Wildlife: nesting under the leaves

NESTING COOT, ST. JAMES PARK, LONDON, ENGLAND

The dipping tree branches presented a problem because initially, I didn’t want them in the photo. But a fence blocked me from getting any closer to the nest and I’d extended my 70-300-mm. zoom lens as far as possible.
Then a solution presented itself: make the photo vertical and include the branches. I used the built-in flash to help illuminate the coot and add a highlight to its eye.
Nikon D7100, tripod.

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Urban landscapes: a convention of bridges

HUNGERFORD BRIDGE AND GOLDEN JUBILEE BRIDGES, LONDON, ENGLAND

It was a smoggy day when my wife and I went on the London Eye, a giant ferris wheel along the banks of the Thames River. This was one of the views we saw and I did a lot of work in Photoshop to bring out the best in this scene. The bridges run into Charing Cross Railway Station, which was featured in the James Bond movie Skyfall.
Nikon D7100, polarizing filter.

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Urban landscapes: the flags & the building

FLAGS ON GOVERNMENT BUILDING, LONDON, ENGLAND

This was a surprisingly difficult photo to make. As the breeze blew, the flags fluttered in various directions and each direction meant I had to quickly recompose the photo to maintain some sort of compositional balance. Even then, I still had to crop a bit off the left side  while processing the photo in Photoshop. Captured during a whirlwind 2.5 days in London before leaving on a cruise ship vacation.
Nikon D7100, polarizing filter.

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Urban landscape: the harbour and the clouds

THE SKY AT ST. PETER PORT, CHANNEL ISLANDS

Thirteen kilometres off the coast of France lies Guernsey, the second largest of the Channel Islands and home to St. Peter Port, one of the prettiest harbours in Europe. It was the first stop on our Ireland-UK cruise vacation and I was able to take my tripod along to make photos like this.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter.

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Urban landscapes: the hillside view

ST. PETER PORT, CHANNEL ISLANDS

Thirteen kilometres off the coast of France lies Guernsey, the second largest of the Channel Islands and home to St. Peter Port, one of the prettiest harbours in Europe. It was the first stop on our Ireland-UK cruise vacation and I was able to take my tripod along to make photos like this.
Fascinating fact #1: the Channel Islands are a British Crown dependency, but they have their own currency and are not part of the British Commonwealth or the European Union.
Fascinating fact #2: the Channel Islands were the only British territory to be occupied by Nazi Germany. From 1940 to ’45, Germans used slave labour and deported more than 2,000 islanders. There’s a museum on Guernsey highlighting the impact of the occupation.
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Urban landscapes: a view of magnificence

ST. PATRICK’S CATHEDRAL, DUBLIN, IRELAND

Photographing cathedrals is always on my bucket list, especially in Ireland, a nation for which I feel a deep emotional connection. I was incredibly blessed to be permitted to use my tripod – which rarely happens inside cathedrals or any other public buildings. This enabled me to make crisp, carefully composed long exposures and you’re looking at one result. Even a wide-angle lens couldn’t capture all the magnificence that was everywhere I looked.
This cathedral was once Roman Catholic, until England dumped the Catholic church in the 1600s and created the Anglican Church. One result of this was Oliver Cromwell (a certified religious extremist, IMHO) swept through churches like this, removing all signs of Roman Catholicism. Still, this is a magnificent building that I was honoured to photograph. And in the end, it isn’t about Catholic or Protestant. It’s about Jesus Christ.  🙂
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Rural landscapes: sky, ocean and ancient rock

DUNLUCE CASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND

I first saw this awe-inspiring scene of castle ruins and rugged coastline 30 years ago. Never thought I’d see it again until my wife and I did a cruise and went on this excursion that stopped at this magnificent spot. Once the home base of the Scottish clan MacDonald, Dunluce later served as the seat of the earls of County Antrim. Today, it’s simply an epic scene of cliffs, water and ancient stone.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizer, graduated density (darkening) filter on the sky.

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Rural landscapes: clouds along the coast

SWEET CARNLOUGH BAY, NORTHERN IRELAND

I knew about this area from an ancient Irish folk song, but didn’t think I would ever see it. Then the tour bus my wife and I were on stopped in this picturesque village for lunch. Sweet! I had time to get down to the shore and stumble over rocks to find this perspective.
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Natural landscapes: sunrise on the beach

SEA LIFE AND POOL, COX BAY, BRITISH COLUMBIA

The west coast of Canada’s Vancouver Island is a glorious place of eagles, crashing surf, star fish, fog and rainforest. Cox Bay, near the tourist town of Tofino is truly magical at sunrise. It would have been hard to make a bad picture here.
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Natural landscapes: artistry of waves

MORNING WAVES AT COX BAY, BRITISH COLUMBIA

Cox Bay, on the west coast of Vancouver Island, is a stunning place of starfish, eagles, mist and endless waves. This combination of waves really works for me, as does the distant Lennard Island lighthouse. Capturing compelling wave combinations means endless clicking of the camera, then looking at the results later to see what truly worked.
Nikon D7100, tripod.

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