Lincolnshire Photographer’s View Of Lincoln

Lincoln Cathedral, by Pixelglo Photography
As an enthusiastic Lincolnshire photographer, I had to photograph and document the sights of Lincoln.

The pictures below were taken within Lincoln, and also out within the larger Lincolnshire county.

A Short Introduction To Lincoln
For those not familiar with Lincoln, it’s all small cathedral city nestled in the heart of Lincolnshire, right on the border between the North and the South of England. Some would argue it’s more Northern than Southern? I stay away from that debate!

Grounded on thousands of years of history, Lincoln today is a growing and developing city. It’s not as big as somewhere like Sheffield or Leeds, but I think more like York? In both size and what is has to offer.

At the heart of Lincoln stands Lincoln University. An excellent and expanding education center offering more and more each year, and the Campus itself is such a pleasure to explore. The Lincoln High Street is regenerating, and changing to the demands of shoppers seeing an influx of coffee shops! This isn’t a bad thing by the way. Finally, business in Lincoln seems to be “on the up”, so it’s a good time to be here.

Lincoln also boasts stunning “visible” history including the awe inspiring Cathedral, and several Roman ruins. No matter how many times you see these landmarks, they never lose their ability to inspire.

“Go beyond the city limits, and you have miles upon miles of open country, dotted with villages, beautiful coastlines, and many, many, many many fields.”

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Lincoln Cathedral is set upon a hill.

Lincoln Cathedral, by a Lincoln Photographer
Lincoln Cathedral, by Pixelglo Photography

 

The Cathedral is almost 1000 years old, and was the tallest building in the world for over 200 years.

Lincoln Cathedral, by a Lincoln Photographer
Lincoln Cathedral, by Pixelglo Photography

 

It really is, quite awesome.

Lincoln Cathedral, by a Lincoln Photographer
Lincoln Cathedral, by Pixelglo Photography

 

You can see it from almost anywhere in Lincoln.

Old Lincoln, by a Lincoln Photographer
Old Lincoln, by Pixelglo Photography

 

You can see it from miles around.

Lincoln Cathedral, by a Lincoln Photographer
Lincoln Cathedral, by Pixelglo Photography

 

The Lincoln Cathedral Quarter is a nice location for a stroll.

Out For A Lincoln Walk, by Pixelglo Photography
Out For A Lincoln Walk, by Pixelglo Photography

 

And there’s even somewhere to sit.

Lincoln Cathedral Bench, by Pixelglo Photography
Lincoln Cathedral Bench, by Pixelglo Photography

 

Afterwards, why not take a trip down the famous “Steep Hill”, and visit the shops along the way?

Old English, by Pixelglo Photography
Old English, by Pixelglo Photography

 

The Lincoln Steep Hill, going “down” is easier than walking “up”.

Lone Walker, by Pixelglo Photography
Lone Walker, by Pixelglo Photography

 

Down near the Brayford Pool, you will find plenty of nice restaurants and social entertainment.

The Brayford Pool, by Pixelglo Photography
The Brayford Pool, by Pixelglo Photography

 

The Brayford Pool is also home to some beautiful wildlife.

Majestic Swan, by Pixelglo Photography
Majestic Swan, by Pixelglo Photography

 

“Bee” careful not to get too close.

Busy Bee Working On Red Flowers, by Pixelglo Photography
Busy Bee Working On Red Flowers, by Pixelglo Photography

 

Some of the birds that fly around here in Lincolnshire, are quite big.

Flying High, by Pixelglo Photography
Flying High, by Pixelglo Photography

 

And awe inspiring.

Inspired, by Pixelglo Photography
Inspired, by Pixelglo Photography

 

We have fields in Lincolnshire.

Summer Wheat Field, by Pixelglo Photography
Summer Wheat Field, by Pixelglo Photography

 

Lots of fields.

Summer Colours, by Pixelglo Photography
Summer Colours, by Pixelglo Photography

 

We have some nice beaches.

The Waters Edge, by Pixelglo Photography
The Waters Edge, by Pixelglo Photography

 

And plenty of railway crossings, especially in Lincoln!

Riding The Rails, by Pixelglo Photography
Riding The Rails, by Pixelglo Photography

 

The traffic can be a bit busy at times.

Rush Hour, by Pixelglo Photography
Rush Hour, by Pixelglo Photography

 

But in the grand scheme of things, Lincoln and Lincolnshire really are quite beautiful.

Lincoln Cathedral, by a Lincoln Photographer
Lincoln Cathedral, by Pixelglo Photography

 

More Photos
You can view more Lincoln photos at the following links:
Lincoln Gallery On Flickr
The Pixelglo Photography Website

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My Tokyo Photography Adventure

Hidden Temple, by Pixelglo Photography
For a very long time the city of Tokyo and Tokyo photography has always appealed to me. In 2013 I was lucky enough to travel and explore this totally foreign land, and this post documents my treasured memories of this amazing city.

“If you plan to visit Tokyo soon, then my learning experiences may offer you some useful information!”

