Out & About in Soho & Chinatown With My New Camera


Last week I acquired a new camera, which is something I'd wanted ever since I went to Rome last September when I realised my little point-and-shoot wasn't really up to the job of photographing anything other than landscapes in bright sunshine, and even those didn't look particularly great. I've always wanted a proper DSLR with lenses, but never got one because I didn't want to spend well over a grand on a camera and I hate lugging around heavy things when I'm on holiday (I used to have this big super-zoom camera years ago but replaced it with my point-and-shoot because it was so heavy).

Anyway, I did a ton of research and ended up wanting this Sony a6000 mirrorless camera, since it is SLR quality but really small and light, and much cheaper. When I told my boyfriend I was going to buy it, he responded with: "DON'T BUY THAT!" Turns out he had one very similar - the Sony NEX5n - which he didn't really use much and said I could have it. SCORE. Also, they both use the same lenses, so I do eventually want to buy the newer one I won't have to invest in new ones. DOUBLE SCORE.

Anyway, he spent last Saturday afternoon teaching me how to use it so I could take photos for my Etsy shop, and then this week I used my lunch breaks to wander around Soho and play around with it. I keep over-exposing everything, and the weather was pretty dull on the days I went out, so I don't think these are particularly amazing, but they are the best of the hundred or so I took! These were all taken with the 18-55mm zoom lens, but I also have a 16mm wide angle which I'm going to mess around with next week.

So, here you go...

Soho Square has these brightly coloured pigeons on all the lamp posts for some reason. They probably have some kind of sinister purpose.

Soho Square Pigeons

The old Foyles building on Charing Cross road is now looking a bit sad. I hope they turn it into something nice.


This is another little square near Denmark Street where I like to sit on my lunch break sometimes. There's a very cool twisted tree in one corner.

Curly Tree

This yellow building is part of the Central St. Giles complex, where Google have an office.


This building is on the corner of Piccadilly Circus and Regent Street. In the evening the big advertising screens light it up really nicely. There was an annoying crane in the way though.

Piccadilly Lights

It was Chinese New Year the other day and all the decorations are still up in Chinatown.

Wardour Street Chinatown

There are lots of lovely lanterns :)

Chinese Lanterns

This Chinese supermarket was having all their stock delivered.

Chinatown Supermarket

I really liked the way this broken window had been patched up. I got some funny looks from passers by as I was taking this.

Broken Sale Window

That's all for now, but I've finally set up a Flickr account and put up a load of my old photos from 2006 - 2008 which you can see here, if you are so inclined.

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