12.5.14

| Photo Diary | The Shard


Watching the night fall from way up high in the Shard is a wonderful experience. Time it right and you can watch London slink into her glittering evening gown. Hiro is a junky for high places so it was just a matter of time before we ventured up Europe's tallest skyscraper. I, on the other hand, get the wobbles and peer at the view from behind shaky hands and clenched jaws.

Taken with Canon EOS 450D

Taken with Fujifilm FX1

Taken with Canon EOS 450D

Taken with Canon EOS 450D

Taken with Fujifilm FX1

Taken with Fujifilm FX1

Taken with Canon EOS 450D

Taken with Canon EOS 450D

Taken with Canon EOS 450D

Taken with iPhone 4

Taking in one of London's most spectacular views is not cheap. Booking in advance will cost you £24.95 which is a fiver cheaper than pitching up on the day. Some people will prefer to have a cuppa in one of the restaurants on the 32nd floor to get a cheaper view, (now that I have done it I may opt for tea next time round). However, nothing can compare to going the whole hog and feeling the wind whistling through the open air viewing deck. The views are sweeping and spectacular and though I may have spent my time in a stranger state of wobbly dazed petrification (whilst Hiro happily trotted from one corner to the other with his camera), I am very glad that I got to take in one of my favourite cities this way.

There are 2 viewing platforms that make up The View From The Shard. The lower one is completely indoors and has a small champagne bar for a more cosier perspective. Which reminds me, take a scarf with you if you are planning on spending time on the open deck. It can get quite chilly.

It's not easy to take photos at night. The View From The Shard operate a no tripods or monopods policy so you will need a steady hand. Hiro's advice is to refrain from using flash and position the camera as close to the window as possible to cut out background glare and reflection from within the building. 

P.S. I highly recommend visiting the loos while you here. It's quite an unforgettable experience.

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11 comments:

  1. I've been holding off on going up the Shard as that's a pretty steep price tag. But these photos are just stunning!! Adding it to the never-growing must-see list. xx Jess

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  2. Stunning pictures! What incredible views.

    So stunning that I got that wobbly feeling in my legs from looking at these photos while comfortably seated in my office chair!

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  3. These photos are breathtaking! London has some truly amazing views - I think my favourite is from the rooftop bar, Radio, in the ME Hotel. But that is probably only because I've never been up the Shard.
    xox,
    Cee

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    1. Hello Cee! Will have to check out this bar now that you've mentioned it. Thank you for the tip!

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  4. I was going to mention I bet the images were hard to take. Lots of messing with shutter speeds but then no tripods, ahhhh! They look amazing though, so well captured. I think I'd be like Hiro, I'd be all over that! Super post you guys.

    Buckets & Spades

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  5. What a beautiful, beautiful view! Lucky you! :) Oh, such a shame for it being that expensive, but I feel like it was somehow worth it. xx

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  6. Your pics are simply amazing
    Incredible views !!!!
    Kisses

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  7. My jaw literally dropped when i saw these beautiful breathtaking shots! It is worth going up there and at the perfect time too!

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  8. Hiro's new camera is working out a treat!
    Ahhhh his advice about the flash...I really feel sad when people overuse the flash. Especially from the top of a building like that, where do they thing the light is going to bounce back from? :(

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  9. Have never been here, looks amazing though. These pictures are out of this world, crazy good!! Love it. Must see this myself :)) xx

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  10. how beautiful! the night lights are really something!

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