Last week I made my first photographic outing since November. Instead of engaging into some street photography which I know and love I went up London’s newest tourist attraction; The Shard, or “The View from The Shard" as it should be known.
I kind of envisioned the view up there on a cold, wet and misty winter day like we have been experiencing in the UK the past few months, however I was really surprised to find I had chosen a unusually sunny day for this time of year. However I was blown away by the view, a full 360 degree view of London with the late-afternoon sun beaming down and reflecting of the River Thames, the tiny little cars bouncing light off them, and the shadows formed by the tall buildings, I simply couldn’t have picked a better day to go up.
Being somewhat of a amateur at cityscape and landscape photography I wasn’t too sure what settings to use, whether I’d need a tripod, so I shot handheld at around f/1.8, 1/125 and ISO 100. I used my Sony NEX-6 and a 35mm f/1.8 lens. I must admit it was a little difficult focusing through the glass with the fingerprints all over it and the reflections of people in the background however they seemed to have come out really well. I only tried to do a little bit of editing; slight increase in contrast and vibrancy, and a slight tilt towards a warmer tone seemed to do the trick nicely.
I’d highly recommend The Shard to anyone visiting London, it’s much more of a must see/do than the London Eye, but then that could be the whole “bigger is better” idea.
I’ve started uploading the photos from the day under #theshard. Thanks so much to everyone who has so far liked and re-blogged the photos, most appreciated and it has given me a great boost to start another year of photography.