street onto Coventry Street around the north side of Piccadilly Circus in the City of Westminster in London's West End. The curved building to the left is part of the Quadrant at the bottom of Regent Street.

Big Ben stands behind a red London phone booth, London, England.

Outside the Audley Inn on a winter evening, London, England.

A view of Buckingham Palace, London, England.

Horse Guards ride down The Mall toward Buckingham Palace in London.

A taxi rolls past Shepherds Tavern in Shepherds Market in Mayfair, London, England.

Foot Guards prepare to enter to parade grounds at Wellington Barracks, London.

Buildings in Mayfair seen from hotel window, London, England.

A member of the Squadron of The Blues and Royals is seen between members of the Squadron of the Life Guards while awaiting end of duty at the changing of the guard at Horse Guards Parade, London, England.

Big Ben stands behind pedestrians and traffic, London, England.

A military marching band plays during the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, London, England.

Walking past the Hog in the Pound pub on South Molton Street in London, England.

A purple doorway accents a yellow home at 40 Shepherd St. in Shepherd Market, Mayfair, London.

The skylight in St. Pancras International Train Station, London.

An English taxi rolls toward Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament in London, England.

Changing of the guard at Horse Guards Parade, London.

A quadriga stands atop Wellington Arch in London, England.

Big Ben stands above a passing bus and the Westminster Station of the London Underground, London, England.

A royal carriage brings a visitor to Buckingham Palace in London, England.

A Horse Guard on duty at Horse Guards Parade, London, England.

Looking south along the River Thames toward the Westminster Bridge, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.

02.22/London

London is a city I visited a number of times on business. Its many iconic locations — Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the stoic guards — provide opportunities to capture recognizable travel shots during quick walks in the city.

My work required quite a bit of travel. Depending on the volume of travel, I was either fortunate or cursed to be able to visit a number of cities around the world. 

When I knew in advance that I would have a few hours of down time during a trip I packed my camera and a couple of lenses in hopes of adding to my collection of travel photos. I would grab a few shots around sunrise, between meetings, before dinner or during after-dinner walks. 

It’s not the optimal way to photograph cities. I would prefer to scout a site, determine the best angles for photography and the time of day with the best sun position for lighting, then return at that time. But I had to make the “between meetings” technique work.

London is a city I visited a number of times on business. Its many iconic locations — Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the stoic guards — provide opportunities to capture recognizable travel shots during quick walks in the city.

Unfortunately, many of my trips were during late winter so I had few blue-sky days for shooting. If I was lucky I would get a day with some broken clouds and a bit of blue sky peaking through. But I’ve seen mostly gray, overcast skies behind Big Ben. Not the image I’d prefer, but it’s the best I could get.

My typical photo kit when I’m on business travel includes one camera body (I’m currently using the Canon EOS 7D) and two lenses – the Canon EF-S 10-22 for ultra-wide zoom capability and the Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L for standard to short telephoto zoom capability. I’ll occasionally pack the Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L for telephoto capability if I think I’ll need the reach and don’t mind hauling some extra weight.

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