The HMS Belfast

HMS Belfast

HMS Belfast sometimes feels like a poor cousin. Arguably less grand than the Cutty Sark, and overshadowed by both Tower Bridge (to the back and right) and the Tower of London (to the back and left) it is nevertheless an impressive structure. Trivia The HMS Belfast is over three-quarters of a century old, and has its guns aimed 12 miles …

alistairHMS Belfast
I know I have lost... (and forgotten)

I know I have lost… (and forgotten)

I’d seen this image in a variety of places, and using Flickr’s Geolocation facilities I tracked it down. In the light of day it wasn’t nearly as atmospheric as I’d hoped, so I’d like to revisit later at night. It’s not nearly as “UrbEx” as it seems, only about two minutes from the Thames and five from London Bridge! Processing …

alistairI know I have lost… (and forgotten)
City Hall

City Hall, London – Home of the Greater London Authority

City Hall is currently the home of Boris Johnson, Mayor of London. Six hundred full time staff are employed in this building, which despite the unusual shape, is one of the few pieces of modern architecture that doesn’t have a sobriquet (to my knowledge)! Processing Seven-bracket HDR photograph (sharp contrast between shadows and lights) taken using the built-in function on the Canon …

alistairCity Hall, London – Home of the Greater London Authority
Looking north from the South Bank

Looking north from the South Bank

Free art galleries? With no queues? We’re spoilt in this country! The South Bank is one of my favourite areas, and the Tate Modern is one of the greatest places in this area. The view from the top floor, looking out is superb; it’s also a crackingly good value restaurant! Processing HDR photograph taken using the built-in bracketing on the Canon …

alistairLooking north from the South Bank
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
Blackfriars Bridge by Night

Blackfriars Bridge by Night

I often create panoramic images by stitching several photographs together, but in this case this HDR photograph of Blackfriars Bridge, with St Paul’s Cathedral in the background, was created from a single cropped shot. Irritatingly, I’m still getting used to the Canon 6D, whose GPS sucks batteries like nothing else! I foolishly forgot to turn the GPS on for all my …

alistairBlackfriars Bridge by Night
The View from The Shard, Looking North

The View from The Shard, Looking North

The hardest piece to produce, but my favourite. I spend a lot of time around the City, and it’s amazing how quickly the “Cheesegrater” and “Walkie Talkie” are eclipsing the “Gherkin” (yes, every tall building in London does have an absurd sobriquet!) Aperture: ƒ/4.5 Camera: Canon EOS 6D Focal length: 17mm ISO: 1600 Location: Shutter speed: 1/3s Title: The View from …

alistairThe View from The Shard, Looking North
The View from The Shard, Looking East

The View from The Shard, Looking East

I already explained what a struggle it was to photograph from the Shard, the windows were grubby, with highly reflective triple glazing. The continual flashes from other camera users further increased the problems. I normally keep any processing under my hat – my use of Photoshop is a ‘trade secret’! But in this case I thought I’d share what I …

alistairThe View from The Shard, Looking East
The View from The Shard, Looking West

The View from The Shard, Looking West

We’re spoilt in London. A stable country, generally peaceful, generally healthy and wealthy and despite the stereotype of clouds and rain we enjoy a temperate climate. It was 8°C when I went up the Shard today, and as you can see, it was pretty clear. Sure there’s some slight haze in the middle to long distance, but this photograph from …

alistairThe View from The Shard, Looking West
Shard: The Fire in the Sky

Shard: The Fire in the Sky

I’m unveiling a new feature of my Photography Blog for the first time: Google Maps location tracking. This is all thanks to the smart GPS that’s built into the Canon 6D. I’d imagine most residents of London won’t need the location for this particular beauty – the Shard is visible over most of London, and indeed much of the home …

alistairShard: The Fire in the Sky