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January 28, 2009

More of London from above, at night

In August of last year, I was happy to be able to share some amazing photos of London, as seen from above at night by photographer Jason Hawkes. That entry continues to be one of the most consistently popular ones I've ever put together, so I was happy to hear from Jason again recently, and to find that he wanted to share another 24 photos from 2008 below. Jason shot these images with a camera attached to gyro-stabilized mounts from a Eurocopter AS355, hired out at around £1150 (GBP) per hour, using Nikon gear and either a 14-24mm or a 70-200mm lens. Even with that, the low light and heavy vibrations can make things difficult, Jason says "I often shoot tethered to my MacBook Pro to check the sharpness of the images whilst I shoot." Mr. Hawkes has agreed to jump into the comments and answer some of your questions as well, so feel free to ask. (24 photos total)

The O2, formally Millennium Dome, now an entertainment complex in Greenwich, London. (© Jason Hawkes)

Looking West across the Square Mile showing 30 St Mary Axe and Tower 42, Barbican, with Westminster in background. (© Jason Hawkes) #

St Pauls Cathedral, Paternoster Square, City of London. (© Jason Hawkes) #

Waterloo Station, Lambeth and the River Thames. (© Jason Hawkes) #

Closeup view of the glass roof of Westfield shopping centre, Shepherds Bush, London. (© Jason Hawkes) #

Close view of the London Eye, the biggest Ferris wheel in Europe at a height of 135 meters (443 ft). (© Jason Hawkes) #

City of London, Finsbury Circus, looking across to the Bank of England and Mansion House. (© Jason Hawkes) #

Christmas lights down Regents Street, looking from Oxford Circus. (© Jason Hawkes) #

Training in progress at Chelsea football ground. (© Jason Hawkes) #

1,200 ft over West India Docks and the Towers around Canary Wharf on the Isle of Dogs. In the far background you can just make out the lights of City Airport in the former Royal Albert Docks. (© Jason Hawkes) #

Looking West down the River Thames from Tower Bridge, with the City of London on the right bank and the Greater London Authority (GLA) building shown on the left bank. (© Jason Hawkes) #

Old Street, Shoreditch and Hoxton, looking East. (© Jason Hawkes) #

Closeup of Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square near South Africa House. (© Jason Hawkes) #

The River Thames at Greenwich Reach showing the Isle of Dogs, Docklands and the O2. (© Jason Hawkes) #

Bank of England, Liverpool Street, showing all of the City of london with Tower Bridge at upper right. (© Jason Hawkes) #

The Louise Blouin Institute, West London. Gallery where the windows are illuminated in a moving spectrum of color. West London. (© Jason Hawkes) #

Canary Wharf Development at West India Docks in the London Docklands. One Canada Square, 8 Canada Square and the Citigroup Centre. (© Jason Hawkes) #

CityPoint (previously known as Britannic House) on Ropemaker Street. (© Jason Hawkes) #

The River Thames with The Houses of Parliament and Whitehall on the left bank looking over Horse Guards Parade to the West End of London. (© Jason Hawkes) #

Looking down Regent Street to Piccadilly Circus and Soho. (© Jason Hawkes) #

Looking North from the Albert Hall and Albert memorial across Kensington Gardens the Round Pond and Bayswater in the background. (© Jason Hawkes) #

Close up of 30 St Mary Axe, also known as the Gherkin and formerly the Swiss Re Building in the square mile. (© Jason Hawkes) #

Stock Exchange Tower, City of London. (© Jason Hawkes) #

A view across Westminster and the Houses of Parliament, showing the London Eye on the right hand side and Buckingham Palace of the far left of the image. On the horizon line in the left of the image you can also just make out the arch of Wembley Stadium. (© Jason Hawkes) #