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The London skyline is constantly changing. An incredible amount of offices, hotels and apartments are being build all over the city.  Often old buildings have to make place for new developments. A few of these projects can be found in my new Construction gallery

Corner of Fenchurch street and Billeter street, London

Battersea Power Station

The iconic Battersea Power Station is turned into luxury apartments for the super rich. The chimney are being rebuild as this is a Grade 2 listed building.

Battersea Power Station

Battersea Power Station, London

8mm – 180 degrees

I got this 8mm-180 degrees circular fish-eye for some virtual tours and really that is probably the only sensible use for this lens. It is hard to find other useful applications for this extreme circular fish-eye, so it is not very often in my bag. But when that happens it is fun to experiment to see what can be done with it.

I must say the sharpness and built quality is amazing. Chromatic aberration is very well controlled with very little need for correction.

Here the Willis Building and the Lloyds building in the City of London.

Willis - Lloyds - 8mm-180 degrees

Willis – Lloyds – 8mm-180 degrees – ©David Bleeker

5D markII Sigma 8mm f/3.5  30 seconds at f/11

Snowy London

Red bus in snowy London landscape.

Red bus in snowy London landscape.

Snowy scenes in North London. Almost 24 hours continuous snow brought a nice blanket of about 6 inches. This image was taken on Monday morning just after sunrise on Totteridge Lane a in the North of the London Borough of Barnet.

The cool blue morning light on the snow nicely contrast with the red London bus.  A combination of ISO, aperture and shutter speed with the right ambient light levels made it possible to balance the light in the bus and the white surrounding and still have enough movement.

Canon EOS 5D markII 24mm ISO 400 1/10″ F4.0

London Olympics Opening Ceremony

The Olympic Games held in London opened on 27 July 2012 with a production directed by Danny Boyle with the theme ‘Isle of Wonders’. While scouting the day before on the Wednesday for a good spot to photograph the fireworks from outside the Olympic park, I was given a ticket for the technical rehearsal of the opening ceremony. The London Olympics Opening Ceremony was impressive and bonkers. I must say that seeing the production inside the stadium was more impressive as what you can experience watching it on TV. Although parts  had been left out like the James Bond sequence and Mr Bean to keep people revealing the surprise. I have put a selection of images together to give a short impression.

Green and Pleasant Land

London Olympic Opening Ceremony

Green and Pleasant Land – London Olympic Opening Ceremony

Industrial Revolution

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Opening of ‘The Shard’

The Shard was officially opened on the the 5th of June 2012, almost a week ago. This is for the moment the highest building in Europe at 310m (1016ft). I did already post an image on Google+ but I have finally processed some more images of the  light and laser show which were staged.

The Shard, Opening 5 July 2012.

The Shard, Opening 5 July 2012.

Next to London Bridge station I think it looks pretty good in the Skyline of London, As a building on its own it is quit bland. It is actually difficult to believe that it is of a similar height as the Eiffel tower that is probably because of the sleek design and the fact that it is removed from the towers in the City and Canary Wharf.

Information about the laser show was very sketchy, some news sites said that it would be a 20 minutes show which could be seen from all over London. I expected that the best views would be on the North side of the river between St Katherine’s Dock and  Black Friars Bridge.

I contemplated to go to Kenwood or Primrose Hill for a view of the new Skyline. In the end I set up opposite the Shard next to the Old Billingsgate Market. Good that it was low tide and still outgoing at 9:00 PM. It worked out to be next to the the section of footpath closed off for the opening party which was held at the Old Billingsgate market.

It was a pretty good place as the show was clearly concentrated, on the Venue where the VIP party was.  In the end only 2 sides of the tower were lit so the north side was the right choice. I might have taken another approach if I would have had more info, in the end the laser show lasted almost an hour.  With that knowledge I might have started to photograph from St Katherines Docks or Blackfriars bridge and moved towards the Shard during the Laser show.

I tried different settings long  and short shutter speeds low and high ISOs with different effects, I still have to have a look at the the data more closely to see which setting gave the best results.

This image was shot at 5sec, F/7.1 at ISO 320

Find more images of the Shard here.