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The Leaning Tower of Gherkin

This photograph has featured in the blog of the group Damn! I Wish I'd Taken That!!!.


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Firstly a big thanks to Bob for driving me around London. Believe me after lying on the pavement (+3C) to try and get this shot in frame and vertical for about twenty minutes, it was a great relief to get back into a Merc with heated seats and then drive off to the next location.


I specifically went to London to shoot this building, I was worried about getting this shot it took some time to drive around and eventually find this location, it is probably one of the only place where you can get an unobscured shot.


To say that I struggled to get this shot would be an understatement. The only way I could get the whole of the building in frame was; to tilt the tripod back onto its two rear legs, then Bob used my flash to prop up the front leg, this JUST gave me the necessary elevation to get it all in frame.


The Facts:


30 St Mary Axe in the City of London, affectionately known by Londoners as the Gherkin or the Erotic Gherkin, is located on the site of the former Baltic Exchange which was badly damaged by a bomb in 1992. Controversially, the decision was taken to demolish the Exchange, a Grade 2 listed building.


The new tower looks somewhat like a bullet: circular, narrower at the base, widening on the floors above before tapering to its apex giving a distinctive outline on the London skyline. More than that, the distinctive new building has been designed to use 50% less energy than a traditional office block.


It is naturally ventilated as fresh air is drawn up through spiralling light wells so reducing the need for air conditioning and central heating.

The light wells and the building's shape maximise the amount of natural light throughout so cutting down on the use of artificial light. Incidentally, the shape of the building and the light wells also allow views across the City from deep inside.


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-Canon 5D Mark II

-EF 24-70 f/2.8L USM @ 24mm

-Manfrotto tripod

-Remote cable.


-One sore cold aching back.


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Uploaded on February 18, 2011