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Tower of London Twilight

Tower of London Twilight
Made by vulture labs
Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress, more commonly known as the Tower of London, is a historic castle on the north bank of the River Thames in central London, England. It lies within the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, separated from the eastern edge of the City of London by the open space known as Tower Hill. It was founded towards the end of 1066 as part of the Norman Conquest of England. The White Tower, which gives the entire castle its name, was built by William the Conqueror in 1078, and was a resented symbol of oppression, inflicted upon London by the new ruling elite. The castle was used as a prison since at least 1100, although that was not its primary purpose. A grand palace early in its history, it served as a royal residence. As a whole, the Tower is a complex of several buildings set within two concentric rings of defensive walls and a moat. There were several phases of expansion, mainly under Kings Richard the Lionheart, Henry III, and Edward I in the 12th and 13th centuries. The general layout established by the late 13th century remains despite later activity on the site. The Tower of London has played a prominent role in English history. It was besieged several times and controlling it has been important to controlling the country. The Tower has served variously as an armoury, a treasury, a menagerie, the home of the Royal Mint, a public records office, and the home of the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom. From the early 14th century until the reign of Charles II, a procession would be led from the Tower to Westminster Abbey on the coronation of a monarch. In the absence of the monarch, the Constable of the Tower is in charge of the castle. This was a powerful and trusted position in the medieval period. In the late 15th century the castle was the prison of the Princes in the Tower. Under the Tudors, the Tower became used less as a royal residence, and despite attempts to refortify and repair the castle its defences lagged behind developments to deal with artillery. The peak period of the castle's use as a prison was the 16th and 17th centuries, when many figures fallen into disgrace, such as Elizabeth I before she became queen, were held within its walls. This use has led to the phrase sent to the Tower. Despite its enduring reputation as a place of torture and death, popularised by 16th-century religious propagandists and 19th-century writers, only seven people were executed within the Tower before the World Wars of the 20th century. Executions were more commonly held on the notorious Tower Hill to the north of the castle, with 112 occurring there over a 400-year period. In the latter half of the 19th century, institutions such as the Royal Mint moved out of the castle to other locations, leaving many buildings empty. Anthony Salvin and John Taylor took the opportunity to restore the Tower to what was felt to be its medieval appearance, clearing out many of the vacant post-medieval structures. In the First and Second World Wars, the Tower was again used as a prison, and witnessed the executions of 12 men for espionage. After the wars, damage caused during the Blitz was repaired and the castle reopened to the public. Today the Tower of London is one of the country's most popular tourist attractions. It is cared for by the charity Historic Royal Palaces and is protected as a World Heritage Site.

London City Hall

London City Hall
Made by nick.garrod
View On Black City Hall in London is the headquarters of the Greater London Authority and the Mayor of London. It stands on the south bank of the River Thames, in the More London development by Tower Bridge. Designed by Norman Foster, it opened in July 2002. The building has an unusual bulbous shape, intended to reduce the building's surface area and thus improve energy efficiency. It has been compared variously to Darth Vader's helmet, a misshapen egg, a woodlouse or a motorcycle helmet. London Mayor Ken Livingstone referred to it as a glass testicle. Its designers reportedly saw the building as a giant sphere hanging over the Thames, but opted for a more conventionally rooted building instead. The building has no front or back on conventional terms but derives its shape from a modified sphere. City Hall was constructed on a site formerly occupied by wharves serving the Pool of London. The building does not belong to the GLA but is leased under a 25-year rent. It forms part of a larger development called More London, including offices and shops. Next to City Hall is a sunken amphitheatre called The Scoop, which is used in the summer months for open-air performances; it is not, however, part of the GLA's jurisdiction. A 500 metre (1,640 foot) helical walkway, reminiscent of that in New York's Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum ascends the full height of the building. At the top of the ten-story building is an exhibition and meeting space called London's Living Room, with an open viewing deck which is occasionally open to the public. The walkway provides views of the interior of the building, and is intended to symbolise transparency; a similar device was used by Foster in his design for the rebuilt Reichstag in Germany. In 2006 it was announced that Solar photovoltaic cells would be fitted to the building by the London Climate Change Agency. Thanks to Wikipedia for the text. Artizen HDR Lock06

Tower Bridge at dusk.

