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Had a nice stroll around the abandoned bliss that is the City of London on a Sunday, amazing how somewhere can be so dead compared to a working day.

The aim was to get shots of the gherkin really, taken from different view points to the norm if possible. Here's one I've certainly not seen before. The nat West tower being the main event, with the Gherkin providing a frame for it.

Mono was the way to go with such a graphic shot I think.

Camera:Canon EOS 5D
Lens:canon 17-40
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:London Icons
Username:ade_mcfade ade_mcfade
Uploaded:20 May 2008 - 6:54 PM
Tags:Architecture, Black & white, City of london, England, Gherkin, Incon, London, Nat west tower, Norman foster, Uk
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John_Horner
John_Horner e2 Member 8John_Horner vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
20 May 2008 - 7:08 PM

A very good angle you chose for this shot and a grand conversion. Works really well.

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javam
javam  91083 forum posts United Kingdom19 Constructive Critique Points
20 May 2008 - 7:11 PM

An effective shot Ade, I like the dark mono conversion it ads to the imposing nature of the buildings. The faceted reflection is also a very good touch.

I have not been into the city on a Sunday for a long time and then I only did it once as everything was shut. It does have that sort of almost eerie post apocalyptic day of the triffids feel.

Neil

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Stewy
Stewy e2 Member 7101 forum postsStewy vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
20 May 2008 - 7:32 PM

Love the striking verticals of the NatWest and how they contrast with the broken lines of the Gherkin. The broken reflections are a nice foil too.

Good piece of work Ade.

Martyn

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ade_mcfade
ade_mcfade e2 Member 1014794 forum postsade_mcfade vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
20 May 2008 - 7:35 PM

Chers folks

I kept those old bits in to create some interesting reflections Smile

Also, it's 3 ages of the city too - the old, the 80's (nat west) and the current)

one of me faves of 2008 so far

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20 May 2008 - 8:55 PM

Awesome image, great in mono

Mark

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photophantom
20 May 2008 - 9:50 PM

nice angle.....

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rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
20 May 2008 - 11:50 PM

Very strong viewpoint, this coming from a Londoner Adrian ! Ron.

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England209 Constructive Critique Points
21 May 2008 - 8:45 AM

Like the strong lines and tones in this Ade - well captured and processed.
Regards Richard.

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juldon
juldon  1178 forum posts England
21 May 2008 - 9:19 AM

Another fine shot Ade, this time another city lol.... I like the curve of the Gherkin how it complements the other angles.
Get on to Ikea you could make a bomb out of this one Smile

Julie

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21 May 2008 - 1:01 PM

Very nice Ade, I was there myself on Saturday, getting pictures of the Gherkin and various others. I agree the angle is very strong and it works great in mono.

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bfgstew
bfgstew  8668 forum posts England105 Constructive Critique Points
22 May 2008 - 1:55 PM

Have to agree with all of the above, very stricking Ade, really like the fragmented reflections in the Geherkins windows.
Stew

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ade_mcfade
ade_mcfade e2 Member 1014794 forum postsade_mcfade vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
22 May 2008 - 9:53 PM

Nice one Pete - I knew this was quite a special shot when processing it, pretty underwhelmed by the response from the masses - EC's make up for that kinda thing


Cheers

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pennyspike
pennyspike  112068 forum posts United Kingdom29 Constructive Critique Points
22 May 2008 - 10:09 PM

Congrats on making double figuresSmile
A classy shot. Architecture tends to underwhelm, even when it's as good as this. Like the strong linear composition and contrasty presentation as it suits the subject so well..
Penny

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starliz
starliz  101594 forum posts England3 Constructive Critique Points
22 May 2008 - 10:40 PM

This is something rather nice love the reflection and what a great angle,very impressive.

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Take-a-View
22 May 2008 - 11:00 PM

Funny old world........some shots on here get double the votes of this image (or more) yet there's no comparison. This is quality.

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ade_mcfade
ade_mcfade e2 Member 1014794 forum postsade_mcfade vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
22 May 2008 - 11:12 PM

why thank you Smile

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backbeat
backbeat  8134 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
22 May 2008 - 11:40 PM

i thought that didnt look like pendleton...lol

congrats on the EC ade

phil

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Possum
Possum  7148 forum posts England
23 May 2008 - 7:18 AM

What a quality shot. Lovely to see the gherkin used in this way; the broken reflections in combination with the diagonals of light on its glass work brilliantly as a contrast to the verticals and horizontals in the rest of the image.
Allie

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DaveU
DaveU e2 Member 81339 forum postsDaveU vcard England121 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2008 - 8:25 AM

A striking shot Ade, and very well suited to the BW treatment. I'm almost tempted to get off my arse and go and try something similar in down-town Birmingham.

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thewaiter
thewaiter  121177 forum posts England9 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2008 - 11:20 AM

great mono work ..... really fine image

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JohnParminter
23 May 2008 - 10:37 PM

That looks very classy.
John

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javam
javam  91083 forum posts United Kingdom19 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2008 - 11:49 PM

Good to see this picked up an EC, a well earned recognition.

