I was most fortunate to visit the Shard last week, it's awesome. Excuse the poor quality as taken through glass.A few facts from Wiki..
The Shard, also referred to as the Shard of Glass, Shard London Bridge and formerly London Bridge Tower, is a 72-storey skyscraper in London. Its construction began in March 2009; it was topped out on 30 March 2012 and inaugurated on 5 July 2012. It opened to the public on 1 February 2013. Standing 309.6 metres (1,016 ft) high, the Shard is the tallest building in the European Union. It is also the second-tallest free-standing structure in the United Kingdom, after the concrete tower at the Emley Moor transmitting station.
The Shard replaced Southwark Towers, a 24-storey office block built on the site in Southwark in 1975. Renzo Piano, the Shard's architect, worked with the architectural firm Broadway Malyan during the planning stage. The glass-clad pyramidal tower has 72 habitable floors, with a viewing gallery and open-air observation deck – the UK's highest – on the 72nd floor, at a height of 244.3 metres (802 ft)
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arnie (1660) 2013-07-11 2:15
A very impressive shot of the roof tops of London.
Nothing wrong with the quality.
tyro (18204) 2013-07-11 5:58
Lovely to see you back after such a long time! I hope that you are well and I look forward to seeing more of your pictures again soon.
You must make no apology regarding the quality of this picture. I know that you have shot this one through glass but the glass must be remarkably clean as the picture shows excellent light, colours, contrasts and sharpness. Your composition is delightful, the river running obliquely through the frame and with Tower Bridge perfectly placed. A delightful and pleasing view even if I do suffer from vertigo!
An interesting note too.
jhm (134384) 2013-07-11 5:58
One of the most beautiful picture about London, with the bridge tower as real eye catcher on these wonderful picture.
What a panorama view with the river Theems winding through the city.
Composition and presentation be superb.
Very well done, TFS.
dkmurphys (45787) 2013-07-11 6:01
A spectacular panorama over the Thames. I like the colors and the rare sunny day:P
Enjoy a fine afternoon.
SnapRJW (28774) 2013-07-12 23:56
Hello dear friend .... you're back! I do hope that this is not a fleeting visit, we miss you. What a fabulous view and a super-detailed shot. Here we see landmarks that we are familiar with but from a lofty vantage point. So much to feast the eyes on. Beautifully crisp and colourful. A fascinating shot and lovelt to see.
Hope all is well with you, please give my best regards to Dawn. Rosemary
bukitgolfb301 (34210) 2013-07-13 6:05
Hi dear Lain, how are you?
Great fbird view ormat is so wonderful to see.
Sharp and clear image via great color touch and the best exposure are as usual.
Thanks alot and have a good weekend! Takero
npecanhuk (60106) 2013-07-20 8:05
I love seeing cities from a high vantage point and this picture of London is very interesting and attractive, in spite of having some glass reflections here and there!
TFS - congrats,
annjackman (17387) 2013-07-23 1:52
I haven't been up this yet but your picture suggests that I should. A wonderful viewpoint and how good to have Tower Bridge position so well within the frame. Lovely and sharp - I like this very much.
Kind Regards, Ann
ikeharel (51369) 2013-12-31 8:26
A fabulous view from above over the vibrant city.
An unusual bright day it was on early summer, and you managed the best out therel DOF and clarity are super, details shown immaculately.
Best hopes, wish you all the best grettings, and a happy new year,
macjake (51264) 2014-01-05 12:21
I noticed you in the newly posted gallery page, I clicked on your main page then i noticed this photo.
Your newest post is really cool, and worthy of a critique for sure, but I just couldn't resist this photo.
At first I thought this was taken from the large wheel, but obviously not.
good photo from high up, lots of details even from this distance. great to see some of the familiar highlights of London.
nice to see you back
serp2000 (37402) 2014-01-14 2:29
Very informatibe note and good illustration. The quality is not so bad. I'd like to add a view of this building to WS, for example.
What is this historic ship on the FG?
jcpix (11018) 2014-01-18 17:02
I've been waiting to see this view, and it certainly doesn't disappoint! I was fascinated by this building, and unfortunately only had a chance to see it from the other side of the Thames. You caught this on a nice day, the bright sunlight allows us to see the cityscape in fine detail, and even though you had to take this through the glass, it still makes for a pleasing image over London and some of her famous landmarks. Thanks for sharing the view from this dizzying height. :) Enjoy the day ahead.
All the best,