London Photo Walk

Last weekend I attended an Architectural Photography workshop run by Andy Spain.  Saturday had been the first sunny day in a while but unfortunately Sunday, the day of the workshop, was a bit hazy with high cloud.  I was hoping for blue skies.  Five of us started off near Southwark Cathedral and we did a loop up to the Swiss Re building and back to the New Exchange before a quick break and a look at some of the images we had created.  After our break we headed out again to capture some evening shots of St Paul’s Cathedral and views from the Millennium bridge.  It was a great afternoon and Andy was very generous with his knowledge about photography and his experiences of the business we work in. Here are a few images I made.

First shots across the river with London bridge to the right.

Inside Southwark Cathedral.View of The Shard from London Bridge.Lendenhall Market.The Swiss Re building aka The Gherkin.After a quick break it was off to St Paul’s Cathedral.Looking back towards St Paul’s Cathedral from the Millennium bridge.The Shard again but from the Millennium bridge this time.

April 18, 2013 - 8:25 pm

andy - I’, glad you enjoyed it, you got lots of nice shots from the day. How’s it all going with you? Andy

April 19, 2013 - 10:14 pm

shep - Thanks Andy. All good here. Sorting all my gear for my trip to Asia on Tuesday…busy busy!

Splashpoint Leisure Centre Construction.

Currently under construction and due to finish soon is the new Splashpoint Leisure Centre in the seaside town of Worthing.  After a bit of to-and-fro, I finally made it down to the site on a very cloudy and cold day.  The forecast was for fine spells in the afternoon but they didn’t eventuate.

Wilkinson Eyre Architects designed the new pool complex and it is being constructed by Morgan Sindall.  The complex comprises of a 25 metre six lane pool, a learner/diving pool with a variable depth, indoor leisure pools with hydro slides and an outdoor paddling pool. For the non swimmers a health and fitness centre, café, crèche and what I was told were dance rooms complete the building.

The unique copper cladding was definitely a talking point for many of the contractors on site and lead to a couple interesting conversations regarding the use of the material as a cladding.  I was also bombarded by a few local residents voicing their opinions about the project whilst having a coffee break in a nearby cafe. I guess you can’t please everyone!  I thought it was pretty cool and look forward to seeing what effect the salt air has on the copper cladding a few months from now.

 

 

Docklands – London

Originally I had intended on creating a few images of The Shard from some scoped out vantage points, but with a layer of smog clouding the shot, this proved impossible. It was a beautiful blue-sky day so I headed to London’s docklands to check out the Emirates Airline Cable Car instead.  The cable car, designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects, was finished in June of this year ready for the Olympics and it connects South London to the North from Greenwich Peninsula to the Royal Docks.  Located beneath the cable car on the Northern bank is Siemens Urban Sustainability Centre, also known as The Crystal, and also designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects. Awarded a BREEAM Outstanding rating the building incorporates a number of sustainable design and construction elements including high performance glazing, rainwater harvesting, ground source heat pumps and photovoltaic panels to name a few.

Kate and Nyk get Married

Gabi and I were invited to a friend’s wedding in a small English village on Dartmoor. Kate is the teacher at the local village Primary school and the whole village came out for the wedding, it was a real local affair! It was a beautiful day and I was glad I had gone to the effort of taking along my camera and a few lenses to capture a few informal shots for the bride and groom. Despite the striking blue sky it was extremely cold and I struggled to shoot whilst shivering uncontrollably, but I was pleased with the few shots I did create. It was a fun and relaxing day for all and we wish Kate and Nyk all the best for their future together.

October 31, 2012 - 4:25 am

Tracy - These are awesome love the bridesmaid one

October 31, 2012 - 9:31 pm

Gabi - I love the confetti one of kate hugging Dan…brilliant pics, as always, from a brilliant and beautiful day!

November 4, 2012 - 4:53 am

Kate - These are absolutely stunning Craig, thank you so much for capturing these special moments of our special day x

Bamber Miller Architects – Maida Vale

Once again I was commissioned to shoot for Bamber Miller Architects here in London.  This project was a total renovation of a garden flat within the Maida Vale Conservation Area.  Careful planning during the design process enabled the addition of a new double bedroom, ensuite shower room and new open plan kitchen.  Other areas of the flat that had considerable work done were the bathroom, utility room and main entry space.  The new white oiled floorboards and white gloss bespoke joinery throughout help to reflect light back into the rooms.  It’s always a pleasure to photograph work completed by Bamber Miller Architects and their tradesmen, as the level of workmanship is outstanding.

The works were completed in August 2012.  Email info@bambermiller.com for any inquires

2012 Singapore National Cycling Champs – ITT

This year the Individual Time Trial was held at Changi Aviation Park, which is situated at the northeastern tip of the island.  This barren piece of land offers no protection from the sun and the sea breezes.  I ventured out there today to capture some of the action.  The course was a hotdog circuit with the Open men having to do 7 laps or 14 U turns.  Trying to keep count whilst giving it your all proved just as hard as the racing with some riders doing 8 laps.  The course length was shorter than advertised which also added to the confusion.  Here are some images from a severely restricted spectator course.  See more images here.

June 24, 2012 - 3:15 am

Gabi - Great pic of Peter Hope…like the last one too! Wish I had been there!

Moley’s big day of Cricket

After a full-on week in Thailand shooting cyclists and then my relocation to the UK, I hadn’t touched my camera for two weeks.  Some friends were having a friendly, but very competitive, game of cricket at Regents Park and I thought I’d try and get a few shots of some Sports action London-style!  Although I was only there for an hour or so it was non-stop action and the tension during the last few overs was intense with everything to win. View more images here.

I hope this is the start of more Sports photography to come in the UK.

2012 Aviva 70.3

2 years ago when I shot this event there was not much of a crowd and access to good locations, especially for the swim exit, was fairly easy.  2012 was a totally different story.  I got there early to get a good spot for the swim but to my surprise the place was rammed.  There were people every where and the majority had cameras.  The guy next to me said this was just his hobby – I was dying to have a go with his 400mm f/2.8 lens attached to his Canon 1Ds Mk III.  Probably 25k worth of kit!  I later found out that there was a photography competition and money up for grabs, hence the hoards of happy snappers.  It wasn’t until the cycle leg had started that the crowds thinned and spots became available, by this time I’d made my way up the road to find a better vantage point.  Being a fairly straight course these were limited, but I did manage to find a spot which provided lots of entertainment with lots of crashes due to a tight bend just after a drinks station.  That might be a topic for a later blog.  It was a long hot day and I headed home not long after the Pro’s finished.  You can see more images here.