Exhausted, but still in the best of moods after photographing London, we sat on a bench on the bank of the Thames and enjoyed the moment. There weren’t any pedestrians yet, so everything seemed so peaceful… For a moment, I realised that this would be a great composition, to capture The Shard under the Millennium Bridge. Unbeknownst to us, we were following the famous “Quins walk” in a big part of our route, to capture the greatest London landmarks.
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We were passing the London Tower Bridge early in the morning, when we realised that the Tower was closed due to traffic. It became known to us that on this particular day, there was a marathon taking place and the city was preparing for it. The Tower Bridge was still enlightened with the soft warm morning sun. And you don’t typically get such shots when there is traffic.
A beautiful place so crowded during the day, the London Millennium Bridge during the early morning hours was finally deserted. You should see the view at least once when the city sleeps, and St. Paul’s Cathedral is still enlightened. I have heard that the London Millennium footbridge is known by many locals as the “Wobbly Bridge” and I wondered why – especially as I did not feel any shaky movements (even while running to capture the sun rising over The Thames).
The Shard is another famous icon from London. It is built from 11,000 glass panels, creating an area of glass that is equal to eight football pitches. This giant glasshouse during the day appeared in a navy colour, but when the early morning sun shined upon it – it was just pure gold.
The best time to see London City is just before the sun rises over this famous capital. It was such an unforgettable experience; waking up at 3am and wandering around several empty streets, that usually bustle with residents during daytime working hours. You could walk, breathe with ease and wait with excitement to enjoy the sun coming over the Tower Bridge.
London is one of the cities in which it is impossible to find just a single characteristic skyline view. Meanwhile, it’s not possible to imagine the London skyline without the London Eye. From the Golden Jubilee Bridge you have the possibility to photograph the London Eye and Westminster together, as they are located almost opposite of each other on the banks of the River Thames.
You have certainly all heard of Greenwich. Usually in the context of the zero meridian or the time zones. But only few have actually visited Greenwich – it’s not really on the list of things to do on a weekend trip to London.
The London Eye is the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe and the third highest in the world. Built for the Millennium celebration, the operation was planned only for 5 years. It was unsure if this will be continued, but after the great success of this idea, they decided to keep operating the London Eye.
The London Docklands, once the largest port in the world, are now a vibrant financial center. The skyscrapers of Canary Wharf can be seen from all over the city but the direct view over the Thames you can enjoy from Greenwich. For a long time I wanted to try to make an HDR panorama. Overall, the finished work is composed of 28 individual images, 4 segments each with 7 exposures.
Once at Heron Quays station, the illuminated colorful bridge immediately caught our attention. My wide angle lens did not decline the challenge. We just had to wait for the right color since – according to the female advice – pink is the best choice for the photo.