Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Robin


Another shot taken using my new 1.4x extender. This Robin (Erithacus rubecula) flew down to my garden one lunchtime in May 2014.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Paris In The Autumn


This autumnal shot of the Eiffel Tower was taken on my visit to Paris in November 2013. The Passerelle Debilly (Debilly Footbridge) is also seen crossing the river Seine in front of the tower.

Construction of the Eiffel Tower began in January 1887, and the main structural work was completed in March 1889. It was built to be the entrance arch to 1889 World's Fair. The tower was named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built it. It stands at 324 metres tall, with the third level platform being 276 metres above the ground.

The Passerelle Debilly was built to accommodate the extra foot traffic to the 1900 World's Fair. Construction started in 1899 and it opened in 1900. The bridge is 125 metres long and 8 metres wide. It connects the quai de New York to the quai Branly.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Westminster Sunset


In December 2011 I went to the Southbank Centre Christmas Market in London. As the sun set, I saw an opportunity to get this silhouette of the Palace of Westminster.

The Palace of Westminster is the meeting place of the House of Commons and House of Lords. A royal palace was originally built on the site in the eleventh century, but a serious fire on 16th October 1834 destroyed most of the original medieval palace. It was rebuilt between 1840 and 1870 in the Gothic style as seen here. During the Second World War, it was hit by bombs on fourteen separate occasions.

The Victoria Tower can be seen on the left, with the Central Tower next to it. To the right can be seen the Elizabeth Tower, also known as Big Ben.

The palace has been a Grade I listed building since 1970, and a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site since 1987.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Mute Swan


I recently bought a 1.4x extender for my telephoto lens. To test it I went to the Itchen Valley Country Park, hoping to get some shots of Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) cygnets. I found some swans that were still sitting on eggs, but there weren't any cygnets around yet. I got this portrait of one of the adults as it swam by. This shot was taken in May 2014.

Saturday, 3 May 2014

New Facebook Page

I have just created a new Facebook page for my photography. Check it out and "Like" here: