San Francisco XL

More photos from my trip to USA in 2016. The 40 (XL in roman numerals) photos were taken in San Francisco.

Due to our tight schedule… and a bit of a nightmare with the hire car at the airport , we only had 24 hours in this amazing city. For a city with so much to see and do, this was nowhere near enough time to fully appreciate it.

Enjoy the pics.

 

Lindos, Rhodes – July 2014

Just returned from a recent trip to the town of Lindos, on the Greek island of Rhodes. I’d like to  share some of my photos.
Lindos is a beautiful scenic town with some breathtaking views. It’s not a big place but it is tightly packed with fantastic restaurants, bars, shops and a couple of nightclubs (if you stay up till around 2am).
Lindos is an extremely hilly place, not ideal for the old or unfit. You could, however, just hail a donkey to take you up the steepest inclines to the ancient Acropolis overlooking the town.
Enjoy my photos and leave a comment. I’d really love to know your thoughts.

All images taken on iPhone 5 – Cropped and tweaked in Adobe Photoshop

Pantone’d Portraits – Kickstarter

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Newcastle Upon Tyne Pantone Art

Angel of the North Pantone art by Alex Patterson
Angel of the North Pantone art by Alex Patterson

Art by myself, depicting some landmarks in and around my home city of Newcastle Upon Tyne. All painstakingly created from Pantone style colour swatches. Each image is constructed as a 40×40 square grid comprising of 1600 individual swatches. Each swatch is the average colour of the particular region of the image. Looking closely and all you will see is a series of coloured square Pantone swatches; Take a few steps back and the stunning landmarks are revealed.

The Angel of the North divides the local residents. Some love it as an icon of the nort east, while others see it as an unsightly blot on the landscape. Personally I like it.

Fog on the Tyne Pantone art by Alex Patterson
Fog on the Tyne Pantone art by Alex Patterson

Fog on the Tyne inspired by a recent conversation with a friend – Cheers Brendan

Tyne Bridge Pantone art by Alex Patterson

The bridges over the Tyne are iconic, stunning, pictoresque and well worth a visit. The above image is the view from the Gateshead side of the High Level bridge. You can make out the beautiful shape of the Tyne bridge as well as its bright red neighbour, the Swing Bridge.

Grey's Monument Pantone art by Alex Patterson
Grey’s Monument Pantone art by Alex Patterson

Grey’s monument sits at the heart of Newcastle. Erected as a tribute to Lord Charles Grey for passing the great reform act of 1832.

St. James' Park Pantone art by Alex Patterson
St. James’ Park Pantone art by Alex Patterson

Dominating the Newcastle skyline  is St. James Park, home to Newcastle United Football Club since it opened in 1892. It now regularly holds over 50,000 geordies after renovations between 1998 and 2000.

St. James' Park Pantone art by Alex Patterson
St. James’ Park Pantone art by Alex Patterson

It’s a shame that permission cannot be gained to continue the stands around the whole stadium to create a 100,000 seated mega stadium.

Other Pantone artworks I’ve created so far: Comic, Spiderman, Starwars pantatooine.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions, suggestions, ideas, commissions. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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The Lakes 2013

Recently, for my brothers 40th, I had a trip with 9 other lads, to the Lake District, a beautiful part of the world. However, it had been planned in March to avoid any adverse weather. :/ Mother nature decided otherwise and graced us with a freak spring weekend of heavy snow.

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The disturbing snow-swept journey meant we could hardly see where the road actually was. Not the greatest idea to be on country roads that gritters dont ever visit. Our first activity of the weekend was bike riding. (No pics of that – it’s almost impossible to ride a bike whilst taking pictures).

The bike riding was cut short as there was zero grip on the wheels going uphill and so much snow that you couldn’t open your eyes going downhill (Not really all that safe). Also, we were concerned the roads may become unusable. Night out with plenty of beers (… and kareoke – eek!) made up for the disapointing bike effort.

Day 2 – Hike

Again the snow scuppered the planned journey, but fortunately we had someone in the group that, i quote, ‘knows the hills like the back of his hand’.

