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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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Leadenhall Market – Diagon Alley

Diagon Alley

Taking advantage of cheap train tickets, I spent Sunday in London.  Wandering the streets of the City of London I initially walked past Leadenhall Market and just couldn’t see the image.  On my way back round about an hour later I decided to suck it and see.  Using a polariser and a 10 Stop filter this was the image I managed to capture:

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Leadehall Market, the setting for Diagon Alley

Whilst I was here I met two other photogs.  There is something nice about meeting others from the community and exchanging stories and places to visit.  One guy showed me his homemade Lens baby.  I think I have a project I need to start!

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Melbourne City

Melbourne City

A friend was leaving Melbourne and as a gift my Image of Melbourne from the VCCC was given to her by our old work colleagues.  This sparked me to go through some old images and reprocess one or two now that I have developed better skills in Lightroom and Photoshop.  This one is of the city of Melbourne from Albert Park, back in 2014.

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The City of Melbourne from Albert Park Lake
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South Side of the River

Bankside in London

I never really took much notice of the lamp posts in London, but these ones have fish on the bottom of them!  I was thinking of naming this image Carp-ey-Diem but then I may loose followers due to the pun….

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Bankside and Bokeh!
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Tower Bridge

London’s famous Tower Bridge is often mistaken for London Bridge.  Constructed in the late 1800s it is still used as a major road to connect Tower Hamlets in the north to Southwark in the south.  A London icon, this bridge is famous throughout the world! A long exposure of about 1.5 minutes.

Tower Bridge in London

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Tower Bridge – From the river

London Tower bridge

Today we took the river bus to Greenwich and we passed under Tower Bridge.  I had never seen it from the river before and had only previously been able to get photos from the side.  The river bus costs more to get around than the underground…but it is totally worth it for views like this!

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Tower Bridge from the river