Tag Archives: London

County Hall & London Eye

I kind of wish one of those flags had been a Union Jack

Nostalgia can be either sentimentally pleasant or the source of a kind of pain. I don't mean the pain bad memories, but a longing that cannot be fulfilled. It's been almost ten years since I took this picture during my last visit to London. And it kind of hurts when I think about that. I really love London.

This week's events brought home a lot of feelings as images flooded the internet and streamed across my computer screen as I watched +BBC News live coverage in the aftermath of a senseless attack on innocent people. I have walked there. Right. There. I long to walk there again, and if I have that opportunity, I will stop for a moment to remember those whose lives were cut short by a madman.

These three frames were all taken around the same time on 5 May 2007. One is already in my Trips To England 2004-2007 collection. https://goo.gl/JDKrW7 but anything worth posting is worth posting twice, no?

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In Album 3/25/17

Pretty Little Flowers

Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens

April 2006, the weather on this day was mostly sunny, if cool. We toured Kensington Palace, then headed on foot toward the Albert Memorial and Royal Albert Hall. Even though it was still barely spring, there were flowers and blooms everywhere. I bent over and took this close-up shot of some pretty little blue flowers that seemed to be enjoying the sun.

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A Man's Castle Is His Home

Or it's a conference center.

This is Leeds Castle, which is nowhere near the town of Leeds. It's near Maidstone, Kent, halfway between #London and Folkstone on the way to Dover.

I've visited there twice, in 2004 and 2005. Different seasons. In spite of the cloudy weather, this was early July 2005. Tuesday the 5th or Wednesday the 6th; I don't remember exactly. I lost a day on the trip to Stonehenge. Didn't even get pictures.

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The Queen Lived Here

But not while she was Queen.

This statue of Queen Victoria stands in the garden outside of Kensington Palace. It was sculpted by her own daughter, Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyle. Here was a royal daughter who took her art seriously enough to produce a lasting monument to her mother.

Apparently there has been some yard work done in the last ten years, as there is now a small octagonal pool around the foot of the statue, and the area looks (in recent available photos) to be much more cleanly landscaped than in this photo from April, 2006.

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City Hall

Home of the Greater London Authority.

A day spent around Tower Bridge might- should- include adequate time to thoroughly explore the Tower of London, take a tour of Tower Bridge and its overhead catwalks, and the area just across the river where this interesting building stands. I haven't been to London since The Shard went up, but that's not far away, and would probably be seen in this shot if it were made today- this was April 2006.

The hardest part of editing this photo was getting the verticals right. The main object is no help in doing that! Nice thing was the weather, although a few more clouds would have been nice. This is about as straightforward a shot as you'll see from me. Beyond some straightening and standard #LightroomCC adjustments, there was little to do.

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Jubilee Bridge

May 2005

I have had several great trips to England with the bulk of time spent in and around London. There are common sights that everybody takes photos of, and I am certainly no exception.

This view is from just south of the London Eye. In a few minutes we would be walking across that bridge ourselves, on our way to Charing Cross and Trafalgar Square by way of the house where Benjamin Franklin stayed while he was in London.

I thought that this picture benefited greatly from a panoramic crop from the original framing. It just goes to show that sometimes a more-or-less "tourist snapshot" can benefit from a bit of creative editing.

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St. Pauls Cathedral, London

An oft-taken shot of an iconic location.

This is the one good frame I shot on Thursday, 6th of May, 2004. The week had begun badly, with my cheap little camera having been accidentally set in close-up mode and losing an entire day of photos. Then it happened again on Thursday.

There is a lot of work done to bring out a picture this good from the original capture. The camera (that I have complained bitterly about so often) did its best, but its best wasn't very good. Cheap is as cheap does. Anyway, the advances in #Photoshop and #Lightroom technology, as well as the building up of my bad photo rescue skills have enabled me to revisit some older shots and drag them into presentability.

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A Classic View

Can't hardly go wrong there.

There are many classic, one might even say, "cliched" views seen and photographed thousands, or even millions of times. The thing about it is, it's not my classic view until I press the shutter button.

This photo was taken in 2006. In the time since it was taken technology has made it possible to do things to recover an otherwise "bad" photo. I rather like the result that waited ten years to be revealed in this scene.

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London 2005

How You Rescue A Photo.

I took some photos in July 2005 with my crummy little digital camera looking west from Tower Bridge. I fiddled around a bunch of times in Photoshop, but the quality of the pictures just wasn't very good.

I had an inspiration after seeing +Karen Hutton 's photo of a German castle that she had enhanced with textures and colors, so I went looking for something- anything- that I thought might work from my archives. I already had combined two shots into a panorama, but I re-did it from scratch before overlaying a couple of color-with-texture layers, and this is the result.

I kinda like it! Doubtless, I will go scrounging through my archives of awful pictures from that crummy little camera to see what else might be rescued.

#Travel #England #London #Photoshop