Copenhagen, capital of Denmark, is a small but charming city replete with beautiful architecture and picturesque harbours. It is known, of course, for the Little Mermaid and Hans Christian Anderson, but Copenhagen has many other treasures. There are many beautiful churches, in particular the Marble Church and The Royal Palace, and terrific views of the city can be seen from the top of the Round Tower (Rundetaarn). Cultured tourists can take in its many museums, and I had the pleasure of visiting the Carlsberg Museum, with its terrific collection of fine art, sculptures and artefacts. Christmas is a great time to visit the city, not simply for the terrific lights and markets, but the famous Tivoli festival with its wonderful illuminations, rides and eateries. Most of these shots were taken during my second fleeting visit, and since Copenhagen is a very walkable city, I managed to take most of these within a single day and evening. I also spent half a day at Copenhagen’s excellent zoo, one of the oldest in Europe. I took my usual travel complement of the Nikkors 18-200mm VR, 50mm F/1.8G, 35mm F/2 AF-D, and the Tokina 11-16mm F/2.8. Enjoy!
My sister recently returned from a trip to Poland, where she took in the three main cities of Wroclaw (aka Breslau), the capital Warsaw, and then Krakow. She also visited the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site of one of human history's worst atrocities. Amazingly, she also managed to find a statue of my hero, President Reagan!Fortunately the weather held up, and typical of Canon compact cameras, hers metered very well and produced accurate exposures. Proof that you don't need bulky DSLRs and lenses to get decent shots. I sifted them through Aperture to give the colours a little bite.
The last couple of days saw me attending a conference in London, which was unremarkable but for being hosted opposite Westminster Abbey and the Houses Of Parliament. Needless to say, I took my camera with me and sneaked out at lunchtime and in the evening to steal a few shots of the prestigious surroundings.I particularly enjoyed seeing the Union Jack flag everywhere. Patriotism and pride in one's nation is good, and helps to anchor a nation and galvanise its citizens to come together. Whenever I travel abroad, I am always reassured to see the national flag of whatever country I'm in flying high.The flower photos were taken in nearby St James's Park. For all these shots I used just two lenses, the Nikkor 50mm AF-S F/1.8G, and the Tokina 11-16mm F/2.8. The flower and bee shots were all taken with the 50mm at around F/2 to defocus backgrounds.The rich colours were helped by using a polarising filter (although not on the Tokina, which has no filter attached).Anyway, I hope the photos remind you of what an amazing place London can be, especially when the weather is good!
Jena and I, and her friends, attended the Red Bull Empire Of Dirt event yesterday to see the worlds finest BMX riders compete on a terrific course laid out at Alexandra Palace. Like the Red Bull X-Fighters, the riders were both daring and extremely talented at their sport, and they provided us with some great shots. The agility they displayed, the heights they reached, and the control they had were just awesome. Presented here is just a tiny selection of the hundreds of images I got. All were captured with the Nikkor 70-200mm F//2.8 VRII.I will present Jena's shots on a separate post soon. Enjoy!
Boston, although terrific by day, is also stunning by night. The lights of a big city are as vibrant here as anywhere, and the wonderful buildings glow and shimmer in the dusk.Once again, I give eternal thanks to Lisa for allowing me to shoot so much in the evenings; even when she was starving hungry and light-headed, she would still patiently wait for me while I got my shots. Her kindness has no limits. We took in the skyline at the harbour, both up close and from a distance, the Christian Science Museum and the mighty Prudential Tower, from where the views of the city are stunning. In fact, Lisa helped me take many of those shots, remotely firing the shutter for me while I held the camera with both hands tight and still against the reflective window.Some of the shots are also from the beautiful marina at Quincy outside Boston. The places and opportunities for shooting at night are endless, and I hope I get the chance to do it again one day :)For now, enjoy the vibrance of Boston Nights!
Boston is one the most beautiful cities I have visited, and I was fortunate to spend some time there a couple of years ago during my amazing vacation with Lisa. I owe her much gratitude for taking me around the whole city and showing me all the terrific sights. It was an amazing experience.Boston has many historical landmarks, and even a section of the Berlin Wall. There is a truly aesthetic contrast between the old and new, and I have selected a mere snapshot of my photos here to share, which hopefully convey the vibrance of the city. The people are warm and friendly, and there's a Cheescake Factory there to die for!Lisa and I also went on an incredible whale watch into the Atlantic, where we saw two humpback whales feeding with their calf. We also took in the aquarium, with its amazing central column tank extending up several floors.I will add a post of night shots from around Boston at a later date. For now, please enjoy these photos!
Paris is a city I have visited many times, specifically when my friend Gene from New York travels there. It is a splendidly ornate city, and every road and alley has something interesting or photogenic of note. I have posted my photos here of the most recognisable sites, but there are just as many places not represented. It is a city that has more tourists than any other, and it is easy to lose oneself in its beauty. Paris is photogenic both at day or night, and the selection of photos here reflects this. It is a city seeping with history and politics, but also boasts many modern designs and buildings.To capture these images, I used The Nikkors 35mm AF-D F/2.0, 18-200mm VR, and Tokina 11-16mm F/2.8.I hope you enjoy this tiny snapshot of the city.
