The Jetty and Island at Agios Marina near Platanias, Chania, Crete, Greece - Agios Marina with its beautiful sandy beach are one of the largest tourist resorts in western Crete, located about 7 miles from Venetian harbour town of Chania. I shot this during the middle of the day, the sky was empty of clouds. A good tip is to try and cover the sky if possible in these situations, which also helps fill the frame. The water here is crystal clear and beautiful green/turquoise in colour.
La Sainte-Chapelle Upper Chapel, Paris, France - The Upper Chapel at La Sainte-Chapelle (meaning Holy Chapel) is a royal chapel in Gothic style completed on 26 April 1248, within Palais de la Cité, on the Île de la Cité in the heart of the city. The church was commissioned by King Louis IX to house his collection of relics, including Christ's Crown of Thorns. The stained glass is simply stunning. Arranged across 15 windows, each 50 feet high, the leaded glass panes depict 1,113 biblical scenes from the Old and New Testaments.
Red Cube, Lower Manhattan, Financial District, New York City, New York, America - This sculpture, designed by Isamu Noguchi and constructed 1968, is situated in front of 140 Broadway, between Liberty and Cedar Streets. The center of the cube has a cylindrical hole, revealing an inner surface of gray. I first photographed this at night, but I felt the vibrant red contrasted with the skyscrapers behind was lost. A few blocks further south along Broadway is the Charging Bull (aka Wall Street Bull). The bull is the symbol of financial optimism and prosperity
Natural History Museum, London, England - The NHM (opened in 1881, no entrance fee) is one of three major museums on Exhibition Road in South Kensington, the others being the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. The museum documents life on Earth comprising approximately 80 million items of botany, entomology, mineralogy, paleontology, and zoology. I took this photograph when the Diplodocus (aka Dippy) was in the central hall before it was replaced by a Blue Whale skeleton in 2017. I took this photograph as a panorama, stitched together in Photoshop.
Warnscale Beck, Buttermere, Crummock Water, Lake District, Cumbria, England - Buttermere is perhaps the most beautiful of all the areas in the Lake District. From the south of the lake at Gatesgarth there is a mountain walk which takes you up to Haystacks and Fleetwith Pike. Along the path, very near where I took this photograph, you will pass Warnscale Bothy, a bad weather retreat/hut for climbers; it is a favourite subject for photographers, especially good for astrophotography if you ever get the chance. I made sure to set out early in the afternoon, as the large mountains on each side cause the valley to be cast into shadow during the late afternoon and sunset.
Mussenden Temple and Beach, Castlerock, County Derry, Northern Ireland - Sunrise at Mussenden Temple (built in 1785 and part of the Downhill Estate) is a small circular building, modeled from the Temple of Vesta at the Roman Forum in Rome, located on cliffs over Castlerock not far from Portstewart. Over the years the erosion of the 120-foot cliff has brought the temple right to the edge. In 1997 the National Trust carried out cliff stabilization work to prevent the loss of the iconic building. If you use a wide-angle lens, often shapes elongate and distorts nearer the edges, you can correct this in Photoshop using either the transform warp tool or the puppet warp tool.
Pulteney Bridge crosses the River Avon in Bath, Somerset, England. It was completed in 1774. The bridge, one of only four worldwide, is notable in having shops built across its span on both sides. Others include Ponte Vecchio in Florence Italy, Krämerbrücke in Erfurt Germany, Rialto Bridge in Venice Italy. Bath is a major tourist destination, achieving World Heritage Site status in 1987. The other major attractions include the Roman Baths, Bath Abbey, and Beckford's Tower. Bath also has a wonderful Christmas Market.
Marshall Suloway Bridge (La Salle Street Bridge), Chicago, Illinois, America - The single-deck bascule bridge (constructed in 1928) spans the Chicago River, connecting Near North Side with the Loop area. It was a bitterly cold morning when I took this photograph, the mist was freezing but provided a great atmosphere to the shot. The gritters had just deiced the roads and paths. Interestingly they use beetroot juice as an additive and spreader for the salt. It keeps the salt chlorides as a slurry at much lower temperatures, the technique was pioneered in Minnesota.
Beautiful Sunset, One Man and his Dog, Porthleven near Helston, Cornwall, England - There are some amazing shots from Porthleven with storms crashing huge waves against the pier (constructed in 1825) and even the houses! This week was calm, each night surfers were out catching the waves, in what is considered one of the best surfing spots in Britain (along with the nearby Praa Sands). Porthleven lies within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). It was the hometown of Guy Gibson, the Commanding Officer of the Dambusters.
Before Sunrise at the Arches of Mary Bartelme Park, Willis Tower, Chicago, Illinois, America, Christmas Tree - The Park District named the park in honor of Mary Bartelme (1866-1954), the first woman judge in Illinois, who devoted her life to reforming the treatment of children and women in the court system. I walked out to here from the Hyatt at East Wacker Drive, during the Polar Vortex, I'm lucky I still have all my fingers it was freezing! The tall skyscraper is the Willis Tower, previously called Sears Tower, a 1,450-foot mega skyscraper, it held the title of world's largest skyscraper for 25 years (1973 to 1998)
Dolbadarn Castle, located on a rocky crag 80 feet above Llyn Padarn, is a castle fortification built by the Welsh prince Llywelyn the Great (Llywelyn ab Iorwerth), constructed around 1283, located at Llanberis, Snowdonia, Gwynedd, Wales. This photo shows the keep, seen from across the ruined hall and courtyard. It is the finest surviving example of a Welsh round tower. After Llywelyn died in 1240 his grandson Llywelyn ap Gruffudd (Llywelyn the Last) took reign over Gwynedd by imprisoning his brother Owain Goch in Dolbadarn’s tower for 20 years. Inspired this story, landscape painter Joseph Mallord William Turner made several drawings of the castle and scenery. The mountain on the left is the Slate Mountain, to the right is Snowdon (the highest mountain in Wales).
