Travel Photography Inspiration Project: United Kingdom

Travel Photography Inspiration Project: United Kingdom

With the world turning its interest to the UK as the Summer Olympics approach, let’s get a jump and see what DPS readers think of the country. We’ll see enough of the pomp and circumstance in a month, but for now, travelers and residents alike let us peer through their lens.

This is the eleventh country we are covering in the reader fueled DPS Travel Photography Inspiration Project.

If you would like to be involved in the next country’s post, drop me a line here.


The London Eye and the County Hall at night by Dev Wijewardane

Tip – The buildings along the Thames are lit pretty well and an evening walk with the camera is worth it.


Exit Via the Gift Shop by Kelly Irving

OK, the title’s appropriated from Banksy… however, the vacant gift shop is in one of London’s premier tourist attractions: The British Museum. How can you shop when there’s nothing on display? I’m a fan of, and vigilant for, signage and its incongruities.


Lambs by Linda Olson

We had stayed on an old manor farm so were surrounded by horses, lambs, sheep and cows. As we went around to the aged barn with no roof, we startled the sheep who scurried away. Afterwards, I tinted this shot to be a bit more artistic.

Come With Me

“Come With Me” by Luke A. Bunker

This photo was taken on the Wobbly (Millennium) Bridge in London as a mother tried to get her son to come with her (presumably) to get out of the rain.  There have been days when going to the beach or out in the rain when I stow my camera away, but certain days present themselves well for taking a risk…  I did a bit of selective coloring on this shot to bring out the blues and yellows of the umbrella and child’s jacket.


London’s Icons by Arturo Lavin Gonzalez

This picture was made after the rain passed away. You should always be prepared to protect your photography equipment from the rain while in London. I used my tripod to be able to use a long exposure making this photograph and avoid any shake in the picture.

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chrome men by Brian Kinsella

Huge steel sculptures in the Yorkshire sculpture park which I took loads of photos of from different angles. I had very little to do here as the sun was shining and the sky was perfect.

Petworth House by Richard Keeling

The Wyndham family home and now a National Trust museum (the family live in the south wing). This enormously expansive estate, grounds designed by ‘Capability’ Brown, was the subject for many landscapes by J. M. W. Turner. In this shot, the miniature figure in the center is my mother. Seeing how such an important figure in my life can be swallowed up by such a scene only reinforces a strange of isolation and loneliness in the midst of such grandeur.


Detail above the entrance to Westminster Abbey by Dev Wijewardane

Tip – Look out for intricate details in churches and palaces.


Carousel by Kelly Irving

London is packed with scenes that could be from another age. This carousel must be 100 years old. Once again I took many exposures, playing with the speed settings. I like that the riders are blurred but the relief portrait on the centre spindle is frozen, looking towards the riders.

Pub at night

Pub at night by Linda Olsen

This is the little restaurant we had our first dinner in at the Cotswolds. I loved the evening light. I did not haul my tripod on this trip so had to hand-hold the evening shots. I would recommend a lightweight tripod.

Outside My Window

“Outside My Window” by Luke A. Bunker

When traveling to a another place, most “travel snobs” balk at people taking pictures outside their plane window.  I, however, feel that there is no better way to start your trip album than with a photo of your destination from above, as in this shot of the UK countryside while on approach to London Gatwick.


Westminster Road Sign by Arturo Lavin Gonzalez

I loved this road sign when I saw it. I added a Black and White treatment in post-production because I didn’t like the colors of the overcast day. I also used a small aperture to subtle the busy background and have all the attention in the road signs.

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man above by Brian Kinsella

I nearly missed this guy when visiting the yorkshire sculpture park in march, about 20ft in the air on top of a tree. I had very little to do here as the sun was shining and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. The link to the sculpture park is – very cool place and a great site too.

Windmill at Cley Next the Sea, Norfolk by Richard Keeling

What do you have to do to get this shot? Book a room in the Cley Windmill hotel in the windmill itself, awake at sunrise, walk out onto the balcony and look upwards.


St Pauls across the Thames by Dev Wijewardane

Tip – Do your research before you go and identify potential locations to shoot from. Google maps is helpful!


London Grows by Kelly Irving

London has been expanding for a couple of thousand years and shows no signs of slowing down. The building cranes are ubiquitous but here they seem to emerge from the forest and the only visible structure is a futuristic looking tower. I used the foliage of Regents Park to hide the city buildings and took the photo late in the afternoon to maximize the colours and shadows.

Horse trials

Horse Trials by Linda Olson

While walking through a little town of Broadway, we decided to go to a little market, buy food for a picnic and then see where the day would take us. We came across a country dog show where the townspeople all came out for a little fun. Then we continued to walk up the countryside hills and saw in the distance some activity. It turned out to be a horse Trials competition. We then enjoyed the event before walking all the way back to our B&B. I shot numerous competitors jumping and prancing.

Olympic Rings at St. Pancras

“Olympic Rings at St. Pancras” by Luke A. Bunker

This photo was taken at London’s St. Pancras International.  A long delay after missing our train to Paris allowed for several hours to roam the station and explore its many works or art; it turns out this delay was a blessing in disguise and is a great example of taking inevitable delays in stride.  In this piece, I contrasted the statue of John Betjeman with the Olympic Rings in the background (as London is preparing for its Olympic Games for later this year), trying to frame the photo to where he was looking at those rings.


