On the Brooklyn Bridge, Lower Manhattan, New York City, New York, America - The Brooklyn Bridge was completed in 1883, it connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn, spanning the East River. Its main span is 1,595 feet. Just to the left of the main bridge tower, you can see the One World Trade Center. In a demonstration that the bridge was safe, on May 17, 1884, P.T. Barnum marched 21 elephants across it, which was also a brilliant promotional stunt for Barnum’s Museum and touring show.
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.
Lonely Barn in the Yorkshire Dales, Yorkshire, England - The Yorkshire Dales is an upland area of the Pennines in Northern England. I took this maybe a week after the heather was at it's best. Heather is out usually in August, but this might vary from place to place. I used a circular polariser here to reduce shine off the ground and to enhance the sky.
Ponte Sant'Angelo, Castel Sant'Angelo, Mausoleum of Hadrian, Parco Adriano, Rome, Italy - The Castle was built in 123 AD by Emperor Hadrian as a monumental tomb for himself and his family. There is a secret corridor (Passetto di Borgo) that connects it to the Leonine walls and the Vatican, a passageway for the pope in dangerous situations. There were many popes who used it. Pope Alexander VI used it to escape to the castle from Charles VIII troops. And Clement VII who used it to escape the Landsknechts during the Sack of Rome in 1527, dodging a hailstorm of gunshots as he crossed.
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.
Whitby Abbey, Shot from the road, Whitby, Yorkshire, England - The abbey was founded in 657 AD as a Christian monastery that later became a Benedictine abbey. The second monastery lasted until it was destroyed by Henry VIII in 1540 during the Dissolution of the Monasteries. In which monastic buildings were confiscated and sold off to families who sympathised with the break from Rome. By 1540 monasteries were being dismantled at a rate of fifty a month. Though the abbey was stripped and fell into ruin, it remained a prominent landmark and helped inspire Bram Stoker's 1897 novel Dracula. Dracula came ashore as a creature resembling a large dog and climbed the 199 steps which lead to the abbey.
Sifting Tower, Elan Valley, Rhayader, Wales - There are four dams on the river Elan, which supply water to Birmingham. There was fresh snow the morning I arrived, making the area look absolutely beautiful. This dam is usually overflowing. The higher dam, Craig Goch, is often not overflowing so it's worth checking the Elan Valley facebook page before you head out. The river Claerwen has the newest, and largest Claerwen dam, it makes for a dramatic photograph when shot from the small footbridge below.
Looking Up, More London Riverside Walk, London, England - This is on the path from the Shard to City Hall and Tower Bridge. I shot this photograph about 30 minutes before sunrise with a Canon 14mm prime lens pushed up right against the angle of the building looking directly up. It reminds me of the Lambda, (Λ, λ) the 11th letter of the Greek alphabet. In the system of Greek numerals, lambda has a value of 30
Colourful Flower Background, Coneflower, Echinacea - Echinacea is a group of herbaceous flowering plants in the daisy family. The Echinacea genus has nine species, which are commonly called coneflowers. They are found only in eastern and central North America, growing in prairies and open wooded areas. They bloom from early to late summer. The name is derived from the Greek word ekhinos, meaning hedgehog, relating to its spiny centre.
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.
Chicago Skyline in a Puddle, Illinois, America - I photographed this from Millennium Park, not too far from the Bean (Cloud Gate). This night the snow clouds were low and illuminated by the city lights, perfectly catching the skyscrapers as they rolled on by. I used a small beanbag to rest my camera only an inch above the puddle to minimize the dead-space (the boring bit in the middle) and maximize the reflection.
New York Skyline, Gantry cranes in Gantry Plaza State Park, Long Island City, New York, America - Long Island City is the westernmost residential and commercial neighborhood of the borough of Queens. I stayed near Times Square and walked over the Queensboro Bridge to get here for sunset. Under the East River at this point is the Queens Midtown Tunnel. Just north of this location is the giant Pepsi Sign. On the right of the frame is the Chrysler Building, located on the East Side of Midtown Manhattan at the intersection of 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue
Puddle Reflection, The Abbey Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Bath, (aka Bath Abbey), is an Anglican church and a former Benedictine monastery in Bath, Somerset, England - Three different churches have occupied the site since 757 AD. First, an Anglo-Saxon monastery which was destroyed by the Normans; then a massive Norman cathedral which was begun about 1090 but lay in ruins by late 15th century; and finally, the present Abbey repaired to this state in 1616.
The Dark Hedges, Bregagh Road, Stranocum, Ballymoney, County Antrim, Northern Ireland - This iconic avenue of ancient beech trees were planted by the Stuart family in the eighteenth century to impress visitors as they approached the entrance to their Georgian mansion. Whilst some branches have recently been lost due to disease, the trees still remain a wonderful sight. They are one of the most photographed landscape locations in Northern Ireland. I shot this fully zoomed in using my Canon 70-200 F4 to compress the scene. Recently this has become a filming location the series Game of Thrones, representing the King's Road.
