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london from the leaden hall high resolution panoramic cityscape

London from The Leadenhall

London is so vast, and such a city of architectural extremes that each new vantage point on high gives a new perspective on the familiar. Even within the square mile, the skyline shifts and provides something new to fascinate. When I first lived in London, Tower 42 was known as the Natwest Tower (the shapes at the top matching their …

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Lambent London - Panoramic view from 30 St Marys Axe

Lambent London – View From 30 St Mary Axe

When setting up a shoot from a tall building, it’s easy to become absorbed in the technicalities. The kit, the back-up in case of equipment failure, the technical process, waiting for the right weather, there’s much to plan for. And then, there are moments of pure magic for me when the light is briefly quite startling and London is transformed …

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Planate London - London Bridge Quarter

Planate London – London Bridge Quarter

No.1 London Bridge (the building with the cut-out section right by the bridge) forms the foreground to the dramatic cluster at London Bridge Quarter, home to the Shard. It has become a more exciting section of the Thames to shoot, and the river moorings have a pleasing echo of the Shard’s shape. Many people’s experience of London Bridge is the …

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tenaya lake 360 photography

Tenaya Lake: California

If you visit Yosemite between May and November, you can reach the mile-long Tenaya Lake via the Tioga Pass Road. Outside these times, the weather conditions close the road. It is just these kind of extremes that helped form this stunning lake, created by the same glacier that forged Half Dome. Tenaya Lake wasn’t on my list to shoot, but …

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Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe

“Surely the fairest picture the whole world affords” said Mark Twain of Lake Tahoe, and when free of the crowds you can see just why. This 360 view looks out above Emerald Bay, over towards Eagle Falls (waterfall) and Fannette Island. We had sat out on the rocks, having a beer or two the night before, after shooting the location …

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Palace of Westminster

After a gloriously hot summer, late August 2014 brought dramatic skies and storms to London. The light on this particular evening was quite something, lending an ominous feel to the sky over the Palace of Westminster. I struck it lucky on this particular shoot, although it wasn’t without risk to my medium format gear. Spectacular as they are, storm clouds …

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Highway 1 California panorama

Highway 1 California

Highway 1, State Route 1, Pacific Coast Highway, Shoreline Highway. Whatever you call it, it is (with the possible exception of Route 66) the world’s most famous road. And with good reason – the scenery is magnificent and the route from Orange County in the South, through Los Angeles, Big Sur, central coast, Monterey, San Francisco and Mendocino County in …

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View from the Shard 2014

London’s New Skyline

The scale of London can only be truly appreciated from a height. There is no better place in London to do this than from the Shard. This image was shot from the very top of the Shard, 310 metres above London, which is more than 60 metres above the public viewing platform on the 72nd floor. A city at once …

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Alabama Hills Sunset

Alabama Hills: Sunset

Having weathered the storm I captured this sunset later on the same day. You can see the stormy clouds over the Alabama Hills in an earlier shot taken from the same location.

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Alabama Hills Storm

Alabama Hills: Thunder Storm

Arriving here after a drive along Movie Flat Road you quickly understand why this area has become a favourite location for many filmmakers. The rugged, barren and geologically diverse landscape can be seen in hundreds of films, from classic westerns like The Lone Ranger to more recent films, including Iron Man and Gladiator. The Alabama Hills sit near the eastern …

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Lake Siskiyou

Lake Siskiyou, California

The richly diverse landscape of California is a photographers dream. The night before taking this shot we rolled up in the dark and booked ourselves into a log cabin by the water, not knowing what to expect. The next morning we got up early to discover we’d hit gold with this majestic scene. The morning sun burnt off the cool …

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trona-pinnacles panorama

54.4˚C at Trona Pinnacles

I knew it was going to be a hot day photographing the Trona Pinnacles in the Mojave Desert, Southern California, but I hadn’t anticipated quite how hot. We clocked the temperature at 54.4C (130 F), only a couple of degrees centigrade off the all-time world record temperature (56.7C or 134 F), registered at the Furnace Creek Ranch in nearby Death …

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waterloo motion gigapixel

Waterloo Motion

Motion@Waterloo is the UK’s largest indoor advertising screen, stretching 40 metres wide by 3 metres tall. It will certainly capture your attention if you’re wandering through the concourse at London’s Waterloo Station, the busiest train station in the UK with an annual footfall of over 100 million. The creation of JCDecaux, the sheer size of the screen adds a new …

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The Queen and Tim Berners-Lee

Meeting The Queen

Back in 2009 we were commissioned by The Royal Household to create virtual tours of Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle. I was invited, along with 250 other guests, to attend the official launch of the tours at Buckingham Palace. Photographs were taken at the event but it’s only recently that I’ve managed to track them down. A bit of a …

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Constant Thames panorama

Constant Thames

This high resolution panorama follows the River Thames as it flows past HMS Belfast, the prestigious developments of More London, including City Hall, towards Tower Bridge, resplendent in blue and white following it’s recent repaint. Across the river, in the City of London, many of its iconic skyscrapers are bursting into light as twilight falls over the square mile. 30 …

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Infinitely London Panoramic Photograph

Infinitely London

London’s skyline is constantly changing and this high resolution panorama features two striking new buildings, both close to completion. In the foreground is 20 Fenchurch Street. Its nickname the ‘Walkie Talkie’ can be attributed to its bulging, concave form. Just behind is The Leadenhall Building, rising to 225m, designed by Richard Rogers, architect of the Pompidou Centre in Paris and …

