Sunset at the Notre Dame, Paris, France - Notre-Dame de Paris, French for Our Lady of Paris is a medieval cathedral on the eastern half of the Île de la Cité in the fourth arrondissement. The cathedral is considered to be one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture, and it's one of the largest and most well-known church buildings in the world.
Black and White, Sky Walk at La Defense, Paris, France - I do very few black and white images, the reason I converted this was because it had little colour to begin with. Silver Efex by Nik/Google is a great black and white editing software, and Google has just recently made the entire suite available for free
Framed Eiffel Tower (constructed in 1889 and 1,063 feet tall) is a wrought iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars, taken from The Peace Wall, Paris, France - The tower is most visited paid monument in the world. I think the best place to photograph the tower is from the plaza at Palais de Chaillot, but get there super early for a clean shot without thousands of people.
Church of Saint-Sulpice, Paris, France - Saint-Sulpice is a Roman Catholic church on the east side of the Place Saint-Sulpice. It's the second largest church in Paris only slightly smaller than the Notre-Dame. Construction of the present church began in 1646 and was finished in 1870. The current church is the second on the site, it's erected over a Romanesque church originally built during the 13th century.
Church of St Germain Des Pres, Paris, France - The church of Saint-Germain-des-Prés is a former Benedictine abbey founded 543 by the Merovingian king Childebert I and the Bishop of Paris St Germain. It is one of the earliest Gothic buildings. The church of Saint-Germain-des-Prés is the oldest of the major churches in Paris
Doors and Mirrors at the Paris Opera House, Paris, France - The Palais Garnier is a building of exceptional opulence, it was built from 1861 to 1875. It's often called the most famous opera house in the world. It's a icon of Paris, like the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, or the Sacré Coeur Basilica.
Through the Arches at Arkadiou Monastery, near Rethymnon, Crete, Greece - The Arkadi Monastery (Moní Arkadhíou) is an Eastern Orthodox monastery, situated 14 miles to the southeast of Rethymnon on the island of Crete in Greece. The Venetian baroque church dates back to the 16th century. During the Cretan resistance of Ottoman rule (in 1866) nearly a thousand Greeks, mostly women and children, sought refuge in the monastery. After three days the Cretans blew up barrels of gunpowder, choosing to sacrifice themselves rather than surrender.
Sun Glowing on the Sea Chapel near Kato Stalos, Chania, Crete, Greece - Chania is the second largest city in Crete, located about 43 miles west of Rethymno and 90 miles west of Heraklion. Chania is the site of the Minoan settlement called Kydonia. Chania is a beautiful old city, especially the traditional streets and lighthouse.
Lychnostatis Open-air Museum, Limin Hersonisou, Crete, Greece - This is one of those situations where HDR, bracketing three images, is essential to balance the exposure between the outside and inside. Although nowadays the cameras are getting so good HDR just isn't needed so much. My old Canon 5D Mark II lacks the dynamic range that newer models have, I think for this reason and for ISO performance I will look to get a new model soon
Super Moon, Winding Road in the Mountains, Crete, Greece - I took this photograph on the road leading to Zakros (Zakro, Kato Zakros, Kato Zakros), a site on the eastern coast of the island. The area contains ruins from the Minoan civilization. The town was once dominated by the Palace of Zakro, built around 1900 BC and destroyed around 1450 BC. The ruins of the palace remain, and are a popular tourist spot.
Sunset, the Folly (40 foot high) close to Pontypool Park, Torfaen, Pontypool in Wales, an old Roman watchtower. It was taken down just prior to the Second World War (On July 9, 1940) as it was thought it could be used as a landmark for the Luftwaffe seeking to bomb the nearby Ordnance Factory. It was reconstructed and reopened by the Prince of Wales on July 22, 1994.
Moon over St Thomas a Beckett Church, Romeny Marsh, Fairfiield, Kent, England - The church sits alone surrounded by water courses and footbridges and is visible from a great distance across fields and marshland. The chapel is dedicated to St Thomas a Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury from 1162 until his murder in 1170. The iconic church has been used as a filming location for Great Expectations.
Spiraling in Black and White at City Hall, London, England - Spirals at City Hall, London, England - This building is incredible, it's located on the South Bank near Tower Bridge. The building is open to the public for 2 days a year during 'Open House' usually the 3rd week in September. You'll need to get there early if you don't want to queue, it's one of the top attractions (with the Lloyds of London building) From the top of the building you get a unique elevated view of Tower Bridge. I photographed this hand-held using my Tokina 16-28 ultra-wide.
Sunset Looking back at Monsaraz, Alentejo, Portugal - - taken from the east-side of the town near the ruins of Capela de São Bento ou Ermida de São Bento church. I loved this place, only a short distance away is the Megalithic Monuments of Herdade de Xerez, also the cute white fountain of the Telheiro. Monsaraz has been under Roman occupation, and later successively occupied by the Visigoths, Arabs, Mozarabs, Jews, and Christians.
Early Morning at Tower Bridge, London, England - The bridge (built in 1894) is a combined bascule and suspension bridge. The bridge is 800 feet long with the towers each 213 feet high. The span between the towers is 200 feet and can be raised to an angle of 86 degrees to allow boats to pass. Inside the bridge there's The Tower Bridge Exhibition, a major tourist attraction, with a glass floor across the high-level walkways connecting the two towers.
Sunrise over Trwyn Du Lighthouse Lighthouse (aka Menai Lighthouse), Penmon, Anglesey, Wales - The lighthouse is located between Dinmor Point near Penmon and Ynys Seriol, or Puffin Island. The lighthouse is 95 feet high and erected in 1838. The lighthouse was built following a disaster, on 17 August 1831, when an steamer, The Rothsay Castle, ran aground and near Puffin Island killing 130 people.
Monchique is a market town up in the wooded mountain range of Serra de Monchique, which separates the Algarve from Alentejo regions of Portugal. The houses here are typically Algarvean with their white walls and colours around the windows and doors. Monchique is famous for the production of Medronho, a liqueur made from the the fruits of the arbutus (strawberry) tree. I was at the market here and the sellers would keep offering me it to try, needless to say I didn't get many pictures in focus that night!
The Church of St Eustace, (L’église Saint-Eustache) is a church in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, built in 1632. Located at the entrance to the city's ancient markets (Les Halles) and the beginning of rue Montorgueil. During the French Revolution the church, like many churches in Paris, was desecrated and used for a time as a barn. It really was amazing inside!
Ruined Church, St Helen's Oratory, at Cape Cornwall, England. I photographed this at night and used a candle and lantern to illuminate the inside and windows. I find, personally, a real flame produces a much softer light than a torch / flashlight. Further along the coast you see are the famous Botallack tin mines.