Lunch by Linda Olson

Taking photographs of various meals made our memories of the trip even more vivid. I can just remember the crusty crunch of the bread with the lovely herbs in the pea soup. Glorious!

our guide

Our guide by Linda Olson

One day, we were walking up the hills on some roman roads and a friendly pup, traveled with us for a bit. He guided us for a while up to a path that led us to some cool old church and cottages. We tried to let our journey be a bit more fluid and discovered some fantastic experiences. We went on a road less traveled.

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  • Luke A. Bunker July 12, 2012 09:34 am

    Thanks to everyone for clarifying the bridge in my "Come With Me" photo. I don't think I can change the information here, but it has been changed on the photo on Flickr. Thanks to all for cluing this tourist in!! ;-)

  • valerie Pietrowiak July 10, 2012 12:42 am

    There are several reasons i LOVED these pics. 1) I'm a Brit 2) It was an affirmation that I'm not the only one who takes pics. of off the wall stuff. e.g. signs, lunch etc. On my travels the pics. have to tell a story for me cos sometimes my memory fails me!
    Thanks for a delightful visit to my "Home" country!
    Now living & citizen of the USA (another great country for pics. and stories!)

  • Nick Heath July 8, 2012 07:51 am

    A Londoner writes...

    The "Come with me" photo is actually the new Hungerford foot bridge from the South Bank to Charing Cross and not the "Wobbly" Millennium Bridge - that is pictured later in the "St. Paul's Across the Thames" photo.

    Hope that helps and thanks for some useful tips!

  • Chris Casselden July 7, 2012 04:41 am

    Nice stuff. However, the 'Come with me' image is NOT the Millennium Bridge (That's actually in 'St Paul's across the Thames'), it's the new Hungerford Footbridge.

  • Keith July 6, 2012 10:58 pm

    Hi, I am based in the UK, nice article, if your coming to the UK, pack for rain!

  • sumit July 6, 2012 12:45 pm

    As much as I liked the article, I'm with Chris on this one. The surface has been barely scratched. There is so much more to UK than London.

    Nice shots though. My favourite is "Lambs" by Linda Olson. And the pea soup just reminded me of the food I miss in India.

  • Mike Brown July 6, 2012 10:55 am

    One correction - the picture captioned "taken on the Millennium (Wobbly) Bridge" is actually on the Hungerford Bridge, which is attached to the railroad bridge leading to Charing Cross, which you can see in the background. The Millennium Bridge is the one shown in the picture of St. Paul's across the Thames.

    One other comment - the title says this is about the "United Kingdom", but at most, the country you're showcasing is England. The United Kingdom also includes Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, countries which are very different from England and, in my opinion, more photogenic. For my pictures of Scotland see and for Ireland see

  • emma July 6, 2012 07:25 am

    The "come with me" picture is not on the Millenium Bridge! Looks more like Embankment to me...

  • Jay July 6, 2012 04:45 am

    Bring a large umbrella and some flippers as the weather has been Wet, Wet and WET!!

  • Mridula July 1, 2012 09:06 pm

    Loved the selected pictures. Here is one of mine-

  • Deron July 1, 2012 08:41 pm

    Our green fields are also being replaced by pretty yellow Rapeseed Fields...

    And our summer has been dismal with the wettest June on record...grey moody skies have been the norm.

  • Chris July 1, 2012 06:57 pm

    Honestly? This post is the equivalent of visiting new York city and taking some photos to show the diversity of America. Or Melbourne to represent Australia... Honestly it doesn't do our country any favours.

    Whilst I'm not at a proper computer to direct you to any other shots, when visiting the uk, I'd suggest taking a look at the following:
    The architecture. This is an area London excels with such diverse styles and ages of architecture, but head further north and you'll see things you just can't see in the city.
    Ruins. We have a long history with castle ruins dotted all over the country, some better than others.
    The national parks. No, we don't have a Yosemite, but the lake district is very beautiful for landscapers. The Yorkshire dales, the peak district, snowdonia, Brecon beacons, and many more, all slightly different from each other and all beautiful.
    Seaside towns. Ok, everyone has seaside towns, but the ones over here seem to have a different character to anywhere else I've been.
    Wildlife. Again, we have nothing quite as exotic as other places, but we DO have animals you won't see anywhere else in the world.
    The people. To me, everything I see seems pretty normal, but I'm sure a lot of what we do seems strange to people with different customs.

    That would make a start... I'm sure there's lots more but off the top of my head thats enough. You get the point anyway.

  • Scottc July 1, 2012 07:33 am

    Great series of photos, a lot of variety showing many aspects of the UK.

  • Mikhail Anand July 1, 2012 05:37 am

    From the Streets of London
    cant think about london without the tube ...
    The "Summer" in london

  • MikeC366 July 1, 2012 04:35 am

    The Olympic Flame came to our town this Tuesday just gone. It was a brilliant day.
    I have 3 posts with shots from the day. This is the first:

  • Natasha McEachron July 1, 2012 03:05 am

    As a kid I was offered several opportunities to visit the UK (primarily England) but thought it just looked so dreary and depressing. Since then I've seen a few movies and now I'd love to visit the UK but now the offers aren't nearly as frequent. Oh well, maybe someday. I love the photos of the street sign and the horse trials.

  • Steve July 1, 2012 02:23 am

    But at the end of the day it is the people that make a country:

  • Steve July 1, 2012 02:21 am

    And then there are the white cliffs (Beachy Head with typical grey English weather):

  • Steve July 1, 2012 02:19 am

    I think we are the only country to have seaside piers: