The HMS Belfast

HMS Belfast

HMS Belfast sometimes feels like a poor cousin. Arguably less grand than the Cutty Sark, and overshadowed by both Tower Bridge (to the back and right) and the Tower of London (to the back and left) it is nevertheless an impressive structure.


The HMS Belfast is over three-quarters of a century old, and has its guns aimed 12 miles away at the London Gateway services (previously known as Scratchwood)


The level of contrast and general habit led this to be a seven-exposure HDR on my beloved Canon 6D. Post-processing in Photomatix and Adobe Photoshop CS6. Several filters to drag out the contrast, put the blacks back how I envisaged them and a crop to 2.39:1 anamorphic widescreen (possibly because I was watching “How to train your Dragon” Easter Weekend?)

  • Aperture: ƒ/9
  • Camera: Canon EOS 6D
  • Focal length: 40mm
  • ISO: 1600
  • Shutter speed: 1s
  • Title: The HMS Belfast
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