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Shard in Fog

Shard in Fog

What: Shard in Fog

By: , if known please tell me so I can provide full credit.

When: June, 2012

Where: Taken from the Victoria Embankment looking south towards the Shard

Story: Not really sure what the story of this picture is, but I liked seeing the Shard immersed in fog. Really neat effect. I hope for the sake of the owners of the Shard that this doesn't become a common occurrence. Also seeing the Millennium Bridge in the foreground adds to the whole scene.

Over London Dusk & Night – Another Amazing Jason Hawkes Video

Over London Dusk & Night is another amazing video from the aptly named Jason Hawkes. I've previously featured his video ariel 1 on the site before. He's probably the best aerial photographers/videographers in London today. Some of the shots he gets are absolutely breathtaking.

In this video he looks at London at dusk and at night. Some of the locations/landmarks featured include the Shard, St. Paul's, Canary Wharf, the London Eye, Houses of Parliament, Piccadilly and Oxford circuses and many more. I love seeing London from the air and hope you do too.

Know of any other similar videos, let me know in the comment section below.

The Shard Looking All Shiny in The Morning

The Shard looking all shiny

What: The Shard Looking All Shiny in The Morning


When: May 30, 2012

Where: Taken on London Bridge

Story: I've been meaning to post this picture for awhile now. Given that I've featured a lot about the Shard this week I though now was as good a time as any. This photo was taken the morning of May 30th, 2012. I'm not sure what caused the bizarre shiny reflection, but it is not photoshopped. Many other people got the exact same photo that day. Really neat to see, almost make it look like a beacon of progress.

30 Second Shard Inauguration Timelapse Video – Almost Makes It Look Good

The video above is a very short 30 second timelapse of the Shard inauguration laser and light show. Watching it sped up almost makes the whole show look good. Certainly much better than being there in person was. The video was made by Mattia Bicchi, who also made the amazing London Architecture in Motion Video, I linked to last month. He's fast becoming one of my favourite London videographers.

What did you think of the Shard laser and light show? Leave your comments below.

Different Views of The Shard Laser Light Show You Might Not Have Seen

Although there have already been a huge number of pictures of the Shard's underwhelming opening night posted online, I thought I'd include a few here. Even though the show itself was a bust, I still think the building is a great addition to the London skyline. Moreover, when captured in a photo the lasers actually do look rather cool.

Shard Laser Show
View of the Shard Laser Show with the lasers overhead. From reddit user WholeWideWorld.

Shard as seen From Hampstead
Shard as seen From Hampstead from reddit user tekn04.

Crowds gather to watch the Shard laser and light show
Crowds gather to watch the Shard laser and light show, from reddit user _shakta.

The Shard laser show as seen through the London Eye
The Shard laser show as seen through the London Eye from reddit user Wizzer2801.

All Hail Sauron - Shard London
The 'All Hail Sauron' series of images are probably the funniest of the whole evening. This one comes from reddit user groovejet.

These are just some of the thousands of pictures taken that night. What's most interesting to see, is that Londoners will take a huge variety of approaches to watching and capturing events like this. It's one of the many aspects I really love about London.

Must Watch London Architecture in Motion Video

I really want to get the word out about this amazing video of London's architecture shot in Hyperlapse. It was shot by Mattia Bicchi and features pretty much every single iconic landmark in London. These include:

King's Cross Station, Strata Tower, Palestra Building, Royal Albert Hall, British Museum, RBS Building, Wembley Stadium, Heron Tower, Broadgate Tower, O2 Arena, St. Giles Building, Tower Bridge, Shard Tower, National Maritime Museum, Wellington Arch, St. Paul's Cathedral, Canary Wharf.

You can learn more about Mattia from his website, follow him on twitter @Matt_hi (protected account) and visit his Facebook page.

I was a little worried when I first watched the video on Youtube because it only had 550 views. However, it turns out you can also watch it on Vimeo here, where it seems to have gotten a lot more love. I really look forward to seeing what Mattia comes out with next.

Two Helicopters Fly Through The Middle of Tower Bridge

The two videos show two helicopters flying though the middle of Tower Bridge. The first clip I found via this post on Reddit from user nonlinearmedia. It shows the Helicopters flying in from the West towards the East.

The second video was found via the related video feature of Youtube and shows the exact same fly though, but from the other side of Tower Bridge (facing West). From the video description it is claimed that:

The spectacular event was believed to be for the film 'The Arrival', a short film being directed by Danny Boyle, which will be shown during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.


Crowds thronged both sides of the River Thames around iconic Tower Bridge as road traffic was stopped to allow the two helicopters to fly through -- not once but three times.

The only other time aircraft have flown through Tower Bridge was on 5 April 1968 when an RAF pilot, Flight Lieutenant Alan Pollock, flew his Hawker Hunter jet between the bridge towers in an unauthorised stunt.

No idea if that's true or not, but either way, I think you'll agree, two helicopters flying though Tower Bridge looks pretty cool.