St. Paul’s from the Shard #1

St. Paul’s from the Shard #1

This photo was taken from the viewing platform of the Shard. I’ll be posting a few more taken from there soon. The views from it are stunning and it’s a great experience. However, it’s not the best place for photography. Firstly, it’s generally busy, so you’ll need to dodge around people. More pertinently, you have to shoot through glass. There are two viewing levels – both are completely surrounded by glass. Suffice to say, I had an extremely high ‘reject rate’ for my shots.

But, as I said, it’s a great experience. We bought a ticket that allowed us to visit twice in the same day – we went at 1000 and 1800. The evening slot allowed us to enjoy the views as the sun set and darkness settled in. This was my favourite experience.

In addition, you are not allowed to use tripods, which makes night time shots tricky. For some shots, I overcame this restriction simply by placing my camera on the floor. This image is an example of that. I love the way that the cathedral stands out in an elegant, almost understated way. It’s a lovely building, and it will feature here for several days!

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