About 6 months ago, I was contacted by the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers in the UK to be 1 of 150 speakers at the huge (13,000 professional photographers attending) convention in London.Â Hard to say no when they paid ALL my costs (around $2200) and my son could use air miles to go with me for almost free.Â My sponsors paid me as well and I sold some materials, so it was a profitable trip on many counts.Â
House of Commons with Big Ben (the bell on top).Â It sure sounds cool and the tones are the same as 1st Christian in downtown Eugene.... the bell sounds are better though.
It was my 4th time to the UK and 3rd to London.Â Granted, it had been over 25 years and many things had changed.Â 1 out of 3 people living in London were not born in the UK...i.e. tons of immigrants), but the sights and sounds were marvelous.
Image of my son in the London underground.Â Great transit system, but the most expensive in the world.
London was a blast.Â OK, it wasn't warm and sunny, but for the most part, we didn't have rain or hordes of tourists either.Â Granted, the light was rather boring and didn't offer much opportunity for incredible photographs.Â (Light IS everything).
Even with flat light, you can do cool things.Â Using an infra red camera with a wide open aperature, I wanted to capture an old world feeling.Â This is the town of Avebury...a town of 500 people in the middle of a 5000 year old henge, older and bigger than Stonehenge (not the rocks, but the square meters).
We HAD to at least get to track 9 3/4 for this pose at Kings Cross station.
All in all, it was very educational and its always great to have that father son time.Â Â In a few days, I'll be speaking at another venue, Senior Photographers International, with over 300 full time professional photographers Â in the audience.Â WHY do they pay me?Â The same reason you should....because of the unique and wonderful images and service we can give you.Â Call me, I'd love to create something totally awesome of YOU!
I'm posting more image on Facebook...just search for Bruce Berg Photography.
Gotta finish withÂ a portrait of my son with Big Ben....Cheerio!