In the Spring of 2013 I traveled there with my Wife, intent on exploring this incredible city and to hopefully witness the beautiful Hanami Blossom Season in full effect. Each year for only a few precious weeks, the thousands of blossom tree’s turn Tokyo into a festival of colour and changing landscapes. It really is a sight to behold, and possibly the best time to visit.

“I recommend visiting Tokyo during the beautiful blossom season in early April.”

2013 however was a very unique year because the Hanami which is celebrated and respected so highly in Japan,  started unusually early! We were so afraid we might miss it all, but luckily when we arrived, we were fortunate to see blossom trees still “in bloom”.

Tokyo Photography of a Blossom Tree, by Pixelglo Photography
Tokyo Blossom Tree, by Pixelglo Photography

Traveling from middle England Lincolnshire down to Heathrow Airport, we endured the 12 hour flight half way around the world to the land of rising sun. We arrived in Tokyo, dazed and tired, yet full of excitement to see and explore this incredible foreign land. I couldn’t wait to try my hand at Tokyo photography! We spent the week in the cute, friendly, and welcoming B Akasaka Hotel in Minato. It was the perfect location to call home for the week, and jump onto the Metro and explore.

Tokyo Photography of the Tokyo SkyTree, by Pixelglo Photography
The Tokyo SkyTree, by Pixelglo Photography

Our first landmark to visit was the Tokyo SkyTree. An incredible sight that can be seen night and day from almost anywhere in Tokyo. After being awake for almost 24 hours, we trekked across the city heading towards the awesome spire in the distance… only to find that “trips up the SkyTree” must be book several months in advance! So if you intend to “go up” the SkyTree, book months ahead through the website. Pushing disappointment aside, we stopped at a local Japanese Hawaiian Burger restaurant which was a bizarre experience! Try and picture the scene. We arrived in Tokyo that day with severe jet-lag, and then navigated our way across to the other side of the city only to find the SkyTree was fully booked! So we decided to get some food, and enter a Japanese Hawaiian  Burger Bar. It  was decorated in awesome 1950s apparel, serving American style food, with Hawaiian music playing – but sung in Japanese!? Very surreal! We couldn’t help but smile! A very surreal experience…

“Tired. Jet-lagged. After hours of walking, we ended up in an American inspired Japanese Hawaiian Burger Bar, that played Hawaiian surf music sung in Japanese. Awesome!”

After refueling, we headed to one of our favourite stops of the trip – the Tokyo Tower! Slightly smaller than the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Tokyo Tower boasts fantastic views within a confined viewing platform, and the staff are so helpful and happy to see you enjoying their attraction. It was a delight to attend this classic Tokyo landmark. If you want a great view of Tokyo, head to the Tokyo Tower.

Many Things At Once, by Pixelglo Photography
Many Things At Once, by Pixelglo Photography

Busy Busy Busy! As with any busy metropolis, there are lots of people in Tokyo. Yet in Tokyo, we were never pushed or “shoved”. The queues were so orderly, and the inner-city traveling so “seamless”, you couldn’t help but be impressed. Tokyo is the safest I have ever felt, in any city in the world. At one point, we saw small children who must have been around 6 years old, navigating the underground Metros alone to make their way to school. It is that safe!

Busy Tokyo Commuters, by Pixelglo Photography
Busy Tokyo Commuters, by Pixelglo Photography

On several occasions we stopped for food at this really cool fast food chain called “Yoshinoya”. Some of these restaurants are tiny, and you literally have to “squeeze” your way in to find a seat. Everyone who entered, “ate fast”, and so did we. Places like Yoshinoya, especially the little restaurant in Shinjuku that we visited, are not designed for luxury dining. The food is awesome, wholesome, and merely “fuel” to keep you moving. Well worth the experience!

“Travel to Shibuya, and walk over the famous Shibuya Street Crossing. We did, several times! Thousands of people make the journey across the road at every green light, yet everything is orderly and calm. There is a nice Starbucks next to the crossing overlooking everything which is a great place to grab a coffee, and watch from above.”

Shibuya Crossing, by Pixelglo Photography
Shibuya Crossing, by Pixelglo Photography

Also, Japan is a “cash culture” country. It’s rare to pay for items and groceries with card, so we took plenty of cash! And with it being so safe, we didn’t worry about the usual “big city” crime fears. I felt quite happy and safe to walk around with my camera “in hand” whilst being immersed in Tokyo photography.

Tokyo Metro Commuters, by Pixelglo Photography
Tokyo Metro Commuters, by Pixelglo Photography

Trains and Metro Trains run like clockwork. But be prepared for the “information overload” awaiting you inside the stations! There are a lot of signs everywhere, but once you know what to look for they’re very logical and useful. For example, the moment you step off a Metro train, you will be confronted with a large sign board with an pointing left, and an arrow pointing right. Underneath these arrows is a list of nearby landmarks and places of interest (in English), with an accompanying “exit number”. Take a minute to read over the sign and locate the best exit. Some trains will give you exit information before you get to the platform using LCD screen in the carriages. The best advice I can give when tackling one of the big “super stations” like Shinjuku, is to simply find any exit – and use it! If you become even remotely unsure of where your exit is, just find any exit and get outside. Shinjuku Station has about 300 exits and 32 platforms, and so it’s easy to get totally lost inside these huge super train stations. We spent 45 minutes lost in Tokyo Station when we first arrived!