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Despite the weather the trek was on!!

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Even the local residents seemed rather puzzled that we’d be up in the hills in these conditions.

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Although difficult going, the views were beautiful.

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Love the above shot as all the lads descend and ascend down a mini valley. The ‘V’ shape of the row of men mirrors the peak of the hill in the background. Also love how everyone seemed to pull the same ‘arm out’ pose while crossing a small stream.

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Some of the snowdrifts were over 4 foot deep. Not easy to get through with my little, unfit legs, ha!

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Sometimes the blizzards were almost unbearable but when the weather calmed, the hills, lakes and streams were stunning.

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We weren’t the only things brave enough to venture to the hills. The sheep gathered on a small mound of exposed grass seemed content. We also met an amazingly photogenic cow that happily posed for the above shot.

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The journey led us to the discovery of an amazing cave. The only way in – and out was via a series of well placed stepping stones (amazingly no one slipped into the water.) The cave was amazing, so many colours in the rocks. The contrast between the dark stone and bright white snow blew me away.

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It was shorlty after the cave that it the trek got more difficult – especially for me. We stopped for a breather and to contemplate our route. Someone pointed up the hill to the peaks and my heart dropped. As we ascended my legs cramped up and I almost turned back. I powered on with the help of a donated, well needed energy drink.

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After what seemed like uphill after uphill we reached the peak.

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Finally, to my relief, we had some downhill sections. Some of these did involve more snow drifts and the occasional hill-bum-slide.

All in all a great trip – hope to get back there soon.

Would recomend that everyone visits the lakes at some point. Lots to do, and amazing surroundings… Even when it snows.

London Panorama

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London Panorama

Absolutely mind-blowing panoramic image of London taken over 3 days from BT Tower. Follow the link where you can pan and zoom in up to 3 miles.

Panarama was compiled from 48,640 individual frames. The 320gigapixel image took a supercomputer 3 months to process and stitch together.

The 320 gigapixel image from the top of the BT Tower in London. Taken by Jeffrey Martin, Holger Schulze and Tom Mills, comprises 48,640 individual frames which have been collated into a single panorama by a supercomputer.

Seriously, just go to http://www.btlondon2012.co.uk/pano.html and check it out. So much zoom-ability, it’s scary.

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Where’s Mummy?

Where's Mummy?
Where’s Mummy?

Where’s Mummy? was taken at Malaga airport. I loved how Father and Daughter were gazing out onto the runways. The light streaming through the giant windows creates an amazing atmosphere. The Plane through the window is actually one of the scale model planes that hang from the airport ceilings.

The contrast of light and dark reminded me a bit of a starship window looking out into space. The fact that the Father and daughter also look a bit like C3PO and R2D2 may be something to do with this too.

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There’s an ape for that

Theres an ape for that
There’s an ape for that

This cool, posing fella was taken in Gibralta, Spain. Up at the top of Gib’ rock there is a large colony of barbary apes. They are curious and from what i could tell ‘mostly harmless’. The ape in the photograph was perched precariously on a railing above a sheer drop over the rock edge. Obviously not phased by this position or the fact i was shoving a camera in his face, he pulled his best ‘Magnum’ look for me.

Drop Zone

Drop Zone

This photograph may not be interesting to most but it is a symbol of a great day in my life. The Saturday before my 30th birthday I returned from work where my girlfriend at the time insisted she gave me my present early. Reluctantly i opened it to find that the following morning i would be jumping out of a plane at 10,000 feet. I’d always wanted to do a parachute jump but figured I would have more time to think about it and get myself mentally prepared. A restless nights sleep was followed by a short drive to the airstrip on a beautiful mid summers day.

Jumping from a plane is a surreal experience. The freefall is as if there is a cinema screen in front of you showing the ground below with a wind machine blowing into your face. Its only when the cord is pulled and the harness tightens around the groin area that you are snapped, with a squeel, back into reality. From there its a tranquil glide back to terra firma. I’d reccomend a tandem jump to anyone. Great experience.