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Here’s my latest attempt. As you can see, SL’s lighting is really quite pretty when given a suitably detailed normal map.



Here you can see the red, green and blue channels as they look when part of the final image. (Remember that each channel is just a grayscale image — it’s how you position the light that matters. They are color coded here for your convenience.)


The image to the bottom-right of this pic shows merged result of the three color images — this final image is your normal map. The little thingy in the middle is the normal map placed on a shiny cube. The next pic will be CLOSE-UPS! WOO!

Subtitled "Supermassive Blackhole". You can see this by looking into my eyes... a Large and Dark View as you're feeling sleepy... falling (with 1 Poultry) into a Supermassive Blackhole.


So just to be clear - I don't hate 1 Poultry. I like the building... just not at this location as here it clashes with all around (Bucklersbury House on the right excepted but that's going away so doesn't count) and is really only there because the alternative was just too grim to contemplate - that alternative being another grand building... but absolutely not right for this location.


Location, Location, Location as that curious man and his rather porcine colleague used to espouse regularly on Channel 4. Not looking so clever now, eh? Mr Curious (what is his name) being a great advocate of property as an investment... you know - and I might be going out on a limb here - I've always purchased houses to live in as a home. Call me a fuddy duddy grumpy old traditionalist goatblower, but I was always under the impression that's what they were for.


Anyway - back in the locality of 1 Poultry (the stripy building on the left)


First off I have to say that "Poultry" is a great name for a street. Just one word - Poultry - without any Lanes, Streets, Avenues or suchlike to get in the way. I'd love to have an address like that..imagine the fun you could have with call centres.


"What road is that sir?"


pause..."Sorry sir - did you say "Poultry?"


So to get the real picture we have to blame the Victorians who built the road which runs across the shot here - Queen Victoria Street. - which was intended to relieve congestion between the spanky new Victoria Embankment (you can see there's a naming theme here) and The City. Starting at Blackfriars and ending at Bank it was built in a gentle curve and required the purchase and demolition of some 500 properties on the route which alone took nearly two years to complete before construction could begin in 1868.


Being a somewhat heavy handed and functional bunch the Victorians didn't really care much for the existing medieval street layout - the raking angle the new street took meant that many of the plots created were triangular, the most notable of which being at 2-10 Queen Victoria Street where, in 1870, John Belcher (junior) built his Mansion House Buidlings which are more fondly remembered by the name of the principal tenant - Mappin and Webb, suppliers of silver and finery to Her Maj (QEII not Madonna) don't you know.


In the mid 19th Century John Ruskin (for it is he) had written a paper about how the architecture of the city should be Venetian in style since this reflected the mercantile nature of the area - the challenge was taken up and inspired many innovative buildings. The Mappin and Webb building was in the New Gothic Style, inspired by 12th Century French architecture. Built of Bath Stone and Granite it had some fabulous decorative carvings around the arcaded openings which ran around the outside of the building.


The point of the building, which faced the Bank of England, was handled effortlessly with the arcade sweeping round on all floors - there was a rounded tower at the higher floors, topped off with a conical roof which added a focal point to that end of the building. John Belcher (Snr and Jnr) were accomplished architects of the time and designed many other buildings in the area of Poultry, but this was their finest.


Roll forward to 1958 and London is rebuilding after the war - getting underway is Bucklersbury House on the right here... more detail on the history of that building and the Temple of Mithras, seen at the forefront of this picture, in this earlier shot of mine here.


By this time the likes of Belcher and the Gothic architecture he produced had few friends - the vogue was modernisation and buildings like Bucklersbury House were springing up everywhere... each with little merit or sympathy for the surroundings. An idea was put forward for a landmark on the site of Mappin and Webb and the surrounding buildings but it wasn't until 1984 that the first plan received public scrutiny.


By this time the site was owned by Peter Palumbo - father of Ministry of Sound owner James Palumbo - who put forward a design for an 18 story glass and steel office tower designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. The tower would be on one side of a huge paved square which would have opened up views of the Mansion House, St Stephen Walbrook and Lutyen's Midland Bank on Cheapside (just visible at the end of 1 Poultry in the shot here). The plan was heavily opposed - Prince Charles called it a "Glass Stump" which finished the friendship that he and Palumbo had.


The design was finally vetoed by the Secretary of State in 1985 who said that the development was entirely unsuitable for such an historic site.. but that future redevelopment may be countenanced. So in 1986 a smaller scheme, designed by James Stirling was put forward... this was also turned down. Finally in 1988 the design for One Poultry was on the table.


English Heritage and The City opposed the design, the demolition of 8 listed buildings it would require and the removal of Bucklersbury, a street which ran from the left of this shot to Cheapside. Prince Charles added his voice again, saying that the design "looked like a 1930's wireless set". The only advocates were Palumbo, James Stirling and, curiously, Mappin and Webb who complained that their building was too cramped for modern retailing...


