The Iconic Shot of Venice, San Giorgio Maggiore Island, Italy - Taken from Piazza San Marco near Doge's Palace, Colonne di San Marco e San Todaro. I photographed this about 30 minutes before sunrise, combining a single fast shot (with higher ISO) to capture the gondolas without motion blur and a bracketed set of three images for a clean, low ISO, high dynamic range background.
Saint Paul's Cathedral, London, England - The cathedral, built in the 17th century, sits on Ludgate Hill at the highest point of the City of London. It was designed by Sir Christopher Wren after the Great Fire of London in 1666. The fire, which began at the bakery of Thomas Farriner on Pudding Lane, consumed an estimated 13,200 houses and 87 parish churches. Later on, the cathedral famously survived The Blitz (an abbreviation of Blitzkrieg) during the Second World War in 1940 and 1941 despite being struck by bombs by the Luftwaffe. I took this photograph about an hour before sunrise on the south bank of the River Thames. If you hope to get a clean shot straight down the middle of the footbridge you need to get there early, it's packed at night and tends to wobble if you're on the bridge itself.
Misty Sunrise, Gate, Martindale, Lake District, Cumbria, England - Martindale is a beautiful area for photography, the village is situated between the lakes of Ullswater and Haweswater. The upper part of Martindale is a deer reserve, home to the oldest native red deer herd in England. Situated north of Martindale is Ullswater Lake, the famous vintage Steamers can be picked up at Glenridding for an 8 mile, one hour sail around the lake. I took this shot from the fell path climbing Hallin Fell, north of The Parish Church of Saint Peter Martindale, looking south.
Sunrise over Windermere, Ambleside, Loughrigg Fell, Lake District, Cumbria, England - Loughrigg fell (hill) is easily accessible, being surrounded by roads on all sides. The fell is surrounded by lakes, to the south-east Windermere (the largest lake in England), to the north Rydal Water, to the north-west Grasmere and to the south-west a small lake called Loughrigg Tarn. Situated in the north of the fell is Rydal Cave, which is actually a man-made cavern. This photo is taken looking south towards Windermere. Ambleside itself is beautiful and famous for its tiny Bridge House built over Stock Ghyll more than 300 years ago.
Sunrise, Neue Kirche, Deutscher Dom, Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin, Germany - The Neue Kirche (New Church) is located on the Gendarmenmarkt across from French Church of Friedrichstadt (French Church). To the right of the image is the Konzerthaus (concert hall). In the centre of the square stands a statue of Germany's renowned poet Friedrich Schiller. During World War II, most of the buildings, including the New Church, were badly damaged or destroyed, they have since been restored.
Van Buren Street Station, Chicago, Illinois, America - The city grew rapidly in the mid-nineteenth century then suffered the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 which left over 100,000 people homeless. After the fire the city quickly rebooted and by 1900 became one of the largest in the world. Chicago constructed the world's first skyscraper (The Home Insurance Building) in 1885, using steel-skeleton construction, it was 180 feet tall after it added another two floors. Chicago's position along Lake Michigan and the construction of O'Hare International Airport made the city an international hub for finance, commerce, industry, technology, telecommunications, and transportation. I took this photograph at sunrise from East Congress Parkway road, opposite Buckingham Fountain.
Sunrise, Hallin Fell, Ullswater, Martindale, Lake District, Cumbria, England - Ullswater is the second largest lake in the English Lake District. It has been compared to Lake Lucerne in Switzerland. Martindale is a beautiful area for photography, the village is situated between the lakes of Ullswater and Haweswater. The upper part of Martindale is a deer reserve, home to the oldest native red deer herd in England.
St Thomas Becket Church in the Misty Morning, Fairfield, Kent, England - The church sits alone surrounded by watercourses and footbridges and is visible from a great distance across the marshland. The chapel is dedicated to St Thomas a Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury from 1162 until his murder in 1170 by followers of King Henry II in Canterbury Cathedral. The iconic church has been used as a filming location for Great Expectations.
Sunrise at Guiting Power, Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, England - Guiting Power is known for its Music Festival, starting in the last week of July every year. The village lies within the Cotswolds area of natural beauty, a region that contains rural landscapes, picturesque yellow or honey coloured stone-built villages, historical towns, and stately homes and gardens. It area lies across the boundaries of several English counties; mainly Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, and parts of Wiltshire, Somerset, Worcestershire, and Warwickshire.
Piccadilly Circus Subway/Underground and passing bus, Sunrise Cityscape, 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! Piccadilly Circus was built in 1819 to connect Regent Street with Piccadilly, the word circus derives from the Latin word meaning circle. The Circus is known for its iconic video display and neon signs.
