London Docklands | England

London Docklands and Skyline in a Night Panorama

The London Docklands, once the largest port in the world, are now a vibrant financial center. The skyscrapers of Canary Wharf can be seen from all over the city but the direct view over the Thames you can enjoy from Greenwich. As I wrote before, our walk along the Thames riverbank that night was due to rather unfortunate circumstances.

But I would not be myself if I did not try to make the best out of every situation. For a long time I wanted to try to make an HDR panorama. Why I didn’t do any so far? I honestly don’t know. But this time I had the time and place to try it: Zoom to 55mm, align the tripod and go. Overall, the finished work is composed of 28 individual images, 4 segments each with 7 exposures.

Workflow

I first put the seven exposures of the individual segments together in Photomatix. The results were then merged together in Photoshop where I also did the rest of the post-processing. Special attention I’ve paid on the sky, as I want to present its structure as accurately as possible. To achieve that I have greatly increased the contrast to emphasize the cloud formation.

Technical Details

Camera: Canon EOS 500D
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm @ 55mm
ISO: 100
Exposures: 4×7 in steps of 1 EV
Aperture: 8
Exposure time (middle): 10s
Tripod: Manfrotto 190CXPRO4
Date: Taken in May 2014
Location: On the Greenwich riverbanks of the Thames across the Docklands an Canary Wharf
Software: Lightroom 5.4, Photoshop CC, Photomatix Pro, NIK Define 2, NIK Color Efex Pro 4, NIK Sharpener Pro 3

Interesting links regarding the London Docklands

» Docklands Light Railway: DLR London
» London Docklands Development: www.lddc-history.org.uk

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