Ready for lift off! Situated as it is at the base of St Andrew Undershaft Church where modern and old collide this futuristic building wouldn't have surprised me if it had headed skyward such is its look.
30 St Mary Axe (widely known informally as The Gherkin and previously as the Swiss Re Building) is a commercial skyscraper in London's primary financial district, the City of London. It was completed in December 2003 and opened in April 2004. With 41 storeys, it is 180 metres (591 ft) tall and stands on the former site of the Baltic Exchange, which was extensively damaged in 1992 by the explosion of a bomb placed by the Provisional IRA in St Mary Axe, the street from which the tower takes its name.
After plans to build the 92-storey Millennium Tower were dropped, 30 St Mary Axe was designed by Norman Foster and Arup Group and it was erected by Skanska, with construction commencing in 2001.
The building has become an iconic symbol of London and is one of the city's most widely recognised examples of contemporary architecture.
Lady luck was with me when I shot this. A London bus swooped by just as I was firing off one of my middle brackets meaning I managed to obtain a great light trail.
6 exp tripod mounted hdr +3 to -2 long exposure hdr. Post processing in acr, photomatix, photoshop, topaz de-noise and topaz clarity. Fuji X-E2 with 18-55mm f2.8-4 @ 21mm f9, ISO 800, av exposure 4.3 secs.#hdr #hdrphotography #hdrphotographers #hdrtheworld #hqspnight #hqsphdrphotography #hqsparchitecture #london #gherkin #nightphotography #night #longexposure #longexposurephotography #cityscape #cityscapephotography #cityscapephotos #church #churches #hqsparchitecture #lighttrails #londonbus #hqsphdr