Tower Bridge at dusk.
Made by Beardy Vulcan
Tower Bridge is a combined bascule (drawbridge) and suspension bridge in London, over the River Thames. It is close to the Tower of London, which gives it its name. It has become an iconic symbol of London. The bridge consists of two towers which are tied together at the upper level by means of two horizontal walkways which are designed to withstand the horizontal forces exerted by the suspended sections of the bridge on the landward sides of the towers. The vertical component of the forces in the suspended sections and the vertical reactions of the two walkways are carried by the two robust towers. The bascule pivots and operating machinery are housed in the base of each tower. The bridge's present colour dates from 1977 when it was painted red, white and blue for the Queen's Silver Jubilee. Originally it was painted a chocolate brown colour. In the second half of the 19th century, increased commercial development in the East End of London led to a requirement for a new river crossing downstream of London Bridge. A traditional fixed bridge could not be built because it would cut off access by tall-masted ships to the port facilities in the Pool of London, between London Bridge and the Tower of London. The bridge was officially opened on 30 June 1894 by The Prince of Wales (the future King Edward VII), and his wife, The Princess of Wales (Alexandra of Denmark). Tower Bridge is still a busy and vital crossing of the Thames: it is crossed by over 40,000 people (motorists, cyclists and pedestrians) every day. The bridge is on the London Inner Ring Road, and is on the eastern boundary of the London congestion charge zone. The bascules are raised around 1000 times a year. River traffic is now much reduced, but it still takes priority over road traffic. Today, 24 hours' notice is required before opening the bridge. There is no charge for vessels. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tower_Bridge

London City Hall

London City Hall
Made by nick.garrod
Artizen HDR fattal City Hall in London, is the headquarters of the Greater London Authority and the Mayor of London. It stands on the south bank of the River Thames, in the More London development by Tower Bridge. Designed by Norman Foster, it opened in July 2002. The building has an unusual bulbous shape, intended to reduce the building's surface area and thus improve energy efficiency. It has been compared variously to Darth Vader's helmet, a misshapen egg, a woodlouse or a motorcycle helmet. London Mayor Ken Livingstone referred to it as a glass testicle. Its designers reportedly saw the building as a giant sphere hanging over the Thames, but opted for a more conventionally rooted building instead. The building has no front or back on conventional terms but derives its shape from a modified sphere. City Hall was constructed on a site formerly occupied by wharves serving the Pool of London. The building does not belong to the GLA but is leased under a 25-year rent. It forms part of a larger development called More London, including offices and shops. Next to City Hall is a sunken amphitheatre called The Scoop, which is used in the summer months for open-air performances; it is not, however, part of the GLA's jurisdiction. A 500 metre (1,640 foot) helical walkway, reminiscent of that in New York's Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum ascends the full height of the building. At the top of the ten-story building is an exhibition and meeting space called London's Living Room, with an open viewing deck which is occasionally open to the public. The walkway provides views of the interior of the building, and is intended to symbolise transparency; a similar device was used by Foster in his design for the rebuilt Reichstag in Germany. In 2006 it was announced that Solar photovoltaic cells would be fitted to the building by the London Climate Change Agency. Thanks to Wikipedia for the text.

