London: Big Ben
I am so sorry, but I just can't resist to post this classical view of the Big Ben as my first photo from London.
Of course Big Ben is actually a nickname, firstly for the great bell of the clock, but secondly also for the Clock Tower itself. It is part of the Palace of Westminster or Houses of Parliament, located on the north bank of the River Thames in the London borough of the City of Westminster.
The tower is designed by Augustus Pugin in Gothic Revival style and is 315.9ft/96.3m high and celebrates its 150th birthday this year.
I hope you like this photo and thanks for your visit. :-)
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jurek1951 (42196) 2009-05-16 2:09
Really very nice your architecture photos this one is very sharp and very well composed.The lighting is fantastic.
rodgerg (55767) 2009-05-16 2:14
An excellent presentation of this famous place with a good and efficience use of vertical format. The peoples and the black taxti give an interesting idea of the scale and elements of life. Beautiful "british" sky very well collected.
npecanhuk (73492) 2009-05-16 2:18
Classical, but never too much specially when the picture has excellent technical qualities and some personnal touch... that's the case! This building is wonderful and you composed the image so ably, smartly and beautifully!
I really like it!
TFS - congratulations!
janusz2054 (2) 2009-05-16 2:25
Beautiful point of view on the "Big ben".Very good sharpness and nice colours.
pablominto (53746) 2009-05-16 2:27
A clean classical composition with fine details!
The light is no less than excellent, and the human factor is well taken care of...
A lively scene with postcard qualities..!
Bluejeans (64251) 2009-05-16 2:31
Bela captura do Big Ben tem uma arquitectura muito bela com grandes detalhes, bom contraste de cores , gostei muito da luz, parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
aadilj (18102) 2009-05-16 2:38
Hi lars, this is wonderful, well it up, crisply hued and upfront capture. I like the mood and the ambience
jafadabret (56501) 2009-05-16 3:00
Il n'y a rien à regretter. La photo est superbe. J'aime la mise en valeur de cette architecture qui a privilégié la verticalité.
La lumière et les couleurs sont superbes.
marrty (235) 2009-05-16 6:27
Zo, nu ook een foto van Londen erbij. Mooi scherp en die toren van de BB steekt mooi af tegen de blauwe lucht. Interessante note, nu weet ik eindelijk de geschiedenis van de BB ook. ;-)
paura (47186) 2009-05-16 7:03
Lighting and colours are excellent here to show the famous "Big Ben". Very nice job.
bertolucci (13362) 2009-05-16 7:57
Hej Lars, a delightful capture of the Big Ben and the Palace. The very well rendered architecture works well with the cheery colours of London's daily life. A remearkable detail is the informal use as camoping of the green in front. Oh ik weet eigenlijk niet waarom ik dit nu in het Engels schreef ;-) Een hele fijne plaat!
Henryk_Bilor (20799) 2009-05-16 14:37
SO when I`ll visit London I must take similiar photo to TE :). Nice capture, good light. I wonder if people sleep in these tents?:)
gracious (20025) 2009-05-16 17:02
Thank you for sharing this well known place that the world knows of!
Great pov here with the best colour contrast against that clear blue sky!
good details and colour as well
ElAprendiz (30) 2009-05-16 18:00
This site so traditional, it had never had a chance to see her so closely. And I did not know he had a green power for its wonderful architectural detail in a more relaxed way.
There is balance in the linear forms, good management of light, and although I see a bit of noise, the tones are warm and soft.
Regards from Colombia
UlfE (14641) 2009-05-16 23:27
A classical view, but have done the only thing you could do in such situation take a better picture than most. The composition and the vertical format is perfect. I really enjoy the inclusion of the man on th lawn and the tall lamp-post on the left. Very attractive lighting and colours. TFS and have a nice Sunday!
gildasjan (43364) 2009-05-16 23:45
Un POV qui donne bien sur cette tour et une image très bien exposée et nette.Cadrage soigné également.
Miha2ou7 (5162) 2009-05-17 1:25
A classic, you know, but some classics just dont get old. :) The pp is as usually impeccable, colors, sharpness, everything. The lawn infront looks like it`s also a good place to relax and maybe catch a lunch break. A fine picture.
TopGeo (38216) 2009-05-17 1:31
Hi Lars! A interesting vertical framework and a thin and been careful imprinting for the beautiful architecture of London with the symbol the BB Wonderful POV and note Beautiful blue sky very well collected.
Cretense (68701) 2009-05-17 3:42
Excellent photo of one of London's trademarks, great architecture capture! perfect composition and framing, flawless light managment, brilliant colours! Impressive overall definition and quality! Congratulations!
riclopes (35577) 2009-05-17 4:07
Don't say sorry, Lars. This is actually a splendid capture of the famous icon in London. Very textured facade with all details looking out for verticality. The sky is enhancing and I like the inclusion of the person sat in FG and the typical taxi passing by in the street.
have a nice Sunday,
alvaraalto (6543) 2009-05-17 5:55
Mooie klassieke foto van een van de meest bekende torens van de wereld. Om het helemaal in stijl te maken had je er eigenlijk een link naar het geluid van deze veel bezongen plaats bij moeten zetten.
