London Panoramic + a look at this site

London Panoramic. 13 images stitched together.    From left to right the landscape includes iconic buildings such as the Barbican, Gherkin, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Shard (mid construction), the Brunswick Centre, the OXO tower, Strata Tower, Senate House, Centrepoint and the BT Tower.

The above link is an attempt at a panoramic of London. It’s much better when viewed at full size so I encourage you to click the link and view it in full.

It’s a bit special to me, and will certainly encourage me to do more in the future; most of my previous attempts really did not work out.

Firstly, it’s taken from a location that I found by myself. Not a secret super hidden location that’s tricky to get to, quite the opposite. However it’s the first time during my short UrbEx career (career seems to be the wrong word…’hobby’ perhaps?) that I’ve walked past somewhere, thought it would be possible to get onto the roof, and then gone ahead and done so. The other locations where I have been have all been places that I know have been done previously. Part of my previous trips has been gathering information on where others have made their entry, possible barriers that they face, and so on.

I didn’t have that for this trip, so had no idea if it was possible or not. Of course, it’s highly likely others have made the trip before me; but I haven’t been aware of them doing so which makes me feel very pleased about finding it. It really does go to show what can happen when you keep your eyes open.

Church View

Over the past few weeks I’ve been thinking that this blog wasn’t the best thing for me to create. I did it on the basis that I was learning about HDR and wanted to share my experiences with this process. It never really turned out that way. I regularly read blogs by the likes of Brian Matiash, Heath O’Fee and Scott Frederick (and many others) and like the fact that the majority of the time they provide an image and often a little anecdote about it. Sure, there are often tips and tricks, and other personal things, but it’s not what I had envisaged myself doing when I first started this blog. However, this is what I actually seem to want the blog to be. Sure, I want to share my experiences and what I learn, but I like the format these others guys use and want to follow their example.

Mike Olbinski wrote a great post recently that I had many thoughts on, but every time I tried to compile a comment to this post I couldn’t quite get the words right. I have fallen into a lot of traps that are in the post; and the name of this blog and domain has HDR in it which is something I want to move away from – not HDR, of course, but of using that. It restricts what I can post here, which is unfortunate. I did not realise how taken I would be with photography now that I am getting out there. I owned my camera for almost a year with out really using it, or knowing how to use it. It’s a Canon 500d and the first camera I ever owned. It wasn’t until I learnt about HDR that I fell for photography. I want to do more than HDR, even if I go out there with a mind to shoot for this process, it’s not enough.

Luckily this blog is very new, and so I can easily change without too much hassle. It’s likely that I will fall back to It’s my identity on the internet and not in use now that my forum has been moved over to the recently acquired (after 10 years of trying) .com.

It’s time for a change. I do this as a hobby, but it’s one I’m increasingly enjoying and feel I am getting better at. I don’t want to be restricted by a HDR title and will be looking to fix that in the near future.

Counting the Landmarks

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  1. Mike Olbinski

    First off man…appreciate the link back to the site. I hope you know the article wasn’t meant to condemn anyone or tell people they are doing something wrong. It was mainly to open my own eyes to the fact that I do a lot of different things and I don’t want to be pigeonholed as a specific type of photographer.

    That being said…you found some amazing spots here. And if I’m being honest…the panoramic is good, but I love that second shot. Seeing much more of the tops of buildings, the snow, the street, the light trails…the clouds…it’s awesome.

    Jan 26, 2011 @ 6:05 pm

  2. Heath O'Fee

    Really great read, and I’m honoured to be mentioned in such great company.

    I would definitely encourage you to follow through with your photography/blog aspirations. It’s been a great way for me to grow as a photographer and connect with other like-minded people. I look forward to seeing more from you!

    Jan 26, 2011 @ 6:24 pm

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  4. Mark Blundell

    Good write up and well done on many counts – getting out there, doing a great job with the photography, going somewhere that’s not been done before and starting your own blog.

    The pano is awesome, but I’m in agreement – the second shot has a bit more about it, the setting and having you in the image adds something to it.

    Keep it up dude!

    Jan 26, 2011 @ 7:47 pm

  5. Wayne Frost

    The blog is an expression of your experience and I think you are the kind of person who is always open to new experiences. So taking “HDR” out of the blog title is not a bad idea, I don’t care what kind of photography you want to blog about, I just enjoy seeing your images and maybe learning a little something along the way.

    Jan 26, 2011 @ 10:13 pm

  6. murphyz

    @ Mike
    Thanks – I didn’t read you as condemning people at all, but so much that you wrote rang true and was something I agreed with. I guess it just touched close to home and as I see my photography grow, I know this site isn’t quite right for it.

    Cheers – You have one of the blogs I read in awe and aspire to. I keep thinking ‘maybe if I had that bit of software’ I’ll get images that are similar; getting there but a long way to go!

    As I keep saying, you’re the guy behind the above shots. Your work was my turning point, without that I would still be another ant on the street with my eyes closed, oblivious to the world around me :o)

    Thanks man; you’re my ‘early follower’ and that’s appreciated. Your comments in the previous photos keep me wanting to post more.

    Thanks to all of you, and the lurkers :o)

    Jan 26, 2011 @ 11:51 pm