If you’ve looked at my gallery and blog posts, you’ll have seen that I rarely shoot people, preferring instead to shoot other, more compliant forms of wildlife! But last year and this year, on my trips to Bulgaria, I took some shots of my dear friend Genka, who very helpfully happens to be very photogenic! Last July in particular, we did a sort of modelling shoot around the Old Town in Plovdiv, and the sunshine and bright colours gave us some nice shooting opportunities. This year, we took advantage of the lighting offered by the setting sun at the Assem Fortress. Genka is a natural model, and I hardly had to pose her at all; most of these poses are her own initiative. She is also an exceptional salsa dancer, and I managed to get a couple of shots of her dancing. Rather than shooting close-ups, I wanted to present Genka within the beauty of her historical surroundings, as I felt that they contributed much to the images. Furthermore, and as you can tell from the images, I like the tilted angle, as this gave an added dynamism to many of the shots. I used 35mm and 50mm fast primes, as well as the Tokina 11-16mm F/2.8 for a couple of shots. These primes nicely defocused backgrounds while retaining sharpness at wide apertures. The lighting was completely natural, being very sunny on all occasions. All images were shot RAW and then converted using Nikon’s NX software, and then any editing was done in Adobe CS5. Enjoy!
It's the middle of springtime and the blossom is nearly all but fallen. I haven't been doing much photography this spring so here is a selection of images from springtimes past. These were captured with a variety of lenses, from the Nikkors 50mm F/1.4 AF-D (sold) to the 70-200mm F/2.8 VRII to the Sigma 120-400mm F/4.5-5.6 (sold). Spring never loses its vibrance or generosity of colour and beauty. Enjoy.
A few years ago I had the privilege of visiting the great state of Alaska, and I have presented a few of my images here from my archives.Alaska is probably one of the most spectacularly beautiful places I have ever visited, with every terrain imaginable. There are glaciers and forests and beaches and rivers and even the smallest desert in the world. The scenery was incredible, and much of it resembles that of Norway. There was also an abundance of wildlife, with eagles and bears and whales and chipmunks etc.I hope to visit there again one day, but for now, I will allow the images to speak for themselves.
On this glorious day, just a few short years ago, a legend was born in that great republic of freedom, the last best hope of Man on Earth, The United States Of America. This living human awesomeness would later award me the privilege of her friendship and kindness, and become the nicest friend anyone could ever hope to have.I wanted to pay tribute to Lisa on her birthday today by posting some photos of San Diego from our amazing vacation from two years ago, although it feels like just the other day.We graced the great lands of both east and west coasts of the United States, but the sunshine and beaches of and around San Diego seemed appropriate to celebrate this day. I have also included some pictures from the Coronado Island, and from the magnificent and nearby Soledad Mountain.The last image is from a restaurant in New York, where we went to celebrate her birthday last year.Wishing Lise an awesome day, and infinite thanks for all these memories and more! :))
Wolves are apex predators and as such evoke fear and awe in those who encounter them. I find them to be highly intelligent and fascinating creatures, and of course, very photogenic. I selected some of images from my archives and presented them here. Hopefully they provide a sense of the magnificence of this animal. As ever, I try to elicit eye contact whenever I photograph an animal in order to engage the viewer. The intensity of their expressions and the thought impulses that must occur behind them are always so impressive.
Macro photography is not something that I ever spent much time on, and I have no shattering insights to offer into undertaking it beyond what is already available on the net. I have simply presented some of my efforts here.These images were all taken one lazy, sunny afternoon in the garden with a Sigma 150mm F/2.8, with or without a 1.4x TC, but I have since sold this lens as it simply wasn't getting much use.I do sometimes miss the sharpness of that lens, and its focal length gave the ability to shoot from a decent distance and defocus backgrounds nicely at most apertures. But no point in having superfluous kit, and so it went. Perhaps in the future, if my appetite for macro photography is whetted again, I will seek out a new macro lens.
Gardens Of The World. This is a terrific place to visit in the east of Berlin if you like gardens, and particularly garden styles from around the world. I am always surprised when I ask people who have been to Berlin if they have visited this place, only to be told they'd never heard of it. With a Berlin Card admission is only 2 Euros, and yet you can spend an entire day there enjoying the scenery.I used a variety of lenses to capture these shots, including the Tokina 11-16mm F/2.8, and the Nikkor 50mm F/1.8G and 18-200mm VR. I have applied a Fuji Velvia 100 treatment to some of the images to enhance the colours.These pics are from my visit to Berlin a few months back, so I may not recall all the appropriate labels. But if you visit this great city, please visit here and enjoy!
On our last full day in Bulgaria, Jena and I again left the group behind and set out to conquer the Vitosha mountain overlooking Sofia. Well, not so much conquer as visit the Boyana Church nestled on the mountainside. The Church dates back to the 10th or 11th century, and benefitted from a restoration project which was completed a few years ago. On the way to the church, we passed the Boyana Film Studios, host to such film productions as Conan and Expendables 2. Our very kind bus driver pointed us in the right direction of the church, and we also stumbled across a beautiful river descending the mountainside and traversing through the forest. Snow was still present next to it. We spent a long time by the river taking long exposures, and also enjoying the elevated view of Sofia where we could, mostly now obscured by the countless construction projects on the mountainside.Well, it was another great day and a rather fun adventure that we weren't expecting to have, but as usual, our industry and perseverance helped us to win through. All in all, a great trip to Bulgaria for both of us.