Category Archives: London

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

8mm – 180 degrees

I got this 8mm-180 degrees circular fish-eye for some virtual tours and really that is probably the only sensible use for this lens. It is hard to find other useful applications for this extreme circular fish-eye, so it is not very often in my bag. But when that happens it is fun to experiment to see what can be done with it.

I must say the sharpness and built quality is amazing. Chromatic aberration is very well controlled with very little need for correction.

Here the Willis Building and the Lloyds building in the City of London.

Willis - Lloyds - 8mm-180 degrees

Willis – Lloyds – 8mm-180 degrees – ©David Bleeker

5D markII Sigma 8mm f/3.5  30 seconds at f/11

London Olympics Opening Ceremony

The Olympic Games held in London opened on 27 July 2012 with a production directed by Danny Boyle with the theme ‘Isle of Wonders’. While scouting the day before on the Wednesday for a good spot to photograph the fireworks from outside the Olympic park, I was given a ticket for the technical rehearsal of the opening ceremony. The London Olympics Opening Ceremony was impressive and bonkers. I must say that seeing the production inside the stadium was more impressive as what you can experience watching it on TV. Although parts  had been left out like the James Bond sequence and Mr Bean to keep people revealing the surprise. I have put a selection of images together to give a short impression.

Green and Pleasant Land

London Olympic Opening Ceremony

Green and Pleasant Land – London Olympic Opening Ceremony

Industrial Revolution

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