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A Diagonal Phase

Posted by HelenEdith on July 7, 2009

The fire on the top of The Monument

The fire on the top of The Monument

No, London hasn’t gone into competition with Pisa: I decided to turn my camera so that it was neither horizontal nor vertical when I snapped these pictures.

I’m very pleased with the detail I was able to capture of The Monument. The shake reduction facility on my Pentax K10D does a really excellent job. I’m also pleased with my Sigma 28-300 lens, which I used for the picture above, and which was definitely worth the £50 or thereabouts that it cost me on eBay! I usually go into PhotoShop and apply a little bit of unsharp mask, but haven’t done so with this picture, or it could pop off the screen even more! I might work on it if I decide to put it up on my website later. 🙂

The bell tower of St Magnus the Martyr on Lower Thames Street also got laid diagonally across my viewfinder. I think that photographing St Magnus the Martyr in its entirety is going to be a tricky proposition as it is surrounded by taller buildings, but the bell tower is within easy range of a telephoto lens.

The spire on top of the bell tower of St Magnus the Martyr, Lower Thames Street

The spire on top of the bell tower of St Magnus the Martyr, Lower Thames Street

My Diagonal Phase stayed with me all the way along the north side Thames Path to the Tower of London, where I snapped this street lamp. It could probably do with a bit of a clean, but it’s pretty anyway. 🙂

Street lamp outside the Tower of London

Street lamp outside the Tower of London

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Website Update: Secret London Walk Pictures, Tuesday 7th April 2009

Posted by HelenEdith on April 12, 2009

Last Tuesday evening, I went on a “Secret London” walk arranged by the Sports and Social Club at work.

We did a loop past the Lloyd’s Building, through the Leadenhall Market, crossed Eastcheap, where we looked at camels and a pig’s head on the buildings there, and then we went down to Lower Thames Street, taking in the garden in the ruins of St Dunstan in the East on our way. Then we turned to the west and looked at the recently refurbished Monument – Sir Christopher Wren’s memorial to the Great Fire of London. From there, we went behind Gracechurch Street. We crossed Lombard Street and admired the hanging signs, and then looked at the rear of the old Barclays headquarters on the corner of Lombard Street and Gracechurch Street. After that, we looked at the exterior of St Stephen Walbrook, viewed One Poultry and the nearby Temple of Mithras, and headed north to view the exterior of the building where Benjamin Disraeli served as an articled clerk, before arriving at the end of our walk at The Guildhall.

The pictures I took during the walk are now up on my website here: “Secret London” Walk Pictures, 7th April 2009

Here are a few of the pictures you can find on the page linked above:

SL_Walk_20090407_IMGP5674_ed_cr_1x2 This is Bulls Head Passage on the periphery of Leadenhall Market. The blue doorway was painted black and used in some of the Harry Potter films as the entrance to The Leaky Cauldron.
SL_Walk_20090407_IMGP5675_ed Camel Caravan relief by William Theed II above the entrance to Peek House.
SL_Walk_20090407_IMGP5694_ed The garden entwined with the ruins of St Dunstan in the East. This is the picture most people like best from my evening’s photography.
SL_Walk_20090407_IMGP5705_ed The Monument.
SL_Walk_20090407_IMGP5729_ed The old Barclays headquarters. This is my own favourite picture from the evening.

You’ll have to visit the link provided if you want to see the rest of my pictures!

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Website update: Monument pictures

Posted by HelenEdith on September 9, 2007

I’ve been on a hunting and gathering expedition around my hard drive and I’ve brought together a number of pictures I have taken of The Monument over the past couple of years.

This structure commemorates the Great Fire of London. It\’s open to the public (although not right now, as it’s under refurbishment and closed until December 2008 for that reason) and my daytime pictures show people standing on the observation platform near the top.

Click here to view the pictures.

I’ve been on a hunting and gathering expedition around my hard drive and I’ve brought together a number of pictures I have taken of The Monument over the past couple of years.

This structure commemorates the Great Fire of London. It’s open to the public (although not right now, as it’s under refurbishment and closed until December 2008 for that reason) and my daytime pictures show people standing on the observation platform near the top.

Click here to view the pictures.

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Website update: City of London Pictures, June 28th, 2007

Posted by HelenEdith on July 1, 2007

I have put up some more pictures taken when I was looking at the building on Leadenhall street being demolished from the ground up.

I’ve also included some pictures of the new Willis Building (pictured) whose exterior is now complete.

The page is rounded off with pictures of the two tallest buildings in The City, Tower 42 and the Swiss Re Building (a.k.a. “The Gherkin”) and a couple of pictures of The Monument.

Click here to view the pictures.

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