Tower Bridge, London : 17th August 2012
Freshly painted for the summer Olympic games no doubt, Tower Bridge was decked out in fetching patriotic shades when I dropped by in August…
Tokyo Night Scene : 20th March 2012
I’m not a great fan of tripods, as I’ve mentioned before, but I will concede that they are sometimes necessary, especially if you want to do some night time urban panoramas.
I took my new carbon fibre tripod up to Tokyo with me, and it wasn’t too bad carrying it slung over my shoulder all day, such is its low weight.
One night I decided to try a short cut back to the hotel and chanced upon a ‘spaghetti junction’ that I knew would make a good photograph, and so I was able to immediately set up and take a few shots using an IR remote release to operate the shutter.
I think this kind of photography is something I can more deeply into…
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“Odaiba Skies” : Tokyo, 19th March 2012
In recent years Tokyo has revitalised the land around the bay, allowing the residents to rediscover the fact that Tokyo is coastal. Nowhere is this redevelopment more obvious than in Odaiba, a large area of shops, hotels and other attractions constructed on reclaimed land with amazing night views over the metropolis.
It’s a also a famed spot for couples, which is why I felt a bit like an idiot as I waited for dusk on my own, with only my tripod for companionship
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“Traditional Tokyo” : 19th March 2012
You might imagine Japan’s capital to be little more than clusters of skyscrapers above neon-drenched crowded streets, but there are a few surprising pockets of history and tradition that have somehow escaped the cataclysmic fire raids of 1945 and the post-war rush to modernism.
One such enclave is the Koishikawa Korakuen, a traditional Japanese garden set incongruously next to Tokyo Dome baseball stadium. Despite this, the place really is an oasis of tranquillity in which one can completely escape from the noises and crowds outside.
Little vermilion wooden bridges are a mainstay of such landscaped retreats, emphasised here by the reduction of the surroundings to monochrome, and helping to reduce the ‘flatness’ of the image caused by uniform low cloud.
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“Green Girders” : Tokyo, 16th March 2012
Somewhere in central Tokyo, between Ginza and the central station area, and I was slightly lost, trying to make my way to the Imperial Palace gardens when I just happened to look up as I walked beneath a flyover. What beauty to behold in both the lines and the interesting two-tone scheme the local authorities had decided to paint the thing in. Why green? Well, perhaps it was an unconscious attempt to in some tiny way make up for the ubiquitous concrete grey so much in evidence throughout the city…
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“Porto Panorama” : 9th September 2011
OK, it’s a fairly touristy view I know, but hey, it had to be done.
Porto has a very changeable climate : in the few days I was there, it went from cold and rainy to sweltering heat and blue skies, sometimes both on the same day.
I had to act fast to shoot everything in decent light. Look carefully at the top of the picture, where the river meets the sea. You’ll notice a bank of ominous low cloud that rapidly swept up the valley shortly after this photo was taken, making everything hazy and grey…
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