École du Louvre

École du Louvre

The École du Louvre may well be my favourite building in Paris, as it so atmospheric; I had to shoot it at night – there’s something ‘Addams Family’ going on. Trivia Surrounding “the Pyramid”, the classic image of the Louvre, are many buildings which form part of the extended museum of the Louvre in Paris. This building adjoins these walls (the Palais …

alistairÉcole du Louvre
St Peter's Basilica Looking Down the Via della Conciliazione

St Peter’s Basilica Looking Down the Via della Conciliazione

Iconic, by any definition, to the extreme; there can be few views as captivating as St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City, the Catholic State in the centre of Rome. Processing The level of contrast and general habit led this to be a seven-exposure HDR on my beloved Canon 6D. Post-processing in Photomatix and Adobe Photoshop CS6. Heavy vignetting (I …

alistairSt Peter’s Basilica Looking Down the Via della Conciliazione
Tower Bridge by Night

Tower Bridge by Night

It’s an area of London that I’ve photographed many times, and I’ll return many more times again! There can be few more iconic shots as Tower Bridge from the South Bank – just a shame the Americans so often confuse it with London Bridge! Processing A seven image HDR taken using the built-in bracketing on the Canon 6D. Conversion to …

alistairTower Bridge by Night
A stormy day at Durdle Door

A stormy day at Durdle Door

We had a brief break in the storm, and whilst the wind was probably gusting 60+ mph, we managed to brave it down to the shore of the Jurassic Coast and the iconic natural landmark that is Durdle Door. Needless to say, the lure of the water was too great for me and my tripod, so I got soaked down …

alistairA stormy day at Durdle Door
Leith Hill - The Surrey Oil Painting

Leith Hill – The Surrey Oil Painting

We returned to Leith Hill, allegedly the temperature was 10 degrees, but it felt sub-zero; especially with the wind chill. We climbed the tower, and looking North we could see the Shard, and in the far distance the Gherkin. Looking south is the oil painting scenery that you’d expect to see looking south across the Surrey Downs, from the highest point in the South …

alistairLeith Hill – The Surrey Oil Painting
The Opening of Tower Bridge

The Opening of Tower Bridge

Sometimes a shot gets nailed first time, others take ages. This shot was an amazing bit of fortune, as I walked up to London Bridge, as Tower Bridge was opening – that’s the good part. Post-processing was a nightmare though. This is the third iteration of the image, hope you like the effect – there were two failed attempts to …

alistairThe Opening of Tower Bridge
Aylesford Bridge, Kent

Aylesford Bridge, Kent

I remember this bridge from my childhood, growing up in Maidstone, Kent. At the time this bridge was accessible by cars, and being extremely narrow was chaotic. In my childhood the chimney didn’t exist, now it incerates waste, bathing the town in soot. The pedestrianisation of the bridge has been a big positive, but arguably the latter change has detracted from …

alistairAylesford Bridge, Kent
Empire State Building

Empire State Building

It’s easy for me to go overboard on the classic tourist shots of New York, and to be frank that’s what I’m planning on doing. The problem is, that with only three days to see the city I didn’t really get time to see the more raw urban side of NYC, nor shoot the undoubtedly seedier and dystopian side. Still there’s always …

alistairEmpire State Building
HDR Photograph of the Manhattan skyline

HDR photograph of Manhattan skyline

I decided to lead with the best, and personally this is my favourite view of Manhattan. I’ve just returned from a three day break in New York; my wife’s birthday present, our second honeymoon and also this HDR Photograph of the Manhattan skyline was taken on my birthday. We had a wonderful dinner at the River Cafe, which sits under Brooklyn …

alistairHDR photograph of Manhattan skyline