Getting the Shot: Big Ben

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This photo was taken on the Westminster Bridge which crosses the Thames River in London, England. The location is popular for capturing the Palace of Westminster and the famous Elizabeth Tower (also known as the Clock Tower or, more erroneously, Big Ben). Daytime shots from this location require additional creativity, since the passing cars don’t really add to the composition of the image. At night, however, you can capture the light trails from passing double-decker busses which adds movement to the image and creates leading lines, drawing the eye towards the Elizabeth Tower.

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Ten Favorite World Cities

By | Belgium, Czech Republic, England, Greece, Hungary, Israel / Palestine, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United States | No Comments
Often times people ask us about our most favorite cities that we’ve visited. Believe it or not, coming up with only ten is much more difficult that you might think. Generally I answer by creating a diversified list that combines culture, excitement, variety, charm, and budget, but the reality is that a list of top ten world cities is all those things and so much more. I guess if I had to justify my choices by putting my finger on just one thing, I would say that there is something in the way each city makes us feel. While the beauty or charm of these cities may be up for debate, each of them has found a special place in our hearts. Read More

The Legend of St Frideswide

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Let me tell you a story about a woman named Frideswide who once lived a long time ago in far away England.  Before we go any further, I know what you must be thinking: why should I care about a woman with a sexy name like Frideswide who has long been dead? Read More

The Changing of the Guard

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So you’re in London and hitting all the must-see attractions, which obviously includes the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace. You walk excitedly through St. James Park, with the beautiful Palace coming into view in the distance. But as you get closer, you realize that you’re mostly going to get only one view: the backs of people’s heads.

Despite the fact that changing of the guard in front of Buckingham Palace is free, it’s also crowded with tourist. Your point-of-view (if you have one at all) is very far from the actual guard and separated by a large wrought iron fence. In our experience, watching the changing of the guard at Buckingham is a lackluster experience and not worth the effort.

Fear not, however! There is a much better place in which to get the best view of all those guards in funny hats marching around and making a big show. Read More