Heerlijk zonnig weertje en ook nog een klein beetje demonstratie.
ChrisJ (109566) 2009-05-17 7:26
A superb shot of the iconic Big Ben, with good sharpness, colour, & saturation. Excellent lighting contrasts, & the people add scale & context. Tfs!
jaywalker (16101) 2009-05-17 7:58
Hi Lars, A great shot of one of the most famous clock-towers in the world, a beautiful blue sky assisting the scene & the strong light adds quality, wonderfully sharp & TFS, kind regards Wilson.
Emile (20352) 2009-05-17 9:29
A classic photo but never fails to be seen again, is one of the most important icon of London and always nice to see it's beautiful architecture. Very well capture with nice colors on a sunny day. Well done.
Cricri (115557) 2009-05-17 11:37
C'est une belle présentation, une architecture magnifique dans un lieu a la fois vivant et reposant, très belle lumière
devimeuxbe (58557) 2009-05-17 11:39
this is a typical vision of London; Beautifull cropping an choise of POV. This picture is well done
darek1978 (13361) 2009-05-17 12:52
That's a very nice and pleasant picture with pretty adequate sharpness, correct exposure, well chosen vertical format and excellent POV. I like a lot this very impressive and also interesting architecture. Well done!
ciakgiak (30427) 2009-05-17 13:11
thanks for your criticism, because it gives me the opportunity to admire your beautiful gallery.
That's true that this is a classic view, but it's very well made. POV, colors and sharpness are fantastic.
I also like the magnificent blue sky.
I'm so glad to meet you.
fulvio52 (8314) 2009-05-17 14:03
Een klassieke foto die gewoon thuis hoort in ieder z'n collectie. Mooie presentatie, scherp en heel gedetaillerd, prima fotowerk. Ik wens je nog een fijne avond, tot gauw.
syd1946 (18663) 2009-05-17 14:54
I like how you composed the scene and the famous parliament in London.I like it very much and remind me my past trip to England!
have a nice week,
paololg (31448) 2009-05-17 15:30
Ciao dear Lars,
it's always a pleasure to see the Big Ben, especially when the photo has this excellent technical quality and is composed in pleasant way as you have done. The definition of the details is amazing, compliments!
Ciao, have a nice week!
Graal (101730) 2009-05-17 22:46
nice presentation of famous tower and clock in London. Good vertical composition. Well done photo. I like it.
danyy (0) 2009-05-17 23:24
une vue avec beaucoup de précision et de piqué, un formart vertical ,bien entendu adapté. Un joli ciel qui permet à cet édifice de bien se détacher.
tabora (0) 2009-05-18 1:00
J'aime beaucoup ta carte postale,ce qui m'étonne c'est les deux petites tentes sur la pelouses,tes couleurs sont extras.
azaf1 (15929) 2009-05-18 3:33
Good morning Lars
A very imposing presentation of the famous BigBen. Excellent vertical framing to accommodate the building and perfect coloration.
AiresSantos (56155) 2009-05-18 7:33
Beautiful view of the famous Big Ben. Very well framed. Fine colours and sharpness
TFS and have a nice day
yedirenk (11244) 2009-05-18 9:21
an extraordinary architecture and a very famous building.great shot with superb vertical frame.very nice effect under the blue sky,very impressive details with excellent fine sharpness.also perfect atmosphere,dynamic scene with walking peoples.well done.TFS
NickPavlakis (562) 2009-05-18 20:12
Hi old friend, as I can see you are still taking some nice travel photos, the ones I am always glad to see. Keep up the good work mate. You are doing fine my friend.
Always nice to see your work
siolaw (38292) 2009-05-19 1:31
A classic well realized... The weather was helpful and gave good light and contrast, details are sharp and framing is fine with inclusion of the itting guy...
John_F_Kennedy (43625) 2009-05-19 3:40
Great shot of this famous tower. Excellent sharpness, and composition. Good job.
jhm (148756) 2009-05-19 4:37
Vele zullen u reeds voorgeweest zijn om de Big Ben te fotograferen, maar steeds blijf ik er met gespreide ogen naar kijken.
Het blijft een imposante toren, de tweede wereldoorlog heeft England geslagen maar niet verslagen hier nogmaals het perfecfte voorbeeld, mooi foto werk mijn vriend. Bedankt.
Groeten uit Vlaanderen,
danos (94284) 2009-05-19 9:14
a sight of Big Ben that seldom we see.Frequent we see only the clock tower and rare the entire building.Very informative your note about the placement of this well known construction.Well done.
