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Cutty Sark, Greenwich, London

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The Cutty Sark is one of the world’s most famous ships. Built in 1869 she was one of the fastest and last tea clippers to be built before the steam propulsion revolution. Following the destructive fire in 2007 it reopened on 26 April 2012 after a six year restoration project. 

You can now venture underneath the ship which provides a fantastically unique viewpoint from a photographer's prospective. Shots taken from the bow tend to be the most effective followed by the stern. Don't be afraid to shot from low to help capture the shear scale of the ship. Due to it's vast size a wide angle lens is a must for this type of shot.

Most of the other shots to be had are found on the main deck itself, the: rigging, masts, lifeboats and other small details all make interesting photographs. Unfortunately under the deck potential photographic opportunities are limited by poor lighting and a lack of interesting photographic subjects.  

This location can be extremely busy during the day, making it difficult to capture shots that aren't just snaps, for this reason I highly recommend visiting just before last entry at 5pm, this way you won't be competing with the masses. 

This can be a difficult location to take a unique capture, therefore in addition to taking all the standard shots, try something new and be creative.

If you don't want to pay for entry there are still various shots to be captured from it's exterior, you will however miss out on the 'must have' capture from beneath the boat. It's glass surrounding is very photogenic, composed cleverly it almost looks like the sea. Try some long exposures of clouds flying over it's masts to create some atmospheric shots and visit at night when the boat is beautifully lit up. 

Opening hours: Monday–Sunday 10.00–18.00, last admission 17.00.

Ticker prices (2012): Adult: £12.00, Children (15 and under): £6.50 (under-5s FREE), Concessions: £9.50.  

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The attraction has a number of facilities, toilets, cafe, and Gift shop.

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