When you go and shoot architecture you sometimes have to be very patient for the right moment or sometimes that moment just never comes and you have to improvise. This was the latter of the two. I needed to get the back of the hotel that looks onto the cricket pitch. I recently was asked to take photos of the Hilton Hotel at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton and needed this shot. There was a very bright blue cheery picker finishing off some work that was in view at the hotel. I came back later on in the day and it was still there. In the end I decided to just take the shot and Photoshop it out along with the rest of the building work.
I also had the issue of getting movement in the sky combined with freezing the players on the pitch. I used a 10 stop ND filter to get movement in the sky but this showed too much movement for the players. I decided to combine 2 shots in the end to allow me to freeze the action. Doesn’t really work too badly.
Yes I know it’s been a while since I last posted. Mankind has even been able to make it to Pluto since I last posted. I have recently moved into a new home in the middle of Surrey. While this has taken up so much of my time recently, it should mean that I should now have loads more chances to take photos. I even have my own desk. I’ve never had that. Now only to fill it with something worthwhile.
As I have yet to wander about the local area and take photos, I have been looking through my unprocessed library and found this little gem. I was on a tour of Malta a few years ago and wandered inside the home of someone very noble. I can’t for the life of me remember who it was but it was a very grand building. I was trying to concentrate on interior shots naturally, but saw this girl peering through this window to the outside. I love how the window frames her pose and almost silhouettes her against the very bright background.
Navigating the streets in London can be pretty tough if you don’t know the area. One of the many great things about New York is that after a day there you can pretty much navigate to every corner. I could get used to straight roads. One unusual place to navigate around is the high line. It’s a disused railway line that the city has turned into a park. It windes though the west side of Manhattan and produces some great views over the city.
Kimilili in known in the area for having a decent hospital. Well decent compared to everywhere else relatively close by. Kenyans come from miles away to use its facilities as it actually have a place where they can perform relatively complex surgeries. One being C-section. We spent a lot of time in the maternity ward handing out donated clothes and other items to new borns and mothers.
This baby was only a few hours old. His mother had become very ill after giving birth and was having a lot of treatment while we were there. Child birth can be a big killer in Kenya and the work they are doing here is trying to help combat this.
Thinking about it, having a World War 2 Battleship in the centre of London is a pretty strange thing. It’s now a part of the furniture as it has been there for so long. It just feels normal. It was mainly used to escort the Arctic convoys past the Soviet union but docked in London in 1971 close to Tower Bridge. It is now home to a museum that shows what it was used for in the war.
I was in London to see a sunset and it just so happened that I found myself along the bank of the Thames. The sky suddenly started glowing and I new that I wanted to have the ship as the main focus in the image.
Two photos for the price of one on this great Tuesday morning.
Peeking out over a balcony over London always takes your breath away. Even more so when you are up in the highest part of Tower bridge where tourists do not get to wander. I was luckily enough to be put in this scenario a few weeks ago. I only had a very short hour to fill my boots and snap away in the walkways of both the North and South Tower of Tower Bridge.
It was golden hour and the sun was setting fast due to the time of year. It wasn’t the best sunset in the world but it didn’t have to be to make this unusual view work. There is just enough of the golden glow of the sun bouncing down to the houses below to set the mood.
I want to go back there now I know what it’s like. In this case I don’t there you can have too much of a good thing.
I wasn’t sure how to edit this image. I wanted to play around with it a little. For such an unusual photo, I wanted to create an unusual look. Instead of my normal “HDR” look I decided upon a high contrast, moody scene to show off the architecture of this magnificent place.
I’m still not sure which one I prefer.
Kenyans dress remarkably well. Even this family, who lived in a remote area of Bungoma county dress in silks. It may be a case of dress in what ever you can find but there were little girls in the area that seemed to be dressed in prom dresses. This lady dressed in orange was just returning home from the market. She left all her produce outside while she went in to see her family.
There were a lot of these traditional houses in the surrounding area of Kimilili. Most of the children would commute in from this type of housing if they didn’t live in the school.
London always has this cool blue tone to it at night. I’m not sure what created it but perhaps summer will be a nice warm glow over London’s skyline. The bridge on the left needs no introduction but the building on the right is city hall. You may have seen it in some of my photos before, especially on the inside where I shot many photos of it’s stunning spiral staircase.
I’m used to taking photos around this area. I know exactly how far I can go before security start having a fit about “professionals” using a tripod. Of course as I am right on the bankside with my tripod on the other side of the barrier so had no issues at all.
A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to get some private access to the top of Tower Bridge. How I got this access is another story but I had unrestricted views all over London with no a tourist in site. I didn’t know that I was getting a personal tour of the walkways. I turned up there just expecting to be escorted to the place I needed to take photos but a guide directed me all around the walkways.
During this access, I was able to go out onto the balconies at the very top of both the north and south tower. This offered unrestricted views over the city of London that I wouldn’t have dreamed of getting. Of course I made the most of it and I don’t think my camera stopped clicking when I was up there. It just so happened that the only time I could be up there was at sunset. Not a problem for me!! I was sorted.
In this image you can see the view that I got from a balcony on the north tower looking over to the Tower of London. You can see how the skyline has changed over the years with the brand new Walkie Talkie, Cheesegrater and Gherkin (insert another kitchen reference here) all in the background. London is one amazing city.
I never really understood addresses in New York, When someone would say to meet on the corner of 5th and 82nd I would have no clue what they meant. After being there for a few days you begin to realise that the chaos of the city is actually moderately organized.
So many modern buildings are designed around a glass façade. London is getting filled with these building that mirror the environment around them. Manhattan is exactly the same but for some reason look a lot better then what we have back home. I guess all new environments have their uniqueness that takes time until you take it all for granted.
I was in New York in the week that sandwiched the 4th July. The temperature was so hot but so enjoyable. It made waiting outside for the fireworks so much better. We found a nice place on the East side to set up camp with thousands or millions of others. We had a ton of time to kill. Us dedicated people decided to show up a good few hours before it all kicked off. This gave me ample time to look around and take a few shots from where we were standing. It was a great sunset and I was in awe of the buildings around us.
Everytime I walk out of Southwark station I never have my camera with me but I have always framed this shot in my mind. I wanted to capture the similar colours and the tiled pattern with the abyss travelling down the escalator behind. The issue with taking photos in stations is that they are always busy. Obviously no tripods are allowed but you do have to play the waiting game. Well they do say that photographers should slow down.
Canary wharf station is such a famous station in London. It is always is full of photographers lurking around the multiple exits. It is also very busy so I tired to get a shot without anyone in. This is one of the quieter entrances. I tried to show off the concrete structure that leads up through the protruding structure.
There was a lot of noise in the image as the combination of no tripod and night meant bumping up the ISO to unimaginable heights. It wasn't too bad as the concrete has a graining texture naturally. Hopefully I got away with it.
Symmetry again... When I scan through my pictures, it’s scary how many become symmetrical. Well I’m not going to stop. Southwark station is full of little architectural wonders. It's also a very busy station and I was waiting here for 20 minutes trying to get a clear spot. I think I still had to photoshop people out of the equation by cloning parts of the opposite staircase.
There are so many spots in this tube station to take photos. I always forget then realise that I sometimes don’t have my camera on me and try and plan to go back. I’m glad that I did this time.
The British museum is home to some great architecture. I have posted quite a few from there recently. I walked down these steps to try and explore the caverns below. While walking around the edge the view greeted me. I decided to use the framing of this archway to try and bring a different perspective on this spiral staircase. I played around with the white balance quite a bit in this, as the colours are so warm there it was hard to find the right mixture.