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London Eye

The London Eye (or Millenium Wheel as it is also called) is clearly visible in this shot of London City Center taken last weekend as my plane banked on approach to Heathrow Airport.

We arrived around 7am when it was still dark. Thankfully I had my camera in a small bag at hand because I had missed some great shots of Tuscon, Arizona because my camera had been tucked away in the overhead bins.

Sorry for the large file size. It’s a noisy image, and Jpeg compression isn’t that great with random noise.

Aperture ƒ/3.5
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 18mm
ISO 3200
Shutter speed 1/20s

By Donncha

Donncha Ó Caoimh is a software developer at Automattic and WordPress plugin developer. He posts photos at In Photos and can also be found on Twitter.

23 replies on “London Eye”

Great shot Donncha.

Just as an aside, this entry appeared with a 🙂 smilie in the feed but that isn’t in the post itself. I’ve found this with all of my own blog entries of late. Does it have something to do with the WP Voyeur plugin?

Anthony – that’s blog voyeur alright! Strangely enough, the only feeds I’ve seen that smiley on are Irish blogs. I’m sure others have installed it but I’m obviously not subscribed to any of those other blogs!

Daragh – I was gong to wave, but you were in the shower and I didn’t want to scare you!

I took a couple of shots, I’ll see later if I have one with more visible from the right 🙂

Thanks everyone! It was hard enough to get good shots. I had to:
1. Use ISO 3200 (a custom function setting on the 20D)
2. -2 EV because I didn’t care about exposing for the darkness
3. The aperture wide open at F/3.5.

Even then it was a longish exposure on a fast moving plane with bumps and shaking. I was *very* glad when I saw the shot come out!

If I had my camera in my lap while approaching Tuscon I might have grabbed a couple of stunning shots because of the American street grid system and the land was so flat. I didn’t want to miss another chance after that!

Ok, that is *seriously* awesome. I can see the Eye, the train station, Shell’s office building (where my husband used to work), you can sort of tell where Leicester Square and that area is … so cool!

What a wonderful shot of London, if you can look hard you can also see Westminster all lit up just opposite and right from the London Eye on the river.

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