B r i a n   A.   M a r s h a l l


(ILCE = Interchangeable Lens Camera with E-mount)


I started my evening Bimble just after the official sunset at 15.53, although you wouldn't know it by the cloud cover, in Oxford Street. Their Christmas lights are a load of balls. Literally. Turning into Regent Street, you are met with an explosion in a clock factory with bits of cogs and springs strung out across the street. Some of the larger pieces have video images projected onto them so they are constantly changing in light, colour and pictures. Running parallel with Regent Street is Carnaby Street which had the most colourful decorations. A slight longer walk off Regent Street and you come to New Bond Street which have gone with peacock-inspired decorations for their street lights. Having negotiated the many pedestrian crossings to get from one side of Oxford Circus to the other, I headed towards Leicester Square and the Christmas fun fair set up in the Leicester Square Garden. I had a detour into China Town but their decorations go up for the Chinese New Year in February when I'll be back. Next it was a walk up towards Covent Garden where I came across the source of the cliperty-clop I had heard going along Shaftsbury Avenue which I though were police horses. Parked up next to Langley Street, with their 12 Days of Christmas   decorations,   was   an  old   style omnibus being used for sight seeing tours that was pulled along by three horses. The Covent Garden Christmas theme this year is big sprigs of mistletoe which I think were broken as I stood under a few and nothing happened. There was an opera singer belting out songs inside and a man with big balls entertaining families outside. Lastly it was down to the Strand and fight my way through commuters, visitors and theater goers to finish at Charring Cross Station and the tube to Kings Cross and the train home. With the detours and stops to take photos, the Bimble took just short of three hours.

Equipment Used: Sony ILCE-A7rII + Sony FE16-35mm f4 ZA OSS Vario-Tessar T*/Sony FE 24-70mm f4 ZA OSS Vario-Tessar Carl Zeiss T* Lens.