Notting Hill Carnival 2018
On Monday, 27th August the final day of the Notting Hill Carnival was held in London, England. It is the largest Carnival in Europe with nearly one million people in attendance. The Notting Hill Carnival started 52 years ago in the same area by the British Afro-Caribbean community and is still organised by that community. During the carnival there was silence in remembrance of the Grenfell victims.
Carnival is a very colourful and entertaining event so a camera is a certainty. An SLR camera is recommended because images pass by your eyes so quickly and change according to the beat of the music. It is crowded so you need to respond quickly before somebody gently pushes you out of the way. It was a cloudy day and it remained cloudy. I set the camera to cloudy white balance and started at ISO 200. By 7 p.m. I was on ISO 1600. The advantage of it being cloudy is that there are no strong shadows like what I had at the Luton Carnival in May. A digital lens of 18-55 mm was quite adequate. You will be standing eye to eye with the people at carnival.
I started out really late for Notting Hill. By 2:19 p.m. this was me stuck in one of the tunnels in the London Underground tube network. It was extremely warm and there was no chance of turning back because there were so many people behind me.
I eventually got onto a tube (underground train) which was blowing warm air as a coolant! One station before my stop the option was given to leave the tube now or wait for half an hour in the tube. I got off the tube and used the steps to get to the surface. It looked so nice and cool.
I made my way to Notting Hill and at the entrance I could see that it was crowded and more people were still arriving.
I started taking pictures of anything I found of interest.
As I proceeded along I noticed that the Church, Kensington Temple was providing the Gospel side for Carnival.
It is good to have Jesus everywhere you go.
There was a higher than usual Police attendance at the carnival and their presence was everywhere.
Now back to the Carnival. Here are images I captured. Enjoy
If you have made it to the end you will see that I have had an enjoyable and colourful journey.