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Street & City / Willis Coroon Building
« on: Today at 06:24:36 AM »
Took this a while ago with a 5d mk3


Willis Coroon Building London by petach123 (Peter Tachauer), on Flickr

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Very nice set of images, petach.

That stone building with the columns is Ten Trinity Square. It was built as the headquarters of the Port of London Authority, then became the HQ of insurance broker Willis plc until they moved out about five years ago. The greenish tinted glass building in the background of the fifth image is the London HQ of Marsh & McLennan (my workplace). And just to complete the trio of global brokers, the tall building near the centre of the first image is the new global HQ of Aon plc (having relocated from Chicago). It's known as the Cheesegrater due to its wedge shape. There is a planning law that demands that the dome of St. Paul's Cathedral must remain in view from Buckingham Palace without obstruction either in front of it or behind it. The Cheesegrater had to be designed this way to prevent it getting in the line of view behind the dome.



The prominent building on the left of the first image is commonly known as the Walkie Talkie due to its shape. The south side curves outwards as it rises. An unfortunate byproduct of this is that the south side acts as a convex mirror, concentrating the sun's rays on hot sunny days to the extent that it has melted the plastic parts on cars parked in certain places. The developers had to cover the windows with fabric during construction. I'm not sure what their permanent solution is - presumably some sort of non-reflective coating for the windows.

Interesting you should mention Marsh.  My best mate (now retired and living in NZ ) was managing director.....I think....of Marsh in Asia.  He lived and worked in South Korea and Singapore as well as India.  Do you know John Bitcheno?

I love the old PLA building. A product of the might of  old empire and I have been in it a couple of times in connection with my work.  I was a member of the City of London Police Fraud Squad until 2006 when I retired.

I am in the city once or twice a week and shoot the same buildings again and again in different seasons, times  of day and weather.

I have an exhibition of my work  at the Beecroft Gallery in Southend from 21 December thro 20 March.  A lot of it will be street work, but also a number of my London and other city night shots.

Thanks for taking the trouble to write such a lengthy piece.

Pete

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Street & City / Re: Tower of London Poppies
« on: Today at 02:40:39 AM »
What a great shot Petach! I like your capturing style. Well done!

thanks, much appreciated.

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Street & City / Re: City of London Views/ Or from City of London
« on: August 28, 2014, 04:58:13 PM »
Very nice series Peter. Well done.

cheers

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Landscape / Re: Waterscapes
« on: August 28, 2014, 04:56:59 PM »


such drama, above and below!  dig this b&w very much.  Love clouds and moody b/w like this

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Landscape / Re: Waterscapes
« on: August 28, 2014, 03:44:07 PM »
Hanningfield Reservoir, Essex at sun up.
6d, 70-300L combo

Hanningfield Sunrise by petach123 (Peter Tachauer), on Flickr

Sunrise, Hanningfield by petach123 (Peter Tachauer), on Flickr

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Street & City / Re: Tower of London Poppies
« on: August 28, 2014, 03:37:17 PM »
We have to look at the larger version to really appreciate this picture.

Well done Sir!  :)

thank YOU, sir.  I had this view all to myself at silly o'clock in the morning.

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Street & City / Tower of London Poppies
« on: August 26, 2014, 04:57:42 PM »
6d 17/40L combo

Tower of London by petach123 (Peter Tachauer), on Flickr

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Black & White / Re: The Dark Commute
« on: August 25, 2014, 03:41:03 PM »
What was your point of focus in the first picture?

gosh......from memory and subject, it was likely the guy puffing out cigarette smoke.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: August 24, 2014, 01:39:57 AM »
Hi Peter.
I really like this shot, I would be pleased to be able to be this good, keep up the good work.

Cheers, Graham.

Swans, Hanningfield with 6d and 70/300L


Hanningfield Swan by petach123 (Peter Tachauer), on Flickr

thanks Graham

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: August 23, 2014, 01:04:55 PM »
Very nice Petach. I especially like your second picture.

Cheers. I nearly cried when I saw the results. Having Parkinson's tremor I could take 10,000 or 100,000 shots of birds in flight and not one would be sharp. To have 2 (in fact I had 4 or 5) as sharp as these is unheard of for me.
So, cheers again.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: August 23, 2014, 12:36:08 PM »
Swans, Hanningfield with 6d and 70/300L


Swans Over Hanningfield Reservoir by petach123 (Peter Tachauer), on Flickr

Hanningfield Swan by petach123 (Peter Tachauer), on Flickr

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Black & White / Re: The Greek Orthodox Christening
« on: August 11, 2014, 09:50:40 PM »
Very nice shots petach. Well done.
+1, beautiful shots that your family will cherish for many years to come.

Thank you.

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