Early Mornings In London

During the summer I was very pleased to get a photography job with Curry's/Canon. The idea was to get a photograph of London landmarks when there was nobody around and then at peak time when crowds were in the shot.

This meant for some very early starts as I had to be in place for sunrise. At that time of year the sun was coming up between 04:30 and 05:00 ! I would lock my tripod in place and then stay in the same position until about 11:30. I was extremely happy when the agency kindly said they would provide me with a runner. I couldn't imagine staying in one place that early without numerous coffees and a comfort break! 

Below are the images I took.

Gloomy morning St Paul's Cathedral

Gloomy morning St Paul's Cathedral

Tourists out in numbers after a heavy rain shower

Tourists out in numbers after a heavy rain shower

Such a beautiful sunrise at Tower Bridge

Such a beautiful sunrise at Tower Bridge

Milling crowds satisfied after just seeing the bascules raise at Tower Bridge

Milling crowds satisfied after just seeing the bascules raise at Tower Bridge

Golden daybreak at the City Sark, Greenwich

Golden daybreak at the City Sark, Greenwich

Visitors arrive to see the famous Tea Clipper

Visitors arrive to see the famous Tea Clipper

Please click on the link below to see how the images were combined and a slider added to show the before and after shots.

http://techtalk.currys.co.uk/photography/britain-s-top-landmarks-as-you-ve-never-seen-them-before/

Finally I would like to thank Ben and Matt at Green Light Digital and my two runners Ollie and Gareth

SEAT Arona launch in sunny Barcelona

I have never been to the launch of a brand new car model before, therefore I jumped at the chance to fly to Barcelona to collaborate with SEAT UK.

I must admit, with it being a press event, that I thought it would be a rather corporate affair. None of it!  After a few brief figures we were on with the main event : The launch of the new SEAT urban SUV, the SEAT Arona.

The SEAT Arona was created in Barcelona and Barcelona is the home of SEAT. 

A short video I created of our time at the launch of the SEAT Arona and exploring Barcelona.

Barcelona cityscape

Barcelona cityscape

The hills around Barcelona make great viewing points to see this bold and dynamic city. I love these views where you can see the very fabric of a place and how the modern buildings sit alongside the more historical ones.

 
Vibrant and colourful grafitti

Vibrant and colourful grafitti

Street art is everywhere in Barcelona and is an important part of city culture. A 55m wall was even created at Primavera Sound and is the canvas for an art project from SEAT and TheCreativeNet.

Skateboarder and grafitti

Skateboarder and grafitti

Elena @elensham

Elena @elensham

It's always worth getting up early to explore a new city. I love nothing more than to wander the quiet streets as a city wakens from its slumbers. Oh and I think it makes for nicer photos! Elena with her beautiful red dress was the perfect model.

 
Tiny person

Tiny person

The area around the Primavera Sound Wall is a hub of start-up and tech companies with some amazing modern architecture on show.

Porta Fira Hotel by Toyo Ito and b720 Arquitectos

Porta Fira Hotel by Toyo Ito and b720 Arquitectos

It was great fun to be at the launch of the SEAT Arona  which reflects may of the qualities of the city in which it was created - dynamic, vibrant, lively, optimistic and high tech. 

I am certainly looking forward to returning to Barcelona to visit friends later in the year and trying to get to know this wonderful city a little better.

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Shadows in London

I love nothing more on a sunny day to walk around chasing shadows. I have a small Canon G7X , which has a very useful flip screen, and fits easily in my pocket. I find it very liberating somedays to go out without my big DSLR. Shadow chasing is great in any season as the light quality changes as we move from one to the next. Trees are leafless in winter and create amazing shapes with their naked branches whilst in summer when in full leaf they can create the most amazing dappled shade where light dances on the ground. Here you can see the finished video and 2 of the still photographs I used to add to the storytelling .

Sky Garden View

Sky Garden View

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