Chicago, Illinois, America - Red Flamingo, created by Alexander Calder, unveiled in 1974, a 53-foot tall, 50 tonne, steel, vermilion colour sculpture located in the Federal Plaza in front of the Kluczynski Federal Building. I shot this using the new Canon 11-24 ultra-wide angle lens on a full-frame body. I hire these specialty lenses when I know I'll need them, although this particular lens is one I wish I had in my bag at all times for cityscape or architectural photography. On the left of the frame, you can see the Willis Tower (previously Sears Tower) a 1,450-foot mega skyscraper, it held the title of world's largest skyscraper for 25 years (1973 to 1998)
The iconic Radcliffe Camera (camera, meaning 'room' in Latin), Oxford University, Oxford, England - It was designed by James Gibbs in 1737–1749 to house the Radcliffe Science Library. It is located south of the Bodleian and Trinity College, north of St. Mary's Church from where I took this photograph, between Brasenose College (left), and All Souls College (right). The construction of the library was funded by John Radcliffe, a doctor, who left £40,000 in his will (a huge amount of money at that time). Interestingly Oxford was not bombed during WW2, It is thought because Hitler was intending to use Oxford as his capital if he conquered England.
Love Sculpture, New York City, Manhattan, New York, America - This sculpture is the iconic Pop Art image by artist Robert Indiana. The sculpture is situated on the corner of 6th Avenue and West 55th Street. The LOVE design has since been reproduced in displays around the world, including one in JFK Plaza, Philadelphia. It has also been used on a US postage stamp from 1973. Getting a clean image of this without people means getting out very early, during the day and night it's packed with tourists, literally lining up for pictures. I used a directional blur towards the sculpture on each side to remove parked cars by blending them into the light trails from my long exposure. On 7th Avenue, just across West 53rd Street, there is another similar sculpture but with the words HOPE.
Stones, Buttermere, Cumbria, England - Buttermere is perhaps the most beautiful of all the areas in the Lake District. From the south of the lake at Gatesgarth there is a mountain walk which takes you up to Haystacks and Fleetwith Pike. Along the path you will pass Warnscale Bothy, a bad weather retreat/hut for climbers; it is a favourite subject for photographers, especially good for astrophotography if you ever get the chance. I took this photograph at sunrise along the east bank of the lake. The weather wasn't good so I kept my camera in one position for an hour or so. I did this to combine the various areas the sunlight hit, and what little colour I had prior to the actual sunrise. I basically combined the best I got that morning into one image.
The Greenwich Foot Tunnel (opened on 4 August 1902) crosses beneath the River Thames in East London, linking Greenwich in the south with the Isle of Dogs and Canary Wharf to the north. This is the section of the tunnel that was repaired after sustaining damage during World War 2. The south exit of the tunnel is right opposite the popular Cutty Sark tourist attraction and just a short distance from all the other major attractions, such as the Greenwich Observatory, Painted Hall, and the Royal College. The tunnel itself is 1,215 feet long and 50 feet deep. I took the standard single point perspective down the middle shot, but I thought I'd try this angle off to one side, I think it's more interesting.
I went out early for sunrise at Portland Bill, Dorset, England. I photographed the famous red and white lighthouse (completed in 1905) but a little further east along the South West Coast Path you will find dozens of fishermen's huts, and further along some old derricks (wooden cranes) along the cliff edges. The flowers in the foreground are thrift. The coastline around Portland Bill is particularly hazardous, even during Roman times beacon fires would be lit to warn passing ships of the dangers. The area is famous for its Portland limestone. The stone has been used in various famous buildings and monuments including St Paul's Cathedral, Buckingham Palace, United Nations headquarters building in New York City and The Cenotaph, in Whitehall.
Blue Hour at St Paul's Cathedral and the Millennium Bridge, 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.
First Light, Cat Bells, Cumbria, England - This mountain or fell was a fairly easy walk up, even in the dark, taking me less than an hour. I took this photograph shortly after sunrise from near the summit looking north towards the beautiful town of Keswick and the Skiddaw mountain range. The lake on the right is Derwent Water, my favourite in the Lake District and used as the film location backdrop in Star Wars The Force Awakens where the X-wings skimmed along the water. On the left in the distance is Bassenthwaite Lake near Braithwaite. If you continue south along the ridge of the Cat Bells, you will arrive at Dale Head, which offers some fantastic views over Buttermere and beyond.
Sunrise at Britannia Bridge, Menai Strait, Anglesey, Wales - This bridge was designed originally by Robert Stephenson as a tubular bridge, it connects the island of Anglesey to mainland Wales, not far from Bangor. After a fire in 1970, it was rebuilt as a steel truss arch bridge, carrying road and rail traffic. The memorial statue, to the left near the sun, at Plas Llanfair in Llanfairpwll is of Admiral Nelson. Nelson was famous for victories during the Napoleonic Wars. He was killed during his final victory at the Battle of Trafalgar near Cadiz in 1805. The statue, made of stone, was created by Admiral Lord Clarence Paget. The view from this location Nelson referred to as "one of the most treacherous stretches of sea in the world." Behind the bridge, unfortunately, are large pylons and numerous wires crossing the Menai Strait, I must have spent 4 hours in Photoshop clone stamping them all out. You can get to this location quite easy using the train to the village of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. Which interestingly enough is the longest place name in Europe! A short walk from the station leads you along the Afon Braint down to the north bank of the Menai Straits, from here there's a short pier from where I took this photograph.