London Eye – The View

London Eye, view on the Palace of Westminster
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.

A great success? I guess. To me personally, a Ferris wheel is not that attractive, but I’m probably in the minority. For Daria, it was even the most important thing to do on our trip (besides the obligatory double-decker bus ride) and apparently many others thought the same. Even though you can buy tickets in advance online, we still had to wait almost 2 hours until we were finally able to enter our capsule.

Of course, I could be persuaded easily, since a view from 135metres height provides an opportunity for beautiful photos. Since the way around takes half an hour in total, you have enough time to take some shots. What I did not expect however, was the state of the capsule. The glass was very dirty and scratched. For the price you pay for the trip, I hoped they would keep the London Eye in better condition.

However, the view was awesome. With your eyes you could catch every important sight in London. The weather was perfect so the view wasn’t disturbed at all. In the capsule were placed mini computers which were telling you at what exactly you are looking at. Apart from people running around and behaving like catfishes, it was worth to wait for 2 hours for that.

Anyways I would next time visit the London Eye in the evening or night. The view over the illuminated skyline of London must be amazing.

Technical Details

Camera: Canon EOS 500D
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm @ 10mm
ISO: 100
Exposures: 3 (-2, 0, +2)
Aperture: 8
Exposure time (middle): 1/250s
Tripod: handheld
Date: Taken in May 2013
Location: London Eye Ferris wheel in London at the Thames.
Software: Lightroom 5.4, Photoshop CC, Photomatix Pro, NIK Define 2, NIK Color Efex Pro 4, NIK Sharpener Pro 3

The Palace of Westminster is part of the UNESCO World Heritage

The Palace of Westminster is together with the Westminster Abbey and the St. Margaret’s Church part of the UNESCO World Heritage since 1987.

» UNESCO Description of the World Heritage: Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey including Saint Margaret’s Church
» Other photos of the World Heritage: See more photos
» London Eye: Opening hours and Tickets for the London Eye

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