Sundial #3

Sundial #3

So, in a break from my normal routine, here is a second ‘alternative treatment’ of Saturday’s image. Actually it’s a different approach to the same subject.

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Given the open design of the  sundial, I thought I’d try to shoot through it and focus on the shrubs in the background. This might have been more effective if there was more colour available. As it is, I prefer Saturday’s version, with the emphasis on the sundial.

Taken at Holland Park, London.

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Sundial #2

Sundial #2

It seemed to me that the obvious, alternative treatment for this shot was a B&W conversion.

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I think that this version brings a degree of sharpness to the image. But it’s also a bit colder.

Taken at Holland Park, London

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Horse Guards pano

Horse Guards pano

As we emerged from St James’ Park, I couldn’t resist the  view across Horse Guards Parade.

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I knew that I wanted to capture the panorama (including the London Eye), so I reverted to my iPhone. Panoramas are so much easier this way.

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Taken at Horse Guards Parade, london

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Spectacular

Spectacular

The peacocks in Holland Park were definitiely putting on a show for the punters on the day that we visited. There were several of them fanning their tails and sqawking loudly. Maybe it was something to do with the time of year.

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I wanted to play about with the iamge a bit. So, again, I’ve de-saturated most of the colour to leave the blues dominant. I quite like the result.

Taken at Holland Park, London.

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Squirrel!

Squirrel!

Like the talking dog in Up!, I was distracted by this squirrel.  And, because a woman was feeding it nuts, it seemed happy to stay still… for a few seconds at a time.

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I like the way that the cherry blossom is lying on the grass and that there is another nut sitting nearby.

I’ve de-saturated most of the colours to highlight the squirrel’s grey-ness.

Taken at Kyoto Garden, Holland Park, London

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Floating Camellia #2

Floating Camellia #2

You’d be forgiven for thinking that this is the same image as yesterday.

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I converted the image to B&W – to remove all colour from the water, and pulled through the colour of the flower. Simple, but effective.

Taken at Kyoto Garden, Holland Park, London

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Floating Camellia #1

Floating Camellia #1

This camellia bloom was floating in the pond at the Kyoto Garden in Holland Park.

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I like the way that the reflection and ripple create a halo effect. It was surprisingly relaxing to watch it for a few minutes. In many ways, it captures the serene essence of this beautiful garden.

Taken at Kyoto Garden, Holland Park, London

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Camellia

Camellia

I have to admit, I’m not really a fan of camellias. But this one caught my eye in the Kyoto Garden. Maybe it was the way that its face was soaking up the spring sunshine. Maybe it was the colour. Whatever it was, I’m glad that I noticed it.

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Taken at Kyoto Garden, Holland Park, London

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