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.



architecture, portsmouth, dockyard, isle of wight, spinnaker tower


  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...almost 5 years ago

    wow this is super Bob, beautifully sharp and love the tall ships in the background.x

  • Thank you so much Catherine.xx

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Kelvin Hughes
    Kelvin Hughesalmost 5 years ago

    Great Shot Bob

  • Thanks a lot Kelvin

    – Bob Culshaw

  • grimduke1
    grimduke1almost 5 years ago

    Thunderbirds Are Go!.. Great shot Bob!

  • Yeah, didn’t see Jeff Tracy tho’ Thanks Kerry

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Brenda Dow
    Brenda Dowalmost 5 years ago

    It’s all about the contrasts Bob!!!! A fav….. a wonderful view!!!!

  • Thank you so much Brenda, I appreciate your comments and favouriting.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • basicblack
    basicblackalmost 5 years ago

    Made for a gorgeous shot Bob

  • Thank you so much Jen

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Catherine Wood
    Catherine Woodalmost 5 years ago

    Terrific shot, Bob. It’s an impressive building and such a contrast to it’s surroundings.

  • Thank you so much Catherine.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Shaun Whiteman
    Shaun Whitemanalmost 5 years ago

    A lovely shot of this beautiful Tower Bob, excellent title too!!

  • Thank you so much Shaun.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Jadon
    Jadonalmost 5 years ago

    40 foot higher than our tower, impressive views from the top I reckon, well shot Bob..

  • Thanks Jason. Regret didn’t get chance to go up the Tower – next time maybe. Yes but your Tower has lasted longer – the life expectancy of this Tower is only 80 years!

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Ryan Davison Crisp
    Ryan Davison C...almost 5 years ago

    the title sure does reflect the image well, nice perspective on this one

  • Thank you so much Ryan, I appreciate that.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • FelicityB
    FelicityBalmost 5 years ago

    What a structure – why such a short life expectancy?

  • That’s what they say Felicity – 80 years and it cost £35.6m! Thanks for the comment BTW

    – Bob Culshaw

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