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Bleak House

Bleak House

“And I am bored to death with it. Bored to death with this place, bored to death with my life, bored to death with myself.”

This quote from Bleak House by Charles Dickens is pretty apt, considering these houses are located at the edge of a cliff at Beachy Head, the number 3 suicide hot spot in the world.

When I took this image it was blue hour, and the sky was full of blue hues and a soft glow. However, this didn’t feel right to me while processing, and I couldn’t put my finger on what was needed. I attempted to convert the image to black and white and this immediately became more powerful. However that also meant I lost the light coming out of the windows – which I wanted to keep to some degree.

I decided then to simply reduce the opacity on the black and white layer to let a little bit of colour shine through, and that’s when the title of the post came to me.

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The Lakehouse

The Lakehouse

Another brief post today as I’m about to get on a stupid o’clock train to Niagara Falls.

While in Hallstatt, Austria, we hired a boat so that we could go out onto the lake. It was a stupidly hot day, and sitting out in the middle of water didn’t really help with that; however it was very nice to be able to get a different perspective on the pretty town, and indeed to view the buildings such as this one which were on the opposite side of the lake.

I hope everyone has a great weekend; I have a day and a half left in Toronto before heading back home overnight Saturday.

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Higher Education

Higher Education

The main features in this composition are of course the British Museum, with the gorgeous green Foster designed roof, and beside that is Senate House Library which, like the museum, is just full of knowledge.

I have been on the roof of one of these, the other is but a dream.

It’s hump day at last. I viewed a property last night, the first in my search for a new flat, and think I may take it. I’m too lazy to look for things really, so if it does go though it’s just nice to have it done.

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Australia House

Australia House

On Sunday I rose my bed in a hungover state to get down to Australia House by stupid o’ clock. There was nothing special on, but I wanted to try and take a daylight shot of it without any traffic, and a Sunday seemed perfect. I grabbed a few shots from each side and made use of the middle of the road due to a lack of traffic, but within the hour I was back in bed again where I remained for most of the day.

The interior of building was used for Gringotts Bank in Harry Potter.

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Portlandia

Portlandia

Another shot taken on the Sunday night photowalk, this one shows Portland House towering up at a lovely angle. I’m always amazed by the amount of good light during the blue hour, more so when it’s not visible to the naked eye.

This shot was taken with the 16-35mm which I had borrowed for the shot and which makes me remember just how much I like shooting wide. I’ll need to look into going wide on the 5d Mark II sometime in the near future.

Also, voting is still open for my image of the year, so if you haven’t already done so, head over there and select your fave shot from my shortlist. Thanks.

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Matrixesque

Matrixesque

This shot was taken on the 17th floor of Broadgate Tower during the Open House weekend in mid-September. Though most of my time was spent looking out at the surrounding buildings I wanted to take the opportunity for a quick internal snap. The floor we were on was empty so there wasn’t exactly much to shoot inside, but the vast space with the sun coming in at one end and people milling around was what was in front of me.

I processed this using a couple of filters in OnOneSoftware’s PhotoTools package; tt was done a while ago so I forget which ones exactly.

I’ve seen a few other shots from the same location on the same weekend, and the one recently posted by Aaron Yeoman prompted me to finally get around to posting this one.

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Adore and Endure

Adore and Endure

Taken from Broadgate Tower and looking north towards Shoreditch during the Open City weekend. I used to live in Shoreditch and passed these old, raised, train carriages on almost a daily basis.

When I saw them from up high I thought they would be the perfect subject to shoot and, using FocalPoint by OnOneSoftware, add a little blur to create a toy town effect. My processing skills are off a little as it doesn’t really seen very toy town-esque to me. Pity.

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