At the toy safari last week we spent a surprising amount of time around water, especially considering we were in the middle of a city.

I love shooting with water, and if you are a regular reader of this blog, you’ll know that I’m not alone in that. Of course I am talking about Shelly, who has fantastic insights into using water in photographs and has some very helpful tips in her ‘basics’ post on the topic. I’m more of an accidental water photographer. I tend to just use it as I find it and hope for the best!

I thought I would share some of the water photos I took in London, and some of the locations we used during the weekend! It’s amazing what you can come up with in a city!

Location 1 – the Thames river bank

This location was not planned. It was in fact, completely unexpected. As a group we first decided that we didn’t want to go down to the beach, and then that actually, we did. So we did, and we spent quite a lot of time there. I was more interested in drinking the coffee I had just purchased, but did manage to get one pretty cute photo of Bert, my Fabuland elephant! I wouldn’t say this was the cleanest water we played in over the weekend either, but it was nowhere near as bad as I would have expected from the Thames.

Fabuland character fishing in the Thames

Bert fishing in the Thames

Location 2 – More London Place

This location @nutelasabe and I had stumbled across during a previous walk around London to scout a few locations. It’s just the front of an office/hotel block but has these amazing plinths of water. At first glance, they don’t even look like they are water, but getting closer, you can soon tell! We also managed to hit this spot at the perfect time to get the light reflecting of the water, giving me my favourite soft photo quality. 15 minutes later and the light was gone so we got really lucky.

LEGO custom TV Heads in a boat in London

Ed and Sam are keen to explore all areas of London, including the wet ones.

Fabuland elephant in a boat

Bert takes a brief respite from fishing to sail in the city of London for a bit.

Moomin in London

Papa Moomin wades through some unexpected water in London!

Location 3 – Victoria and Albert Museum

The V&A is a fabulous museum, and one that I highly recommend spending a few hours at (even for non-toy photography purposes!). In the courtyard there they have a small pool. It’s generally used by children for paddling, but also great for any Toy Photographers looking for some water shots! It’s best to get there early in the morning, especially when the weather is nice as it’s soon got lots of children in it!

Fabuland fisherman

A little fishing. Not sure how many fish Bert is going to catch at the V&A!

The Doctor and the TARDIS

The Doctor needs to deal with a small swimming pool leak and she will be with you.

Mary Poppins Pop Figure at the Victoria and Albert

A day at the museum with Mary Poppins. Even if she did stand in the big puddle by mistake.

What are your favourite water-based locations to shoot in? Are any of them ones you discovered by accident or did you seek them out? Let me know in the comments!

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