| POETRY LONDON |

| POETRY LONDON |
Made by Gabriele Parafioriti | www.gabrieleparafioriti.com
116 | 365 Facebook Londra Per quanto tempo ho aspettato mattini diversi e quanti mari ho incontrato col sole e di notte. un ricordo di ieri che il tempo scolora, una via di nessuno, tra le anime perse. una corda stonata dentro una casa sbagliata. Grandi speranze, giorni senza sole notti brevi, piene di parole. Io la sento, io ti riconosco Londra di gente che arriva, Londra vecchia regina. Londra di chi vive di sera, Londra che fa paura. Ho visto gli occhi di un uomo bagnati dal pianto ho navigato nei giorni di pioggia e di vento. Le mie storie al confine tra gli alberghi a ore Notti di birre e di fumo per due anime in pena Grandi speranze, giorni senza sole notti brevi, piene di parole. Io la sento, io ti riconosco Londra di gente che arriva, Londra vecchia regina. Londra di chi vive di sera, Londra che fa paura. Per quanto tempo ancora un uomo sa aspettare, Per quale amore, cosi tanto può valere. La valigia è chiusa ai giorni di domani con le mani aperte se mi farà cadere. Grandi speranze, giorni senza sole notti brevi, piene di parole. Io la sento, io ti riconosco Londra di gente che arriva, Londra vecchia regina. Londra che vive di sera, Londra che fa paura. Quante volte ho cercato, stagioni diverse. Quante volte ho scambiato amore e dolore ricordi di ieri che il tempo protegge. Londra che ti cambia la vita, se ti prende è finita. Grandi speranze, giorni senza sole notti brevi, piene di parole. Io la sento, io la riconosco Londra di gente che arriva, Londra vecchia regina. Londra di chi vive di sera, Londra che fa paura. Londra di gente che arriva, Londra in fondo assassina Londra di chi vive di sera, Londra che fa paura. WEB LONDON

Tower Bridge and London City Hall, December 2010

Tower Bridge and London City Hall, December 2010
Made by Lux ex tenebris
Winter in London, two thousand and ten The lights of the city burn bright Crowds throng along narrow pavements The old town is now flecked with white From Tower Bridge to Monument, South Bank to Saint Paul's Embankment to Parliament Square They've all taken a measure of Yuletide's call Bathed in the seasonal glare People in pubs toast uncertain times Trepidation tempering smiles All of us ponder the year's reasons and rhymes Our triumphs, our losses, our trials Running through the heart of all, old Father Thames Forever his tides lead the way Pacing the footfalls of tired looking men As they trudge to the end of the day From the Gallery steps in Trafalgar Square Watch the Whitehall sky turning to red On Horse Guards and Mall where the icicles drape To the Abbey where warm lie the dead I wander back down to ice-laden Square Mile streets Pondering each and every turn The days that brought less light than heat Old mistakes and lessons hard learned Soon I will leave here, with millions more Home to a hundred small towns Away from the noise, and the banks, and the stores From the laughter, the smiles and the frowns The holidays beckon, the stations are full I'll soon venture home on chilled track I look forward to leaving, to a festive lull Yet I look forward tocoming back. NR December 2010

UK - London - Tower Bridge sq

UK - London - Tower Bridge sq
Made by Darrell Godliman
From WIkipedia : In April 2008 it was announced that the bridge will undergo a 'facelift' costing £4m, and taking four years to complete. The work entails stripping off the existing paint and repainting in blue and white. Each section will be enshrouded in scaffolding to prevent the old paint from falling into the Thames and causing pollution. Starting in mid-2008, contractors will work on a quarter of the bridge at a time to minimise disruption, but some road closures are inevitable. The bridge will remain open until the end of 2010, but is then expected to be closed for several months. It is hoped that the completed work will stand for 25 years. The walkway section of the renovation was completed in mid 2009. Within the walkways a versatile new lighting system has been installed, designed by Eleni Shiarlis, for when the walkways are in use for exhibitions or functions. The new system provides for both feature and atmospheric lighting, the latter using bespoke RGB LED luminares, designed to be concealed within the bridge superstructure and fixed without the need for drilling (these requirements as a result of the bridge's Grade I status).

Along the Thames

Along the Thames
Made by momentaryawe.com
As some of you might have noticed I haven’t posted many “heavy” HDR (high dynamic range) images in the last few months, mostly because nowadays I use Photomatix in more subtle ways going for a more natural look in my images. However, every once in a while I get the urge to go crazy with an image letting some of those surreal skies that Photomatix produces come through in my final image. I took the photo below last year in September when I spent a few days in the UK. London looked great that evening and the sunset really lit up the sky. This shot was taken a bit later in the evening when the sky was already quite dark, but I still liked the way the Tower Bridge looked. As for the post-processing, it was a bit complicated because of the moving boat. I initially tone-mapped the image in Photomatix from 7 bracketed shots and I then took the properly exposed shot on its own through Photomatix, combining the resulting images in Photoshop. To view the blog entry go to: www.momentaryawe.com/blog/?p=2386

