Looking up from the middle of St. Paul’s is this impressive dome. With this wide angle lens you can see the eight arches which support the huge dome. From the inside the dome measures 31 metres (or 102 feet) across. The cathedral was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and built in 1697. The dome was painted and decorated by Sir James Thornhill. It shows eight scenes from the life of St Paul, set in illusionistic architecture. This creates the illusion of real architectural features.
Walking along the River Thames is one of my favourite things to do in London. Especially at dusk. I hadn’t planned to take photos this evening, I didn’t even have my tripod. Finding myself here at twilight I knew I had to get my camera out. This is one of a couple of photographs I took of the London Eye. It took some time to wait for the wheel to stop moving long enough to capture this 8 second exposure.
I considered called this photograph London old and new. This was my first time back in the English capital since 2008. The city skyline has changed a lot in the last 10 years. In the foreground is the icon Tower Bridge and bulbous shape of City Hall. The tall building is The Shard. Standing at 309.6 metres this is the tallest building in the UK. I took this photograph from The Thames path near St Katherine Docks Marina. To the North East side of the bridge looking west.
This view was the reason I wanted to visit Shanghai. The tall building lit up with purple lights is the Oriental Pearl Tower. The two largest spheres are around 50 metres in diameter. Opened in 1994 this tower is a symbol of Chinese architecture. The larger but further away building on the right. Lit up in yellow is the Shanghai Tower. This 632 metre tall tower is the second largest building in the world.