Helicopter views

London helicopter tour

Our aircraft arrives

Last year I bought my husband a helicopter flight with The London Helicopter. We finally got around to booking it earlier this summer.

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Westminster

I love helicopter flights. I love the change of point of view and the crazy angles you don’t get from an aircraft.

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The City

Photography is challenging. Windows are not where you want them and never clean enough; viewpoints disappear before you have time to frame them; and then there’s those pesky reflections.

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Battersea

It doesn’t stop me trying though.

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Millenium Dome

We were blessed with a clear afternoon, luckily. It was so much fun seeing parts of London we know well from a whole new perspective.

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Docklands

This was not my first helicopter sightseeing experience. We have taken a ‘copter over the Grand Canyon.

Aerial view

Can you see the other ‘copter below?

We have also enjoyed a flight over Kauai’s spectacular Na Pali coast.

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A scene out of Jurassic Park

And, perhaps most spectacular of all, a flight over Volcanoes National Park on Hawaii’s Big Island.

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Lava meets the Pacific

I kept the crazy angle in the next shot, to show that it was taken from a helicopter.

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Lava + ocean = steam, and lots of it.

I was much happier seeing this from a helicopter than on foot!

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Lava travelling underground vents through ‘skylights’ in the crust.

I would love to do a ‘doors-off’ flight next. I think I am hooked.

Hawaii volcano

Infernal Eye

Belgravia street shoot

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The coffee bar conversation

Last month I enjoyed putting my new street pal, the Fuji X-E1, through its paces during a lunchtime stroll around Belgravia.

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Iconic

Street photography is a very different genre from my usual fare, but I am enjoying dabbling in it.

Belgravia arcade

In the Arcade

I love it that with the X-E1 I can snap away without people noticing. I am even beginning to shoot from the hip, and sometimes I get a passable shot that way.

lunch break outside a store, Belgravia

Lunch with the boys

I love the contrasts you get in London, like working lads taking a lunch break under a designer advert with a distinctly effete-looking model.

Women and phone, Belgravia

Put That Phone Away!

Perhaps it helps with the stealth shooting that everyone is too busy looking at his/her phone to notice me!

Two girls texting as they walk in Belgravia

Wexting or Telking?

Albion

This weekend is the last for the Albion exhibition in which six of my images are included. If you are up in town, why not pop by for lots of interesting photographs exploring Britain and “Britishness” and some lovely, affordable original paintings and sculpture (we bought a beautiful painting for our living room). I will be dropping by on Sunday with my daughter, the only family member yet to see it. Maybe we will see you there!

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Albion is open from 11am to 6pm at the Cock ‘n’ Bull Gallery under The Tramshed restaurant, Rivington Street, Shoreditch.

My first exhibition private view

Thursday was the private viewing of Albion, The Shed Photography’s exhibition at the Cock n Bull Gallery in Shoreditch. It was super to see my images on the wall, especially my London City shot, blown up huge and attracting attention, handily placed as it was next to the champagne.

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If you are in town any time between now and 4th March, do consider popping by. You can always treat yourself to some beautifully authentic English cuisine in The Tramshed afterwards. Perhaps we could meet for a coffee?
My other exhibited images:

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Dunstanburgh Castle

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Storm Approaching Birling Gap

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Cobb Cottages

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Who, or what, are you?

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Medicine for the Soul
See here for a walk through of the complete exhibition.

My first exhibition

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I am excited to have some of my images included in this forthcoming exhibition. If you are in the neighbourhood, I would love it if you could pop by.  Follow this link for more information.

I don’t yet know which images have been selected by the exhibition curators.  Here are a few of the possibilities:

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Last Light at Kimmeridge

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The Cobb at Lyme

Northumberland

Dunstanburgh Castle

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View from City Point, Moorgate.

East Sussex

Storm Approaching Birling Gap

Lyme Regis

Cobb Cottages

Jersey

Blue hour, La Corbiere

If my images don’t float your boat, there will be lots of others that might, and some beautiful paintings and sculpture.

London lights

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The cityscape I shared earlier this week was taken last Saturday.  Afterwards, we popped over to Leicester Square to see The Life of Pi at the Empire.  I really liked the lights in the square this year.

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Leicester Square lights

As it was a dry evening (and there haven’t been too many of those this winter), we walked back to Waterloo.

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Charing Cross highwalk

Of course, I had to snap a few shots as we walked.

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South Bank

I do like the South Bank and its devotion to the Arts.  There’s always something to see or do, much of it free.  A big playground for young and old, even if you haven’t got tickets for a play, concert or film.

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Royal Festival Hall foyer

The Royal Festival Hall foyer was cheerful and bright.

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Relaxing after a long day’s work

The lights outside were pretty.

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South Bank Winter Festival lights

We wished we’d managed to come up during the Winter Festival and vowed to make it a date for next year.

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Can you see the igloo?

I love walking in London at night.

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Winter lights

City of London

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View from City Point, Moorgate.

Despite the portability of the Sony NEX-7 I rented over the holidays, it was good to get back to my trusty Canon.  Everything is so much more intuitive, at least to this long term Canon shooter.  This is a blend of eleven 30 sec exposures taken at dusk on Saturday.  Back to NEX images tomorrow.