... however, in the end the second appeal was successful and permission was given for the plan to go ahead. As expected this went to the Secretary of State who vetoed it again, but this was overturned in the house of lords and the fate of the Victorian buildings was sealed.


The recession of the early 90's delayed the start of work and it was only in 1994, just days before planning permission was due to expire, that demolition started. By then James Stirling had died so the building was completed by his colleague, Michael Wilford.


The demolition revealed a host of Roman artifacts and there was an extensive archeological dig on the site - there are details of the dig on the Museum of London's website here which is well worth a read.


The building was finally finished in 1998 and is indeed most impressive and is of exceptional quality. The design is one of circles and triangles and is very geometric... the distinctive stripes are made of two types of sandstone- an Australian, Helidon, and one from Gloucestershire called Wilderness Red. The building also different in that there is a basement and ground floor public area, complete with shops, and a rooftop restaurant, complete with garden - the offices are between.


Impressive and different it may be, it doesn't fit with the surroundings of older architecture and Portland stone - it looks completely out of place, almost uncomfortably so, and I wish it were elsewhere. This said, the site from where this picture was taken is up for redevelopment as "Walbrook" - yet another Landmark Office which will probably be equally as unsuited to the area but will at least have friend next door so they can look incongruous together.


I can't help feeling that the building isn't aging well... it looks tired in places and I always feel it needs a bit of a scrub up. At the far end there is a tower of sorts which harks back to the Mappin and Webb building... I suspect that it won't stand the test of time as well as it's predecessor.


As for the title of the shot - it always strikes me that railing against modern architecture has to be accompanied by an alternative design.. you can't just say "no - not that" over and over again without coming up with an equally viable alternative. So Prince Charles campaigned heavily against the Glass Stump but did he really think that, once one design was vetoed, the notion of a new building would go away forever? If he did then he's even more naive than I thought.


Yes he dispensed with the Glass Stump but what replaced it was, while certainly an improvement, still not want he wanted.. but by that stage it was too late - it's not reasonable to campaign against design after design... eventually one will be chosen. This said, if he had put forward a design it might have been as grim as Paternoster Square who's diabolical mishmash of styles defies reason and is somewhere I can never photograph for fear of my innards wanting to escape their restraints in protest.



A modern office building at No. 1 Poultry, London. It was voted the 5th worst building in London by Time Out readers due to its bold lines and colours. But I quite like it!


During the construction a major excavation was performed beneath the building and roman artifacts were found dating to 47AD which suggests this is the date of the founding of Roman Londinium.


more info: Wikipedia | English Heritage Excavation |

Beautiful stone built Victorian store at No.1 Poultry. Demolished and replaced by a ghastly pink confection that looks like a tacky prop from Dr Who!


Does anyone still care about London?

Mappin and Webb One Poultry April 1994.

Apologies for the missing part at the top. This was the classic end of film issue.

The Chancel


Behind the High Altar, the east window is a memorial to James Montgomery (1771 - 1854) who spent most of his life in Sheffield and had a great impact on the city as a newspaper editor, social reformer, anti-slavery campaigner, hymn-writer and supporter of the Sunday School movement. The stained glass window shows Saint Matthew, Moses, David and Saint John and was given to the Cathedral by the Mappin family.

Praça Ramos de Azevedo 1986

Another Macro Monday. "Vibrant Minimalism". HMM.

closeup of multicolored drawing pins.

HDR selective colour of the Mappin Building at the University of Sheffield.


HDR brings the details of the windows from inside and the selective colour hopefully makes them pop. Personally I think the tress in the foreground add to quite a spooky feel.

Ian. R. Mappin's very smart ERF W21 COT seen on the M62 eastbound at Sandholme, East Yorkshir

the taste of sheffield

upper hanover street, sheffield, south yorkshire, england


Though similar in appearance to a Worcestershire sauce, Henderson’s Relish is unique in its aroma and flavour. It can be used both as a sauce on meat dishes, pies, fish, chips and as a cooking ingredient in casseroles, pasta dishes, soups and marinades.


Unlike other comparable sauces, the relish is also suitable for vegetarians.


The special mix of spices are blended together with our secret recipe and a special sauce is made. The way in which the sauce is blended is still a closely guarded secret and at least once a year a rumour sweeps Sheffield that the owner is retiring and taking the secret recipe with him. Upon hearing this supermarket shelves are cleared as people stock up on their favourite sauce. Fortunately all these rumours are unfounded and Hendersons is going as strong as ever.


Location: Mappin Street, Sheffield

Date: 20 March 2009


This is an old cathedral church. It's situated right in front of Mappin Building, also an old brick type of structure for faculty of Engineering. If I'm not mistaken, this church had been refurbished long time ago and converted into several classes to accomodate the growing number of students who come to study in University of Sheffield.

