Spinnaker Tower Portsmouth

Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth

The stunning Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth is 170 metres high, and overlooks Portsmouth Harbour and the Solent. It is taller than London Eye and Big Ben. It can be accessed on foot from Guwharf Quays.

The tower has three viewing decks, Deck 1 has a glass floor, Deck 2 has a cafe and Deck 3, The Crow’s Nest, is open to the elements. Views extend up to 23 miles on a clear day.

The tower opened in October 2005.

I will be posting photographs taken of the tower, all from ground floor level around Gunwharf Quays. In the first photograph I was trying to capture the entire structure and convey the overall size of it. This photograph was taken on my Canon Eos 5D using my 17-40mm F4 L lens, with an exposure of 1/100th of a second at f16, ISO400.

This image has not been edited, and was taken using the correct exposure suggested by the camera, using aperture priority mode.

I like the composition and the way that the eye is drawn into the photograph and the tower itself by the jetty on the left. The sky is interesting, and adds to the drama of the image.

I will post the under and over exposed shots, and finally the merged HDR image.

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