Oct 172013
 
The London Eye and “The Shard”
London Eye

This is a repeat visit to the Eye, but it’s a great view and worth looking for new images to capture.

Through the London Eye logo.  (Click image to enlarge)

1.  Through the London Eye logo. (Click image to enlarge)

Using one of the pods as a set for a standup shoot.  (Click image to enlarge)

2.  Using one of the pods as a set for a standup shoot. (Click image to enlarge)

 

The "studio" pod reaches the peak during a break in the clouds.  (Click image to enlarge)

3.  The “studio” pod reaches the peak during a break in the clouds. (Click image to enlarge)

Looking down as our flight concludes -- County Hall on the right.   (Click image to enlarge)

4.  Looking down as our flight concludes — County Hall on the right.
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The Shard

The Shard is a multi-use building down the Thames from the London Eye in the London Bridge Quarter.  The tower has 87 stories and is 1,004 feet high — the tallest building in the European Union.  Working down from the observation levels are residence floors, a hotel, restaurants, and office space.  A visit to the observation decks is not inexpensive…But it is totally unique.

The Shard, seen from the Millennium Bridge (which spans the Thames between St. Peter's and the Tate Modern.  (Click image to enlarge)

5.  The Shard, seen from the Millennium Bridge (which spans the Thames between St. Peter’s and the Tate Modern.
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A view down from the lower observation deck -- looking down river towards the Docklands and Greenwich. (Click image to enlarge)

6.  A view down from the lower observation deck — looking down river towards the Docklands and Greenwich.
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Visitors on the lower observation level.  (Click image to enlarge)

7.  Visitors in the enclosed gallery, which is the lower observation level. (Click image to enlarge)

 

The upper observation, which is open to the weather.   (Click image to enlarge)

8.  The upper observation deck, open to the weather, is at the 804 foot level.
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Another view of the upper observation level.  The building extends above this level.   (Click image to enlarge)

9.  Another view of the upper observation level. The building extends above this level.
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Looking up from the upper observation level. (Click image to enlarge)

10.  Looking up from the upper observation level.
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 Photo Notes: 

Because of the way the blog software downsamples the in-stream images, you need to click the images to see them more clearly.

  1. Fujifilm X-Pro1 |Zeiss 12mm | ISO 400 | 1/480 | f/8
  2. Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Fuji 18-55mm @ 30.2mm | ISO 400 | 1/600 | f/8
  3. Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Zeiss 12mm | ISO 400 | 1/1200 | f/8
  4. Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Zeiss 12mm | ISO 400 | 1/170 | f/9
  5. Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Fuji 18-55mm @ 23.3mm | ISO 400 | 1/450 | f/6.4
  6. Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Fuji 18-55mm @ 19.6mm | ISO 800 | 1/400 | f/5
  7. Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Zeiss 12mm | ISO 800 | 1/480 | f/8
  8. Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Zeiss 12mm | ISO 800 | 1/680 | f/8
  9. Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Zeiss 12mm | ISO 800 | 1/450 | f/8
  10. Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Fuji 35mm | ISO 800 | 1/320 | f/13
Sep 142013
 

Three photographs this time.

Getting ready for a week in London next month and I happened be looking at some pictures from a trip in November, 2000.

These are panoramics shot with a Horizon 202 — a Russian film camera with a swing lens.  The film is loaded over a curved film “plane” inside, and when you press the shutter button, the lens rotates in a 120 degree arc.  I wish they made a digital camera that did something like this.

The workflow was similar to shooting with film cameras at that time:  Develop the negatives; cut them into strips and scan them (the Horizon frame is 24 x 60mm instead of the normal 24 x 36mm), remove the dust spots in PhotoShop, then adjust as per normal practice (noise, curves, color balance, brightness/contrast, sharpening, etc.).  Typically I would shoot Fuji Press (ISO 800) film and used a snap in neutral density filter when outside.  This also allowed me to shoot interior scenes — without the ND filter.

I went back and touched up the photos following a little bit before posting them here.

Inside a London Eye Capsule

A typical dreary end-of-November day, but still a nice flight.  The kid was aware that something was happening, because he could see the lens moving.

In a London Eye capsule -- flying over the Thames (click to enlarge)

In a London Eye capsule — flying over the Thames (click to enlarge)

Iconic London Buses

In the Transport Museum, arranged the “old” way.  At that time, the museum was set up to exhibit.  In this area, you could see five buses arrayed in a fan.  Now the museum is set up for activities.  I guess that’s better for kids, but not as good for history buffs.  The gift store, however, remains one of the better ones, and being at Covent Garden, is easy to find and may be on your itinerary anyway.

London Buses.  (click to enlarge)

London Buses (click to enlarge)

The London Eye from Underneath

A view from under the support legs of the Eye.  The two legs cantilever out over the Thames, so when you look straight down from your capsule, you’re over the water.

Underneath the Eye (click to enlarge)

Underneath the Eye (click to enlarge)

I plan on visiting both of these sites…No idea what those pictures will be like.

Links

The London Eye
The London Transport Museum
Wikipedia: Horizon Camera

Feb 052010
 

Looking Down, London Eye

The pods on the London Eye give you the opportunity to look in all directions.

On this chilly, drizzly early December day in 2008 I decided to look down as well as around.  Some of the people there on the South Bank seem to be clustered for a reason, but if I knew once, it escapes me now.

Shooting inside one of those pods does present challenges.  The polished windows make reflections stand out unless you back away (in which case you get a lot of the pod’s interior in your shot), or get the lens right up to the glass.

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