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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Wisley Glasshouse

Wisley Glasshouse

It’s probably not a place I’d choose to go to at the end of winter, before the spring flowers start to bud; but the Royal Horticultural Society Wisley’s Glasshouse had a butterfly exhibition on. I’m also not great with butterflies, neither having the patience, nor the lenses to shoot them! I thought the architecture of the glasshouse looked especially captivating shot in …

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An eye for the London eye, part 4 of 5

An eye for the London eye, part 4 of 5

The fourth of these stylised images might seem similar to the second; and the difference is subtle but I was after a less autumnal, and more surreal effect in this image. This represents the fourth out of five re-edits, and I’d be interested to know at the end of the series which you prefer. Aperture: ƒ/22 Camera: Canon EOS 5D …

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Boxer - Pet Photography

Pet Photography – a break from the norm

I’d offered to give a colleague a photograph of their new dog as a birthday present, sadly I forgot how unruly dogs, especially puppies can be! After about 15 minutes frolicking in the snow we gave up trying to get the classic boxer stance, and went for the head on shot (seconds before I was mauled with snow and doggy …

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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 …

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St Paul's by night from the millennium bridge

St Paul’s by Night from the Millennium Bridge

One of my favourite sites in London, St Paul’s Cathedral. It was minus 4 Centigrade and took a long time for some French tourists to make their way down the bridge. I’d hoped to get a closer shot of the cathedral, but a huge (dwarfed by St Paul’s) Christmas tree had been placed in the optimal position!

alistairSt Paul’s by Night from the Millennium Bridge