13 Photographs: Fred’s HDR London

Splashing a refreshing twist in the form of HDR filters on some of this city’s most photographed icons, Fred255‘s vision of London is a work of art. I’ve featured Fred on LLO many times before, so if you follow along, there’s no need for introduction. Here are 13 of his latest submissions to the Flickr pool with explanations below.

Tunnel Vision Pedestrian tunnel at Blackfriars Bridge.
Blackfriars Bridge, built to a design by Joseph Cubitt, Blackfriars Bridge was completed in 1869 with five wrought iron arches.

London in the Rain

London looks good when I rains. City Hall is the headquarters of the Greater London Authority (GLA) which comprises the Mayor of London and London Assembly. It is located in Southwark, on the south bank of the River Thames near Tower Bridge. It was designed by Norman Foster and opened in July 2002, two years after the Greater London Authority was created.

Metal Monster  (explored)A different view of a Stothert and Pitt Crane in Royal Victoria Dock London.

Brick & Concrete Vs Steel & GlassSpillers Millenium Mills next to the ultra mordern Eastern Quays Apartment block.

More of the Lloyd's BuildingLloyd’s Building, such a photogenic building. It was designed by architect Richard Rogers and built between 1978 and 1986. Bovis was the management contractor for the scheme. Like the Pompidou Centre (designed by Renzo Piano and Rogers), the building was innovative in having its services such as staircases, lifts, electrical power conduits and water pipes on the outside, leaving an uncluttered space inside.

Modern Blue

The St Botolph Building, 138 Houndsditch, London, EC3. Designed by leading international architects Grimshaw, one of significant architectural meritsi s the glass cladding. St Botolphs is ideally located at the heart of the prestigious EC3 insurance district, a short walk from the Lloyd’s Building.

Lloyd's Building

More of Lloyd’s Building.

30 St Mary Axe

30 St Mary Axe, better known by its nickname Gherkin, is one of the most eye-catching buildings in London and it stands out prominently in the city’s skyline. The Gherkin is one of several modern buildings that have been built over the years in a historic area of London. This is a 5 photo HDR, but instead of using the tone mapping process I used fusion.

Cathedral of Power

Sir Giles Gilbert Scott was commissioned to design the building. His other buildings include Liverpool Cathedral, Bankside Power Station, Waterloo Bridge and the classic red telephone box.

The building is in fact a steel girder frame and Sir Giles designed the exterior brick cladding and the tower-like bases of the four chimneys. It is the largest brick building in Europe.

In effect Battersea is two power stations and the familiar silhouette of four chimneys did not appear until 1953 and for the first 20 years the building had a long rather than four-square appearance, with a chimney at each end. But even this appearance caused positive comments, described as a temple of power and to rank as a London landmark equal with St. Paul’s Cathedral. In 1939 a survey of celebrities voted it their 2nd favourite building when canvassed by the Architects Journal.

The construction of ‘B’ Station was begun a few months after World War 2 to bring Battersea to a total capacity of 509 megawatts and the 3rd. largest power station in the U.K.

This huge project, begun by the London Power company 30 years before, was to be completed by the British Electric Authority when the electricity supply was nationalised in 1948. Battersea “B” station began operating in 1953 and had the highest thermal efficiency of all power stations and provided one fifth of Londons total electricity supplies, ( 28 other stations generated the rest )

Throughout the whole of its life Battersea has been a symbol of the electricity industry to the media and the general public alike.

Battersea Power Station ceased all production of electricity in 1983 leaving the Electricity Board with the problem of what to do with the building. They had planned, before the Grade 2 listing was conferred, that demolition and sale of the 15 acres of land would bring “welcome revenue” but they were now left with the high costs of preserving the building instead. To rid themselves of this responsibility they decided to offer the Power Station for any alternative use that they deemed financially viable. They held a competition in 1983 to encourage developers to submit ideas and from a short-list of 10 schemes, a panel of experts lead by Sir Hugh Casson chose an idea for a theme park based on episodes from Britain’s industrial history as the only financially viable entry.

The Electricity Board had made a token attempt to involve the local community in the competition with a separate section for schools and other organisations to submit their ideas but there was no question that this section could win the competition.

Local people were allowed to vote on the different schemes through a self selecting ballot but the result was not to influence the panel, and an area of a mere 10,000 square feet was to be for the communities use in any winning scheme.

Local people had worked hard to make it the most efficient power station, many devoting their entire working lives to the success of the station. The surrounding area, largely housing estates for working people, would be affected by any new use for the station.

It still stands derelict looks like the so called developers are waiting for the iconic building to become so unsafe that it can be pulled down. The land is more valuable to them, without the power station. Myself and many others feel London would lose out if this was allowed to happen.

The ShardThe Shard is a skyscraper in London, United Kingdom. Standing 309.6 metres (1,016 ft) high, it was topped out on 30 March 2012 and opened on 5 July 2012. The Shard is the tallest building in the European Union, and is also the second-tallest free-standing structure in the United Kingdom, after the 330-metre (1,083 ft) concrete tower at the Emley Moor transmitting station.

Regents Canal Camden Lock Regents Canal, Camden

Ronnie's Manor On the banks of the Regents Canal.

Autumn Light Autumn light on Regents Canal

If you missed the previous posts featuring Fred’s work have a look in the treasure chest of the LLO archives.

