Harald Joergens Photography

Interactive 360° Waterway Panorama

Salford Junction (Birmingham Canal Navigations)

Salford Junction, part of the Birmingham Canal Navigations (BCN), is a canal junction where the Grand Union Canal, the Tame Valley Canal, and the Birmingham and Fazely Canal meet. Two aqueducts carry the canals over two streams that meet at the junction, which is dwarfed by a huge overhead motorway junction (Gravelly Hill Interchange, or "Spaghetti Junction"), Salford Junction has been one of the starting points of the 2014 BCN Marathon Challenge, when the panorama ws photographed. 19th century traffic arteries meet their 20th century equivalent.

Equipment used:

  • Canon 5D Mark II with Really Right Stuff L-Plate
  • Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM lens
  • Gitzo G1325 carbon fibre tripod
  • Really Right Stuff BH-55 ball head and Multi-Row Pano Elements Package

How it was done:
The photography was done at the finish of the BCN Marathon Challenge, when quite a few people were walking around. Two rows of 7 photos at five different exposures (focal length 15mmm, portrait) were needed for the panorama - the contrast between the bright sky, and the dark shadow areas below the motorway required HDR processing.

The resulting images have been edited, then stitched together, edited again, and then turned into a spherical panorama.

Technical information:
This interactive panorama exists in two different versions: One is using, if available, the Adobe Flash Player, the other uses HTML5. The Flash version allows viewing in screen mode, the HTML5 version works on almost all devices that don't have Flash (Apple mobile devices).

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