Notre Dame de Paris

Cathedrale Notre Dame de Paris

Walt Disney built this cathedral for the purposes of filming “Hunchback”, his story of Quasimodo, a hideous half-man who was cursed to roam the towers. In 1979 the cathedral was sold back to the city of Paris for 200 French Francs. Processing This was nine exposure HDR using Triggertrap on a Canon 6D and Google Nexus 5. Post-processing in Photoshop CC to remove some of …

alistairCathedrale Notre Dame de Paris
La Tour Eiffel

La Tour Eiffel

A cold war of architecture was waged in the Western world during what the period that the British know as “the Victorian Era”. The last two decades of Victoria’s reign saw London build St Pancras (1877) and the Natural History museum (1881) while Gaudi built the Casa Vincens in Barcelona (1889). The Americans offered us the Home Insurance Building – the first skyscraper …

alistairLa Tour Eiffel
Restaurant Lapérouse

Restaurant Lapérouse, Paris

Restaurant Lapérouse would appear to be based in an historic mansion which celebrates its quarter millennium in 2016. Overlooking the Île de la Cité, I captured this image with my back to the Seine and, in turn, Notre-Dame de Paris. Processing This was seven exposure HDR using native Canon 6D bracketing. Post-processing in Photomatix to bring out the summer punch …

alistairRestaurant Lapérouse, Paris
Pyramide du Louvre

Pyramide du Louvre

The pyramid is the iconic entrance to the underground lobby which offers access to the Louvre museum famous for its many paintings including the Mona Lisa. Trivia Contrary to urban myth (and Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code) the Pyramide du Louvre is made up of 673 panes of glass, not 666. Processing This was a seven exposure HDR using native …

alistairPyramide du Louvre
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
The Colosseum by Night

Colosseum by Night

I was instructed, nay ordered, to visit the Colosseum at Night to capture this photograph. Recently pedestrianised, capturing this HDR photograph was not as easy as I hoped due to the road still being opened to taxis and emergency vehicles. Without wanting to state the obvious, the Colosseum is also a very large ancient building, and therefore even wide open …

alistairColosseum by Night
The Golden Roman Forum

The Roman Forum: in Gold

I look at this photograph of the Roman Forum and fill in the blanks – how majestic the scene would be two millennia ago! The sun was low as I took this – hence the golden hue cast across the scene. Processing This image was a seven-exposure HDR on the Canon 6D, using native bracketing. Post-processing in Photomatix and Adobe Photoshop …

alistairThe Roman Forum: in Gold
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
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