I wasn’t going to take this photograph. I saw Ciaran take it’s picture and thought against also taking one and then remembered the photo I had published a couple of months back, of a very similar speed boat only it was the New York Coastal Guard. I would encourage you to click on the link in the previous sentence so you can compare both the British and American boats. The boat from New York is extremely menacing with its big machine guns at the front and rear of the boat as it speeds through the water at what looks like a great speed. The British Police boat on the River Thames (as seen above) looks almost totally opposite, with its wooden doors, no guns what-so-ever and bright paint work. It interests me that two countries with so much in common can have two very different opinions on what the Police can and can’t do.
Since my very fleeting visit to London in the first week of January for a wedding, I have been desperately trying to plan and organise more time in London taking photographs. Finally I got a train early this morning and arrived in London at about half nine this morning. I am spending the next three days (two nights) with my friend Ciaran taking pictures in and around the city. After checking our bags into the small Holy House Hotel (2 minutes walk from Victoria Station) we set out for the Thames River. Our plan was to go on the London Eye but when we arrived the waiting time would have been around four or five hours so we decided against it. After taking photographs around Westminster and the London Eye we carried on walking along the banks of the Thames, then to St. Paul’s Cathedral and toward the “Gerkin Building” (Swiss Ree Bank).
We finally ended up at one of my favourite sites of London, Tower Bridge. It was a gloriously sunny day and after walking three or four miles we decided to wait around the bridge and explore different angles and sides of the river to best photograph it. Whilst hanging around there was suddenly a large siren and the bridge started to open up, two tug large boats went under the bridge and then the bridge closed up again. Half an hour later the large cruise liner which was moored next to H.M.S. Belfast begin being pulled toward Tower Bridge. Once again the road was raised out of the way for the cruise liner to get through. As you can see in the photograph above Ocean Majesty only just makes it through. Strangely, I was showing this image to my grandparents and they told me they went on a cruise around Norway on this very boat only a couple of years ago. Of all the boats I could have seen going through Tower Bridge, very weird but still a very spectacular sight.
I am spending the next four days with a group of 14 photographers in the small village of Romaldkirk, County Durham. On the map Romaldkirk is about 20 miles north of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, I am very keen to photograph the numerous national parks around the country so after the Lake District last November the Yorkshire Dales seemed like the perfect area to continue this photographic journey of mine. We decided to leave Manchester early this morning in order to hopefully get some good weather. We got to Nateby for about 9am and drove along the B6270 stopping at all the picturesque locations we could find. I took a few interesting pictures which I will share with you throughout the coming week, Swaledale is said to be the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales and I think I can definitely agree. The photograph above shows Birkdale Beck and the main road coming down from the barn and around to the right of the camera. This location was about 20 metres from the main road through Swaledale (the B6270).
The last photograph of Paris for a while but how could I publish a set of images from such a famous city without showing you a picture taken from the top of the Eiffel Tower. It is very interesting to me how the light worked, the clouds were really low and dark but for some reason the buildings have sunlight on them, I only wish this picture had been captured on digital RAW format as I would have been able to perfectly expose and correct the light in all the buildings. Still I find it an interesting photograph of the city.