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Surprise View
A view that makes your jaw drop, Surprise View is the point where the hanging valley of Watendlath was cut off by the main glacier carving out Borrowdale in the last ice age. The result is a sheer drop with views over Derwentwater, Skiddaw and even Scotland on a clear day. Where were we? The Lake District National Park in the UK of course.

We quite often head for the Lakes for a relaxing break. It's funny, as a kid I couldn't really understand my parents gorping at views like this. Now we sit there for hours just lapping it up. Roll on the next holiday to the Lakes!

Tripod mounted 7 exposure hdr -3 to +3. pp with acr, photomatix, photoshop, topaz clarity & de-noise. Nikon D700 with 24-70mm f2.8 at 56mm, f16, exposure 1/50 - 1/1000 sec, ISO 200.


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Worthersee Panorama
This is a special place for me. The city to the far north of the lake is Klagenfurt. Every June it host an event called Ironman Austria. The Ironman is a triathlon like no other. It's widely regarded as the toughest one day event on the planet. It comprises a 2.4 mile swim in the lake followed by a 112 mile bike ride through the surrounding mountains and then a 26.2 mile marathon which takes in the lake shore and Klagenfurt city centre. As you can probably imagine this is something of an undertaking requiring months of training.
I've been lucky enough to complete it on 3 separate occasions but this year we were there to watch/support a friend compete in her very first Ironman. Having experienced the wettest June on record in the UK it was a shock to the system to arrive here to find temps in the low 30 deg C!

I took this panorama from the new observation platform above the lake. Pyramidenkogel is the highest wooden viewing tower in the world and is an impressive structure with its curved gluelam beam skeleton. As you can see the views were amazing!

Oh, and by the way she finished in a great time of 13 hrs 28 mins. Di Bryant you are and Ironman!

Panorama comprising 5 portrait orientated frames. Shot in manual the jpegs have undergone minimal editing; this was pretty much how it came out of the camera! Fuji X-E2 with 18-55mm f2.8-3.5, @ 18mm, aperture f9, exposure 1/250 sec , ISO 200.

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Waiting
This was the highest spot for miles around. We decided to climb it one evening having seen people walk up it the day before from the nearby road. Loaded up with a large backpack and tripod I was sweating buckets by the time we'd walked the steep mile long grassy path. As is usually the case a large pile of rocks marked the top. It was oh so peaceful and unusually still; only the wind turbines in the distance gave a hint as to just how windy it could be in this neck of the woods.

As the sun descended into the surrounding landscape a gorgeous orange light bathed us. I don't normally include people in my shots (perhaps I should do more often) but Karen seemed to add to the composition. You can't quite see him but Bradley our Jack Russell is sitting in her lap; all three of us were quite content with the view in front of us!

9 exposure, tripod mounted hdr +4 to -4. Post processing using acr, photomatix, photoshop cc with topaz denoise and clarity plugins. Image selective sharpened. Nikon D700 with 24-70 f2.8 at 24mm, ISO 200, aperture f16, 1/8 - 1/1000 sec.


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Lakeland Sunset
We had just arrived at our cottage on a farm in the tiny village of High Ireby for a week's break. The Lake District is a spectacular area of the UK especially if you love landscapes. Keen to have a quick look round I knew the sun was close to setting and could see the bright orange disc burning its way through the trees at the back of the cottage. A small track led to a field not more than 100m away and this stunning view. Suffice to say I legged it back to the car to retrieve my camera and tripod.

My better half Karen was doing the usual skyward look by this point and shortly after posted to facebook telling all and sundry how we'd only been there 2 minutes and the camera was out! Such is the life of a self confessed camera nut :-)

Tripod mounted, 9 exposure hdr -4 to +4 in 1ev steps. Pp in acr, photomatics, and photoshop with topaz clarity and denoise plugins. Fuji X-E2 with 55-200mm F3.5-4.8, @ 135mm (in 35mm: 202.0 mm), aperture f4.4, exposure 1/20 to 1/2700 sec , ISO 200.

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Insignificant 2
We'd just skied a red run down to the bottom of a valley close to the Posh French resort of Val d'Isere. The only way out, other than on foot, was up via a chairlift but not before I'd snapped this majestic scene. Every now and then....well quite a lot really....you find yourself just staring at the drop dead gorgeous views that present themselves. The mountain in front of us seemed to rise up forever until it hit the clouds. Not until after I'd taken the shot did I spot the couple of figures (the insignificants), walking up the snow covered road in the lower half of the frame.

Val d'Isère is a commune of the Tarentaise Valley, in the Savoie department (Rhône-Alpes region) in south-eastern France. It lies 5 km (3 mi) from the border with Italy. It is on the border of the Vanoise National Park created in 1963. During the 1992 Winter Olympics, the Face de Bellevarde was the site of the men's downhill race. Other alpine skiing events held during those games included men's giant slalom and alpine combined. Val d'Isère regularly hosts World Cup alpine events, usually for the men in early December, and hosted the World Championships in 2009. It is located in the Savoie région with good transport links in and out of Lyon, Geneva and Chambery. The ski area of Val d'Isère and Tignes forms the Espace Killy, named after the triple Olympic champion Jean-Claude Killy who grew up in Val d'Isère.

