Photographing the London Eye


After the city of London has given up, the lights remain. The London Eye, a giant ferris wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames glows even as storm clouds build. As the storm hits the city, the lights are turned off. Who knows why, but it gave the wheel a surreal feel against the light pollution hanging in the sky.

As Europe’s largest ferris wheel it stands 135metres high with a diameter of 120metres. When it was opened in 2000 it was the tallest in the world but times change and it was soon surpassed by wheels in China, Singapore and Las Vegas. The view from the top is the second highest in London, the only viewing platform higher is on the 72nd floor of the nearby Shard.

Photographing the London Eye

To photograph the London Eye distance is your friend. Getting down low and standing on the north bank of the River Thames on the Embankment can give perfect circular reflections of the wheel in the flowing water of the Thames.

Using a tripod and having a long exposure ensures a smooth calm looking river and perfect colour reflections in the inky dark water.

The colours of the wheel and County Hall, the building to the right, change colour so waiting for different colour combinations can be a great way to spend an evening.