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Just when I thought I'd shot London to death my good friend and fellow photographer Parrish suggested taking some shots of the city 70 storeys up inside the United Kingdom's tallest (Europe's fourth tallest) building, The Shard. I must admit I was never wild about views over London from a height, especially in the daytime. The city is a mess of chaotic construction where seemingly any available space is rapidly swallowed up by a concrete behemoth. But after sunset the vivid lights and colour bring London to life and it was a great pleasure to see the city vista and shoot it with Parrish.We both had trouble getting clear shots through the double layered glass, which was determined to spoil our images with reflections, despite using polarising filters. However, having such an effective image stabilisation on the Olympus E-M5 allowed me to take 1 second exposures hand-held at the lowest ISO. We shot from before sunset to after dusk, enjoying the full range of light over the city. I took some images in black and white but the majority are processed with an almost pop-art vivacity to them, attempting to showcase the brilliance of the lights.I must extend huge thanks to Parrish for bringing me to this venue and shooting with me, even lending his bag to lean on for some long exposures.  I hope you enjoy the results. All image shots with the Olympus E-M5 with either the Olympus 12-40mm F/2.8 or 60mm F/2.8 attached. 

May 08, 2016

View From The Shard

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Just when I thought I'd shot London to death my good friend and fellow photographer Parrish suggested taking some shots of the city 70 storeys up inside the United Kingdom's tallest (Europe's fourth tallest) building, The Shard. 

I must admit I was never wild about views over London from a height, especially in the daytime. The city is a mess of chaotic construction where seemingly any available space is rapidly swallowed up by a concrete behemoth. But after sunset the vivid lights and colour bring London to life and it was a great pleasure to see the city vista and shoot it with Parrish.

We both had trouble getting clear shots through the double layered glass, which was determined to spoil our images with reflections, despite using polarising filters. However, having such an effective image stabilisation on the Olympus E-M5 allowed me to take 1 second exposures hand-held at the lowest ISO. 

We shot from before sunset to after dusk, enjoying the full range of light over the city. I took some images in black and white but the majority are processed with an almost pop-art vivacity to them, attempting to showcase the brilliance of the lights.

I must extend huge thanks to Parrish for bringing me to this venue and shooting with me, even lending his bag to lean on for some long exposures.  I hope you enjoy the results. 

All image shots with the Olympus E-M5 with either the Olympus 12-40mm F/2.8 or 60mm F/2.8 attached. 


Canary Wharf.
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Canary Wharf.

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HMS Belfast moored in front of Hays Galleria. 
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HMS Belfast moored in front of Hays Galleria. 

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Train lines out of London Bridge.
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Train lines out of London Bridge.

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St Paul's Cathedral.
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St Paul's Cathedral.

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Southwark Cathedral.
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Southwark Cathedral.

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BT Telecom Tower in the distance.
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BT Telecom Tower in the distance.

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Financial District.
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Financial District.

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City Hall (foreground), Tower Bridge, Canary Wharf (top right).
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City Hall (foreground), Tower Bridge, Canary Wharf (top right).

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Towards the South Bank and The London Eye.
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Towards the South Bank and The London Eye.

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Looking up at The Shard. 
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Looking up at The Shard. 

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ParrishMay 7, 2016 10:58 PM

Always always a pleasure my friend. Possibly one of the most challenging shoots in my photography life,. Extremely difficult to get good clean sharp images. Personally I think you done this place ( The Shard ) and London proud with your images.
You wanted a new challenge , you got it........ now what is next !

Fantastic evening with great company, until next time my friend .

Alpha Whiskey PhotographyMay 8, 2016 12:06 AM

Thank you Parrish! Next will have to be something seriously challenging! :) Thanks for a terrific evening mate :)

Jeffrey BleamanMay 8, 2016 08:11 AM

Absolutely delicious images. Please share what software you are using for post processing.

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