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Friday, 31 December 2010

Winter Wonderland: Hyde Park London

As my daughter Abi and her partner Dan were up staying over Christmas, we took them along with my granddaughter Bethany to visit the amazing Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park. Getting a parking space was quite easy, but cost us £6.00. Still that was much cheaper than it would have been for all of us to go by public transport. Our Government needs to do something about that if they really want to get serious about cutting carbon emissions.

We had a great walk to the fair through Hyde Park, it was quite a dark walk but the lights of the fair were beckoning in the distance.
Hope you enjoy the shots as much as I enjoyed taking them.

Bethany, Dan and Abi.

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

St Paul's Cathedral: Black and White

We were out with some friends on a Photo Shoot in Central London recently, the skies were quite bland and the light flat. So after looking at this image in colour, I began to think if might just have something if I converted it to B & W. It's great how Nik Software HDR Effects Pro is able to bring out some of the details. I'll give it a try in PhotoMatix Pro 4 too, just to see if there's much difference.

St Paul's Cathedral and Millennium Bridge from the Southbank.

Friday, 24 December 2010

Prejudice by Tim Minchin

The City of London: Money & Fun

A Christmas Visit to The City of London.
23rd Dec 2010.
if you click any of the images below you'll see them much larger, but low resolution.

My family are visiting us for Christmas, they come from Plymouth in Devon, so I took the opportunity with my daughter's Partner Dan to show him some of the delights and sights of London. Dan likes Architecture and History and as he'd never been to London before, I took him to see some of the awesome buildings London has to offer, the Old / Ancient and the Modern.

It's was so good to be clear of the snow for a few hours:-) Snow is great, but the cold does get to you after a while.

The first Mega Structure to greet us on our trip was the Shard {soon to be Europe's tallest building} which is half way through construction now and the glass panels are up as high as the top Guy's Hospital Tower. I'm amazed at how quickly they've progressed with this awesome monument to man's ingenuity. The Shot below was captured from the Millennium Bridge, and the next image of the Shard was taken just behind Southwark Cathedral; notice how small it looks the closer you get to it. Weird!

The Shard & Guy's Tower, Southwark Cathedral.
 The Amazing Shard
I'm perplexed by the Shard because when I'm standing right beside it looking up, it doesn't appear to be that tall, and even when I've taken a shot from behind Southwark Cathedral, it doesn't look that big either, but when viewed from a distance of about half a mile then you really begin to appreciate just how enormous it really is. Strange, I'm sure some people will call it paralax error or some technical term, but I just think it's weird:-)

Southwark Cathedral and Shard

London's City: The area where the Bankers and Finance People work.
It's always great to see some of these amazing buildings at any time of the year, but at Christmas there is a special magical feel. I must admit, I'm a big kid when it comes to Christmas. We were not there to do any shopping, Dan just wanted to see as much of London as he could, but I wanted to capture others going about the Christmas rush, and as it was 23rd Dec, some where in a desperate hurry too:-) So it was the atmosphere of London at this time of the year that I was after. But I also wanted to capture some of those majestic buildings.

Equipment: I only carried one camera and lense. The Nikon D700 with 28-300mm Nikon. This lense is proving to be a great all rounder for my travel / tourist or documentary style photography. It's so versatile with such a massive zoom range, and the quality of the shots are just great.
I also packed an 8GB Flash Card. No tripod, and as it was winter, hat and gloves. It was so cold that I really needed these.

St Paul's Cathedral from Millennium Bridge, London.

St Paul's Cathedral.

Captured from the Royal Exchange, London.

The Royal Exchange, London.

The Royal Exchange, London.

Leadenhall Market at Christmas
This is where the Harry Potter Movies were filmed.
Leadenhall Market at Christmas

Leadenhall Market at Christmas

Lloyds Building, London.

Lloyds Building, London.

Christmas Shoppers.

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Winter Wonderland

Snow Scenes from South London.
One thing that I really like about snow, it changes things in the landscape.
So much of what is common and ordinary is suddenly brought to new life by the addition of a few white snow flakes.
Take for instance the railings below, you wouldn't normally give them a second glance, and probably think they are quite ugly and oppressive (I'd agree with you), but add a little snow and WOWzer, they looks stunning.

Don't forget to check out my Snow Photography Tips Page you'll be amazed at what can be achieved and sooooo easily too.

Tate Famly Vault

St Luke's Church West Norwood

West Norwood Cemetery

Foxy in my Garden

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