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The Square Mile...

By Jasper87  
Apologies for being awol over the weekend.... I went on an Open Cities photo tour of The City of London on
Saturday and an Open Garden event in Essendon village in Hertfordshire on Sunday.

The architecture was interesting but I don't think I'm going to rush out and get a tilt & shift lens!

1. the colonnades opposite the North West corner of St Pauls Cathedral - Iso400, f16, 1/400s
2. No.1 Poultry (yes, that is a genuine address) - Iso400, f10, 1/60s
3. 88 Wood Street (with shades of the Pompidou Centre) - Iso400, f9, 1/125s

No tripod this time, but I may be re-visiting some of these sites in low night in the future Tongue.

The title, of course, refers to the size of the City of London itself.


Tags: London Architecture Buildings Hard on the feet

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marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
17 Jun 2013 7:02AM
A wonderful trip not only in location but through the spectrum, from the sepia of v1 to the wonderfully bright and cheerful colours in v3. V2 is simply amazing Dave, a meeting if sandstone tones and those bright window frames. It's compositionally out of this world too.

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LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
17 Jun 2013 7:12AM
Three fine shots from which V3 is my favourite.
cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
17 Jun 2013 7:13AM
V1 is very "egyptian" but I really like the contrasts of V3 GrinGrin
Caziwinkles 5 3 1 United Kingdom
17 Jun 2013 7:14AM
Three powerful architectural images here Dave. I will go for V2 for the symmetry in this image. Smile

jasonrwl Plus
8 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
17 Jun 2013 7:20AM
3 terrific images Dave - no favourites - all good
17 Jun 2013 7:22AM
Three wonderful images Dave V 2 especially
woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
17 Jun 2013 7:24AM
V1 for me, Dave, by a long chalk, for the dispassionate composition and the surveillance personnel: placement of that eye implies both secrecy and awareness.
Nowt wrong with V2 or V3, it's just that V1 reigns Smile
DixClix 9 2 United Kingdom
17 Jun 2013 7:27AM
An excellent set of images and I can't make up my mind which I prefer they are all so different and all so good!
17 Jun 2013 7:30AM
Totally agree with Bill. V1 is perfection. The play of light and shadow, an eerie beauty. Makes me think, somehow, of Paul Strand's New York. No doubt you'll get about 100 UA's, so I'm getting mine in quickly.

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
17 Jun 2013 7:39AM
V1 is stunning, the face and the shadows. But the others deserve their day in the spotlight too.
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
17 Jun 2013 7:59AM
Excellent set Dave, I'm drawn to the composition in version 2.

rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
17 Jun 2013 8:12AM
V2 very interesting Dave, like the POV.
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
17 Jun 2013 8:13AM
you certainly dont need another lens...
V1 really is the star for me...
richmowil Plus
9 352 2 England
17 Jun 2013 8:29AM
Three excellent images!! I can't choose - they are all good!!
17 Jun 2013 8:35AM
Super images Dave, excellent detail in all,
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
17 Jun 2013 8:39AM
Three exceptional images, Dave. They are all seamless, but V1 is adorable. The compo, the light and shadows, sepia toning and the clarity all work for the perfection of the photograph. Congrats!
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
17 Jun 2013 8:47AM
A top set. You've really made the most of the excellent locations. Smile
I've not heard of the Open City tours. I'll have to look them up.
Tish1 Plus
5 16 4 United Kingdom
17 Jun 2013 8:52AM
Well, you seem to have had an interesting day and produced three very good and interesting images as a consequence. Much to my surprise V2 really is striking for me.

morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
17 Jun 2013 8:55AM
Brilliant set of images, for me it has to be V1 as my favorite

9 10 10 England
17 Jun 2013 9:06AM
Agree that these are brilliant images - what a good eye you have for composing the shot.
Nikonuser1 Plus
5 152 16 United Kingdom
17 Jun 2013 9:28AM
3 great images Dave, great comp, V1 for me.SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
17 Jun 2013 9:32AM
Three amazing and strong images Dave !! I really like V1 and also V2- the colours on the window frames adding to the overall appeal of the shot Smile
17 Jun 2013 10:08AM
Three great images each worthy of a separate upload. I particularly like V2 because of the symmetry and colours.
17 Jun 2013 10:09AM
V1 wins for me today Dave like the shadows and the subject matter

