216/365 Milky Way

Posted this a few days ago on my Facebook blog here but I wanted to show it here as well.  This is the Milky Way looking south west across the Gulf of Nicoya in Costa Rica.  I knew the stars would be clear here but it was magnificent.  It is so good for observing astronomical objects because across the Gulf of Nicoya is a mountainous areas with trees and hardly any civilisation apart the harbour towns, so minimal light pollution, and then behind that there is absolutely nothing but ocean until you reach Australia!

Canon 5D3 with Canon 17-14mm f/4 L lens.

216/365 Milky Way

153/365 Venician Gondola

Another image from my recent trip to Venice.  This time an image of the gondola’s lined up with the San Giorgio Maggiore in the background.

Venician gondola’s, Venice, Italy, July,2012.
Canon 5D mk3 with Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L lens.

151/365 Venice view II

When we stepped out of the elevator at the top of the Camponile the views were breathtaking. Luckily for me, the morning had started off quite cloudy so the heat haze wasn’t as strong as the previous days so visibility was still good for photography.  Looking at all of the streets and houses and how compact they are, its no wonder we got lost on several occasions! 🙂 It was like a maze in there and from this height reminds of the ‘Where’s Wally’ books! (Still can’t find him in this though! 😉 )
This view is looking north from the tower with mainland Italy just visible on the horizon.

Vienna, Italy, July, 2012.
Canon 5D mkIII and Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L lens

150/365 Venice view

Another one of Venice taken from the Camponile Tower in St Marks Square. From this height if you look south-south west you can see across the Grand Canal over to the Santa Maria della Salute (Cathedral in the top right) and also the island of Giudecca (in the top left) with the Chiesa del Redentore (Redentore Church) visible.

Vienna, Italy, July, 2012.
Canon 5D mkIII and Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L lens.

149/365 Rialto Bridge, Venice

I’ve  just returned from a very special 30th birthday present to Venice, Italy.  I would highly recommend anybody thinking about visiting Venice to go as it’s a wonderful city with so many different things to see.  Very unlike me, I only took one body and one lens as it wasn’t a photographic trip but I still managed to spend half an hour capturing the Rialto Bridge during twilight.
This image was captured as two separate landscape images knowing I would stitch them together (very carefully!) using Photoshop.  As it was the 5D3 I used to take the images with the end file size was 104mb!

Rialto Bridge, Venice, Italy.
Canon 5d MKIII and Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L lens.  25secs @ f/14, ISO100.


Malvern Hills Queens Jubilee Bonfire Beacon

I was lucky to cover the event of the lighting of the Malvern Hills Beacon for the Queens Jubilee last night.  A fantastic event to be part of and a massive crowd turned up to watch it.

Here are some of the images I took last night during the event after the beacon had been lit.


When the light is too low for photography……

…..get artistic!!!

Spending part of the New Year period with some close friends in Somerset allowed me to visit some new places for photography.  New Years Day was going to be crisp and frosty which normally leads to a really stunning sunset so a visit to Sand Point was needed.  Walking to the end of the point allowed an uncluttered view over the estuary towards Flat Holm and Steep Holm.  The colours in the sky were really intense and was well worth the visit.  After getting the pictures I wanted of the sunset, I started to walk back in the near darkness watching the hues of the sunset just hinting above the horizon to what colours they were just half an hour before.  Knowing that the colours of the sky would still be picked out by the cameras sensitive sensor, but also knowing that it was too dark to get static pictures I started to get artistic! The results are below. What do you think? More images of this session will be appearing on ALAMY soon so please keep checking the link to the right.
If anybody wants to know how I captured the first two images (or any images for that matter) then please get in touch.

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