St Pancras Renaissance

For a friend’s birthday in the SUMMER (for goodness sake), we went on a history tour of the ‘new’ St Pancras Grand hotel. It opened a couple of years ago following an enormous and expensive refurbishment which took the building from severely neglected Victorian station hotel to one of the most high profile venues in London, and for good reason because it’s quite breathtaking. The tour, which may have been an unusual birthday gift for some but fits right in with my oldest friend (er, by which I mean we have known each other since we were 6, not that she is 102) and the kind of things we enjoy, was very interesting and gave us the chance to see inside a hotel that we could never afford to actually stay in without a lottery win. We also learnt a lot about carpets.

It has now been such an embarrassingly long time since this visit that I can offer no good explanation as to why my aperture values seem so off. Well, that’s a bit of a lie. It was really quite dark inside so I suspect I had tried to open up the aperture as much as possible. Fortunately, it didn’t seem to cause too many problems.

34mm, f/4.5, 1/12 sec, ISO 1600

34mm, f/4.5, 1/12 sec, ISO 1600

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Italy – The Duomo, Firenze

There are some things you just can’t capture in a photograph. Actually, I take that back. There are A LOT of things you can’t capture in a photograph. And this post on the subject of the Duomo in Firenze/Florence will not give you much of an idea as to the sheer size of this building.  It really is beyond description. You’ll just have to accept that you need to visit to really understand that.

But the beauty of such a massive building, apart from, well, it’s beauty, is that there is so much of it with photographic appeal – the actual art of the exterior as well as the contents of the interior. I suspect I could have taken many more photos, but did I mention is was hot? It really was hot. And the heat gave me the cosmic droop. So again, here are the ones that made the cut.

18mm, 1/160 sec, f/13, ISO 100

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Italy – Lucca

We visited Lucca twice. It was the nearest major town to us, and definitely deserved more than one visit. As with everywhere in Italy, there’s much history to be had (among many, many other things, this is the birthplace of Puccini) and of course much photography. In fact I have another couple of posts based on Lucca. For now, consider this an introduction. A very image-heavy introduction.

Av, 55mm, 1/200 sec, f/14, ISO 100

Also, please do click on the images for better quality versions.

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Instagram Collection #2

I felt it was time I broke up some of these posts with another blast of Instagram shots. Although I occassionally share some SLR photos through Instagram, these are all taken purely on the iPhone 4S. A couple have been run through a handy little app called Frametastic.
















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