iPhone Night Photography from the Shard in London

Last year I had no luck. Tickets for the Shard in London were sold out days in advance and there was no chance to get to the 72nd floor of this skyscraper. I even tried to buy tickets on site, but without a pre-booked ticket even the most charming smile didn't get me up there. This year I booked my ticket almost a week in advance.

First thing you need to know when you plan to go up the Shard is, that you'll pass a security check. Like on the airport with metal detectors and so on. Second thing is, that they don't like tripods up there. Same thing as in the Stratosphere Tower in Las Vegas. As a matter of prudence I left the big tripod in the hotel and just put a small Gorillapod in my jacket (almost like all the other photographers I saw up there).

A handful of visitors and I entered the first of two elevators. The first takes you up to level 33, then we had to change to another one to get up to level 68. Then there's a third one that will take you up 4 more floors to level 72. If you're sporty, you can take the stairs. It's faster, too, when some people block the elevator on the top floor.

The view from the Shard is really impressive! A 360 degree view over London. And if you're thirsty you can buy all sorts of drinks at the bar on the top floor. If you're going to floor 72, bring your jacket (the one to hide the gorillapod), because it's only partially roofed and it get's quite "refreshing" up there once the sun has gone done.

 

How I photographed the view from the Shard with the iPhone Camera

I did a lot of night photography in London because I was super excited about the Low Light Modes in ProCamera that finally enabled me to take quite good photos at night using an iPhone. Photos like this one:

iPhone night photography from the 72nd floor of the Shard in London.

iPhone night photography from the 72nd floor of the Shard in London.

I mounted the Groillapod with the iPhone to the handrail, set ProCamera to LowLight+ mode. Using my Apple Watch as a remote shutter release to avoid even the slightest camera movement I got the above shot that I processed in  Enlight until I got the desired result.

I had to remove some minor noise from the Themes and the horizon in the background but I'm really satisfied with the final result. 

The biggest problem photographing from the Shard are the reflections in the glass facade. But you can easily limit and even eliminate them by standing right behind your camera and putting your jacket around the camera. Yes, that may make you look like a flasher, but who cares if you can get a shot like this, right? :)

Why don't you jump over to my iPhone night photography page to get an overview about all the fantastic apps and helpful gear I use?

More iPhone Night Photography in London

For the shot of the Tower Bridge below I also used Pro Camera [iTunes App Store Link] with Low Light Mode.

Tower Bridge in London photographed using ProCamera with Low Light Mode

Tower Bridge in London photographed using ProCamera with Low Light Mode

And here is a shot I got with Slow Shutter Cam App

Red Bus at the Tower Bridge in London shot using Slow Shutter Cam App

Red Bus at the Tower Bridge in London shot using Slow Shutter Cam App