Graham GrinGrinGrin
almiles 8 38 102 United Kingdom
17 Jun 2013 10:44AM
I'm loving these semi-abstract urban images which are very well observed. The sculpture in v1 really makes it but I love the angles and tension created by the inverted triangle in V2 while V3 is a lot of fun with all the vertical coloured lines. A versatile and great selection, I could learn a lot for my next trip to Newcastle! Smile
17 Jun 2013 11:12AM
A great set! V2 for me, DaveSmile
Regards Valery
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
17 Jun 2013 11:17AM
Bold graphic lines Dave.
Like the colour in V3.
Although I do think it is a submarine sent
by that idiot that runs North Korea and it has lost its way.
Must have bought the same sat nav system that the guy was selling in the pub here on Saturday.
I was doubtful of its merits when the directions were said in Chinese !!
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
17 Jun 2013 11:36AM
A great set, Dave - like the light & shade in V1, but, think the colourful and symmetrical V2 is my fave! Wink
Trev Smile
NaturesHaven 6 283 6 England
17 Jun 2013 11:46AM
V2 is very colourful..........looking up at the image even when sitting down makes me dizzy................if you know what I mean............or I'm just dizzy full stop..................nice tones in V1.........we just won't mention V3 (only joking......honest).............BlushBlushBlushGrinGrinGrin:SmileSmileSmile
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
17 Jun 2013 11:53AM
All three worthy uploads on their own Dave, V2 for me.


Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
17 Jun 2013 11:57AM
I'm not well qualified in judging architectural images, so I'll learn from other's judgement here.
I do like the symmetry in V2 and my first thought on opening V3 was a bookshelf!
I can learn from V1 on angles and points of view. Interesting go see your change of F stop in all three images.
Very controlled and thoughtful photography.
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
17 Jun 2013 11:58AM
I think the composition in v2 is superb
derekhansen Plus
9 210 24 United Kingdom
17 Jun 2013 12:35PM
Interesting shots Dave. I like the comp on V2 and the light in V1 is beautiful.
17 Jun 2013 12:38PM
Wonderful set - but v1 is my favourite.
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
17 Jun 2013 1:18PM
There is so much in each one that I like. So can't choose. Love the head keeping watch in V1, love all those little windows and lines in V2, V3 makes me think that music is blaring out of that big blue pipe. All great ........Sandy
17 Jun 2013 1:30PM
Three wonderfulimages, Dave. My favourite is V2 for the symmetry... so minutely taken are of.

17 Jun 2013 1:33PM
Wow what top quality work Dave
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
17 Jun 2013 1:40PM
A superb record of your trip.It is rather just that bit more than record photography..You have chosen your viewpoints and angles so well.
Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
17 Jun 2013 2:16PM
Lovely toning in V1 Dave, great setGrin
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
17 Jun 2013 2:55PM
Three excellent images, Dave, but V.1 is for me, with those wonderful shadows. Carol
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
17 Jun 2013 3:06PM
Spectacular distortion in v2--- Enjoy all three images, now I want to go to a city!
Three different views three well captured images, good control Dave I like them all maybe v2 my fav but only just
6 3 8 United Kingdom
17 Jun 2013 3:34PM
Three superb architectural images all offering something different and all worthy of there own upload. The great mono tones make V1 my favWinkGrinGrinGrinGrin
mex 10 27 3 United Kingdom
17 Jun 2013 3:41PM
V2 for impact dave, good eye.
cheers phil.
Hi Dave, V1 fav' but all good. Si.
xwang 9 56 8
17 Jun 2013 5:19PM
Beautiful light and colour.. I like V1's treatment. Wonderful set.
17 Jun 2013 5:35PM
An interesting set Dave, good subject matter, very well taken.

