A view across the River Thames of the distinctive "big pickle" in the City of London, England, nick-named The Gherkin. This iconic London skyscraper formally the Swiss-Re Building is now actually called 30 St Mary Axe, but everyone knows it as the "London Gherkin". The building became part of the London skyline on its completion in December 2003. It stands on the site of the former Baltic Exchange which was extensively damaged by a Provisional IRA bomb that exploded on the 4 April 1992. In the foreground is the northern entrance to Tower Bridge and in the background the Heron Tower. Peeking in from the right side yet another crane, helping to construct a further new building in this part of the England's capital city.
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COSTANTINO (65236) 2014-08-13 1:09
Good morning dear friend
is this a space station?
wonderful modern constructions with a view
across the river Thames
perfect postcard remitted from you
to all of us with the greatest sharpness
interesting architectural details
from Samos island
Royaldevon (38844) 2014-08-13 1:12
You are slowly providing us with a great tour guide of London!
Yes, the Gherkin is now as famous as much older buildings in London and a must for some sightseers. It makes a strong, almost sleek, presence behind the much more ornate architecture of London Bridge, yet it has style, which cannot be said about some new buildings!
A lovely, nicely guided composition, with fine structural details.
Have a great day,
It is grim here, today, and has been for several days. Grey skies and heavy rain abound!
lousat (91348) 2014-08-13 1:14
Hi Brian,another spectacular view from London,magnificent and original work in PP,it's a pleasure to watch the quality in the large version,large view or close up,the result is always the same,great contrast between old and modern! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
Nicou (142084) 2014-08-13 1:44
comme une fusée comme un obus quelle forme superbe et ces tons bleu avec la base du pont quelle modernité et vue quel éclairage, superbe.
Bravo et amitié
williewhistler (16394) 2014-08-13 2:00
I`m not sure if it was intentional but the inclusion of the people helps to give a nice sense of scale to what has become a must see structure and from this angle it`s easy to see why,an impressive shot of a modern work of art.
The warm light is simply divine.
Sunshine and shower again today...
All the best Les.
asajernigan (21427) 2014-08-13 3:30
This is a great shot of this modern architecture contrasted nicely by the tower bridge in the foreground. The angled lighting yields nice warm tones for the scene.
snunney (99038) 2014-08-13 3:43
An excellent viewpoint on this beautiful illuminated ensemble of diverse architecture. The unmistakeable shape of The Gherkin makes a superb focal point. Top class realisation.
mayjayne (5968) 2014-08-13 5:27
Love this shot, especially the unusual lighting effect. Very well composed.
Bartleby (13552) 2014-08-13 11:39
beautiful light and a good compression of perspective to fill the composition.
carlo62 (48265) 2014-08-13 15:15
eccellente foto, come sempre, ottima qualità.
Le moderne architetture svettano imperiose, ma le vecchie e care architetture sono ancora ben visibili e lasciano il segno, anche se sovrastate da quelle più recenti.
daddo (26788) 2014-08-13 17:43
Hi Brian. A fascinating melange of architectural styles overlapping centuries (or should I say millennia)?Big pickle or big bullet? Whatever its derogatory nickname, i do like it as for me it has an oriental je ne sais quoi despite its phallic connotations. Regards. Klaudio.
npecanhuk (75442) 2014-08-13 19:59
Another very interesting and attractive picture of London, specially for its colors, vertical format, chosen pov and composition!
Placing together some elements of the Tower Bridge, with some people over there and the two modern buildings from The City was a great idea that worked out in a very eye-catching way!
TFS - congrats,
jcpix (13930) 2014-08-13 20:07
Hey Frank, how goes it big guy?
I have to stop myself before I even get started, what are you doing with this title and imagery...are you just begging for me to note something inappropriate?? ;) You evil genius. hehe
Truly a stunning capture though, I tried this myself during my one day in London town, but couldn't come up with anything as impressive. What a smashing mixture of old and new, and my word...you couldn't ask for nicer light, not to mention the big clouds make for a super backdrop.
Did you special order them from the Grand Canyon series to be part of this set? Awesome! The smallest feature here looms the largest for scale, great idea to include the "tiny" people along the bottom left. Such a neat architectural design, and a job well done in putting it all on grand display! Have a good one Mr. Stein. Be good.