5 London HDR Photographs from Fred255

Fred255 is a talented London-based HDR photography artist whose work I very much enjoy sharing with you. He’s recently contributed five new pieces to the Flickr pool.

 Street Corner Near the Royal Victoria Dock

Old Part of the London DocksOld part of London docks


Tate ModernTate Modern

London CurvesLondon curves

Happy Friday everyone.
Enjoy your weekend and cheers for continuously coming back to read the blog.
I’ve been enjoying all of your comments lately!

Rugged London: Part 3

Fred255 is becoming a regular contributor to the Flickr pool lately which is great news because I love to share his work. It’s London with a twist, which is always refreshing. So, following on form first Rugged London entry and the second Rugged London entry, here is the third display of Fred’s photography. Text beneath the photos is from Fred.

Trafalgar Tavern

Built on the site of the Old George Inn in the year of Victoria’s ascension in 1837

The Trafalgar Tavern situated on Park Row in Greenwich London really is a little Gem, not just a Public House a place full of history.

It is one of London’s most essential public houses, Charles Dickens and William Gladstone could be seen dining together here, it stands in the Greenwich Maritime World Heritage Site.

The building is late Regency with stunning bay windows and elegant balconies and columns.

Victoria Dock

Victoria Dock

Sunset Under Chelsea Bridge
Sunset under Chelsea Bridge

Luxury Apartments on the Thames

This luxury apartment block was on the River Thames about a 1/4 mile away for where I was standing.
I used a Canon EOS-1D Mark III with EF200mm f/2.8L USM +2.0x. It’s a very subtle HDR.

Looking West Towards Tower Bridge

Looking west toward Tower Bridge, trying out an 85mm prime lens.

London Roof

I did a 14 mile stroll though the old docks. This is the roof of a converted warehouse.

I was lucky, invited up on to a roof garden on an apartment block on the side of the River Thames in Rotherhithe. The really nice lady that invited me up, left me with a grumpy old man who really was not happy with me being up there. I was not up there for as long as I would have liked but I did manage to get this shot.

Rugged Bits of London: Part 2

Since you seemed to enjoy the Rugged Bits of London entry back in April featuring some stunning photography from the talented Fred255, I’ve decided to give you a round two. Fred has been kind enough to contribute a few more unique photos of the rusty, abandoned or derelict areas he captures so well and I’m very pleased to be able to share them with you on LLO. The words below each photo are his as well.


Commerce is a division of trade or production which deals with the exchange of goods and services from producer to final consume.

Here we see an old Thames barge, used for moving and selling goods up and down the Thames. Behind is Canary Wharf.

Canary Wharf is a major business district in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, England. Rivalling London’s traditional financial centre, the City of London, Canary Wharf contains many of the United Kingdom’s premier office spaces and tallest buildings.

Tunnel into the New Year

One of the tunnels on the Regents Canal.

3 Ways to Travel

The foot path, the canal and the railway above.

Regents Canal Tow Path

It’s such a shame about the graffiti, but it seems to be everywhere these days.

Modern living (Explored)

The modern appartments with the old cranes outside in Royal Victoria Dock, London.

Battersea Power Station

Probably the most famous derelict building the the UK, if not the world!

Mighty Battersea Cranes

Stothert & Pitt cranes at Battersea Power Station. These beautiful examples of urban decay cranes at the pier of Battersea Power Station were made by Stothert & Pitt Ltd, of Newark Works in Bath. They are listed for preservation and have to be included in any redevelopment plans for the site. So although the sun is going down on them, it will not be for the last time. We hope!

I used a Canon EOS-1D Mark III with EF200mm f/2.8L USM +2.0x , Exposure 1/4000 sec
Aperture f/7.1 Focal Length 400 mm ISO Speed 100


Thanks Fred, for allowing me to show off your fantastic photography.


And another note about photography… have you entered to win the giveaway of your choice of two 8×10 prints yet?

Some Rugged Bits of London

Loving Fred255‘s contributions to the Flickr pool while I was away last week. Something different to share with you. I’ve left his descriptions beneath each one.

Building SiteNot all of the London Dock area have been redeveloped yet, but it not far off. The site is on the south bank opposite Canary Wharf.

Monk and Glass  Custard
This sad looking Victorian warehouse now awaiting it’s fate, either demolition or conversion into posh flats. Was once owned by Wilfred Adrian Monkhouse, father of the late comedian Bob Monkhouse. 

Monkhouse’s father was a prosperous Methodist businessman who owned Monk and Glass, which made custard powder. 

While looking around this building the urbexer in me came out, I was desperate to find a way inside. I caught the attention of more than one security camera. I gave up, trying to get in and decided to use my fish eye lens to create this imposing view of this once great building.

 The Cooperage
Fire exit to a wine bar in London.

Seen Better Days Looks like this boat has had a nasty fire. It was moored on The River Thames near Chelsea bridge.

Trading Places
Taken about the same time as this one was taken. 

Here we see old Thames barges, used for moving and selling goods up and down the Thames. Behind Canary Wharf. 

Canary Wharf is a major business district in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, England. Rivalling London’s traditional financial centre, the City of London, Canary Wharf contains many of the United Kingdom’s premier office spaces and tallest buildings

Dedicated to Ronnie, a reminder of the good times. They will be back.

70's Style Bridge Ramp

On the side of the A102 one of the major roads in and out of London. Taken on a trip with my good friend Ronnie (Badgerrat 1) This was one of the few times that day I managed to wrestle my fish eye lens away from Ronnie.


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