Have a nice afternoon,Danos
Didi (60358) 2009-05-19 10:00
A mon avis tu devrais ajuster l'heure ta caméra sur Big Ben :)
Intéressante luminosité printanière.
La tour est parfaitement cadrée.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2009-05-20 3:01
A great classic? But the excellent traditional ones are never wearied! Your photograph is fine and clear. I like the impression of gigantism and the beauty of this architecture. A beautiful light, beautiful colors, a realization of quality. congratulations.
Have a nice day
papagolf21 (95539) 2009-05-21 0:46
Bonjour, cher ami Lars,
Big Ben prend encore plus de hauteur avec cette composition. L'ambiance est parfaitement reproduite à travers cette très jolie prise de vue.
L'image est belle, les verticales bien respectées, un lieu agréable.
Philippe (11836) 2009-05-21 8:32
Hallo, Lars. Big Ben is een klassieker, maar Big Ben met een mooie blauwe lucht als achtergrond is niet zo gewoon. De mensen op de voorgrond geven een goed idee van de schaal. Goede kleuren en contrasten. Weet je waarom er tenten waren op het grasperk?
Prettige avond verder,
Waylim (25488) 2009-05-21 11:59
First of all thanks for your visit to my gallery, now I discover your gallery.
You certainly live in the right continent, since you like architectural photography, there is not place better than Europe. With all the classic and historical buildings, as well as the modern structures.
This is a very nice one, showing not just the structure itself as well as surrounding with people going on their daily life and the man relaxing on the glassy field is a nice addition to the composition and depth. The cloud above Tower, make it looks like Big Ben has been smoking. I was here last April, no blue sky :(.
thanks and have a wonderful evening.
Silvio1953 (136753) 2009-05-21 12:04
Ciao Lars, great view of famous Big Ben, lovely composition with a lot of people, splendid light and colors, very well done, ciao Silvio
emka (91518) 2009-05-21 14:25
Hi lars, all this change of TE has also good site - I have posted photos at different time and in this way I met new persons :)) indeed, it is very classic photo but how splendid! The sharpness, colours, details are perfect. I like the view of the people and yes, different traffic.
shevchenko (19444) 2009-05-22 0:39
Seem the Big Ben still as an interesting location for spend nice times in modern age, good pov to include the greenery field, full in peaceful and relaxing feels, thanks for sharing a nice corner.
sacimar (26205) 2009-05-22 9:22
When the picture is good I don't mind to see it again, this is a classical view but the quality of the image is excellent, I like it, Well done!
Jardim (3243) 2009-05-22 12:11
The character of this historic building in direct contrast with the daily life created a pleasant atmosphere. The architecture is the principal actor in this postcard but i also like of the man in the green.
Fis2 (93853) 2009-05-22 13:12
I like the vertical frame.
Good colors and light.
stego (24132) 2009-05-29 9:31
Maybe it's because I haven't seen so much photos of the Big Ben, but I don't remember seeing this POV, which is quite good. Besides being an excellent presentation of this landmark, it's nice to see the life around it.
adores (43891) 2009-06-10 16:46
This is surely a famous monument, but it's not so common to see photos of it with all these people around - people passing, people sitting on the grass, the traditional taxis and even tents. So much live here. Very well framed! Hope you have enjoyed your stay there:)!
marietom (34609) 2009-06-20 11:55
Jolie composition, pour mettre en valeur ce monument.
leonorkuhn (16235) 2009-08-18 5:19
This is a classic view of the Clock Tower, but with a modern setting, created by the camping tents and the man who read sitting on the grass. Beautiful colors, excellent light and great sharpness.
Have a nice day
emjleclercq (15780) 2009-08-22 13:06
Even if the topic is a great classic of London, you have managed a very good picture here, in terms of sharpness, colors and general environement. There is even a black cab passing on the street so you have managed a beautifull postcard of London!
All the best,
gervaso (12488) 2010-01-28 1:21
It's a wonderful picture to start your series of pictures of London, with this open sky, which I believe it's not easy to find there, and you took this opporunity to make a wonderful composition with great colors! Very good job!
pierrefonds (63352) 2014-08-11 19:07
The presence of the people is animating the scene. The point of viewis showing with precision the details of Big Ben. The good lumnosity is bringing out the colors. Have a nice day.
Karolina999 (3740) 2015-12-04 1:26
smooth Big Ben, fine architecture, amazing people and lonely man, fine old cars, nice colors, good framing.
Thanx for sharing.
ikeharel (67227) 2016-01-10 3:55
Fine view of the London icon, Lars, and the presence of tourists among local's added beautiful motion to the scene.
Afternoon light was perfect and very favorable for the POV chosen. Excellent details.
My best regards,
- Copyright: Lars Zwemmer (Tue) (32552)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-05-01
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Canon Powershot A720 IS
- Exposure: f/4, 1/2000 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2009-05-16 2:06