Cheers from hot and sticky PHX,
kabel (1926) 2014-08-13 20:43
Hello, a very interesting view of London cityscape. It looks so crowded. Excellent composition and color.
A nice addition to your gallery,
rychem (36023) 2014-08-13 20:55
Old and new, traditional and futuristic, the contrast is perfect, I don't wonder that it is an inspiration for photographers. Splendid photo
shreya2000 (2511) 2014-08-13 22:05
Nice architrecture shown by you. The colours are superb. Well taken pic. The people in the below side may be cropped.
jjcordier (79297) 2014-08-13 23:03
Le zoom qui rapproche les plans crée un étonnant effet et la lumière est très particulière. Superbe photo de ce building contrastant de façon étonnante avec le Tower Bridge.
serp2000 (44203) 2014-08-14 7:24
Oh, no... What's happened with London? Very attractive and futuristic architecture, but it's not old good England ;) This tower has a brother in Barcelona. Excellent colors management! This palette reminds me some unreal picture, thanks for so interesting note.
wolf38 (31296) 2014-08-14 8:02
Hello Brian. A great photo with a very surprising perspective. Really exciting. The viewing angle is masterful. The photo is perfect for an exhibition. Infoermativer text.
stego (24132) 2014-08-14 12:37
Clever use of the long focal length to compress those buildings to form a very powerful visual/graphic effect, which is accentuated by the intense colours, warm light and amazing sharpness, that makes the texture of the arch on the fg stand out. I like also the detail of the tiny human figures on the lower left.
Regards, TFS, José.
abmdsudi (54063) 2014-08-14 23:16
At glance this looks like a water-colour painting, a very creative presentation of this well-known modern architectures. Well seen and executed work with superb sharpness and light control as usual, full of vibrancy and stunningly catchy. This extremely stands out with the Bullet ready to be fired! An eye feasting shot capture, Congrats
siudzi (34141) 2014-08-15 7:06
An impressive capture of this truly amazing view! The moment for taking that image was so great with a special lighting on the facades and clouds so the result is simply stunning. Very well done.
ourania (45420) 2014-08-15 7:29
such a lovely and fascinating assembly of landmarks, you found a most interesting and effective point of view and made the most of it despite the distance. A tight composition that's very elegant, each structure contributes its special character and charm and they all sum up the architectural history of several centuries. Lighting and colours are marvelous. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,
Cricri (119495) 2014-08-15 7:47
Un cadrage intéressant qui inclus trois éléments différents et intéressant, bonne lumière, détails et couleurs
eldancer1 (36343) 2014-08-16 10:11
I really admire architects who think outside the box with their unique creation. We have a building in Las Vegas designed Frank Gehry, his only creation in the city, which very unusual but beautiful. I like your pov which included the old bridge in the foreground to contrast the modern building. Good lighting and nice details. Well done, tfs.
JanArie (657) 2014-08-16 13:33
hi Brian, what a great photo. I like the 'two' color setting of this photo. Very well seen with the bridge and tower behind.
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-08-16 23:39
A wonderful shot Brian - The layers of contrasting architectural styles tell something of the great city's continued progress and importance. I like your choice of lens here it brings the layers closer together and gives the detail the look of a tapestry of shapes and colours. Nice work indeed!
macjake (67760) 2014-08-18 22:26
this looks like the next NASA rocket to launch, and its ready to take off at the launch pad!.
I cant wait to get my hands on this Gherkin! One of these days!
Really like the striking composition, and the surrounding buildings too.
a wonderful mixture of old and new.
I can honestly sit here wnd enjoy this view for a long long time.
this shot would make for a good jigsaw puzzle haha
Gigidusud (21149) 2014-09-09 14:42
Incredible architectural composition or former alongside modern. Splendid light and well framed. Well done!
- Copyright: Brian Denton (timecapturer) (49288)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-08-07
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Sony Alpha 850 DSLR, Sony 70-300 F4.5-5.6 G SSM, Hoya Super UV
- Exposure: f/11, 1/200 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-08-13 0:56