Looking east from the London Eye

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I present to you here a view from the Coca-Cola London Eye. Broadly speaking, this is a view looking east and what you can see directly in the foreground is construction work going on in the South Bank area of the city.

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A black and view of London as seen from the London Eye, broadly speaking look East. I was astounded at the amount of construction work taking place.

I think you’ll agree it makes for an interesting comparison with this very colourful picture which I took a few weeks ago of the same area at nighttime. It was fascinating being so high. it provided a totally different perspective and you could see just how much building work is taking place in the area.

I’d taken Helen and Izzy to London for the day. We’d specifically wanted to go to the Coca-Cola London Eye during half-term. As we were in the line to board, it started raining heavily.

This was a bit disappointing as I’d been hoping to get some good photographs while we we so high above London. Thankfully the weather cleared up, but the skies remained very grey and the pod was streaked with rain water, which didn’t help when taking pictures.

This was one of the better photographs I took but the skies were so grey I felt the picture worked a lot better when I flipped it to black and white! You can see some of London’s signature landmarks.

To the right of the picture you can see No 1 Canada Square in Canary Wharf. To the left of that is the Shard while further to the left is the Walkie Talkie and the Leadenhall Building. Personally speaking, my eyes are drawn to the cranes and also the soft, swirling patterns in the clouds.

I will be writing a more detailed review of our trip in a few weeks time as part of my role as a Merlin Annual Pass ambassador. In the mean time, you can read about the other Merlin-operated attractions we’ve visited by reading this post about our trip to Madame Tussauds or this one about our trip to Shrek’s Adventure.

I will be adding this post to the weekly #MySundayPhoto linky hosted by the Photalife blog. It’s well worth visiting if you enjoy photography.




39 thoughts on “Looking east from the London Eye”

  1. Hi John, it’s like a scene straight out of War Of The Worlds! The world is being taken over by cranes! It’s a totally different take on the photo you took back along and I do like the black and white effect, it highlights the detail


  2. Goodness, all those cranes. I wouldn’t have thought they had much more room to build things! Great photo, works really well in b&w. Hope the weather was ok for the rest of your trip. #MySundayPhoto

  3. I never tire of looking at a London view, there’s always so much to see. I’ve not taken N on the London Eye – I’m not sure he’d get through the journey without moaning he was bored!

  4. Paul @ Topsy Turvy Tribe

    It’s been a while since I’ve been on the London Eye, it definetly wasn’t Coca Cola branded when I visited. To say it wasn’t perfect conditions your photo has come out great. Love the black and white, it defintely adds to the ‘concrete’ nature of the subject and yeah, so many cranes!

    1. Ah man, so much concrete flowing around that city right now. You only truly appreciate it from that height I think too.

  5. Love this view and the B&w filter gives it an ‘Arena’ feel. I used to love their pictures. That is a lot of construction happening I agree. #mysundayphoto

  6. I think takin the colour away just brings out so much of the detail in the skyline. One I’ve not noticed in this way before and even the cranes look like they belong!

  7. It does look spectacular in b&w and I would be terrified to take my photo gear up on a Ferris wheel. This photo has so much life, it’s almost as if it’s moving, suitable for framing, I’d hang it up in my living room.

  8. It’s been a few years since I was last in London, and I have never been on the London Eye. This picture really messed with my sense of the layout of London, I actually had to bring up a map so that my brain was happy that it all made sense. I blame The Shard.
    That looks like a huge amount of construction, I hope it doesn’t change things too drastically. One of the things I really liked about the city was the balance between old and new. #MySundayPhoto

    1. Oh don’t worry too much. There’s still plenty of old in London. That said, the skyline has changed dramatically over recent years thanks to new building methods enabling high rises to go up on London’s clay soil.

    1. Oh yes, there are loads of cranes. it was quite astounding looking across the city and seeing how many of them were at work.

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