The Shard

IMG_7971.jpgBy chance I stumbled across news that the Shard opening ceremony was happening on Thursday night this week.  Pictures captured in the Evening Standard of the practice for the main event convinced me that it would be a good time to plan some shots of London’s newest iconic building.

I wasn’t disappointed.  As Andrea and I headed across London Bridge through the excited crowds, we knew that everyone was expecting a good show.

Camera set up, we watched a fantastic display of lights and lasers (illuminating other buildings in the city) running for about an hour.  Some were disappointed it wasn’t more spectacular, but personally I thoroughly enjoyed our time on the north bank of the Thames watching the display.

I was pleased with the photographic results too – particularly when I saw that my shots were better than the ones I saw on the front of the Times newspaper the next morning.  I hope you enjoy the ones I’ve included below.

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The final picture is one of the lasers illuminating the monument to the great fire of London.

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Wedding Photos

panda.jpgOK, here’s the first batch for all those who’ve been asking.

In around a months time I’ll post all of my and Andrea’s favorites on a website somewhere (there were plenty of photographers there on the day), but for now, enjoy the top skills of Robert Hooper, our professional photographer…

        www.roberthooper.co.uk/proofs

        The password to enter the personal gallery is: 0111 Ward

We hope you enjoy them, we’re certainly pleased with the results!

[The picture you see here was taken by the wonderful Gemma Horsell – more from her in a month’s time…]

Finally, some (un)common sense being applied

Not too long ago the Met were issuing some ludicrous publicity, calling upon the general public to phone the terrorist hotline if they saw people taking photos or using two mobile phones.  The campaign really made me see red, but after trying to complain on the Met’s website, and getting nowhere with ‘Liberty’, I gave up.

Thankfully, common sense has prevailed with some new guidance from the Home Office.

I think I’ll be printing this out and keeping it in my camera bag  :-)