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Lloyds of London

London is known for its financial district.  One of the most notorious well-known companies to reside here is Lloyds of London.  Now without condoning some of their past insurance-based practices, I’d like to present their outstanding building!  Completed in 1986 this “Inside out” building houses the majority of its services such as lifts, stairwells and ducting on the outside, allowing for an unencumbered space inside.  A similar building exists in Paris called the Pompidou centre housing the Musée National d’Art Moderne.  We are hoping to visit Paris Museum of Modern art next week on our Paris trip.  As it was a Sunday I was unable to look into the Lloyds building…and I’m not even sure I would have been allowed.

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The Lloyds of London building. 

This post also makes up my entry to the weekly post photo challenge with the theme of “Wish“.  My wish is that these posts will start to inspire others to pick up their camera, get out there and take some great photos to share with the world!

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We are going to Paris…Next week

Next week we are going to be in Paris.  This trip is supposed to be our honeymoon of sorts as we got married in November but due to moving countries all honeymoon ideas had been put on hold.

We will be staying in the Montmartre area which is about 5 minutes from the Sacre-coure, and so hopefully I’ll be able to get some great sunrise photos!  This brings me to todays post topic:

Planning the trip!

Planning Paris

My wife isn’t a photographer and as such has no want to get up before sunrise, thankfully booking the hotel close to the Sacre-coure means I’ll be able to nip out of bed  early, get to the view point take my image and then get back for a delicious French breakfast.

To plan for sunrise or sunset images I normally use the Photographers Ephemeris which allows you to look at the sunrise and sunset data for any GPS coordinates in the world.  This has told me that sunrise will be about 7am, so I need to be at the view point by about 6:30am.  In addition to the PE, I like to use Flickr and other blogs to find images that have previously been taken at these places to get an idea of what I can expect.  I’ll most likely scope out the area the evening before for the best vantage point meaning I won’t have to get up too early and do this on the day!  As for the other sites: The Eiffel Tower, The Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe, I am looking to be a bit more fluid with their time of day.  The Louvre I’d like to get around blue-hour, and the Arc de Triomphe at night with some light trails.  The Eiffel Tower on the other hand, is a whole new kettle of fish, and I really don’t know what would be best.  I anticipate that I will have to do a few long exposure shots, or at least blend a few concurrent shots to try and remove tourists for the images.  As we are away for 5 days I shall take a wide variety of lenses as well as my tripod and filter system.

Candice has been researching the different quarters and museums and has an idea of where she would like to go, which also gives me the chance to partake in some street photography too.

How about you guys out there in the blogosphere?  Any tips on photographic and locations that are must see’s? Should I shoot the Eiffel Tower during the Day or the night?

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Tower 42

The building Tower 42
The building Tower 42
Tower 42

Taken in London on a solo photo walk.  Entered into the Dailypost  weekly photo challenge .

Walking around London is a great way to get shake yourself from the creative slump.  This image was an after though, I had just finished at the Leadenhall Market when I saw this colossal glass lobby.  Standing on the other side of the road I was able to get the whole lobby.  The tower it self stands back and rises high above.  Be Careful taking images around th city in London that you stay on the public footpaths, or you may be trespassing.

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Charing Cross

Charing Cross Station

London is full of train stations. It took me years to realise that the colourful building at the other end of the Jubilee bridge over the river was in fact Charing Cross Station.  What makes that even more stupid is that I’ve walked over this bridge and into the station many times!  I hope you enjoy this long exposure of Charing Cross and the river Thames.

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Charing Cross Station and the Jubilee Bridge.