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My all-time favourite view of Battersea Power Station is from Ebury Bridge Road. The point where you’ll stand is a paved area overlooking the rail lines that lead to/from Victoria Station. In the distance is a perfectly clear view of the iconic Battersea Power Station. There are two other advantages to staking your place at Ebury Bridge Road.

First, you will probably be the only one with a camera standing in this spot. Two, the passing trains add an interesting element to your images. If you capture video, you’ll have brilliant London footage with plenty of action. Viewing Battersea Power Station from Ebury Bridge is definitely one of the best places to photograph London.

The Battersea Power Station area is experiencing significant re-development. From the Ebury Bridge Road photography spot, the new construction will be out of view for the most part. There will be some new architecture in your frame, tho’ you’ll be able to capture this iconic building as we all know and love it.

Where Is Ebury Bridge Road? How Do I Get To Ebury Bridge Road?
Ebury Bridge Road GPS Coordinates :: 51.4903923, -0.1511037

To many Londoners, Canary Wharf is an area best avoided. Full of suited workers in the week, and an apparent ghost town at the weekends, why would you visit it?  I must admit, Canary Wharf does leave me feeling a bit cold.
 
Canary Wharf is a major business district in east London. It is one of the United Kingdom’s two main financial centres – along with the City of London – and contains many of Europe’s tallest buildings, including the second-tallest in the UK, One Canada Square.  Canary Wharf is located on the West India Docks on the Isle of Dogs.
 
Canary Wharf is the perfect spot if you enjoy photographing lines, angles and architecture.  The area is a business district; the buildings are indistinguishable from any other business district in any other metropolitan city.  I see no distinction.   Do take note:  Canary Wharf is privately owned and security guards have the right to ask you (tell you) not to take photographs.  I’ve been asked to stop taking photos several times.
 
For the most part, however, you will probably not encounter issues if you are discrete.  Is Canary Wharf one of the best places to photograph London?  Yes, for the reasons stated above.  No, if you are seeking London’s icons.
 
Where is Canary Wharf?  How do I get to Canary Wharf?
Canary Wharf GPS Coordinates ::   51.5054° N, 0.0235° W

Cooking Minute With Cardo :: Keep Your Kitchen Knives Sharp

I’m sometimes asked what would be my number one cooking or kitchen tip. Without hesitation, I’ll quickly answer “make sure you keep your knives sharp”. The importance of working with sharp knives can’t be underemphasized. I can’t think of anything more frustrating than preparing a meal with dull knives.

Whether you’re slicing, dicing, chopping or carving, you HAVE to have a good sharp knife. You’ll keep your sanity and won’t cut yourself either. Sharp knives are, without a doubt, safer to use than dull ones. If you have to struggle to cut through or carve something, you don’t want the knife to slip on you. Dull knives will do that. You want a sharp knife that will cut cleanly, without any movement.

It only takes a few minutes, or less, to sharpen a knife, and if you do it regularly, then it takes a matter of seconds to keep them sharp. There are several kinds of sharpeners on the market, at a variety of prices to suit whatever your desire, budget, and space requirements are.

The most common basic kitchen knife sharpening tool is called a ” Honing Steel” or “Butcher’s Steel” (pictured below). These are inexpensive and easy to both store and use. Keep one handy, and use it often. You will quickly find out how beneficial sharp knives are for your cooking.

Travel Destination ::
Dubrovnik Croatia    Adriatic Sea During A Full Moon

My journey to Dubrovnik just happened to be timed to the full moon, and the Adriatic Sea provided a beautiful scene to capture some long exposure photographs.

Full Moon Landscape Photography
Dubrovnik During The Full Moon

The way the moonlight illuminates the rich blue water adds a marvellous dimension as do the slight waves.

Photographing anything at night is a passion of mine, whether in a large city or being amongst an amazing landscape. It is also never the easiest of tasks because of focus, steadying a camera (I rarely use a tripod), and getting the settings just right. Honestly, with practice, long exposure photography is not too terribly difficult. And, one of my ongoing projects is photographing landscapes around the world during the full moon.

To view the beautifully preserved Dubrovnik, you might enjoy this Dubrovnik post.

Consider these interesting facts about the Adriatic Sea ::

:: The Word Adriatic is derived from the early Etruscan settlement Adria. The word is thought to be derived from the word Adur,  which means sea or water. The Adriatic Sea was once known as Mare Adritaticum.

:: The Adriatic Sea separates the Balkan Peninsula and the Italian Peninsula, as well as the Apennine Mountains and Dinaric Alps.

:: The northern basin of the Adriatic Sea is its shallowest portion. The southern basin of the Adriatic Sea is its deepest.

:: In the Adriatic Sea the tidal movements are considered slight but on occasion, they are larger.

:: The Adriatic Sea has a lower salinity (dissolved salt) than the Mediterranean Sea because it collects one-third of the freshwater that ends up in the Mediterranean Sea.

:: The Adriatic Sea’s surface temperature is roughly 12 degrees Celsius in the winter and 30 degrees Celsius in the summer.

:: The Adriatic Sea is located on the Adriatic Microplate. This microplate was once part of the African Plate but separated during the Mesozoic era.

:: The Adriatic Sea has many protected marine areas. These include karst habitats.

:: The Adriatic Sea has more 7,000 species of flora and fauna. Many are rare and threatened.

:: The earliest known human settlements along the Adriatic were the Greek, Illyrian, and Etruscan people.

:: The Adriatic Sea is connected to the Ionian Sea via the Strait of Otranto.

:: The Adriatic Sea has a variety of different seafloor sediments including relict sand, muddy beds, rocky beds and sandy cove areas.

:: The bottlenose dolphin can be seen in the eastern Adriatic Sea, and along the Croatian coast there are endangered sea turtles and monk seals.

:: The ecosystem of the Adriatic Sea is threatened by excessive nutrient runoff from agricultural activity. A major source is the Po River, as well as Venice, and ships that discharge into the sea.

:: Overfishing is a problem in the Adriatic Sea and 120 species are threatened because of it.

:: Some of the overfished species include Norway lobster, spiny dogfish, monkfish, and blue shark.

:: Most of the countries bordering the Adriatic Sea are considered major tourist destinations. Some of these include Slovenia, Italy, Montenegro, Croatia, Albania, and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

:: Oil spills are considered a threat to the Adriatic Sea as they would have a major impact on fisheries and tourism. In Croatia alone, more than 1 million people would be without a job if a major oil spill occurred.

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