Photographer's Note

London and the Thames

This was taken from a Boeing 777 on the normal approach (at least for flights arriving from the US) to Heathrow Airport, the route basically following the Thames River for several miles. One can get exceptional views of London and the famous sights along the Thames. It is beautiful at night, with all the lights, but also can be delightful during the day, especially early in the morning (when my flight of choice from San Francisco arrives) with the sun low and coming basically from one’s back. You must, however, sit in a window seat on the right-hand side of the plane in order to get these views. Here you can see the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, government buildings, the Horse Guards regimental field, the London Eye, Victoria Station and a bit of Waterloo Station (with a couple of the Eurostar trains peeking out from their shed-at the right edge center), amongst other sights.

Technical: It was a very hazy morning (as you can see from the original image, which I have put into Workshop). As an experiment, I enhanced using Auto Quick Fix in PhotoShop Elements, which actually turned out surprisingly well. I then increased the contrast a bit, as well as a bit of sharpening, and cropped off some of the uninteresting views at the top to draw additional attention to the river and the more famous sights.

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Additional Photos by Jackie Larson (jassy) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 134 W: 17 N: 308] (1065)
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