Harpa Concert Hall – Reykjavik’s amazing Architecture

This is the Harpa Concert Hall Conference centre in Reykjavik, which I visited on the last day of a 9 day holiday in Iceland. Iceland is an amazing destination. The scenery of Iceland is superb with glaciers, volcanoes, geysers,  waterfalls and above all, great light.

Harpa Concert Hall

Reykjavik’s Harpa concert hall is a must see for anyone who loves modern architecture. The striking glass façade is based on the basalt structures found all over the country.

Harpa Concert Hall, Reykjavik

Harpa Concert Hall, Reykjavik – ©David Bleeker

The interior has a lot of contrast It is light because of the glass on the outside and dark because of the black concrete used throughout the building. I love to revisit this building at night to see the lighting of the façade.

The building is situated right at the waterfront with a view of the harbour and the surounding mountains. The design was a collaboration between Danish Henning Larsen Architects and Olafur Eliasson who designed the glass façade.
This year (2013) the building won the Mies van de Rohe Award (European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture).

See more exterior and interior images in the Harpa, Reykjavik Gallery

Harpa art for sale.

8mm – 180 degrees

I got this 8mm-180 degrees circular fish-eye for some virtual tours and really that is probably the only sensible use for this lens. It is hard to find other useful applications for this extreme circular fish-eye, so it is not very often in my bag. But when that happens it is fun to experiment to see what can be done with it.

I must say the sharpness and built quality is amazing. Chromatic aberration is very well controlled with very little need for correction.

Here the Willis Building and the Lloyds building in the City of London.

Willis - Lloyds - 8mm-180 degrees

Willis – Lloyds – 8mm-180 degrees – ©David Bleeker

5D markII Sigma 8mm f/3.5  30 seconds at f/11

New Black and White Architecture Gallery

Reuters Technical Services Centre, London

Reuters Technical Services Centre, London

Black and white photography is something I sometimes got into using Ilford FP4 and HP5 and Kodak T-Max 400, later I used Kodak T400 CN which could be processed as a colour film. But I never did use black and white on a regular basis probably because I did not have my own darkroom. And Kodachrome 64 was almost standard in my camera.

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Website update

Poplar DLR

Just a very brief post of some changes made to the site. You will probably notice that I have now a static Homepage and a separate blog page which you have found obviously, unless you read this in a RSS reader.

I will start adding some more content to my blog which will work a bit easier as it is not the homepage any more and can sometimes be a bit off-topic.

I have also updated the Portfolio page so it is fully functional with any type of tablet Android or Ipad. If you experience any problems please drop me an email or leave a comment.

Other new pages are a page with info on Image licensing and my Photography Services.

I updated also the Copyright page to clarify the rules on usage on Blogs websites and Social media.

Snowy London

Red bus in snowy London landscape.

Red bus in snowy London landscape.

Snowy scenes in North London. Almost 24 hours continuous snow brought a nice blanket of about 6 inches. This image was taken on Monday morning just after sunrise on Totteridge Lane a in the North of the London Borough of Barnet.

The cool blue morning light on the snow nicely contrast with the red London bus.  A combination of ISO, aperture and shutter speed with the right ambient light levels made it possible to balance the light in the bus and the white surrounding and still have enough movement.

Canon EOS 5D markII 24mm ISO 400 1/10″ F4.0