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.
Portland Bill Lighthouse at night with the Milky Way, Portland, Dorset, England - I walked a couple of miles down to here at night, I think I triggered every security light on my way down, sorry! :D I usually photography the stars with a shutter of 30 seconds to keep them from moving and leaving a trail. Other attractions at the Bill include the Pulpit Rock and the Trinity House Obelisk.
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.
Golden Sunset over Big Ben, Westminster, London, England - Big Ben is the nickname for the Great Bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster, we Brits use the word to describe the entire tower. The tower is 315 feet tall, it is a British cultural icon, recognised all over the world. Due to ground conditions since construction, the tower leans slightly to the north-west, by roughly 9 inches. On the dial of the Great Clock of Westminster, the hour hand is 9 feet long and the minute hand is 14 feet long. In front of the Houses of Parliament is the Westminster Bridge, which crosses the River Thames, it is 820 feet long. Behind Big Ben, you can see Westminster Abbey.
Wavy Pierhead Street Car Park, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales - Cardiff Bay, formerly Tiger Bay, has been through a major redevelopment program making it ideal for photographers! I rarely do these 'abstract' images, sometimes I think I'm just lazy, then regret it afterward. I also did something here I hardly ever do, a dutch-angle! I photographed this from Bute Pl Street.
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.
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
Roundabout at the Picturesque Village of Castle Combe, Wiltshire, England - 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.
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.
V-Formation, Canada Geese flying through a dramatic sky at Hereford, England - V formation improves the efficiency of flying birds, especially over long migratory routes. All the birds, except the lead, fly in the upwash from the bird ahead. It's said with 25 birds, each can achieve a reduction of drag increasing their range by around 70%.
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.
Amsterdam, Netherlands - Not my usual landscape or architectural shot, but couldn't help notice how nice this couple looked sitting on the bench with the canal going into the distance. I think this was shot somewhere in the Jordaan district of Amsterdam, Holland. I'm not sure how I feel about street photography, but in this case, neither person is can be easily recognised.
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
The Anglican Cathedral, Fifth largest Cathedral in the World, Liverpool, England - The Anglican cathedral is one of two cathedrals in the city, the other being the Roman Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral of Liverpool, situated about a mile to the north. A competition was organized for the design of the cathedral. It was won by 22-year-old Giles Gilbert Scott, who was still a pupil and had no existing buildings to his credit, his only major work had been to design a pipe-rack!
Weavers Cottages at Arlington Row (built in 1380), Bibury, Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, England - Bibury is a picturesque, typically Cotswold village not far from Cirencester. The nineteenth-century artist William Morris called Bibury "the most beautiful village in England" after he visited. Interestingly, the village is particularly visited by Japanese tourists, as Emperor Hirohito stayed in the village on his European tour. This is one of the most photographed Cotswold scenes, and used in many films including Bridget Jones's Diary
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.
Pen-y-gareg dam is the second dam up in the 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.
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.
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.
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.