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Super Blood Moon 2015

Super Blood Moon - Westminster, London

Super Blood Moon – Westminster, London

On the 28th of September there was the rare occasion of a Super moon and Lunar eclipse.  The eclipse started at 1:10 and lasted till 6:24 am. I decided to get some pictures of the totality only which is the time that the moon would have a red colour.

The trajectory of the moon on that day was fairly high which is the reason I decided to go to Parliament buildings as I knew could line up some interesting features with the moon.

Both images shot with a 300mm lens.

Construction

The London skyline is constantly changing. An incredible amount of offices, hotels and apartments are being build all over the city.  Often old buildings have to make place for new developments. A few of these projects can be found in my new Construction gallery

Corner of Fenchurch street and Billeter street, London

Battersea Power Station

The iconic Battersea Power Station is turned into luxury apartments for the super rich. The chimney are being rebuild as this is a Grade 2 listed building.

Battersea Power Station

Battersea Power Station, London

Rotterdam – Architecture

I visited Rotterdam for a few days in May April and spend some time with my good friend Rob de Voogd photographing this nice city. These few day produced enough material for a separate image gallery of Rotterdam.

Rotterdam is in southern part of the Netherlands and is home to the busiest port in the World and has a population of about 620,000. Definitely a modern city with a nice blend of old and new architecture.

Great Architecture in Rotterdam

There are many architectural highlights in Rotterdam. The most famous is probably the Erasmus bridge over the Nieuwe Maas (New Maas) river designed by: UNStudio. But the new central train station with a daring modern triangular roof over the main entrance cladded with stainless steel might become just as iconic. The station was designed by a collaboration of Benthem Crouwel Architects and MVSA and completed by early 2014.

The latest addition to the skyline is ‘The Rotterdam’ a 44 stories modern multifunctional building designed by Rem Koolhaas. This Tower next to the Erasmus bridge won the 2014 price for the best tall building in Europe.

Rotterdam

Rotterdam – Gallery by David Bleeker Photography

Other fun things to do:

  • Visit the Euro mast a 122m high viewing platform with a great view of the city and the New Maas river.
  • take one of the many available boat rides or water taxis on the Nieuwe Maas (New Maas) River.
  • And if you visit the Netherlands for the first time there are lots of other nice destinations like Amsterdam and The Hague nearby.

Click here to find the Rotterdam Photography Gallery

Harpa Concert Hall – Reykjavik’s amazing Architecture

This is the Harpa Concert Hall Conference centre in Reykjavik, which I visited on the last day of a 9 day holiday in Iceland. Iceland is an amazing destination. The scenery of Iceland is superb with glaciers, volcanoes, geysers,  waterfalls and above all, great light.

Harpa Concert Hall

Reykjavik’s Harpa concert hall is a must see for anyone who loves modern architecture. The striking glass façade is based on the basalt structures found all over the country.

Harpa Concert Hall, Reykjavik

Harpa Concert Hall, Reykjavik – ©David Bleeker

The interior has a lot of contrast It is light because of the glass on the outside and dark because of the black concrete used throughout the building. I love to revisit this building at night to see the lighting of the façade.

The building is situated right at the waterfront with a view of the harbour and the surounding mountains. The design was a collaboration between Danish Henning Larsen Architects and Olafur Eliasson who designed the glass façade.
This year (2013) the building won the Mies van de Rohe Award (European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture).

See more exterior and interior images in the Harpa, Reykjavik Gallery