Stormy Sunrise at Llanrwst Tea Rooms, Snowdonia, Wales - Llanrwst Tu-Hwnt-I'r Bont (Beyond the Bridge) Tea Rooms (built in 1480), Inigo Jones Bridge, Conwy River, Snowdonia, Wales. Llanrwst is a major tourist attraction not too far north from Betws-y-Coed, this cottage has become the iconic shot of Wales. This shot needs to be done just after sunrise when the sunlight catches the arches of the bridge. I was a little late for the autumn colours, a few weeks earlier the cottage was bright red. There are still a few red leaves on the bridge just near the cottage.
St Maria of Salute Basilica, The Grand Canal, Ponte dell'Accademia, Venice, Italy - I took this photograph just before sunrise from the wood and metal bridge of Ponte Dell'Accademia which crosses the Grand Canal. The Basilica Santa Maria Della Salute (aka Salute), is a Roman Catholic church located at the tip of Punta della Dogana in the Dorsoduro sestiere. The basilica is 154 feet tall, took 56 years to build and was completed in 1687. Construction started a year after Venice suffered a deadly outbreak of the plague, as such the church was dedicated to Our Lady of Health or Deliverance (Salute). The artist Canaletto was born in Venice and painted many iconic scenes, scenes that remain virtually unchanged today.
Sunrise, Broadway Tower is a folly on Broadway Hill, near the picturesque village of Broadway, in Worcestershire, England. It's situated at the second highest point in the Cotswolds (after Cleeve Hill). The castle, built for Lady Coventry in 1798-99, stands 65 feet high. She wondered if a beacon here could be seen from her house over 20 miles away. She sponsored the construction to find out and indeed, the light could be clearly seen.
Sunrise Glow at Llyn Crafnant, Snowdonia, Wales - Misty Morning at Llyn Crafnant, at the northern edge of the Gwydir Forest, Snowdonia, Wales, facing towards Cefn Cyfarwydd. The summits include Crimpiau (1558 feet) and Craig Wen (1798 feet) The lake can be reached by car only from Trefriw in the Conwy valley, and on foot from Capel Curig. I try and think if something is a better shot at sunrise or sunset. In this case, I knew it'd be a clear sky the next morning and that the light would illuminate on the mountains.
Cockburn Street, Edinburgh, Scotland - This picturesque street is located in Edinburgh's Old Town, created as a link from the Royal Mile to Waverley Station (in 1856). It is named after the Scottish judge and literary figure Henry Cockburn (Lord Cockburn) who had a strong interest in architectural conservation. I took this early in the morning. I knew I wanted some light trails, not just because I like them, but because I wanted to hide those yellow bags! I got lucky on my first, attempt :)
Mist, Keswick, Lake District, Cumbria, England - I took this just after sunrise at Underskiddaw, the smaller hill just north of the town. Being up on hills or mountains is great for amassing lots of photographs. I'm forever switching lenses, for tight zoomed in shots and wide-angle shots, then panoramas. I think this morning I captured 15 portfolio-quality shots, three times what I tend to average. In most cases I'm happy if I get two good shots each end of the day, I don't take many shots and very little in the day.
30 minutes before Sunrise, 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. 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.
Misty Morning at Llyn Crafnant, at the northern edge of the Gwydir Forest, Snowdonia, Wales, facing towards Cefn Cyfarwydd. The summits include Crimpiau (1558 feet) and Craig Wen (1798 feet) The lake can be reached by car only from Trefriw in the Conwy valley, and on foot from Capel Curig. I try and think if something is a better shot at sunrise or sunset. In this case, I knew it'd be a clear sky the next morning and that the light would illuminate on the mountains. I added light to the trees near the mist in Lightroom CC using the radial tool and just simply increasing exposure.
Sunrise Glow on St Peter's Basilica, St Angelo Bridge, Italy - St. Peter's is the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture, it is also the largest church in the world. Catholic tradition holds that the Basilica is the burial site of Saint Peter, one of Jesus's Apostles and also considered the first Pope. Peter, like Jesus, was crucified (Caravaggio painted the incredible Crucifixion of St. Peter). The bridge in the foreground over the Tiber is Ponte Sant'Angelo, completed in 134 AD by Roman Emperor Hadrian.
Stormy Sunrise at Winnets Pass, Castleton, Derbyshire, Peak District, England - Disappointing sunrise this morning, the light was totally flat. I used a soft, low opacity brush in Photoshop (in colour dodge blend mode) to add light to the valley. I darkened the shadows using a black solid colour layer in soft-light blending mode.