Further to my Blog - 2018, these are two panoramas from a few days later, using the same techniques to stitch three telephoto images together in to a single wide-angle frame. The cloud layer on the horizon made the whole feel of the photos quite different to the clear skies earlier in the week. This first one was at 6.35am with a brighter look due to the reflections of the pre-dawn sun from the clouds. As I wanted to keep the exposure time below 20s (as it was windy and the clouds were moving quickly), I had to up the ISO a tad to 320. The second panorama was 30 minutes later (but still 45 minutes before sunrise) with a very strong orange glow behind the dark clouds shrouding the city. It’s still a nice image but the power of the building lights was dropping very quickly as the dawn progressed. This one was taken at ISO 64, f/11 and 6s.
On balance, I much prefer the shots from earlier in the week, with the beautifully clear and slightly orange skies and the very bright city lights, taken an hour and 15 minutes before sunrise. I’ve just had the Hampstead Heath 41 – panorama, London 2018 photograph printed out and mounted at 180cm by 64cm, on glossy Kodak Pro Endura paper with a UV lamination on a wonderfully thin and frameless aluminium dibond backing. It’s exhibition quality and looks fabulous – now available for sale in limited edition at £1,200.