Welcome to our new ‘London on Instagram’ series! Over the coming weeks, we’re going to profile some of London’s best Insta-snappers and their incredible pictures.
‘I have been to the top of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai and it is no match for the beauty that London holds,’ says Insta-snapper Shantosh Dutta aka @itsshonny.
Born and bred in East London, he spends weekdays taking experimental shots near his Thames-side office before heading out around the city at the weekends. We asked him to give us a tour of London via his Instagram account.
1. Out of all your pictures of London, which is your favourite?
‘I took this shot on a busy weekday on Westminster Bridge so had to wait for a while before I caught less of the crowd, and more of the scenery. I guess timing and patience is crucial. I captured the taxi as the main centre piece, with Big Ben in the far background. I also tried to edit this to have a warm and autumn feeling!’
2. What’s your favourite landmark to snap?
‘Canary Wharf. No matter the weather, Canary Wharf is always stunning and clean cut. What I love about London’s financial district is that, shooting during the day you can capture the buzzing business surroundings, and after sunset you see the calm and relaxed London with all the lovely architectural buildings!’
3. What’s your go-to filter? Do you use any additional apps?
‘I don’t have a favourite filter, although I try to have a variety of colours on my feed so it doesn’t look all one-toned. I use three apps which I like to edit with: VSCOcam, Snapseed, and Photoshop Touch. I use VSCOcam because it’s plain and simple to play around with the colours, contrast and sharpness. Snapseed adds drama to the shot, and I use Photoshop for my extreme edits, like the shot below.’
4. Is there a photo you’ve taken that’s been unexpectedly brilliant?
‘You probably can guess why I chose this shot. It took me at least 30 attempts to get everything right; the shutter speed, focal range and lighting. But the end result was astoundingly unexpected, what you don’t see behind the scenes is my partner in crime, Becky ready to catch my phone if I accidentally drop it.’
5. Where’s the best view in London?
‘The view from the top of the Shard satisfies my need for landscapes. I love the view of River Thames cutting through the city, landmarks like Tower Bridge, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the beautiful changing weather!’Check out Shantosh’s blog for more photos.