To Christmas and Midwinter


Our Christmas Opening Hours


Christmas is just a glance away. Outside the winter sky is hoary, and the chilled fingers of an icy wind blasts through the coats and scarves, but everywhere there is anticipation, excitement, expectancy. Shop windows are adorned with holly and mistletoe, festive colour and lights, ribbons of bright pigment, dark green, crimson, scarlet, burnished silk, glittering silver and gold. The entrances to each store echo with Christmas carols and song.

Last-minute shoppers bustle in and out of shops with renewed energy, swathed in thick coats and brightly-coloured scarves, carrier bags filled with shiny gifts. Children skip beside them, faces alight with wonder, tightly clutching hold of their parents with tiny gloved hands. A child looks up to the sky and, illuminated by the street lights, a few flakes of snow, like tiny pieces of opaque crystal, fall slowly, silently to the ground. Soon there is a crisp layer of snow on the streets and the sky above is filled with a strange other-worldly light.

Inside every home, beside each hearth, the presents are packed, stacked and ribboned, knotted and named, covered with iridescent paper and velvet bows, piled high beside each Christmas tree. A fragrant mix of cloves, cinnamon and pine needles fills the room, and the ambient flames from the coal fire casts a shimmer of ever-changing shapes against the walls. A time for family, a time to celebrate friendships old and friendships newly-formed.

2009 plays its passing chords and a new decade will soon begin.

May all of us from both Grays of Westminster and Nikon Owner wish you a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

Warmest wishes

Gillian (Greenwood)



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One Response to To Christmas and Midwinter

  1. Nam says:

    the plaid one!Seriously, this is really a dumb qtisueon. For one thing, you haven’t defined what you mean by best’. Best is a relative term and is based on comparison of performance against some criteria. You need to define what criteria are important to you in portraiture before you can talk about best.Any lens can be used to do portraiture. Traditionally, photographers have selected a focal length that is slightly longer than normal for head and shoulder portraits. And traditionally, short focal length lenses have not been favored for portraiture. But if you are doing environmental portraiture in which you want to depict the subject in a characteristic context, a wide angle lens might be ideal. Fashion photographers have traditionally used longer focal length lenses in order to narrow the depth of field and isolate the subject from the backgroundAnd at the end of the day, the best’ lens is likely to be the one that you actually have. Yes, there may be other lenses that you would like to have, but you don’t and you still have to make the image.