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London Underground July 2013—Part 2

More Views of the Underground.

As a follow up to yesterday’s post London Underground July 2013—Part 1, I’ve assembled some of my favorite images from last week’s exploration in London.

Underground Station at Covent Garden
The classically tiled Underground Station at Covent Garden is easily identified. Lumix LX3 photo.

The Underground cleverly blends transport and style. In my experience it is one of the world’s most popular public transportation systems. Phrases like ‘Mind the Gap’ appear on mugs and T-shirts, while many shops sell stylized maps of the Underground network.

There’s a lesson here.

Charing Cross Underground station
Charing Cross Underground station is the preferred way to access The National Gallery and other nearby museums. Lumix LX3 photo.
Tube station.
The National Gallery and Trafalgar Square are among London’s largest tourist attractions. This poster describes Victorian interest in art and places photography in period context. Lumix LX3 photo.
London Tube.
A passenger prepares to board as a Piccadilly Line tube train glides into the Kings Cross St Pancras Underground station. July 2013 photo exposed with a Lumix LX3.
Tube Train.
By placing the camera against the ceiling of the tube train, I secured an unusual angle, minimized vibration to allow for a long exposure, while momentarily attracting the interest of fellow passengers. Lumix LX3 photo.
Air raid signs
Historic Underground signs recall the fear from sky-bourne warfare. Canon EOS 7D photo.
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London Underground July 2013 — Part 1

Exploring London Transport

Big Ben clock tower
Westminster Underground station with Big Ben clock tower, July 2013. Lumix LX3 photo.

London is among the world’s great cities. Last week I made my second visit to the British capital this year. While exploring the city and meeting with friends I traveled using London Transport, including the famous Underground.

This year London’s Underground celebrates its 150th anniversary. It is not only the world’s oldest ‘subway,’ but also certainly one of the most interesting and most photogenic.

Using my Lumix LX3 I made a variety of images of the Underground. The camera’s compact size and relative ease of use makes it an ideal tool for photographing in a subway.

For outdoor images I set the camera’s ISO at 80. When underground, I set the ISO at 200, and use the aperture priority (‘A’ on the top dial) while dialing in 1/3 stop overexposure. I generally use the auto white balance, which seems to work reasonably well.

London Underground
Selective perspective allows for an interesting angle on Oxford Circus station on the Bakerloo Line.
London Underground tube car
London tube cars have a lower profile than cars designed for the older Underground lines. July 2013. Lumix LX3 photo.
London Underground
London Underground train departing Covent Garden station, July 2013.
Virgin Trains advertisement
A Virgin Trains advertisement in the London tube, July 2013.
London Underground
Classic tile-work at Caledonian Road tube station as photographed in July 2013. Lumix LX3 photo.
Leicester Square Underground Station
Leicester Square Underground Station. Lumix LX3.


London Underground.
Compare the modern adaptation of the London Underground logo in this image with that of that on the Leicester Square station above. This logo cleverly uses the colours of the British flag and symbols that convey the tube. Lumix LX3 photo.
London tube.
For many passengers the tube offers little more than convenient transport. Lumix LX3 photo.

I’ve found that the digital camera is vastly superior to my old film cameras for making photos of London’s Underground. However, I have plenty of color slides of the Tube and Underground lines from earlier trips.

Check upcoming posts for more views of London Transport.

Also see:

London Underground April 2013—Part 1


London Underground April 2013—Part 2

London Overground—Part 1

London Overground—Part 2


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London Underground April 2013—Part 1

Digital Images of Urban Transport.


London Tube
Caledonian Road Tube Station on the London‘s Piccadilly Line, April 19, 2013.

During 2013, London’s Underground network has been celebrating 150 years of service. This milestone is marked by posters and artwork around the network. For me the Underground is both a convenience and a subject for photography.

London Underground 150.
London Transport Poster celebrating 150 years of service on the Underground. Lumix LX-3 photo, exposed at Bank station on Sunday April 21, 2013.

The Underground is one of the world’s most complex and extensive railway rapid transit networks, and is well integrated with the rest of London transport.

Photographing on the Underground has its challenges. Space is often constrained, it tends to be dimly lit underground, and trains and platforms are nearly always crowded. The system boasts that it carries more than 1 Billion passengers annually! At times it seems that each and every one of these billion are in the way. Yet, the passengers are the reason for the system and often make for the most interesting images.

I’ve included a small selection of photos of the London Underground that I exposed over the last week. Most were made with my Lumix LX-3, which owing to its compact size and ease of use makes it my choice camera for making Underground images. Use of flash is prohibited; a tripod is impractical, so all of my images were made handheld with existing light.

Tube Station.
Highbury&Islington Tube Station on the Piccadilly Line, April 19, 2013.
Escalator at Leicester Square Tube Station.
London Underground Station at Leicester Square on April 22, 2013.
Escalator at Leicester Square Tube Station.
Classic Underground mosiac on the wall of the Tube. Lumix LX-3 photo.


London Underground
Escalator at Leicester Square Tube Station.
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