For Brian (timecapturer).
Here is a blue hour shot of the Thames looking upriver towards Big Ben and the London eye, but they are so far away that you can barely see them at all. Much easier to spot is London Bridge, which is lit up in orange at night but rather ordinary during the day. The Tower Bridge is a couple hundred metres to the left. The Shard only opened to the public late last year (2012) so a surprising number of people have never heard of it. I've added a workshop showing an image from 'Business Insider' showing the view from the top of the Shard tower. Copyright reserved to 'Business Insider' for any commercial purposes, so please do not copy without their express permission. Oh, & this was taken from a floating pontoon, so it's not pin-sharp. The view from the more stable riverbank was not as interesting. Here is the Business Insider source link for the workshop: http://www.businessinsider.com/views-from-the-top-of-the-tallest-buildings-in-the-world-2013-1?op=1
I've used the / | \ pattern for lens barrel distortion from the 18 mm wide angled lens, leaving the central verticals line perpendicular, and leaning at far left and far right.
From Wikipedia: "The Shard,[a] also referred to as the Shard of Glass, Shard London Bridge and formerly London Bridge Tower, is an 87-storey skyscraper in London that forms part of the London Bridge Quarter development. The Shard's construction began in March 2009; it was topped out on 30 March 2012 and inaugurated on 5 July 2012. Practical completion was achieved in November 2012. Its privately operated observation deck, the View from the Shard, opened to the public on 1 February 2013.
Standing approximately 306 metres (1,004 ft) high, the Shard is currently the tallest building in the European Union. It is the second-tallest free-standing structure in the United Kingdom, after the concrete tower at the Emley Moor transmitting station. 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). It was designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano, and replaced Southwark Towers, a 24-storey office block built on the site in Southwark in 1975. The Shard was developed by Sellar Property on behalf of LBQ Ltd, and is jointly owned by Sellar Property and the State of Qatar."
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besnard (53537) 2013-09-23 7:01
Une belle image nocturne qui donne de belles couleurs. C'est du bon travail.
Nicou (122084) 2013-09-23 7:21
quelle vue et compo grandisoe cpatage et image sueprbe leu et vue avec toutes ces lumirèes qui scintiellent une mervielle grandisoe vue et compo sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié
Romano46 (18454) 2013-09-23 7:28
una bella visione della Londra moderna colta nell'ora blu, quando tutto appare magico prima che scende la notte e spegne le luci del cielo.
Ottima nitidezza e composizione impeccabile sono i pregi maggiori.
Ciao e buon inizio di settimana
snunney (83839) 2013-09-23 7:35
A fine blue hour composition featuring the ever-changing London skyline. Well exposed with beautiful blue tones. The red lights of London Bridge make a good focal point.
eldancer1 (27939) 2013-09-23 7:49
Awesome blue hour shot of this world famous river. Love the colors. Good pov and dof with nice details. Well done, tfs.
pierrefonds (57019) 2013-09-23 8:13
The wideness of the area is giving depth to the composition. I like the way you took the shot, using and ISO of 1400, a slow shutter speed, is allowing me to see the details of the buildings. Well done, have a nice day.
jemaflor (84765) 2013-09-23 8:56
Well managed your nightshot, well captured, good composition and interesting effet with blue and green light, tfs.
subhendu_bagchi (25735) 2013-09-23 9:05
wow, a beautiful tower it is! Like the view of it in blue hour. Great capture with fine light and superb colours. Excellent composition. Very well done. Tfs.
Silvio1953 (122315) 2013-09-23 10:02
Ciao Chris, fascinating blue hour, splendid light, excellent clarity, good exposure and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Miguel82 (23431) 2013-09-23 10:24
This is a superb shot of Thames river and night lights of all buildings around Chris, I like that blue..
High definition and attractive colors
Have a nice evening
pyffepa (625) 2013-09-23 12:14
A very nice picture, I like the deep blue spotted with green, orange and white.
All the elements of the composition point in the same direction far beyond the horizon.
Very good job, congratulations.
nikkitta (14852) 2013-09-23 16:35
I was writing a note for a capture from Mongolia when my computer shut, so now I began with a different one, of a more civilized place
Interesting and creative way to present London at the blue hour
Like the contrast given by the color of the bridge
Also good to watch are the very long and high cranes present at the back and of course the impressive silhouette of the Shard
Congrats and greetings
jjcordier (76400) 2013-09-23 22:51
Bonne photo à l'heure bleue de ce nouveau bâtiment (c'est celui qui fait "fondre" les voitures?)aux dimensions impressionnantes. La vue du haut de l'immeuble est impressionnante.
fabbs99 (16167) 2013-09-23 23:35
This is an amazing blue hour shot with excellent sharpness.Keep sharing.
timecapturer (48834) 2013-09-24 2:03
thanks for this dedication. Lovely blue hour shot of this new London landmark. Irresistible blue tones and a real sense that the frenetic City of London day has passed. Really must have a night trip up to London and try some evening shots. I worked in this part of London for over 20 years and never really appreciated its visual splendour until I moved to the south coast. Thanks again.
Regards - Brian.
ifege (10225) 2013-09-24 3:06
Good blue hour one Chris - you do like them don't you - great colour and light management.
npecanhuk (65566) 2013-09-28 11:52
Very attractive blue hour picture!
Unique point of view and composition for London!
Exposure, colors, level of sharpness also pleased me!
TFS - congrats,
ourania (31117) 2013-10-02 9:30
I like very much how brilliantly you've used perspectives that sneak out in the dark ambiance and create a fine, solid composition in which one focal point leads to the other across the frame and everything looks connected. The blue hour tones are marvellous and the city looks mysterious and inviting. The lights guide us around but the shadows are effective and attractive as well. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely evening,