Royal Crescent

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Bath's famous Royal Crescent is a tricky subject to photograph in its entirety. Facing due south, it needs low sun at midday to get the best illumination, evenly lighting the terraced houses from end to end. Because the crescent is long and thin, a dramatic sky is necessary to complete the composition. My chance came just two minutes after local noon when low December sun momentarily broke through gathering clouds to cast golden light against a stormy sky. I positioned myself opposite the exact centre of the crescent and, working quickly before the light was lost, made three overlapping images which I stitched together to create this panorama.