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O2 Arena, London

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 10 September 2013 in Architecture and Portfolio.

I thought I'd show you this photo that I took on Saturday evening of the O2 Arena which is located next to the River Thames in east London.

Originally constructed by the UK government for the Year 2000 celebrations, the "Millenium Dome", as it was then called, was eventually redeveloped in 2007 as an entertainement complex and re-branded as the O2 Arena.

The concert hall inside only takes up 40% of the space inside the dome but it seats 20,000 people and it is the busiest concert venue in the world. Also, the domed roof is the biggest of its type in the world.

The architect was Richard Rogers.

This was a long-exposure photo and the 2 minutes that the shutter was open has smoothed the water in the river. The result is that the photo has brought out the shadows on the water of the spot-lit masts and cables of that wonderful roof structure.

NIKON D800 120 second F/8.0 ISO 100 28 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Hans ter Horst from Dippach, Luxembourg

Ian, really fabulous! You really must tell me the secret of always finding these awesome locations. I've walked around the O2 but never seen such a great POV and you seem to nail it where ever you go in the world (so envious of your great photography)

10 Sep 2013 6:04am

@Hans ter Horst: It was my first trip to the area Hans so it was just good luck - if you get the LDR to Canary Wharf then walk due East to the river, that's where I took this photo - the exact spot was on the river bank just at the point where the Blackwall Basin meets the River Thames.

Veronique from France-and-, Switzerland

Great view ! Like the top of a birthday cake with candles.

10 Sep 2013 6:41am

@Veronique: Thanks Veronique! Those roof support masts are great aren't they!

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

When the art of composition is like a precision machine.
It's really amazing to see these cables shadows on the surface of water.
The range of colours is also very nice.

10 Sep 2013 7:09am

@Gérard Beullac: Thanks Gérard! I often get nice surprises when taking long exposure photos and this one is a good example with those shadows of the cablles becoming more prominent. The horizontal streak you can see in the water was a boat passing through.

digitalCG from Manchester, United Kingdom

Yep, it's the shadows on the water that make this. Beautifully executed.

10 Sep 2013 7:12am

@digitalCG: Thanks Peter! Those shadows were an unexpected bonus brought about by the long exposure time of the photo.

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Excellent !!!
Have a beautiful day.

10 Sep 2013 8:10am

@Aubélia: Thanks Aubélia!

Focales from Rhône-Alpes, France

I like reflections on the water and beautiful long exposure. Lovely place I visited in 2005

10 Sep 2013 9:37am

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

Amazing shot Ian! I love the blue colour - I'm sure O2 themselves would be proud to have a copy of this ;-)

10 Sep 2013 12:33pm

Eric C. from Un peu partout, France

Like a space-machine :-) Great shot ! So "clean" i mean with precision ...

10 Sep 2013 4:09pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Gorgeous night image! Just beautiful!

10 Sep 2013 6:17pm

Daryl Johnson from Worcester Park, United Kingdom

The limited blue / grey tones make for a striking shot, impressive image.

10 Sep 2013 10:01pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

excellent composition and light - especially the way it spreads in reflections over the water! the structure looks kind of like a UFO landing...

11 Sep 2013 1:28am

Christian Richer from Le Havre, France

Your blues are as beautiful as your gray! :)

12 Sep 2013 7:40am



12 Sep 2013 12:07pm

Basile Pesso from Barcelona, Spain

Excellent long pose with excellent aspect of the water and reflections once again.

28 Sep 2013 9:44pm

120 second
ISO 100
28 mm (35mm equiv.)