This is an image of the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, England taken from the Isle of Wight ferry.
In the background are the masts of HMS Warrior and Admiral Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar – HMS Victory, in the Historical Naval Dockyard.
The tower, at a height of 170 metres (558 feet) above sea level, is 2.5 times higher than Nelson’s Column, making it the tallest accessible structure in the United Kingdom outside London. The tower is visible for miles around Portsmouth, changing the area’s horizon. It can be seen from the Isle of Wight and even the Manhood Peninsula.
The tower represents sails billowing in the wind, a design accomplished using two large, white, sweeping steel arcs, which give the tower its spinnaker sail design. The steelwork was fabricated by Butterley Engineering. At the top is a triple observation deck, providing a 320° view of the city of Portsmouth, the Langstone and Portsmouth harbours, and a viewing distance of 37 kilometres (23 miles). The highest of the three observation platforms, the crow’s nest, has a wire mesh roof, allowing visitors to be in the elements. Windows extend to above head height, so it is not possible to get a view unobstructed by glass. The glass floor is the largest in Europe. The tower has a design lifetime of 80 years.
The design is similar to the Burj Al Arab in Dubai, whose structure is a little less than twice as tall at 323 m. (Wikipedia)
Canon EOS 400D, Sigma DG 70-300mm lens at 70mm, ISO 400, 1/640sec, f11. Shot in RAW and converted into a psuedo HDR +2,0,-2 EV’s, tonemapped in Photomatix 3.2.6 and processed in CS4.
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