Neil

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sugarbird
sugarbird  10223 forum posts South Africa
25 May 2008 - 9:00 PM

Excellent..

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26 May 2008 - 10:10 AM

Congratulations Ade... Very worthy PoTW. This is going to look stunning on canvas.

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javam
javam  91083 forum posts United Kingdom19 Constructive Critique Points
26 May 2008 - 10:44 AM

Congrats on the PoTW, going to make for a bold canvas.

Neil

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ade_mcfade
ade_mcfade e2 Member 1014794 forum postsade_mcfade vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
26 May 2008 - 1:01 PM

Way Hey!

I can't wait to see it on canvas either - cheers Pete, I'll hang it next to my scary portrait canvase from last year Smile

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wyatturp  8 England
26 May 2008 - 1:03 PM

60 up well done on a great urban picture, and well done

DougSmile-----------so good the light!

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sut68  111994 forum posts England76 Constructive Critique Points
26 May 2008 - 4:35 PM

POTW now, well done bud ... bet it looks good too!!!

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26 May 2008 - 4:46 PM

This is absolutely stunning. Very well deserved.
Malcolm

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bfgstew  8668 forum posts England105 Constructive Critique Points
26 May 2008 - 4:58 PM

Hearty congrats Ade, very well deserved award.
Stew

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danbrann
danbrann e2 Member 10473 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
26 May 2008 - 5:19 PM

Congrats Ade. This is the first time I have seen it and it really does deserve such an award.I t is extremely strong graphically and I can just imagine you pushing the self same sliders which you have advised me to do in the past. The composition is something else. Tremendous.
Cheers
Danny
I have just noticed it also got Editors choice. Congrats again.

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dathersmith
26 May 2008 - 7:13 PM

A superb picture, well deserved POTW.

Darren.

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justin c  104525 forum posts England36 Constructive Critique Points
26 May 2008 - 11:08 PM

Excellent result. Full of mood and impact.

Justin.

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PP
PP  12222 forum posts England
26 May 2008 - 11:12 PM

Nice photo, looks very good in B&W. Shame about the crane in the background (assuming thats what it is). It seems to be almost impossible to get photos of the London skyline these days without one - or usually more - giant cranes intruding into the composition.

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iainhamiltonphotography

Well done Ade for the POTW

Iain

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VolcanoCowboy
27 May 2008 - 10:29 PM

Striking image. Well done.

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dazzaman
dazzaman  8570 forum posts England
28 May 2008 - 12:10 PM

congratulations buddy.
daz

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juldon
juldon  1178 forum posts England
29 May 2008 - 7:06 PM

Congratulations Ade well deserved, bet this looks awesome on canvas.

Julie

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Kim Walton
Kim Walton e2 Member 10144 forum postsKim Walton vcard United Kingdom29 Constructive Critique Points
29 May 2008 - 8:18 PM

Can`t understand the stats on this one Ade?
500 plus views = 3 awards to 87 votes---something not quite right there!
Very well done,a great series.I think you,ve got the very best out of what was once a architects vision---a greater compliment couldn`t be made.
Kim

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ade_mcfade
ade_mcfade e2 Member 1014794 forum postsade_mcfade vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
31 May 2008 - 1:44 PM

of course I agree Kim - but funnily ehough, till Pet gate it an EC, it hadn'#t even reached 30 votes.

It's just not a popular subject really - buildings and stuff.

Cheers everyone, awaiting the canvas's arrival with glee Smile

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LesF e2 Member 7176 forum postsLesF vcard 8 Constructive Critique Points
31 May 2008 - 5:25 PM

Congrats on the POTW Ade as you say building are not everybody's favorite subject but there loss.

Les F

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antar
antar  6 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2008 - 12:09 PM

Lovely composition & afterwork

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Maddie
Maddie  92714 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jun 2008 - 11:48 AM

super stuff Ade, well done.

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CaptivePhotons
CaptivePhotons e2 Member 111543 forum postsCaptivePhotons vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jun 2008 - 4:26 PM

I'll make it a century.

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lichtstille
13 Jul 2008 - 9:19 PM

amazing composition

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bajanexile
30 Jul 2008 - 7:46 PM

Great mono. LOve it. Regards. Stephen

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cjl47
cjl47  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
5 Aug 2008 - 5:40 PM

Excellent professional standard. Congrats on your awards, particularly POTW.
We all perspire to aspire....
chris

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OMG  651 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
14 Aug 2008 - 11:17 PM

Congratulations on the award and the photo which is stunning.

I just love mono and architecture so keep shooting them

Rgds Derek

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stevenj
stevenj  111982 forum posts England
28 Sep 2008 - 12:09 PM

Well deserved Ade, got the impact spot on..

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paulashby
paulashby  6 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2009 - 6:41 PM

This is a class shot and deserves every award and comment it has earned, love it.
Paul

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MartinAgius
13 Apr 2010 - 9:09 AM

Great Stuff

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