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Vertical Panorama Photographs of Canary Wharf

Updated on October 31, 2013

Why did I stitch vertically?

Because I wanted to capture and emphasise the tall buildings of the Canary Wharf business region (a virtual extension of the City of London) in Docklands, London.

I was not armed with a very wide angle or 'fish eye' lens which may have achieved a similar result. At the time I was heavily into the digital photograph stitching process and was widely experimenting with this technique.

I had already done a number of horizontal images in my home town of Greenwich, London, on the opposite side of the River Thames to Canary Wharf. These featured the historical aspects of Greenwich and I have written a separate hub about these in the Travel and Places → Visiting Europe → United Kingdom → England section, entitled 'Greenwich in Panoramic Photographs'.

I wanted to cross the River Thames to Canary Wharf where the modern development serves as a great contrast to historical Greenwich. And here the only way to point the camera was up, up, up!

So, here is my triptych of digital images from my gallery, the results of which I was very pleased. I hope you agree.

The software used is The Panorama Factory.

The footbridge from South Dock to Canary Wharf

This image is the first I produced and which inspired me to do more. It shows the curvy pivoting footbridge from South Dock across to the main 'island' generally referred to as Canary Wharf. The distortion caused by taking the image from ground level to the top of the tall buildings has resulted in the latter having a curved effect, which is wholly in keeping with the bridge.The building in the middle distance is One Canada Square which remains the icon of the whole development.

The original Docklands cranes by West India Quay and the London Marriott Hotel, Canary Wharf


The Docklands developers chose to leave the original dockside cranes to serve as a reminder of the area's history. A great decision, as they form a fantastic contrast against the modern buildings, as I hope my photo demonstrates. Here they are shown in West India Quay, opposite the London Marriott Hotel. The curvy theme continues in this image, which I reversed for purposes of forming the triptych.

One Canada Square in Canary Wharf


Having taken the first two photos, I decided I just had to get a third and make a triptych. So, armed with a zoom lens and at a distance, I composed the above image. The clouds look like a great plume of smoke, forming above and dwarfing the famous middle building, One Canada Square.

That's the end of this hub.


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