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City Hall (London), Queen's Walk, London, England

UPDATE OCTOBER 2012 - #1 on Explore for 06.10.2012 - thank you very much everybody! My second #1 Explore! :-)


I am really enjoying editing these photos from Open House this year. I think it was because of the new selection of lenses I went with to these buildings with that helped me get a wider range of images.


I forgot I had this one until looking through all the OH images again. This is the inner chamber of City Hall in London and where I believe Mr Boris Johnson has his mayor meetings. This again was a particularly challenging image to line up. First image I sat in the wrong seat to take this, everything was well off, moved two seats to the right and bingo (well so I thought), that is until post processing. I am very happy with this image apart from the thing at the top of the image (looks like a belt buckle or those things off the Stargate lol) is not quite dead centre and is slightly skewed. You may have not noticed but I tried correcting it and then the floor of the building is not level so I left it as it is and I think it works ok.


As always I am open to your feedback and constructive feedback.


I hope you all have an awesome Friday and keep them images coming!


Photo Details

Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

Samyang 8mm F3.5 MC Fisheye





1/4s exposure


Software Used

Lightroom 4.1

Silver Efex Pro 2



City Hall is the headquarters of the Greater London Authority (GLA) which comprises the Mayor of London and the London Assembly. It is located in Southwark, on the south bank of the River Thames near Tower Bridge. It was designed by Norman Foster and opened in July 2002, two years after the Greater London Authority was created.


The building has an unusual, bulbous shape, purportedly intended to reduce its surface area and thus improve energy efficiency, although energy use measurements have shown this building to be fairly inefficient in terms of energy use. It has been compared variously to Darth Vader's helmet, a misshapen egg, a woodlouse and a motorcycle helmet. Former mayor Ken Livingstone referred to it as a "glass testicle" while the present mayor, Boris Johnson, has referred to it as "The Glass Gonad" and more politely as "The Onion". Its designers reportedly saw the building as a giant sphere hanging over the Thames, but opted for a more conventionally rooted building instead. It has no front or back in conventional terms but derives its shape from a modified sphere.


A 500-metre (1,640 ft) helical walkway, reminiscent of that in New York's Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, ascends the full height of the building. At the top of the ten-story building is an exhibition and meeting space called "London's Living Room", with an open viewing deck which is occasionally open to the public. The walkway provides views of the interior of the building, and is intended to symbolise transparency; a similar device was used by Foster in his design for the rebuilt Reichstag (parliament) in Germany. In 2006 it was announced that solar photovoltaic cells would be fitted to the building by the London Climate Change Agency.

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Taken on September 22, 2012