Hi, how are you?
I hope that you are well, while I'm stuck out at work on the rig for a month....
Last week for the Mrs's birthday we took a trip to the new viewing platform in the Shard building- London.
72 floors high you get an incredible view of London.
You have to book in advance, and pick your time slot, i was particular in that i wanted sunset to dark.
After googling the timings i was happy that we would catch the setting sun, but just had to have our fingers crossed for the weather :0)
I wanted to give a couple of tips that i found so handy while shooting here.
and these tips will not only help if you fancy going up the Shard but I'm guessing 99.9% of tourist locations.
- The venue Tripod ban...
A lot of tourist venues have a tripod ban and so you are not allowed to enter with / or use one.
As you can see i over came this by using a Manfrotto magic arm, and super clamp.
The security observed me using this and did not bother in the slightest.
While using the clamp and magic arm, i treated it like a tripod and so was using my cable release to gain much longer shutter speeds.
- Don't for get your polariser filter.
To try and reduce the reflections you gain shooting through the glass, a circular polariser filter is not perfect, but cuts down the problem loads.
Nothing will stop the other members of public and their point and shoots, using the flash - still amazed at what they recon the on camera flash will light up.
That its, i can really recommend the Shard, it was a fantastic experience.
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