John Smile
17 Jun 2013 5:57PM
Three excellent images, Dave.

jdinne 15 16 England
17 Jun 2013 6:46PM
Very interesting set Dave, V1 the light and shadow is brilliant, V2 you couldn't get a better composition than this and what a great bit of architecture, V3 well the colours and reflections are just amazing.

annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
17 Jun 2013 6:56PM
as a photo I like the daguerreotype in V1 best.
v3 seems to be the periscope of the blue submarine, an advanced version of the Beatles' and v2 .. did you take a buiding from out side and then placed it into the SpinDryer filter? or a kaleidoscope?
any which way, highly intriguing.
moiral 8 12 Scotland
17 Jun 2013 6:56PM
One of those sets where I like each one better than the last. Think that V2 has to be my favourite, although cannot see what it has to do with Poultry TongueGrin! Moira
zapar40 8 66 5 Wales
17 Jun 2013 7:00PM
I will go for V2 for the symmetry, but i do like the shadows in v1 too, lovely set Dave.
17 Jun 2013 7:26PM
Great images.

Jenny Smile
17 Jun 2013 7:36PM
Interesting Architecture . Love colourful v2 ! AND I feel very wanted -thanks for the lovely comment . I'm quite addicted to the site now -4years and its been great meeting up with a few folks too !Winkgill
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
17 Jun 2013 7:44PM
What does a tilt and shift lens do that you have not achieved now without it Dave?
ColleenA Plus
5 362 6 Australia
17 Jun 2013 8:52PM

Quote:An excellent set of images and I can't make up my mind which I prefer they are all so different and all so good!

Great set GrinGrinGrinGrin
17 Jun 2013 8:57PM
You have really personal images Dave! Its really very,very interesting to go through them ! Thanks very much for shearing ! GrinSmileGrinSmileGrinSmile ---- Jukka.
Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
17 Jun 2013 9:42PM
I love the bold composition and color in v2. I find it very hard to carry a tripod on outings. It's always in my way...that's why they created high ISO and fast shutter speedsSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile
capto Plus
6 5.2k 8 United Kingdom
17 Jun 2013 10:37PM
An enjoyable set, all winners.Smile

17 Jun 2013 11:06PM
Great architecture images !
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
18 Jun 2013 6:58AM
Happy memories for me, having worked there for so many years, but I don't think any of these buildings existed then. Was it really so long ago? Sad all these are well seen and taken, as usual!
PaulLiley 9 2 13 United Kingdom
18 Jun 2013 7:20AM
Very imaginative. Shows your photographic eye very well. Like the symmetry of 2 Dave. paul
18 Jun 2013 9:32AM
Three excellent images Dave,but V1 is special..Lin
Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
18 Jun 2013 10:24AM
I love the tones in V1, but V2 is my favourite Smile
User_Removed 8 48 1 United Kingdom
18 Jun 2013 2:45PM
Three cracking images Dave, well done.
Regards, Alf.
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
18 Jun 2013 6:22PM
WOW. Impressive that these were taken handheld...especially V2, Dave. Not easy for that one. Wonderful trio and V2 wins it for me hands down.

Bravo Smile

dmhuynh72 10 44 3 United Kingdom
18 Jun 2013 6:37PM
Great comp in V2 and nice toning in v1, nice and straight and no need for Tilt&shlift lens.
carper123 Plus
6 1.1k 8 United Kingdom
18 Jun 2013 7:25PM
Fantastic work, Dave, three well seen images all unique and totally different, v1 for me, excellent composition and use of light, extremely well handled exposure, detail and focus as usual bang on the button, what makes v1 for me is the lighting, composition and the placement of the head on the right hand side looking into the image.
Nice work, Dave.
Darryl. SmileSmileSmileSmile
Well done on all those awards. Already given mine, otherwise you would have had another.
Outstanding set Dave.. All superb quality . Love the light captured in V1 has something of the Pharaohs.. v2 for the symmetry & surprise colour.. v3 for the great composition....all winners as stand alone WinkWink
BarbaraR 12 17 1 England
19 Jun 2013 4:28PM
I especially like the symmetry of V2.
All very well done.

NeilWigan Plus
7 17 16 England
19 Jun 2013 10:34PM
V1 for me ,works well as a mono.
20 Jun 2013 1:58PM
Fantastic clarity and lighting Dave and the conversion is great........

LexEquine 12 19 United States
22 Jun 2013 7:22PM
Superb Imagery ~ Peter
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2013 12:17AM
As I said before... You make London look so beautiful! First class images. IB
There excellent captures my choice is V1 great light and toning.
Well done Dave. WesternRed.
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
6 Jul 2013 12:01AM
Three excellent and very different architectural images. I like the contrasts between them

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