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Camden Lock Market - Northern End of the Stables Market

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These days Camden is full of markets, covering almost every spare inch of land, however the Camden Lock Market is the one that "made" the area into a trendy place to come. The Camden Lock Market has also grown over the years, although a lot of that growth is the addition of adjacent, but separate Markets, including the Stables Market. Strictly the Camden Lock Market is the part near the Canal and the whole Northern part is the Stables Market, featuring lots (and lots) of Bronze Horse sculptures (they're everywhere). Some of the newer Markets' stalls are quite touristy/consumery, but the area is still a great place to visit.

This is shot at just about the furthest North you can go in the Stables Market. The northern limit is actually the wall at the top of the ramp. If you go up the ramp and follow around the Horse Hospital building there are rows of stalls down the other side of the building leading southwards. The Horse Hospital is itself full of stalls. The shops on the left as you face the ramp have further shops behind them, and as you go South the stalls and shops just seems to endlessly expand. Fairly recently they have even added a quite large underground area of stalls. Unless you know your way around, or are a dedicated explorer, you'll probably miss 70% of it.

This was shot during the week as no way would it have been possible to shoot when it was crowded at the weekend (as it is made from a LOT of photos stitched together). The light shop is one of my favorite places to photograph so I thought I'd include it in my first panorama of the Market not shot from the bottom of the Lock (I'll upload that one too when I get a sec).

I'm not sure if people are interested, but this my second consecutive panorama that (IMHO) is technically a bit unusual. Though since no-one has (so far) voted for the one in the Lock at the South end of the Market maybe it's just me that's interested :-) but that's fine and I'm happy if people just enjoy some(/any) of my work...

Anyway, the one in the Lock was interesting as it was shot entirely freehand, the walls were very close (which is a parallax nightmare) I only had a couple of minutes to shoot it and I was immediately above a reflective surface (which so far only one person has commented on - oh and no, the water wasn't photoshopped).

This one is my first ever spherical panorama not using a Fisheye lens. I took 26 photos with a 14mm lens, using a length of cotton and a weight to help with my position. It is also easily my highest resolution Panorama, at just over 211MP (vs. 19MP and 55-56MP for the 8mm and 12mm ones respectively). Adding to the fun was handling the file sizes - the stitched compressed TIF is 1.1GB and it used over 45GB of temporary disk space during stitching.

Oh, and yes it took ages to stitch, I stitched it something like 6-8 times, the only big problem was sorting out the multi-umbrella thing, which took about 3 goes to sort, after that is was just choosing the people to include and what shot of them to use.

BTW the previous tough ones that also required me to come up with new ways of shooting were the Hungerford Bridge, with the parallax from all those railings that were very close to me (my first attempt didn't go well). Those were made worse by shooting quickly as lots of stuff was happening that I wanted to capture. The second one was the British Museum Atrium with that roof! (I'll upload those fairly soon too.)

I'm still not tempted to use a Tripod or Pano head though, even if the cotton does get tangled more often than I'd like...

John

P.S. I didn't think this was possible - I got a real buzz out of making it work. I hope some people enjoy it :-)

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Overview and History

"When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford." - Samuel Johnson

Do you know all the verses to the children's song, "London Bridge is falling down"? They will take you through the history of London so let's have a look, shall we?

First we need a bridge, in order for it to fall down. The Romans were nice enough to build the first one, probably using a combination of floating platforms and walkways. During Roman times the River Thames was much wider and shallower than it is today, so you could get away with mud hopping. As London has grown it has continually reclaimed the riverbank and funneled the river into a tighter channel, causing no small floods in the lower-laying areas.

Now, London Bridge first fell down and became a song when the English were fighting Viking invaders from Denmark. The English won by pulling down the Danish garrison and the bridge along with it.

Whoops! Wood and clay will wash away, wash away, wash away. Well.. that's part of the story. In 1014 more Viking invaders decided the bridge was in the way of their tall ships, so they tied ropes to it and rowed at full speed to help the bridge wash away.

Verse Three: "Build it up with bricks and mortar, bricks and mortar, bricks and mortar." The first stone construction began in 1176 and took thirty years to finish. This one lasted six centuries, but it still caught on fire and nearly collapsed a few times. This was the famous long-standing bridge bearing not only a church and houses, but also the heads of traitors preserved in tar and mounted on stakes.

Of course, a multi-colored thread of zany events came to pass in the seven-century lifespan of the stone London Bridge -- witch burnings, boating collisions and drownings, the Plague -- it's all part of becoming the world's largest city, a rich title which London achieved in the nineteenth century.

Oops! "Bricks and mortar will not stay, will not stay, will not stay." Build it up with iron and steel. The then-decrepit and chokingly narrow stone bridge was rebuilt by John Rennie in the 1830's. Legend has it that the British custom of driving on the left-hand side of the road was an early attempt to solve the congestion on the bridge.

If you can believe what comes next, Rennie's bridge was SOLD to an American investor who carted it off to Arizona. That was 1968.

The current London Bridge was dedicated in 1973. Its concrete and steel construction was financed by the sale of Rennie's stone bridge. Hmm... was this sale an elaborate financier's gambit, or just clever adaptation of existing circumstances?

Getting There

Heathrow Airport is the main one, although there are eight airports in the greater London area. Heathrow is the world's busiest airport in terms of international flights.

Other main airports are Gatwick and Stansted, all have good transportation links into central London, choose rail or bus.

Transportation

With the oldest and best underground system in the world, you can literally get anywhere quickly, the 'tubes' do get a little overcrowded, so why not see the sites above the ground and take a bus or river boat.

Like Hong Kong, London uses the Oyster card system to let you pay electronically for all sorts of things, especially moving your body from place to place. Fares go for about two pounds per ride for the underground and £1 for the bus. Travel cards have a cool price cap on the bulk ticket purchases, so you can ride more without being charged more, after a certain point.

Consider avoiding the much loved 'black cabs' for long journeys, as it can be an expensive way to sit in traffic. Traffic can get busy in central London, but is improving alot since the introduction of the now very famous 'congestion charge'.

People and Culture

The British invented marmalade to protect their mighty navy from scurvy, and they drink a lot of tea ! "Thank you very much and have a lovely evening".

Well, those are the stereotypes. British culture can have the reputation of being stuffy and repressively polite, but the warmth and volume of pub life more than make up for it. The people in general are hilarious, sarcastic and quick-witted. They love their pints, their fish and chips and their football.

Like other megalopoliptic international and throbbing cities, London is tricky to congeal into a sliceable pat that one might conceivably be able to spread on one's toast. You'll simply have to come here and see it for yourself.

Things to do & Recommendations


First off, read some Shakespeare so you understand why you need to go to the Globe Theatre. Think about the double and triple meanings built into the text; this will give you a foundation in the British sense of humor you're walking into.

With that under your belt, walk on into The London Dungeons. When you're finished looking at these cages for people, you can look at some cages for animals at the London Zoo!

Science lovers can teleport right over to the Natural History Museum and laugh at the dinosaurs, who couldn't tele-anything.

The British museums are some of the best in the world, possibly even the best, owing to the Empire's history of world exploration. The National Gallery houses some of the greatest Western painting anywhere.

London is basically jam-packed full of history, food, music, theatre, art, banks and people to boggle your brains. I would try to describe it to you, but...

But Samuel Johnson already said it best.

Text by Steve Smith.

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