Enjoying the Sunset at Dugald Stewart Monument, Calton Hill (situated at the east end of Princes Street), Edinburgh, Scotland - This iconic location offers you views of St Giles Church, Edinburgh Castle, Balmoral Hotel Clock Tower, Scott Memorial and the Ferris Wheel etc. On the hill itself there's the Burns and Nelson monuments and the City Observatory.
Steps down to Durdle Door, Dorset, England - The magnificent Durdle Door natural limestone arch and beach is part of Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. The name Durdle is taken from the Old English word 'thirl' meaning bore or drill. This was my third trip here, unfortunately, there was heavy murk crossing the channel from France that week. Just to the east of this is the Man O'War Beach, beautiful for photography. Further east is Lulworth Cove, a very popular tourist attraction.
Reflections in The Bean (Cloud Gate), Millennium Park, Chicago, Illinois, America - I photographed this in the morning blue-hour, during the day or at night the bean is surrounded by hundreds of tourists. I took two images here, moving my body away to the opposite direction for both. When I edited the image I layered the images and simply removed my reflection from the other image. The tripod and camera I removed with the clone-stamp tool. Cloud Gate is a sculpture by British artist Sir Anish Kapoor, completed in 2006.
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 :)
Tulip Stairs at famous architect Inigo Jones's beautifully designed Queen's House (completed around 1636) in Greenwich, London, England. This ornate, wrought-iron structure was the first geometric self-supporting spiral-staircase in England. King James I's gifted the house to his wife Anne of Denmark to apologise for swearing in front of her after she had accidentally killed one of his favourite dogs during a hunt.
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.
Beautiful Fanad Head Lighthouse, County Donegal, Ireland - Fanad (Fánaid) is a peninsula that lies between Lough Swilly and Mulroy Bay. This Lighthouse was constructed after a tragedy in 1811 when the ship Saldanha was wrecked off the northern coast. The ship’s parrot was the only survivor. Not far south from the lighthouse is the fantastic Great Pollet Sea Arch near Doagh Beg.
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 Praia da Adraga, Sintra, Lisboa, Portugal - Praia de Adraga (11 miles north of Cascais and 8 miles west from Sintra) is regarded as one of the best beaches in Portugal. Not far from here is Cabo da Roca, the most westerly point of mainland Europe. The sunset completely failed this night so I focused on getting a nice long exposure as the waters receded. I used the lack of light and a higher f-stop to create a longer exposure, I don't use graduated glass filters, as I don't do seascapes very often.
Wet Roads, La Salle Street Bridge, Chicago, Illinois, America, looking down towards Chicago Board of Trade Building - 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. When I photograph cities I always stay in downtown hotels, not just for the convenience but for the ability to walk back to areas multiple times. I stood here three different times on my way to other locations, and every time the conditions were different. The extra money for the downtown hotel is covered by the extra photographs you're able to get.
Lady with Pink Umbrella, The Mall, Central Park, New York City, New York, America - This photograph took quite a while to create. The Mall, even in the winter, is packed with people. I set my tripod down and took shots every few seconds for 5 minutes or so. In Photoshop I layered all those shots and changed the blend mode to lighten, this removed all the darker elements, where that failed, I just manually blended in the gaps. The girl was actually there, this is not a composite.
Early Morning about 40 minutes before sunrise, SunTrust Plaza (right) Bank of America Plaza (middle), Atlanta, Georgia, America - The SunTrust Plaza (the headquarters for Atlanta's World Trade Center) is a 869 foot skyscraper built in 1992, and has been the second-tallest building in Atlanta since then, the tallest being the Bank of America Plaza at 1023 feet. I took this from the Westin Peachtree Hotel, a gorgeous hotel offering amazing views of downtown and beyond.
The Lloyds Building (aka the Inside-Out Building), Lloyds of London (constructed in 1986), Leadenhall, Lime Street, London, England - The building architecture is designed in which the staircases, lifts, ductwork, electrical power conduits, and water pipes, are located on the exterior to maximize space in the interior. The building is spectacular inside, it's accessible to the public for 2 days a year during 'Open House' in the 3rd week in September but get there early, the queue the year I went was all the way through the Leadenhall Market.
The Painted Hall (aka The Nelson Room), Greenwich, Old Royal Naval College, London, England - The Nelson Room is named because between 5th and 7th of January 1806, Lord Nelson’s body lay in state here before his state funeral at St Paul’s Cathedral. The magnificent Hall has been described as 'the Sistine Chapel of the UK', designed by Sir Christopher Wren and painted by Sir James Thornhill, between 1708 and 1727.
Snowy Day, Yellow Taxi Cabs, New York City, New York, America - I took this from the south entrance of Central Park (Center Drive), Midtown Manhattan, looking down the Avenue of the Americas. Central Park is gorgeous, even in the winter, I hope to visit there again in the fall one day and photograph the reflections in the lakes early in the morning, the lakes were unfortunately frozen over during this trip.
Country Lane, Leton, Hereford, Herefordshire, England - Believe it or not, I took this about 30 minutes after sunset, it was fairly almost dark. I used the circular/radial adjustment tool in Lightroom to add a little extra light to the middle of the image. Normally I try and find a specific object of interest for a scene, but this caught my eye, I thought it looked like something from 'The Shire' in Lord of the Rings. You can imagine Gandalf with his horse and cart traveling along it!