Whenever I have friends go to England, they always ask what to do, and I always try to encourage them to do what most who go never do: Get on the M25, take it to the M3, and get out of London. “Spend some time in the countryside in Devon or Cornwall,” I tell them, “or perhaps in the other direction and to Wales. Well, maybe not Wales… The Lake District, perhaps. It’s gorgeous.” That’s my usual chant, but they never leave.
The thing is though, I understand. The average vacation is a week or 10 days on the longer side, and you’re going to need a damn sight more than that to actually see what London really has on tap. You’ll need a cobbler for your shoes just meandering through Central at a decent pace. So it makes sense that when you’re there on a vacay, you stay.
If you haven’t been yet, or you’re like me, typing on a terrace in balmy Miami night air with a chocolate biscuit and cup of tea (no sugar), longing for the drizzle, this unusual video may further pique your interest. It’s shot entirely with As arguably, the largest metropolitan city in the world and the epicenter of an empire, you may know London well, but you’ve never seen it like this – shot at a focal length of 2,520mm.
The video is called “Sun Moon London” and filmed by Luke Miller during the Harvest and Supermoons of the past 8 months, and it’s a bit surreal, and a bit soothing. London’s lights and sights are mesmerizing. Not in the same way Shanghai or Tokyo can assault the senses, but softer and seemingly vast, and this sort of pulls you in a bit. It’s hard to describe.
In order to accomplish this feat Miller used the following gear:
- Canon 5D Mark III w/ Magic Lantern
- Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II
- Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM + 1.4x Tele (Surprisingly only $1289 for the kit)
*Focal length achieved using the 5D with Sigma lens set to 3x crop mode via Magic Lantern.
It’s a short watch, but certainly may inspire you to rethink that notion of always doing wide when photographing land or cityscapes. You can find more from Miller here.