UK - London - Tower Bridge

UK - London - Tower Bridge
Made by Darrell Godliman
The classic view of Tower Bridge, taken from the park next to City Hall. From this angle it hides the ongoing refurbishment which was taking place to the rear tower last Summer. From Wikipedia : Tower Bridge is a combined bascule and suspension bridge in London, England, over the River Thames. It is close to the Tower of London, which gives it its name. It has become an iconic symbol of London. The bridge consists of two towers which are tied together at the upper level by means of two horizontal walkways which are designed to withstand the horizontal forces exerted by the suspended sections of the bridge on the landward sides of the towers. The vertical component of the forces in the suspended sections and the vertical reactions of the two walkways are carried by the two robust towers. The bascule pivots and operating machinery are housed in the base of each tower. Its present colour dates from 1977 when it was painted red, white and blue for the Queen's Silver Jubilee. Originally it was painted a chocolate brown colour.

Tower Bridge & City Hall, London

Tower Bridge & City Hall, London
Made by Paul in Leeds
Just got back from a few days in London with my family and thought I'd share with you an unpleasant experience which has left me me with a bitter taste in my mouth. Wednesday morning was miserable and I'd gone off on my own to take a few photos. I was at City Hall on the south bank when approached by a security guard. Apparently I was on private property and for security reasons taking photos of City Hall, one of the most iconic buildings erected in London in recent years, is forbidden. This is apparently on the personal orders of none other than the mayor himself, Boris Johnson. The guard was very polite and I resisted the temptation to argue but this is one of the most ludicrous mis-uses of power I've personally come across. For you americans its like asking people not to photograph the Empire State Building! Anyway, I did go under cover of darkness and got a couple of nice night shots. Here's one - be quick though, I'll probably get asked to take it down because it poses a threat!

A Rainbow ... Sign of Hope at Tower Bridge

A Rainbow ... Sign of Hope at Tower Bridge
Made by 1982Chris911 (Thank you 100.000 Times)
Tower Bridge is a combined bascule and suspension bridge in London, England, over the River Thames. It is close to the Tower of London, which gives it its name.Name[›] It has become an iconic symbol of London. The bridge consists of two towers which are tied together at the upper level by means of two horizontal walkways which are designed to withstand the horizontal forces exerted by the suspended sections of the bridge on the landward sides of the towers. The vertical component of the forces in the suspended sections and the vertical reactions of the two walkways are carried by the two robust towers. The bascule pivots and operating machinery are housed in the base of each tower. The bridge's present colour dates from 1977 when it was painted red, white and blue for the Queen's Silver Jubilee. Originally it was painted a chocolate brown colour.[1] Tower Bridge is sometimes mistakenly referred to as London Bridge,[citation needed] which is actually the next bridge upstream.

Towering over the Thames

Towering over the Thames
Made by jjamv
Tower Bridge is a combined bascule and suspension bridge in London, England, over the River Thames. It is close to the Tower of London, which gives it its name.Name[›] It has become an iconic symbol of London. The bridge consists of two towers which are tied together at the upper level by means of two horizontal walkways which are designed to withstand the horizontal forces exerted by the suspended sections of the bridge on the landward sides of the towers. The vertical component of the forces in the suspended sections and the vertical reactions of the two walkways are carried by the two robust towers. The bascule pivots and operating machinery are housed in the base of each tower. The bridge's present colour dates from 1977 when it was painted red, white and blue for the Queen's Silver Jubilee. Originally it was painted a chocolate brown colour.[1] source: Wikipedia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tower_Bridge

Tower Bridge London

Tower Bridge London
Made by vulture labs
Please View LARGE!! Press L The Hawker Hunter Tower Bridge incident occurred on 5 April 1968, when a Royal Air Force Hawker Hunter FGA.9 jet fighter from No. 1 Squadron, flown by Flight Lieutenant Alan Pollock, flew under Tower Bridge. Unimpressed that senior staff were not going to celebrate the RAF's 50th birthday with a fly-past, Pollock decided to do something himself. Without authorisation, Pollock flew the Hunter at low level down the Thames, past the Houses of Parliament, and continued on to Tower Bridge. He flew the Hunter beneath the bridge's walkway, remarking afterwards it was an afterthought when he saw the bridge looming ahead of him. Pollock was placed under arrest upon landing, and discharged from the RAF on medical grounds without the chance to defend himself at a court martial

