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    Greenwich Foot Tunnel, London, England
    UPDATE FEB 2012 - #11 on Explore for 24.02.2012 - Had a nice surprise when I logged on so thank you very much everybody! :-)

    A friend of mine came down from up North couple of days ago, his flickr profile is here Camel Kegs so we had a trip into London. Here is his photo from the same position but from different perspective -


    We visit quite a few places but both of us really enjoyed photographing here at Greenwich foot tunnel. Having been here myself before it was great for a revisit and get those photos and perspectives that I missed last time.

    I was always intrigued by this red box about halfway along the tunnel, its really the only bit of colour in the whole tunnel, it is such a contrast to the rest of the tunnel. Sadly I don’t know what it does though. My tripod was almost flat to the ground and pointed it upwards slightly and this was the result.

    This is an HDR image made from a single image, processed in a gritty way to reflect the character of the tunnel which I hope you will all enjoy.

    Anyway, must dash but I hope you all have an awesome Friday and weekend :-)

    Photo Details
    Sony A700
    Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR
    2.5s exposure

    Software Used
    Lightroom 3.6
    Photomatix 4.1

    The Greenwich foot tunnel is a pedestrian tunnel crossing beneath the River Thames in East London, linking Greenwich (Royal Borough of Greenwich) in the south with the Isle of Dogs (London Borough of Tower Hamlets) to the north. The tunnel is currently undergoing refurbishment and the works were due to be complete by June 2011, but delays mean that they are now scheduled to be complete some time in 2012.

    The tunnel was designed by civil engineer Sir Alexander Binnie for London County Council, and was constructed by contractor John Cochrane & Co; the project started in June 1899 and the tunnel was opened on 4 August 1902. The tunnel replaced an expensive and sometimes unreliable ferry service, and was intended to allow workers living on the south side of the Thames to reach their workplaces in the London docks and shipyards then situated in or near the Isle of Dogs. Its creation owed much to the efforts of working-class politician Will Crooks who had worked in the docks and, after chairing the LCC's Bridges Committee responsible for the tunnel, would later serve as Labour MP for nearby Woolwich.

    The entrance shafts at both ends lie beneath glazed domes, with lifts (installed in 1904, upgraded in 1992) and spiral staircases allowing pedestrians to reach the sloping, tile-lined tunnel at the bottom. The cast-iron tunnel itself is 370.2 m (1,217 ft) long and 15.2 m (50 ft) deep and has an internal diameter of about 9 feet (2.7 m). Its cast-iron rings are lined with concrete which has been surfaced with some 200,000 white glazed tiles. The northern end was damaged by bombs during World War II and the repairs included a thick steel and concrete inner lining that reduces the diameter substantially for a short distance.


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    1. esslingerphoto.com✈ (back in London) 38 months ago | reply

      I was there a week or so ago and I don't remember this box. I guess I need to open my eyes. Great shot and processing!

    2. Victor Alexandre 38 months ago | reply

      Nice tube vision :)

    3. Aaron Yeoman 38 months ago | reply

      yeah it is quite a gritty grimy tunnel ain't it, I think the HDR brings it out more.
      Cheers Ray! :-)
      Thank you Edwin, glad you liked it!
      Glad it did, the tunnel has a strange feel to it doesn't it?
      Thank you, glad the mood was conveyed correctly.
      Oh you definitely should have taken your camera, this place is awesome, really worth the visit. Glad you liked the HDR treatment.
      You'll be surprised that I never really noticed it first time around when I went there but I made sure I didn't miss i this time.

    4. Aaron Yeoman 38 months ago | reply

      Big massive thanks to all those who took time to comment on this photo and other photos, it does mean alot to me and well chuffed got this photo into Explore.

    5. Alex r8 38 months ago | reply

      amazing perspective,congratulations

    6. Various photos of stuff 38 months ago | reply

      cracking shot of this tunnel. the red box makes for great foreground interest and the character in the distance is a lovely touch.

    7. lorraine222 38 months ago | reply

      Fantastic picture.

    8. Alban Henderyckx 38 months ago | reply

      Excellent capture and processing!

    9. Nux Pix (Home Treating a Tough Knee Injury) 38 months ago | reply

      Thisis Fantastic! Great Processing!

    10. aepoc 38 months ago | reply

      Cool color!

    11. Colonel Killgore 38 months ago | reply

      Wonderful composition and tones... Love it.

    12. R m (trying to catch up) 38 months ago | reply

      Amazing amazing photo. Since I'm not a pro photographer I can't comment on the technicality aspect, but what ever speed or f you're using, you were dead on. Perfect composition perfect photo, big fan

    13. tomhardy1 38 months ago | reply

      Awesome picture.

    14. Stefan Kemp 38 months ago | reply

      This is my kind of shot, lovely gritty processing, great composition and some stand out colour. Love it!

    15. Agnete Helene [deleted] 37 months ago | reply

      great shot!

    16. roken-roliko 34 months ago | reply

      Love the mood! great work! bravo!

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