Beijing Opera House

I made the most of a rare clear sky to take a shot of the futuristic Beijing Opera  House building, officially called National Centre for the Performing Arts (or National Grand Theatre in Chinese 国家大剧院).

You enter the building by an hallway that goes underneath the artificial lake that surrounds it.

And it’s no surprise that the locals call it “The Egg”.

Featured in National Geographic Book “Life in Colour”

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Innsbruck Panorama

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A row of colourful houses along the bank of the river Inn with the Alps in the background

Black and White Flamingo

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Flamingo

A  black and white flamingo, taken at the Birdland park in Boulton-on-the-water, Cotswolds, UK.

Removing the pink colour and darkening the background enhanced the shapes of bird’s neck, wings and body. I also added some extra noise for a vintage look.

 

J27 Blackberry Orca

J27 Blackberry Orca

J27 Blackberry Orca

Blackberry Orca J27

This killer whale is called Blackberry or J-27. It’s one of the Southern Resident Orcas of the Pacific Northwest, from the “J” pod. Here pictured in the Boundary Pass on the Canada-US border, with Mount Baker in the background

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Sydney Opera House sunrise

Sydney Opera House before sunrise

Sydney Opera House before sunrise

Sydney Opera House sunrise.

One of the most photogenic buildings on the planet, from whatever angle and at whatever time of the day you take a shot of it, it looks great..

This was taken at dawn, half an hour or so before sunrise, from the West end of the Circular Quay.

 

Life in Colour – National Geographic Book

National Geographic Life in Colour

National Geographic Life in Colour

My photo of the Beijing Opera House featured in National Geographic Book “Life in Colour”

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A pair of African penguins in Boulders Beach, South Africa

A pair of African penguins in Boulders Beach, South Africa

A pair of African penguins looking out at the horizon over the sea in Boulders Beach, False Bay, South Africa
I could easily picture them being the original pair that settled here from Antarctica in 1982 and started a colony that has now grown to over 2,000 penguins.

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Colourful Houses in Cape Town

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A row of colourful houses in Cape Town, in the Bo-Kaap, the Malay quarter.

It took me a few visits at different times of the day to find the right light and shadows. this was taken around midday, with the minimal shadows and bright light falling overhead and bouncing off the walls on the other side of the street, like a reflector.

The bright colours and the compressed perspective of a long focal range give the view an abstract look. Almost like Lego bricks.

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Birds on a wire

Bird score

Bird score

Birds on a wire in the Bo-Kaap, The Cape Malay Quarter, Cape Town

These pigeons perched on power lines look like notes on a music sheet.

I had had this picture in mind for a while and although very simple, it took me a while to come across a good enough pattern with a clear background. Like in this case. I looked up, took one shot and sure enough the birds all took off and were gone.

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Seagull stealing my breakfast

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I caught this seagull stealing my breakfast one morning in Capri, Italy.

The table was nicely set for a breakfast on our room balcony and this seagull just could not help himself. In fact, it did help himself to my muffin!

Maybe it was trying to have it with some jam too.

Telegraph Picture of the Day 24 September 2010

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Spiral staircase

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Looking up a very colourful spiral staircase in the Hotel Botanico in Puerto De La Cruz, Tenerife, Spain.