Photo of London Eye at night

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London Eye at night

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London Eye at night
London, Greater London, England
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About the photo:

I'd been photographing the Houses of Parliament lit up at night, the I wandered across the Thames to the Victoria Embankment to see if I could get a good shot of the London Eye lit up. I was set up to photograph this gorgeous scene, when a chap asked me to take a photo of him for a publicity shot. He was going to be running the London Marathon for charity and wanted a shot of himself holding up his track shoes, with the London Eye behind him. Once we'd figured out how to use his borrowed point and shoot digital camera, I got down to the business of photographing this stunning sight! The neat thing is that County Hall, to the right of the London Eye in this photo, changes colour every few minutes. It was pure luck that it was lit up in blue to complement the purple lights on the London Eye when I took this.

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