Mapping no Mappin - United Vjs + Mídia Dub

Product, design. Contrast and sharpness.

Este miercoles me tome un largo rato y dibuje parado apoyado en la baranda de una salida de subte sobre Diagonal Norte.

El croquis de la izquierda es un detalle de fachada del Edificio La Equitativa del Plata, en la esquina de Diagonal y Florida. Detalle de las ventanas sobre la esquina (lo dibuje después del de la derecha, ya tenía poco tiempo).

El de la derecha es el edificio ex Casa Mappin & Webb, ex BNL y actual HSBC y esta pegado al edificio de Mario Botta Florida 40.

Ambos los dibuje directamente en microfibra 005 y luego acuarela en casa. Estuve 1:20hs aprox para hacerlos en línea sobre cuaderno Brugge 12x17.5cm, hoja de 100grm.



This Wednesday I took a long lunch break and draw standing leaning on the railing of a subway exit on Diagonal Norte Av.

The sketch on the left is a detail of the facade of The La Equitativa del Plata Building, on the corner of Diagonal Norte Av. and Florida Street. It´s a closeup of the windows on the corner (I drew after the one over the right, and had little time).

On the right is the former Casa Mappin & Webb, former BNL Bank and current HSBC Bank and is next by Mario Botta´s building on 40 Florida Street.

Both drawn directly with fineliner 005+01 and then watercolor at home. About 1:20hs drawing on site on Brugge sketchbook 12x17.5cm, 100grm sheet.


El: 18/4/13, on: 4/18/12



Let The Games Begin.

More info. Ref: D366_221

view from portobello street

university of sheffield, england

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Street musician plays violin in central Sao Paulo, this tuesday (18/03/2014), watched by commuters


Available also in Nurphoto

Sobre o viaduto, fileira de Vans da SpTrans destinadas a levar os visitantes ao circuito de luzes natalinas de São Paulo.

This featured in a painting called "Heart of the Empire".

Hoje não teve caminhada, a chuva não deixou, ficamos embaixo da marquise do antigo prédio do Mappin!

Our Daily Challenge 11-17 December : Many Pieces.

With some digifiddling

O "Prédio do Mappin" - O prédio da praça Ramos virou sinônimo de megaloja numa época em que não existiam shoppings em São Paulo. O Mappin foi inaugurado em 1913 na rua 15 de Novembro para atender a elite cafeeira de São Paulo. Seis anos depois mudou-se para a praça do Patriarca e em 1939 foi para o prédio que se tornaria emblema de lojas de departamentos na cidade. Até a abertura dos shoppings, entre o final dos anos 60 e início dos 70, o comércio mais glamouroso passava pelo Mappin.


O prédio da praça Ramos não foi construído para abrigar lojas --o projeto do arquiteto Elisário Bahiana (1891-1980), o mesmo que fez o viaduto do Chá e o Jockey Club, era para a sede de um banco, o Banespa.

O problema é que a direção do Banespa achava que o prédio ficara longe demais da centro financeiro, que na época baseava-se nas rua Direita e 15 de Novembro, a pouco mais de 1 km da praça Ramos. A Santa Casa de Misericórdia tinha um edifício nessa área, na rua João Brícola, e trocou-o com o Banespa --ela é até hoje a dona do edifício.

artigo completo:

Hmmm, is Mappin House related to Mappin & Webb the famous jewellers?


Winsley Street at Oxford Street, London W1


The spire in the back is All Saints Church on Margaret Street.

Music: Because Boobs.




Well, I guess that’s all for this half-assed tutorial. Being able to build things out of prims — or sculpts, or mesh, or whatever — and make normal maps out of them is a seriously handy thing to be able to do.


Oh. One more thing…

This bizarre ship-like building, designed by James Stirling replaced the old Mappin and Webb building in the City

From London on 14th Dec 1889 ~ an advertisement from 'Mappin & Webb' for travelling bags & dressing cases.


Bueno este es mi 1era HDR o mi 1er intento ;) a los mas experimentados en el HDR opinen y denme sus opiniones.


para el HDR use 5 imagenes con distinta exposicion.


el proceso fue el siguiente:

1ero hdr tone mappin en photomatix

2do edicion en photoshop

3ero afinando detalles en lightroom 3


el proceso de todo eso dio como resultado esta imagen.


Tbm aproveche esta foto para mostrar mi nuevo logo o identificador XD





The Weston Park Museum, one mile west of the centre of Sheffield, England, lies beside Weston Park and surrounded by the University of Sheffield. It is managed by the Sheffield Galleries and Museums Trust.


The building, neo-Classical and in the Ionic order, was completed in 1868, and extended twice since. Some of the extension works were funded by donations from local businessman J. G. Graves. The front part of the building was the city museum, while the rear was the art gallery. The art gallery is a Grade II* listed building.

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