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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
The Dark Hedges, Falling Leaves, Ballymoney, Northern Ireland - This beautiful country road lined with beech trees (the trees are believed to be between 300 and 350 years old) was planted by the Stuart family in the eighteenth century. The location is a favourite spot for photographers, certainly on par with the Giant's Causeway, and has been used as a film location for the HBO series Game of Thrones, where it represented the King's Road. It was designed originally to impress visitors as they approached the Georgian mansion, Gracehill House. I took this photograph at sunrise fully zoomed in at 200mm on a full-frame camera for a compression effect. I added the autumn leaves in post using Photoshop. I photographed the leaves on a piece of paper, then used the magic wand tool to select and cut them out. I added various levels of blur to simulate distance and some downward directional motion blur to simulate falling. I don't normally do this creative type work, but it's a fun challenge to mix things up from time to time.
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.