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Rays Over London Panorama

Rays Over London Panorama

A dramatic panorama of London, looking up the River Thames past Waterloo Bridge, Hungerford Bridge towards Westminster. The Sun’s rays are bursting through a stormy sky, illuminating many of London’s well known landmarks. These rays are known as crepuscular and often appear in conjunction with stratocumulus storm clouds. Visible in the panorama is the London Eye, Big Ben and The …

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Trafalgar Square Twilight Panorama

Trafalgar Square Twilight Panorama

A high resolution panorama overlooking Trafalgar Square, London, as the lights come on to illuminate Nelson’s Column, the Landseer lions and the fountains. The National Gallery, St Martin-in-the-Fields Church, Canada House, and South Africa House can all be seen around the square with the London Coliseum (home of the English National Opera) in the background.

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sundown over waterloo london fine art panorama

Sundown Over Waterloo

London panorama taking in the view across London. Some south London landmarks can be seen including Battersea Power Station, Waterloo Station and the BFI Imax, and the front of the Imperial War Museum between the trees. View at fullscreen and zoom in to see the detail and you will pick out many more London sights including Somerset House, Shellmex, Charing …

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battersea power station control room 360 panoramic virtual tour

Battersea Power Station Control Room

This 360 allows you to explore inside the Battersea Power Station Control Room. The decommissioned 1930’s power station is an incredible example of Art Deco architecture and getting the chance to explore inside this building was an exciting experience for me. The dials you can see inside the control room were all still beautifully solid. Click here to see the …

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pudong-view shanghai deep zoom panorama

Pudong View, Shanghai

Deep Zoom Panorama taking in the Pudong district of Shanghai, China, looking out onto the dramatic structure of the Oriental Pearl Tower (Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower). Looking to the far left of the panorama you can zoom in to see the French Concession. The Bund is on the far side of the Huangpu River in the middle of …

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shard-summit aerial gigapixel panorama

Deep Zoom View From The Shard – Guardian Interactive Feature

To mark the opening of the Shard’s viewing gallery (‘The View from The Shard’), today The Guardian are featuring 2 of my interactive deep-zoom images captured from The Shard in their online and print edition. The online edition features an exciting interface which allows you to zoom in and click on hotspots for information. As you zoom in, the sounds …

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Greenwich View Twilight

A Twilight gigapixel panorama shot from Greenwich looking towards Canary Wharf with the City of London in the distance. The River Thames flows past the Millennium Dome (the O2) with the many skyscrapers of Canary Wharf, including one Canada Square, towering above the river. Further into the distance you can see the iconic structures of the City including the Gherkin …

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into-the-city gigapixel deep zoom panorama

Into The City

Here you can really look into the City – the panorama is incredibly high resolution so whilst you can stay panned back to take in the views over the Barbican to the Heron Tower, Tower 42, The Gherkin at St Mary Axe, the new Rothschilds Bank HQ at St Swithin’s Lane and the Shard, go fullscreen and zoom in to …

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London-Landmarks-Autumn-Evening gigapixel panorama

London Landmarks, Autumn Evening

London’s tall landmarks bound together in one panoramic image as the sun sets on an autumn evening. From Earl’s Court, Kensington Gardens and the Albert Hall towards the west, then across the Serpentine to the iconic Battersea Power Station, Crystal Palace, Big Ben, the London Eye, Thames House at Vauxhall Cross (the MI5 building), Westminster Cathedral, Shellmex House, The Shard, …

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Gigapixel Panoramic view from the docks london

View from the Docks Gigapixel Panorama

This image was shot as part of a commission for the cable car across the Thames, the Emirates Air Line. It was captured near Royal Victoria Docks and takes in a huge view across South and East London, and distant landmarks like the QEII Bridge at Dartford. You can zoom in and explore in detail as the image is incredibly …

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london evening cityscape panorama from the tate

London Stilled in Evening

London’s brief stillness in the minutes after rush hour has ended before the evening’s activity truly begins. The panorama takes in most of London’s major landmarks from The Shard to Canary Wharf, The City of London with St Paul’s Cathedral, with the Thames dividing the city and the Tate Tower bisecting the image.

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Twilight view from the Shard

Twilight panoramic view from the Renzo Piano building – London’s tallest and most spectacular new skyscraper, The Shard London Bridge. The River Thames sweeps past the illuminated City from Tower Bridge past London Bridge to Millennium Bridge and beyond. Many of London’s landmarks are visible in the cityscape, from Canary Wharf to the towering City of London skyscrapers, Tower 42 …

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landrover 360 car interior photography

Landrover Discovery: 360 Car Interior

A recent commission for Land Rover’s ‘Been Anywhere Interesting Lately?’ campaign found me shooting 360s inside the stunning new Land Rover Discovery 4. It was fantastic to have the opportunity to shoot such an iconic 4×4 in its latest incarnation. The Discovery is seen in a desert, a jungle and on a mountain, illustrating the vehicle’s off-road abilities in all …

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Gigapixel 360 Panorama from the Shard

High resolution 360 interactive panorama shot from the crane at the top of the Shard, London Bridge. The Shard is the tallest building in the European Union and the viewing gallery will open to the public in 2013. Most of London and beyond is visible in this Gigapixel image, from the skyscrapers of the City of London and Canary Wharf, …

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