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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.