Photographer's Note

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:

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,[6][7] Shard London Bridge[8] and formerly London Bridge Tower,[9][10][11] 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[12] and inaugurated on 5 July 2012.[13] 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.[1][14][15]
Standing approximately 306 metres (1,004 ft) high,[3] 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.[16] 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).[3][17] 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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