Attack On The Senses, by Pixelglo Photography
Attack On The Senses, by Pixelglo Photography

Many Parks. One Panda. We took a trip to Ueno Zoo which is nestled within Ueno Park. Both are well worth a visit. We saw the much loved and adored Panda. I don’t know what was cuter? The cuddly easy-going Panda as he sat down and helped himself to more bamboo, or the masses of onlookers going “oooOOoooohhhhh” in delight, as he helped himself to his lunch.

Tokyo Photography of the Ueno Zoo Panda, by Pixelglo Photography
Ueno Zoo Panda, by Pixelglo Photography

We explored many of  Tokyo’s “inner-city” gardens and shrines. If you visit Tokyo, you must visit some of these incredible gardens. They are so peaceful, and a great way to “process” everything you have seen that day.

Japanese Lantern, by Pixelglo Photography
Japanese Lantern, by Pixelglo Photography

Most inner-city gardens are maintained daily by professional groundsmen, so you can be assured your visit will be delightful and peaceful. You will have to pay a few Yen to enter the gardens, but we are talking the equivalent of a couple of British Pounds, or a couple of US dollars. It is totally worth paying to enter.

Japanese Torii Gates, by Pixelglo Photography
Japanese Torii Gates, by Pixelglo Photography

 

Japanese Lanterns, by Pixelglo Photography
Japanese Lanterns, by Pixelglo Photography

We especially loved Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. So vast and “open”, with numerous blossom trees with admiring visitors in awe of them. It was humbling to see local Japanese, celebrating the beauty of the blossom trees, and treat them with so much respect and admiration. At times, I felt like a welcomed visitor in someones home.

Grand Japanese Fern Tree, by Pixelglo Photography
Grand Japanese Fern Tree, by Pixelglo Photography

Tokyo Photography Gear One of the questions I always get asked, especially when travelling, is “what photography gear do you take with you?” Well, as I only had my trusted Nikon D80 to hand, I had to settle for carrying that around to handle my Tokyo photography. It was a little heavy at times, and perhaps a smaller compact would have been more preferable, but at least I finally understood why we often see our Japanese friends visiting the West, and so enthusiastically “taking pictures of everything”. Over in Japan… everything is so different, and as a photographer, I found myself photographing almost everything. You can’t help but document everything, as it’s such a different world. Back to the gear, I wore a record style “shoulder bag”, which tends to be my choice for carrying photographic gear during city shooting, and used a combination of a 18-135mm (F3.5) and a 50mm (F1.8) lens. I also carried a small “expandable” travel tripod for the long exposure stuff. After the trip and realising a smaller camera may have made life a little easier, I looked into buying a well equipped smaller compact camera and bought the Fuji X20. This little thing could have easily done the same job as my D80, and been a darn sight lighter and easier to carry about! Lost In Translation Being fans of the film Lost In Translation we had to visit the Park Hyatt Tokyo Hotel, the main setting for the blossoming on screen friendship of Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson. The hotel itself is located in the upper-story of the tallest of the three skyscrapers in Shinjuku, with the lower floors being dedicated to businesses and shops.

In the Park Hyatt Tokyo, by Pixelglo Photography
In the Park Hyatt Tokyo, by Pixelglo Photography

Taking 2 elevators to reach the New York Bar at the top, we sat in the same “bar” as in the movie. It was quite surreal. The service there (as with everywhere else in the city) was exceptional, and the views across Tokyo were breathtaking. We went for early evening drinks, and stayed there for hours watching the sunset. Watching the night sky as plans crisscross the sky, and the ensemble of red-glowing lights appears on top of the city skyscrapers. If you want to have a luxurious drink and enjoy the city views, then visit the Park Hyatt Tokyo. It’s the perfect evening to conclude your stay there. Yes we did spend most of the days budget on drinks, and had to eat out of vending machines for the rest of the evening, but it didn’t matter! Our trip to Tokyo was the perfect city exploration holiday. We visited knowing “some” Japanese language, and educated ourselves on local customs and behaviors. My theory is, if you can learn some basic greetings including the all important “please” and “thank you”, it will go a long way to show respect to your hosts. In turn, they will greet you with smiles, and make you feel so welcome. If you have doubts about visiting Tokyo, push them aside. Sometimes you have to jump in with both feet and leave your comfort zone behind you. This was one trip we’ll never forget, and I recommend visiting this amazing city and country, to anyone.

“Love Tokyo. Love Japan.”

More Photos You can view more of Tokyo Photography at the following links: My Flickr Tokyo Photography Flickr The Pixelglo Photography Website Thank you for reading =) Please share this page, and leave a comment below!