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EWM: HIGH LEVEL VIEWS across Manchester and Salford

THE VIEW TOWARDS MANCHESTER from the Imperial War Museum North gives us a wide panorama of the city, with the Pennines beyond. The white building on the left is Sunlight house, built 1932, with the Town Hall and Sunley buidling to the right. The wall of Portland Tower was painted yellow in the run-up to the Commonwealth Games by owners Bruntwood Properties, and has been left as a reminder of the Games. GMEX, the former Central Station can be seen on the right. The hill to the left of the Sunley Building is Coombe Edge, situated above Charlesworth, Derbyshire, some 12 miles (19km) away.

EWM says: 20 minutes by train from Manchester Piccadilly you enter the Peak District National Park, a region of wild and windswept hills created thousands of years ago and mostly untouched by modern development. By comparison to this pre-historic landscape, Manchester is quite new. World War 2, the Industrial Revolution and the Roman invasion are recent events.

Tech: This panorama is a composite of four images taken with the Nikon D100 digital camera.

THIS IS THE VIEW OVER MANCHESTER CITY CENTRE, southern part, as seen from the Lowry car park in Salford Quays. At the centre is the tower of the Palace Hotel, former Refuge Assurance Building. The hillsides in the distance overlook Stalybridge, and are part of Cheshire in its original boundaries. This area is now in Tameside MBC.

Other landmarks, from left to right, include Portland Tower, with its yellow-painted side-wall, GMEX (former Central Station), the ornate white tower of St James Buildings Oxford Street, and to the right of the Palace Hotel Tower, UMIST. In the enlarged picture lower right, we can just see the Urban Splash development near Castlefield. In front of it is the spire of a church in Ordsall.

EWM says: Another striking panorama, wow! The effect of the zoom lens makes Manchester look similar to Rio de Janeiro - surrounded by tall mountains! Actually these hills are at least 12 miles (19km) distant, but looking from the Quays on a clear day, they appear remarkablly close.

Tech: Mega-panorama of seven overlapping images taken with the Nikon D100 and 300mm (effectively 450mm) zoom lens. The original file is 10,000 pixels wide.

WE ARE LOOKING ACROSS SOUTH MANCHESTER from the viewing platform in the Air Shard of the Imperial War Museum North. Centre left is the former Manchester City football stadium at Maine Road and intersecting it a mile or so further on, the tower of Owens Park halls of residence. The gently curving hill in the distance is Werneth Low. In the lower left is Trafford Road Bridge, linking Trafford and Salford across the Manchester Ship Canal, and in front of it, Sam Platt's Bars.

EWM says: It's remarkable how an area as big as south Manchester can be made to look so small by the power of the zoom lens.

Tech: Nikon D100 and Nikkor 300mm (effectively 450mm) zoom lens.

WE ARE LOOKING NORTH WEST ACROSS SALFORD towards the gently curving outline of Winter Hill, in south Lancashire, with the famous television transmitter clearly visible on the summit, some 14 miles (22 km) away. The buildings in Salford are mostly hidden by trees, apart from the flats and church spire in Eccles and on the far right, the tower of Salford Civic Centre (formerly Swinton and Pendlebury Town Hall).

EWM says: Winter Hill looks like an island rising up over a sea of green. Millions of years ago lower lying areas around Manchester were covered by water.

Tech: Nikon D100 digital SLR camera

THE VIEW FROM WINTER HILL looking south east towards Manchester city centre is partly obscured due to the atmospheric conditions. We are 13 miles (20 km) north west of the city, but the main landmarks are clearly visible. CIStower on the left, Arndale, Urbis Centre, Sunley tower, Town Hall and GMEX on the right. In the distance, Werneth Low is the dark hill sloping down from the left, with the hills above Marple and Disley rising up on the right. The hills deeper into the Pennines, in the county of Derbyshire, appear higher than the city centre due to our elevated viewpoint.

EWM says: I'd love to climb up to the top of Winter Hill transmitter on a very clear day and do a mega 360 degree panorama! We would be able to see most of Lancashire and Cheshire including all of Greater Manchester and most of Merseyside and beyond, in fact, a large slice of England and Wales.

Tech: Nikon D100 digital SLR camera and 300mm (450mm) Nikkor zoom lens. Image contrast rebalanced in Photoshop to improve visibility.


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