As it was known then.
London – July 4th, 2005
Now known as the Elizabeth Tower, it contains the bell known around the world from BBC transmissions: Big Ben.
I am not presenting this as an example of good photography by any measure. In fact, it was from a day of disappointment, May 1, 2004. See, there was this switch on my crummy little camera that set the focal length to either close up or infinity which, in the process of putting the camera into its case or removing it, could snag and switch settings.
The camera was set on close up all day, and the LCD on the camera was so small, I didn't see that my shots were out of focus. It wasn't until seeing the photos on my laptop in the evening that I discovered what was wrong. It happened again later in the week. D'Oh!
Sometimes you get what you get– but what are you going to do with what you get? You may not always end up with something you're willing to show publicly, but you may still learn some things along the way that will increase your frequency of success, and perhaps on occasion allow you to rescue your mistakes in a way that others won't know how badly you screwed up!
Battle Abbey Ruins – Battle, UK
In 1066 A.D., William of Orange, the Duke of Normandy fought the Battle of Hastings against the English army at this location. During the fight, King Harold took an arrow directly to one of his eyes and died, and William took the throne. The "modern" history of England pretty much starts with that event.
As penance for the death of Harold, William built an abbey at the battlefield site, and the settlement became the town of Battle. The abbey was destroyed by Henry VIII when he separated the Church of England from Roman Catholic rule.