Tuesday, May 19, 2009

It Wouldn't Be London Without Big Ben

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This is a quintessential holiday snap, and I resisted putting up anything to do with Big Ben for months until I realised that either a) tourist snaps can be good photos, or b) tourist subject matter is still perfectly good fodder for professional technique! Consider the fact it's nicely framed (not at a wierd angle), properly exposed (good lil' camera!) and the composition excludes other structures which would have interefered with the linearity of the images's message (high-falutin' photo-speak...) The fact remains, it's a technically good photograph of a historically and culturally important British icon. And Big Ben is big. This Victorian-era addition to the new Houses of Parliament (the Palace of Westminster) built to replace the original which burned down in 1834, is bigger than you realise from pictures: it stand over 315 feet tall! Still, viewing it, I had to remind myself that the Great Pyramid is well over 100 feet taller still. Whatever, this is not a bad photo and deserves to be seen. Colour and sharpness were tweaked. December, 2006; Fuji FinePix S5600, automatic. Image by Mike.

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