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The Tulip Staircase

Posted by
Ian Smith (London, United Kingdom) on 26 July 2010 in Architecture and Portfolio.

Located in the Queen's House, Greenwich (London) - the Tulip Staircase is something you just have to see. No photography is allowed...(how dare they!)... so whilst the security guards were elsewhere, I rested my little Fuji upon the conveniently positioned 'No Photography' sign (as it was in my way) to quickly grab this shot. Two seconds later two security guards rushed in... but with the camera already back in my pocket, no fight broke out ^_^

I'm relocating over the next week, and I haven't had the time to prepare any new shots - so that's my 100% record over (400+ shots) - but I'll have some new photo's back up soon. Thank you to all who leave kind comments.

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Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

Beautiful capture.

26 Jul 2010 5:06am

Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Slovakia

Such a beautiful seashell you have captured. LOL.

26 Jul 2010 5:40am

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

insolite mais magnifiquement composé...

26 Jul 2010 7:13am

Ian Bramham from Manchester, United Kingdom

stunning photo Ian!

26 Jul 2010 7:25am

Zion from Bucharest, Romania

very beautiful shot!

26 Jul 2010 7:38am

k@ from Paris, France

What a beautiful blue eye to climb up & down !

26 Jul 2010 8:32am

Catherine from Seoul, South Korea

Thanks for sharing something that many of us could never seen if it had not been for your quick photography! It's a beautiful shot ^^

26 Jul 2010 8:41am

Marie LC from France

Magnificent composition !

26 Jul 2010 9:29am

Florence from Paris, France

What a superb photograph, perfect crop. Very efficient. 5 stars.

26 Jul 2010 9:42am

Luis Rodrigues from Lisbon, Portugal

Wonderfull composition!

26 Jul 2010 1:49pm

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

I'm so glad you broke the rules! This is outstanding!! I have never seen such a beautiful spiral staircase.

26 Jul 2010 2:25pm

Stu from Scotland | Living in 京都 Kyoto, Japan

Oh my! Simply superb! Love this shot Ian!

26 Jul 2010 3:37pm

Céline from New York City, United States

5***** ! Gorgeous !

26 Jul 2010 5:27pm

Andrea from Regina, Canada

Good catch, especially for one so quickly taken. I guess they can't confiscate that!

26 Jul 2010 5:35pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

well seen and bravely captured Ian!

26 Jul 2010 8:08pm

Babzy from Besançon, France

beautiful stolen pic , well done !

26 Jul 2010 10:06pm

Dawn from Maryland, United States

Love this!! Perfect spiral and perfect compo! : )

26 Jul 2010 11:06pm

Michael from Chester, United Kingdom

Absolutely beautiful, and it deserves to be photographed.

26 Jul 2010 11:39pm

Nur Alam Mn from Jayapura, Indonesia

nice komposition, wonderful shot

27 Jul 2010 2:20am

Skyriani from Nelson, New Zealand

great composition...reminds me of natures inspiration for spiral architechture, for example, the koru

27 Jul 2010 8:16am

Siepi from Belgium

Thx for sharing this "illegal" photo, ;-)
it's just superbe!

27 Jul 2010 12:52pm

dan from Paris, France

The banister is not more than a line rounded off in a soft color.
The effect "snail" is graceful.

27 Jul 2010 1:22pm

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

A beautiful architectural feature and beautifully shot, you naughty boy !
Congratulations for winning a place in the AM3 Spotlight for this image !!

27 Jul 2010 9:43pm

Mhelene from Paris, France

Very very beautiful !!

27 Jul 2010 9:54pm

Barbara from Florida, United States

Stunning!! Well worth the risk of handcuffs. Soft elegance defined by the ornate railing, looking up, it's beautiful.
Congratulations on making the AM3 Spotlight!

27 Jul 2010 11:15pm

Betsy Barron from Philadelphia, PA, United States


27 Jul 2010 11:33pm

Céline from New York City, United States

I'm glad AM3 agrees with me ! Congratulations !

28 Jul 2010 3:03am


nice shot & good composition

28 Jul 2010 4:22am

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Congratulations for your spotlight.
A perfect framing, here

28 Jul 2010 7:47am

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

Spectacular, and I love the story. Good luck with the move and I'm looking forward to the next streak of 400!

28 Jul 2010 9:15am

Theys from Charleroi, Belgium

Wonderfull composition, bravo!

28 Jul 2010 11:47am

Daniel from Kenmare, United States


28 Jul 2010 12:13pm

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

Magnifique ! Félicitations ****

28 Jul 2010 1:00pm

Xerophytes from London, United Kingdom


I got a similar one:

28 Jul 2010 1:32pm

Marie from FRESNES, France

magnifique graphisme.

28 Jul 2010 2:41pm

❀ Yvonne Simons ❀ from Tilburg, Netherlands

Perfect, congratulations!

28 Jul 2010 5:17pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Such enchanting pattern, fabulous and perfect capture, and most amusing story... Congrats Ian!!! See you later!:-)

29 Jul 2010 12:32am

Becky from los angeles, United States

you're brave - and I'm glad! great shot!

29 Jul 2010 12:59am

DomAry from France

Magnifique photo qui me fait penser à Léonard de Vinci!
Magnificent photo which reminds me Léonard de Vinci!

29 Jul 2010 7:36pm

allthebest from Germany

Nice one

30 Jul 2010 5:59am

frammy from MIRAMAS, France

belle photo
bonne soirée

30 Jul 2010 7:01pm

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

This is absolutely beautiful!

31 Jul 2010 1:25am

shoti from somewhere in, China

looks like it's a work of art on it's own! a great find Ian.

1 Aug 2010 6:43am

larry from somewhere in, Singapore

Brilliant eye Ian. Congrats!

6 Aug 2010 12:52am

Richard from Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Nice grab!!

9 Aug 2010 3:18pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Great capture, great story as well Ian.
Looks like an eye?

15 Aug 2010 6:50pm

sawsengee from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

amazing spiral .....wonderful viewpoint & graphic composition......Congratz on the spotlight

22 Sep 2010 7:17pm

JCJ from Troyes, France

it's just gorgeous!

20 Nov 2010 5:58pm

guillaume from Paris, France

Great shot !

3 Dec 2010 12:53pm

Eric Laforgue from Ivry sur Seine, France

Classique mais efficace. Une belle photo.

18 Dec 2010 9:20am

Rosa Frei - Photo Emotions from Ouarzazate, Morocco

Wonderful shot!

25 Dec 2010 3:40pm

Dexter Chee from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Well and balanced capture. Nice photo.

27 Dec 2010 3:24pm

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

Fabulous shot!

9 May 2011 12:48pm

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