In honor of the Royal Wedding today…Buckingham Palace in HDR! I am not there…but just watched the tail end. It will be one of the most watched events in history! If you are there…kudos!! The pubs must be filled by now!!! Cheers to William and Kate! Have a Royal Time!!
Jolly ole England is one amazing city! When you visit…so many sights to see! A wealth of HDR possibilities!! On of the most famous is the Tower Bridge. Many people (even me) before my first visit always called this London Bridge. That is incorrect…it is the Tower Bridge. No matter what you call it…it is one cool bridge! Looking at it you can just feel the history! That is what travel is all about. So with that historical fell…I added a a few textures to make it have that olden look.
Some info from the web: Tower Bridge is a combined bascule and suspension bridge in London, England, over the River Thames. It is close to the Tower of London, which gives it its name. It has become an iconic symbol of London. Construction started in 1886 and took eight years with five major contractors – Sir John Jackson (foundations), Baron Armstrong (hydraulics), William Webster, Sir H.H. Bartlett, and Sir William Arrol & Co. – and employed 432 construction workers. E W Crutwell was the resident engineer for the construction.Two massive piers, containing over 70,000 tons of concrete, were sunk into the riverbed to support the construction. Over 11,000 tons of steel provided the framework for the towers and walkways. This was then clad in Cornish granite andPortland stone, both to protect the underlying steelwork and to give the bridge a pleasing appearance. The bridge was officially opened on 30 June 1894 by The Prince of Wales (the future King Edward VII), and his wife, The Princess of Wales (Alexandra of Denmark)
Talke Photography Settings:
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 22.0 mm
Exposure: HDR 5 Exposures (+2 to -2)
Post Process: Adobe CS5, Color Efex Pro HDR Efex Pro, Photo Tools 2.6, Textures
For some reason…I look at this photo and think of the Clash singing “London Calling”. Great song! Gotta love the bobby on patrol!!! (the policeman with the special hat) In London its tough to beat fish and chips, the enormous spacious taxis, double decker buses, proper English, English futbol, tea, Buckingham Palace Guards on rounds, pubs and bobbies!! All just too fantastic!!!
I rarely shoot people on purpose in my landscape shots, but this dude was just too great to pass up!! His hands in his vest while styling and profiling!! A nice accent to Big Ben above. London is one beautiful city. I typically only get a nite or two a year to visit….but enjoy it tremendously each time! I’d love to vacation here for a fortnight and enjoy all the sights fully!
Some info from the web on bobbies: Custodian helmet or centurion helmet is the correct name for the style of helmet worn by many policemen in England and Wales for symbolic, rather than protective, purposes. It is the traditional headgear of the “bobby on the beat”, worn by male constables and sergeants on foot patrol in England and Wales (a peaked cap is worn by officers on mobile patrol in cars). Although some Scottish police forces wore helmets in the past, no Scottish force has used the helmet for many years. The police in Northern Ireland have never worn it, although the Royal Irish Constabulary once used a style of helmet akin to British Army helmets of the 19th century. The custodian helmet is also worn by the British Transport Police and Ministry of Defense Police (in England and Wales only), the States of Jersey Police, the States of Guernsey Police Service, the Isle of Man Constabulary, the Royal Gibraltar Police, and theBermuda Police. Special Constables formerly did not wear helmets, but most forces in England and Wales now issue them to male specials. The wearing of this style of helmet led Criminal Investigation Department personnel to using the term “Woodentops” to describe their uniformed colleagues.
I am lucky enough to travel to England once a year and really enjoy London! London is a fantastic place to visit for vacation! So much to do and see and the city is amazing to explore! As Paris is my favorite city in the world…London is my second favorite! After my days work I enjoy walking around the city. I usually stay at Trafalgar Square and just behind my hotel about 1 mile away is Buckingham Palace. On the grounds are these wonderful gardens you can stroll around and enjoy the views.
Here is ome info from the web: The Garden at Buckingham Palace is situated at the rear of Buckingham Palace. It covers much of the area of the former “Goring Great Garden”, named after Lord Goring, occupant of one of the earliest grand houses on the site. It was laid out by Henry Wise and subsequently redesigned by William Townsend Aiton for George IV.
The Garden occupies a 42 -acre (17 -hectare) sitein the City of Westminster, London and has two-and-a-half miles of gravel paths. Its area is bounded by Constitution Hill to the north, Hyde Park Corner to the west, Grosvenor Place to the south-west and the Royal Mews, Queen’s Gallery, and Buckingham Palace to the south and east. The planting is varied and exotic, with a mulberry tree dating back to the time of James I of England. Notable features include a large 19th-century lake which is graced by a flock of flamingoes, and the Waterloo Vase. In the Garden there is a summerhouse, a helicopter pad, and a tennis court.
Here is a classic photo from London. I thought a little split color/black&white would work nicely. It is one the the most viewed pictures on my standard website Talke Photography. Simple and easy to do! I just filled out on my facebook my top 5 favortie cities I have visited yesterday. They were 1. Paris 2. London 3. New York City 4. Vienna (Austria) 5. Tokyo. London is wonderful! So much to do and see! I’ll be there in a few weeks and will do my first attempts at HDR and IR shots in London! I am eager to do some HDR’s of Big Ben. I’ve got a plan to try one at sunset across the river with the bridge and Parilment building included. Hope to post it here in a few weeks. IR shots of London will be interesting. Maybe a nice shot of the Tower Bridge with clouds in the background? I’ll go into more detail about London soon. Cheers!