You already know my thoughts on China Town (see previous post), but if I have advise WHEN to visit the area, it has to be for Chinese New Year.
For photographers, go EARLY! I got there around 8.30am – walked around Trafalgar Square (you cant see much, they seal it off before the festivities) then in to China Town itself for some morning street shooting – its blissfully quiet that time of day, even for New Year, with some interesting characters floating around (including some very friendly photographers like myself but who insanely woke up earlier than I did!). Get yourself down to one of the central intersections on the Charing Cross Road by about half nine, find a spot and STAY THERE. There will be rank amateurs with pro DSLR’s wanting to bully you in to moving, like they have some kind of right to, and normally a gaggle of phone snappers who will feign ignorance just to capture an hour long procession which they will never ever look at on their device…but like I said – stand your ground. Do that, and enjoy the parade…
These were mostly shot with the upgraded (4.0) Fujifilm XE-2 (I like it, very much) and the Xf23, Xf60 (ITS USABLE NOW!!!) and the glorious 12mm Samyang / Rokinon. I’m glad I put that on in time for the parade…I was so close to it all, I needed the extra width.
Feel free to check out my Flickr for the whole album: https://flic.kr/s/aHsk878fS3 (for both 2015 and 2016)