This was shot in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, shot from the roof terrace of the Euromast restaurant. The restaurant is in a viewing tower built for the original Floriade gardening festival in 1960. It is a circular restaurant at a height of about 100m, it is equivalent to a twenty story building.
(The Floriade gardening festivals have been repeated each decade since then. The second one was in 1972 and they have been held every ten years from then. I visited Floriade 2012 in Venlo the week before I took this photograph. However I wasn’t aware of the Floriade connection with this tower until after I had been there.)
At the time it was build the EuroMast was, at 101m, the tallest building in Rotterdam. It was designed, by the architect Hugh Maaskant, and constructed between 1958 and 1960. In 1970 it was almost doubled in height by the addition of a further 85m tower on top of the original – and hence regained the record for tallest building in Rotterdam.
I was in Rotterdam with a large bunch of photographers who had all been attending the annual PanoTools Meeting. We had been up on the roof earlier and come down for the first course of our dinner.
Then someone noticed the sunset reflecting on the windows of an apartment block in the city centre. Suddenly our main courses were forgotten as thirty photographers headed back to the roof.
This image was created by stitching together two telephoto shots using Hugin.
Camera: Canon EOS 5d-ii | Lens: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 L IS USM (at 70mm) | Exposure: 1/100 f/4
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