Photo of the Day

Where a standout image is featured as a Photo of the Day, with some background text on how and why the image was taken.

Portobello market

Stall Holder at Portobello Market

Sony A7R3 : f/5@250th : ISO 1000 : EV 0.0 : FE 24-105mm f/4 (59mm) Portobello market and the surrounding area has been part of my London life since I first moved here in my late teens and lived in a grotty flat overlooking Notting Hill Gate back in the 80’s. It has always been different from the rest of the city and some of my more formative memories have been around here. Coming back after twenty years living in […]

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Love hearts

PotD: Love is in the ‘air…

Sony A7R3 : f/4.5@160th : ISO 3200 : EV 0.0 : FE 24-105mm f/4 (55mm) I finally made it to London for a few weeks this summer, mainly to visit my mum who, like many, had been living in isolation for the past eighteen months. Found myself sitting on a bus behind this vision of love. Leant forward to ask if I could take a photo of the back of her head but she either ignored the weirdo or couldn’t […]

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Sun Loungers

PotD: Off-season for Sun Loungers

Sony A7R3 : f/6.3@320th : ISO 250 : EV -0.3 : FE 24-105mm f/4 (94mm) The sun loungers created some interesting shapes, like some weird insects hibernating for the winter. This image is also from the same walk as the previous two postings, so definitely a productive morning walking along the southern tip of Helsinki.

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PotD: Seascape off Helsinki in Morning Light

Sony A7R3 : f/10@800th : ISO 200 : EV 0.0 : FE 24-105mm f/4 (105mm) A seascape from the same walk as my previous post, when the sea was just starting to freeze over. With the low morning light and the steam rising off the water, it was an absolutely stunning setting. Sometimes it’s just about being in the right place, at the right time, with a camera. Makes me think of the master, J.M.W. Turner, though all I had […]

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Sea Mist

PotD: Suomenlinna on a Winter’s Morning

Sony A7R3 : f/5.6@1000th : ISO 125 : EV +0.3 : FE 24-105mm f/4 (105mm) One from earlier on this winter, on a morning stroll when the sea had only recently frozen over and steam seemed to be rising from the water as it gradually transformed from a liquid to a solid state. Suomenlinna, a fortress island with a thriving creative community, was made a UNESCO world heritage site in 1991. In silhouette and rising out of the fiery vapours, […]

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Fenced Off

PotD: Mental State I: Fenced Off

Sony A7R3 : f/8@125th : ISO 320 : EV -0.7 : FE 24-105mm f/4 (55mm) I’ve walked passed this spot hundreds of times and never felt the inclination to stop and photograph the strip of fence. But, on this particular day, it just seemed to capture my mental state perfectly. Those fences one tries to construct, whether to keep stuff in or out, they may seem like they’re doing a great job but chaos is never too far away. True […]

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Rock Party

PotD: Granite Rock Party

Sony A7R3 : f/8@125th : ISO 500 : EV 0.0 : FE 24-105mm f/4 (105mm) Just round the corner from where I took the shot of the white concrete monolith in this recent post, I came across some granite rock faces with seemingly random splashes of colour sprayed on them. Knowing the area quite well, I know this was where a lot of street art had been happening on the wooden boards surrounding the Olympic stadium during its recent renovation. The boards […]

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Mercedes Benz yacht

PotD: Black Yacht & White Mist

Sony A7R3 : f/8@320th : ISO 200 : EV -0.3 : FE 24-105mm f/4 (54mm) Continuing on with the series of images from my wanderings around Helsinki in the mist sometime last week, here is one of a black Mercedes Benz yacht standing idle but proud in the surrounding white blanket. I have to say, it looked super cool, in a powerful, slightly menacing way, just waiting for the right moment to slip away and hunt its prey silently down.

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