Iconic

The sun came out today! But I missed it. By the time I made it out for lunch the sun had well and truly packed its bags. I cycled down to the Southbank and pottered along the Thames. Gotta love this view - such an iconic image of London. And it definitely lives up to its grey stereotype :)

Three good things:

1 - There was a beautiful cellist playing beautiful music beautifully in the passage underneath Westminster Bridge when I walked through. Gave me goosebumps it did.

2 - Bumping into a long lost acquaintance I knew from my early Bristol days, about 6 years ago now! She co-presented a late-night radio show that I used to sit in on back in the day when I was courting my comedian, and now she works in my building!! What a coincidence!

3 - I cycled home in record time today - even with a slow coach holding me up at Finsbury Park - 22 minutes!
love it! FAV! :)
posted January 8th, 2013  
This is gorgeous!
posted January 8th, 2013  
beautiful shot! love the tones and composition! fav!!
posted January 8th, 2013  
oh my lord, how on earth you get such stunning quality photos with just an iphone is beyond me! I think you should give up the day job and become a pro photographer :)
posted January 8th, 2013  
Nice one. Never tire of this view. No sun at all in Leeds today!
posted January 8th, 2013  
woooahhh!!!! fav...love it. you are so good on that iphone.. is this an app or the standard camera?
posted January 8th, 2013  
Brilliant work, the tones and mmod are so nice!
posted January 8th, 2013  
This is a stunning London shot!
posted January 8th, 2013  
Love it. Interesting that you processed the sky and not the water.
posted January 8th, 2013  
@brav it was mainly because the sky came out so grainy! Darn iPhones ;) It looked weird when I did the same to the water and I decided to keep the foreground sharp.
posted January 8th, 2013  
I like it alot. Well done. Jealous of your photo ops. dave from boring Ohio :)
posted January 8th, 2013  
Stunning. Like your processing!
posted January 8th, 2013  
Fantastic :) I think these type of shots really show off London
posted January 8th, 2013  
I don't know how you do such amazing things with an iPhone but you do - fav
posted January 8th, 2013  
@welshgirl @smevvy thank you ladies :) It's all in the editing! The original shot SOOC was nothing to write home about, but a bit of the "drama" filter in Snapseed followed by some nifty PicMonkey action and Bob's yer uncle, Fanny's yer aunt. I think my favourite touch was making the clock face on Big Ben stand out more clearly by using the "Eye Brighten" tool ;)
posted January 8th, 2013  
A classic Martha shot. This is simply wonderful!!
posted January 8th, 2013  
I can't believe you took that with your phone... it's stunning!! I love all the details and the look of the sky.
posted January 8th, 2013  
Wow. Niice!
posted January 8th, 2013  
It is a very iconic shot but done so beautifully, a fav for me.
posted January 8th, 2013  
Lovely shot, Martha!
posted January 8th, 2013  
love the drama in this, great b&w shot
posted January 8th, 2013  
Fantastic shot!
posted January 8th, 2013  
This is amazing! I love the sharpened quality of the buildings and the seemingly blurry cloudy sky.
posted January 8th, 2013  
Beautiful
posted January 9th, 2013  
Amazing shot! Love the focus and tones :)
posted January 9th, 2013  
Great shot! Love the color
posted January 9th, 2013  
Fantastic .... fav
posted January 9th, 2013  
great to see you again .
You still got that processing magic.
Go girl go. Onwards and upwards indeed.
posted January 9th, 2013  
Deb
Gorgeous shot. Really love it! :-)
posted January 9th, 2013  
Fav. Terrific shot
posted January 9th, 2013  
loving this Martha - great clouds and a lovely image of London Taan!
posted January 9th, 2013  
@wr1ghty thank you for detaiing how you achieve your photos! This is awesome. Fav. now you are at an even 20. :)
posted January 9th, 2013  
nice one M!
posted January 9th, 2013  
Amazing!
posted January 9th, 2013  
brill photo of an iconic building, great composition and lighting
posted January 9th, 2013  
Lovely and very stormy looking!
posted January 9th, 2013  
love it!
posted January 9th, 2013  
Oh my gosh, fantastic shot of my all-time favorite city. Just beautiful.
posted January 9th, 2013  
Tim
Terrific shot. Looks like a grey day, but Westminster always looks impressive. Love the positioning, the bridge draws the eye in to the main picture. Love it!
posted January 9th, 2013  
Fabulous b&w shot :)
posted January 9th, 2013  
Love this shot !
posted January 9th, 2013  
Saw this on PP. Beautiful. FAv.
posted January 10th, 2013  
Wonderful.
posted January 10th, 2013  
Fantastic!! The b/w is spot on and the clarity is off the hook. Super-duper shot here darlin'.
posted January 10th, 2013  
Beautiful!
posted January 10th, 2013  
very nice composition and love the processing
posted January 10th, 2013  
Oh how I love this and your description.
posted January 10th, 2013  
Superb shot and processing!
posted January 10th, 2013  
Great image
posted January 10th, 2013  
iconic indeed Martha - love it
posted January 10th, 2013  
Pam
Magnificent!
posted January 10th, 2013  
Beautiful capture!
posted January 10th, 2013  
What a fabulous shot. A fav.
posted January 11th, 2013  
lovely iconic shot and such glorious tones!
posted January 11th, 2013  
Really impressive shot, even more so considering you were using a 4S! You're right about the use of apps though to increase the shutter speed etc, very useful!
posted January 11th, 2013  
Stunning, London in all it's glory. Fav.
posted January 15th, 2013  
I'm amazed at what you can persuade an iPhone to do. You have mastered the processing for sure.
What an awesome final product.
posted January 17th, 2013  
Wow, gorgeous silver tones and great composition, I've never seen Big Ben from that viewpoint - nice!
posted January 18th, 2013  
Wonderful shot.
posted February 11th, 2013  
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