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A 2 shot panorama. Each shot was taken with three exposures 0, -1, +1. They were first processed in Photomatix Pro to achieve an HDR tiff for each of the images.
These were then processed in Autopano Pro to achieve the stitching.

Fuji Fs100 – Tripod Mounted.

HMS Belfast is a museum ship, originally a Royal Navy light cruiser, permanently moored in London on the River Thames and operated by the Imperial War Museum.

Construction of Belfast, the first Royal Navy ship to be named after the capital city of Northern Ireland and one of ten Town-class cruisers, began in December 1936. She was launched on St Patrick’s Day, 17 March 1938. Commissioned in early August 1939 shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War, Belfast was initially part of the British naval blockade against Germany. In November 1939 Belfast struck a German mine and spent more than two years undergoing extensive repairs. Returning to action in November 1942 with improved firepower, radar equipment and armour, Belfast was the largest and arguably most powerful cruiser in the Royal Navy at the time. Belfast saw action escorting Arctic convoys to the Soviet Union during 1943, and in December 1943 played an important role in the Battle of North Cape, assisting in the destruction of the German warship Scharnhorst. In June 1944 Belfast took part in Operation Overlord supporting the Normandy landings. In June 1945 Belfast was redeployed to the Far East to join the British Pacific Fleet, arriving shortly before the end of the Second World War. Belfast saw further combat action in 1950–52 during the Korean War and underwent an extensive modernisation between 1956 and 1959. A number of further overseas commissions followed before Belfast entered reserve in 1963.

In 1967, efforts were initiated to avert Belfast’s expected scrapping and preserve her as a museum ship. A joint committee of the Imperial War Museum, the National Maritime Museum and the Ministry of Defence was established, and reported in June 1968 that preservation was practical. In 1971 the government decided against preservation, prompting the formation of the private HMS Belfast Trust to campaign for her preservation. The efforts of the Trust were successful, and the government transferred the ship to the Trust in July 1971. Brought to London, she was moored on the River Thames near Tower Bridge in the Pool of London. Opened to the public in October 1971, Belfast became a branch of the Imperial War Museum in 1978. A popular tourist attraction, Belfast receives around a quarter of a million visitors per year. As a branch of a national museum and part of the National Historic Fleet, Core Collection, Belfast is supported by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, by admissions income, and by the museum’s commercial activities. Her Big Guns are aimed at Scratwood Services on the M1 Motorway !

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  • Clive
    Clivealmost 3 years ago

    Wonderful work and treatment Colin, very bright and colourful, and a great narration

  • Thanks Clive ! ;o)

    – Colin J Williams Photography

  • John Schneider
    John Schneideralmost 3 years ago

    Stunning piece of work, Colin! Nicely done, sir!!

  • Many Thanks for Stopping By ;o)

    – Colin J Williams Photography

  • Igor Shrayer
    Igor Shrayeralmost 3 years ago

    Fantastic work Colin!

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  • Thomas Eggert
    Thomas Eggertalmost 3 years ago

    Cool lighting with the different exposures put together…T

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    – Colin J Williams Photography

  • JoeDavisPhoto
    JoeDavisPhotoalmost 3 years ago

    WOW…amazing photo! Most definitely a favorite!!!

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    – Colin J Williams Photography

  • Janis Read-Walters
    Janis Read-Wal...almost 3 years ago

    fab this looks great nicely done sir :o)

  • Many Thanks for Stopping By ;o)

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  • kenspics
    kenspicsover 2 years ago

    You are a master in this genre!!!
    VERY beautiful work!!!

  • Many Thanks for Stopping By ;o)

    – Colin J Williams Photography

  • Rachel Williams
    Rachel Williamsover 2 years ago

    Gorgeous image. Very striking.

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    – Colin J Williams Photography

  • Steve Farr
    Steve Farrover 2 years ago

    MAGNIFICENT!!!~S

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    – Colin J Williams Photography

  • Bob Culshaw
    Bob Culshawover 2 years ago

    Excellent work Colin


    19th April 2012

  • Thanks Bob !!

    – Colin J Williams Photography

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