The Tower Bridge

The Tower Bridge
Made by momentaryawe.com
As I mentioned a couple of days ago on Twitter, I’ve been working on one of my favourite shots from London. I didn’t get a chance to post it this weekend, so I’ll start the week with this one. I’m quite sure everybody knows this landmark, which makes it really difficult to photograph because it’s so difficult to come up with a shot that hasn’t been done before. I’m sure this angle has been used in many photographs, but I’m quite happy with the way this one turned out. Let me know if you agree or disagree… To view the blog entry go to: www.momentaryawe.com/blog/?p=1298

Tower Bridge - Explored #98

Tower Bridge - Explored #98
Made by Chris Brocklebank
8 years in the building, 432 construction workers, over 11,000 tons of steel, clad in Cornish granite and Portland stone gives you Tower bridge London. In October 1884 Horace Jones, the City Architect, in collaboration with John Wolfe Barry, offered the chosen design for Tower Bridge as a solution as a crossing for the Thames. This image took just 90 seconds to expose! Camera: Canon EOS 40D Lens’s focal length: 17.00 - 85.00 mm Focal length: 17.00 mm Aperture: 22 Exposure times: 90s ISO: 100 Processing: Photomatrix Pro - produced from a single shot HDR tonemapped image CS5 - Curves preset, Medium Contrast Nik Silver Efex Pro (Trial version) - Underexpose EV -1

Tower Bridge #3

Tower Bridge #3
Made by nabilishes
I finish the Tower Bridge series with a cliche shot taken from the banks of river Thames. Thanks for all the comments and favourites in my previous pictures. I'm truly sorry cause i didnt get to reply them one by one because i was a bit held up with my simulation projects. Life's been hectic these past few days. I was even at the University on a Saturday. That shows how little time i have for other stuff at the moment. Im trying my best to visit your streams today! View it !! . . . Digital Blending \ DRI Manually blended from 3 exposures +/-2 EV Shot @16mm, aperture of f/14 with ISO value of 200 Post processing and Adjustments in Photoshop CS4

Run London Run / London rennt

Run London Run / London rennt
Made by pallab seth
Get Out Get Active - to create a healthier and happier city! Please press L (or simply click the image) to view on black! The Queen's Walk, Thames Path, South Bank A promenade located on the South Bank of the River Thames in London, England, between Lambeth Bridge and Tower Bridge. More, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Queen's_Walk Exif data Camera Nikon D3100 18-55VR Kit Lens Flash Off, Did not fire Aperture f/8.0 Exposure 0.017 sec (1/60) ISO Speed 400 No Tripod No Photoshop No HDR

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge
Made by Nanagyei - (Trying to catch up)
This is a true story ladies and gentlemen You might not believe it though One day I fell asleep and the 50mm woke me up He said Your ultra wide angle lens is in the camera bag flippin Talkin bout I get the most action he about to break me up So I went to the closet said 10-24 what's wrong with you? You ain't using me at all, it's like I don't belong to you I woke up, said that is soo true, went out and here is the result. Lol Thanks for all the comments and visits. Hope you are all having a great Saturday.

London City Hall

London City Hall
Made by Pneumococcus
Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, to call the Mayor of London by his full name, chairing a meeting in the Assembly Chamber of City Hall. I actually went there to walk along the amazing spiral ramp, alas, there is no public access during weekdays because of meetings like this one taking place. Located by the River Thames and next to Tower Bridge, City Hall is another landmark building in London by Foster and Partners. Their Gherkin can be seen in the background, the Tower of London is on the right.

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge
Made by Mohamed Haykal
Seen in Explore 16 June 2009 #117 June 2009 It is interesting to see it in full resolution. Completed in 1894, Tower Bridge was instantly hailed as a London icon and one of the great engineering marvels of its age. Come inside to explore its history www.towerbridge.org.uk Leica M8.2 lens 24mm Summilux-M f/1.4 ASPH, ISO: 160 speed 1/8 aperture f/2.8. Hand held. Photo taken in DNG format, converted to JPEG in Capture One.



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