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.
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.
I got to Llangorse Lake, Brecon Beacons, Wales, a good hour before sunrise. Early morning is the time to shoot still water, it's only then you'll really get the mist. It the largest natural lake in Wales, situated in the Brecon Beacons near to the town of Brecon and the village of Llangors. Near where I shot this is a crannog (an ancient fortified dwelling constructed in a lake or marsh, the only one found in Wales, normally Scotland or Ireland). In 1925, archaeologists discovered a near complete dugout boat, dated from the 9th century.
Ekklisia Timios Stavros atop that Pyramid Mountain from the harbour at Heraklion (Ηράκλειο, Irákleio) is the largest city and capital of the island of Crete, Greece. The Bronze Age palace of Knossos, a major tourist attraction, is located near Heraklion. Heraklion is a shipping port and ferry dock, you can take ferries and boats from here to Santorini, Ios Island, Paros, Mykonos, Rhodes, among others.
Ruined Basketball Court at the St Athan Boys Village, Aberthaw, Barry, Wales - The philanthropist grandson of the coal magnate David Davies was inspired to create a retreat for coal miners's sons in the 1920s. But as many of the pits closed down and cheap holidays emerged, demand for the camp fell, it closed in the 1990s and has since been the target of vandals.
Dramatic Sunrise, Tower Bridge, River Thames, 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.
Roundabout at the Picturesque Village of Castle Combe, Wiltshire, England - (aka 'The Prettiest Village in England') in the Autumn, Wiltshire, England about 5 miles northwest of the town of Chippenham. In September 2010, the town was used as a major filming location for Spielberg's film War Horse. The village takes its name from the 12th century castle which once stood above the village. The village is situated on the southern-most edge of the Cotswolds and, approximately 12 miles from the city of Bath. Imagine how beautiful this picturesque village would look in the snow.
Bicycle at the Docks, Canary Wharf is a business district located in east London, England. It is one of the country's two main financial centres (with the City of London). It contains many of Europe's tallest buildings, including the second-tallest in Great Britain, One Canada Square. I took this photograph just north of Cabot Square at the North Dock, it's a particularly nice area, with a floating bridge and lots of restaurants.
The Picturesque Village of Castle Combe (aka 'The Prettiest Village in England') in the Autumn, Wiltshire, England about 5 miles northwest of the town of Chippenham. In September 2010, the town was used as a major filming location for Spielberg's film War Horse. The village takes its name from the 12th century castle which once stood above the village. The village is situated on the southern-most edge of the Cotswolds and, approximately 12 miles from the city of Bath.
This beautiful fountain is located at Piccadilly Circus, London, City of Westminster, England. I woke up really early on a weekend, there were very few people around, which for a Piccadilly photo is unique! The Horses of Helios, is 1992 sculpture by Rudy Weller, located at Piccadilly Circus, London, England. It depicts Aethon, Eos, Phlegon, and Pyrois, the four hoses of Helios, Greek god of the sun.
Side Entrance to Monsaraz, Alentejo, Portugal - Funny story for this shot, I tried it the night before, set my tripod up, composed the scene, and just a second before I clicked, the lamp went off! :D! This walled castle town sits atop a hill near the border of Spain. It is one of the oldest Portuguese settlements in southern Portugal. The area includes hundreds of megalithic monuments, including the neolithic remains of Herdade de Xerez. Monsaraz has been under Roman occupation, and later occupied by the Visigoths, Arabs, Mozarabs, Jews, and Christians loyal to Afonso Henriques.
Sunset at Ierapetra (the southernmost town in Europe), Crete, Greece, (Ιεράπετρα, meaning Sacred Stone) located directly south from Agios Nikolaos. It is the largest town in south Crete and a major tourist destination. Ierapetra is the hottest place in Crete, and it rarely rains due to the mountains of West and Central Crete acting as barriers
The Anglican Cathedral, Fifth largest Cathedral in the World, Liverpool, England - The cathedral is based on a design by Giles Gilbert Scott. Sir Giles Gilbert Scott was an English architect known for his work on other structures such as Waterloo Bridge, Battersea Power Station and the iconic red telephone box. Liverpool is fantastic for photography, especially around the Albert Dock area.
Llangorse Lake (Llyn Syfaddon) is the largest natural lake in Wales, situated in the Brecon Beacons near to the town of Brecon and the village of Llangors. On the right is a crannog (an ancient fortified dwelling constructed in a lake or marsh, the only one found in Wales, normally Scotland or Ireland). In 1925, archaeologists discovered a near complete dugout boat, dated from the 9th century.