More Photos of London From Above, at Night
January 28, 2009 9:28 PM   Subscribe

Very cool, but unfortunately a number of these are post-processed in an HDR-ish fashion. HDR makes me sad.
posted by killdevil at 10:12 PM on January 28, 2009 [1 favorite]

love them. glad to see more.

thanks for this.
posted by gursky at 10:14 PM on January 28, 2009

Amazing. There was another photo page that blew my mind a couple weeks ago. They really have their stuff together.
posted by wastelands at 10:40 PM on January 28, 2009

beautiful beautiful
posted by vantam at 11:01 PM on January 28, 2009

Very beautiful.

It's too bad that so many of the shots featured the London Eye: I get reflexively ill every time I see a picture of it, in memory of how vilely, vilely nauseous I was on that thing (apparently going slowly really messes with the eye/ear perception of things).

Otherwise, a good round of pics from a perspective that we don't see enough of.
posted by librarylis at 11:22 PM on January 28, 2009

posted by Fupped Duck at 11:30 PM on January 28, 2009 [1 favorite]

Jason shot these images with a camera attached to gyro-stabilized mounts from a Eurocopter AS355, hired out at around £1150 (GBP) per hour

Dude's hanging out of a helicopter!
posted by dhammond at 12:21 AM on January 29, 2009

That was frigging gorgeous. Makes me want to live there. Dangerous thought.
posted by Phire at 1:04 AM on January 29, 2009 [1 favorite]

Hmmm, great photos. But is someone going to post a link to every Boston Globe Big Picture blog entry? They are great and all - which is why I subscribed to their RSS feed when the blog was first featured here last year.
posted by crossoverman at 1:07 AM on January 29, 2009

How the hell did he pull that off? Are gyros really that stable & responsive? I'm guessing they're either long shutter time shots, or he went the HDR route; in either case, how do you keep the camera so stable?
posted by spiderskull at 1:12 AM on January 29, 2009

Ha! My comment above is almost identical to Mach5's in the previously link. Apparently gyros are that stable.
posted by spiderskull at 1:15 AM on January 29, 2009

Excellent pictures. Good primer for me as I'll be there tomorrow. Have I recently ranted breathlessly about how much I love London? I'm pretty sure I have.
posted by slimepuppy at 1:16 AM on January 29, 2009

Yes, London. You know - fish, chips, cup o' tea, bad food, worse weather, Mary fucking Poppins, LONDON!

Apparently Avi never saw these pics. Sweet stuff.
(I've only ever seen it from the ground near Gatwick, trying not to get killed crossing streets - look left, right, cross, whoa! Wait, back to curb, try again.. okay look left, right, dammit, starting over..)
posted by hypersloth at 1:18 AM on January 29, 2009

London is a magnificent city. I've lived in Manhattan but London really is something else.

Like the last set of photos I believe, there's still an excessive focus on the financial/business parts of town but that may be because, at night, thats where all the tall well lit buildings are.

I work pretty much where he took Picture #7. That round dark thing on the lower right is actually a small patch of greenery. There aren't many other parks in this part of town so, during the summer, all the City workers completely fill this little square, sitting pretty much back-to-back, staking out a piece of park.
posted by vacapinta at 2:15 AM on January 29, 2009

Does the Boston Globe employ a proofreader, I wonder?

Great photos, but I agree he does focus on the City of London a bit too much. Presumably because they are tall buildings but also because so many of the offices LEAVE THEIR BLOODY LIGHTS ON ALL NIGHT.

Chinatown and Soho from the air must look quite good. A pity he didn't get a decent overhead shot of them. Also, he missed out London's prettiest bridge, possibly because it has the rather dark and unphotogenic Battersea Park next to it, although it does have the rather cool Albion Riverside building nearby.
posted by MuffinMan at 3:33 AM on January 29, 2009

These are gorgeous. The thing is, though, that one or two of them goes a long way. I was really impressed by the first couple, and then bored by the end.
posted by marginaliana at 6:32 AM on January 29, 2009

These are screenshots from the next SimCity, no?
posted by Acey at 7:32 AM on January 29, 2009

Neat. In this one, see the lighted storefront near the upper right corner, just past the bus stop? That's a pub. I had lunch there last year. Just wanted to share. (It's not a great pub. More of a leech off the tourists around Trafalgar Square kind of place. Still, we had a hungry toddler and it was in the right place at the right time, so I retain some affection for it.)
posted by rusty at 8:24 AM on January 29, 2009

These are beautiful, thanks.

I find it a little bit funny that these amazing pictures of London are from Heh. Anyone hanging over Boston in a helicopter want to post pictures on, I dunno, The Guardian or something? We should strive to achieve universal balance!
posted by grapefruitmoon at 8:57 AM on January 29, 2009

On the same tangent, city lights at night. (video and sound)
posted by 517 at 11:59 AM on January 29, 2009

Lovely, thanks. I love London, that's why I live here.
posted by greytape at 12:01 PM on January 29, 2009

I wouldn't be shocked to hear that these were shot w/o any major post-processing using one of the latest sensors. The ability to pick up detail in low light w/ the latest nikon/canon pro gear is kinda astounding. Witness:
posted by jba at 1:29 PM on January 29, 2009

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