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A few hundred metres south of St. Paul’s Cathedral is the Millennium footbridge, a pedestrian-only steel suspension bridge spanning the river Thames. Disaster struck a few days after it opened when it was found to wobble dangerously when too many people crossing at once. The introduction of some dampers solved this problem, and you can now cross it without fear of it self-destructing.

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From the middle of the bridge you get a great view of London: to the north there’s the huge dome of St. Paul’s, and to the south you have the chimney of the Tate Modern gallery. East you can see the Tower 42 and the Gherkin, and west you can just about make out Westminster.

millenium bridge planet

I had a load of problems stitching the second shot. Firstly I had a duplicate of one of the images which caused issues (I still don’t think it should have done); next the control point generator did a really bad job,  the nadir didn’t stitch very well, I forgot to set lens type to fisheye, and there were lots of people crossing when I took it. After setting the control points manually, getting rid of the duplicate and setting it to fisheye, things went ok. And when I HDR-ified it with Dynamic Photo, the anti-ghosting tools worked really well. I left the blurry jogger in though, I think it looks cool.

The week after I got my new camera and Nodal Ninja tripod head, it rained. A lot. By thursday the clouds were still threatening, but I decided taking any more photos of my dog or fishtank wasn’t really justifying the rather large outlay I’d just made. So I took my gear and headed to a few places where I thought I could make some good panos. Being slightly unfamiliar with my camera, I accidentaly set it to shoot RAW only, so after about 5 planets, bracketed x 3, I’d filled up my SD card. As it turned out, the ‘memory card full’ message coincided with the heavens opening up, so I jumped on a train home to fired up Rawstudio, RawTherapee, Dynamic Photo HDR, and of course Hugin. Here’s some of what I came up with.

Hungerford Bridge planet

This is Hungerford bridge which spans the river Thames. After the footbridge was built in 2002, it was lit with fantastic, futuristic, blue lights on top of the pylons. I’ve got a real thing about blue lighting – I even took a soldering iron to my beloved Technics turntables to swap the red LEDs for blue ones. Anyway, I think this shot looks good with the warmth of orange lights, especially against the cold sky. I hope they put the blue ones back on sometime though.

St. Paul's planet

Next stop was St. Paul’s Cathedral. It was a little before rush hour so there weren’t too many people about, handy when you’re shooting HDR. Because I was pretty close up to it, you can’t see the huge dome which it’s famous for. I’ll have to get that another time from a different angle. I also missed out on visiting the Golden Gallery; only when I checked out the Wikipedia entry for Hugin did I realised what I’d missed. So two pretty good reasons to go back.