Single handheld exposure. Minor tweaking in photoshop. Fuji X-E2 with 18-55 f2.8-4, @ 55mm, f9, exposure 1/2200 sec, ISO 200.

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Insignificant, 
(adjective): too small or unimportant to be worth consideration.

Insignificant? Have a close look at the small ridge on the left hand side of the frame. You might just spot the skier perched there contemplating his/her next move. 

We were skiing in Tignes, France and had just ascended one of the myriad of chairlifts that crisscross the mountains. The majority of the slopes were covered in ski tracks but every now and then you'd come across a section that was obviously difficult to access and therefore pristine in appearance.  Whilst this section wasn't totally devoid of tracks only an intrepid few had traversed their way onto the slopes by foot looking for off piste virgin snow.

When you're in an environment like this with towering peaks and 360 degree vistas it really makes you realise just how insignificant we are. Conversely though you'll probably never feel more alive!   

Single handheld exposure. Minor tweaking in photoshop. Fuji X-E2 with 18-55 f2.8-4, @ 55mm, f4, exposure 1/3500 sec, ISO 200.

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Vital Spark 2016 Colour 
By way of comparison here's the colour version of Vital Spark. I like both and can't decide which I prefer. You?

I last shot this scene in October 2013. It's fast becoming a favourite haunt of ours even though it's 100 of miles from where we live. We were back here in 2016 to celebrate a friend's birthday so, as you can imagine, I was keen to shoot the boats again. This time the weather was kinder even though there was snow on the far mountaintops. 

The Inveraray Maritime Heritage Museum, located on Scotland's Loch Fyne, is based on the iron sailing ship Arctic Penguin, moored at the pier, along with the Clyde puffer VIC 72 Eilean Eisdeal, (renamed Vital Spark).
 
Vital Spark is a fictional Clyde puffer, a type of small steamboat which provided a vital supply link around the west coast and Hebrides islands of Scotland. These stumpy little cargo ships have achieved almost mythical status thanks largely to the short stories of Neil Munro who wrote about the Vital Spark and her captain Para Handy.
 
Puffers seem to have been regarded fondly even before Munro began publishing his short stories in the Glasgow Evening News in 1905. This may not be surprising, for these small steamboats were then providing a vital supply link around the west coast and Hebrides islands of Scotland. The charming rascality of the stories went well beyond the reality of a commercial shipping business, but they brought widespread fame. They appeared in the newspaper over 20 years, were collected in book form by 1931, inspired the 1953 film The Maggie, and came out as three popular television series, dating from 1959 to 1995.
 
Tripod mounted, 6 exposure hdr -3 to +2 in 1ev steps. Pp in acr, photomatics, and photoshop with a helping of topaz clarity and a smidgen of denoise. Fuji X-E2 with 18-55 f2.8-4, @ f11, exposure 1/17 to 1/550 sec , ISO 200.

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Vital Spark 2016
I last shot this scene in October 2013. It's fast becoming a favourite haunt of ours even though it's 100 of miles from where we live. We were back here in 2016 to celebrate a friend's birthday so, as you can imagine, I was keen to shoot the boats again. This time the weather was kinder even though there was snow on the far mountaintops. 

The Inveraray Maritime Heritage Museum, located on Scotland's Loch Fyne, is based on the iron sailing ship Arctic Penguin, moored at the pier, along with the Clyde puffer VIC 72 Eilean Eisdeal, (renamed Vital Spark).
 
Vital Spark is a fictional Clyde puffer, a type of small steamboat which provided a vital supply link around the west coast and Hebrides islands of Scotland. These stumpy little cargo ships have achieved almost mythical status thanks largely to the short stories of Neil Munro who wrote about the Vital Spark and her captain Para Handy.
 
Puffers seem to have been regarded fondly even before Munro began publishing his short stories in the Glasgow Evening News in 1905. This may not be surprising, for these small steamboats were then providing a vital supply link around the west coast and Hebrides islands of Scotland. The charming rascality of the stories went well beyond the reality of a commercial shipping business, but they brought widespread fame. They appeared in the newspaper over 20 years, were collected in book form by 1931, inspired the 1953 film The Maggie, and came out as three popular television series, dating from 1959 to 1995.
 
Tripod mounted, 6 exposure hdr -3 to +2 in 1ev steps. Pp in acr, photomatics, and photoshop with a helping of topaz clarity and a smidgen of denoise. Fuji X-E2 with 18-55 f2.8-4, @ f11, exposure 1/17 to 1/550 sec , ISO 200.

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Inveraray Watchtower 
Another shot from DUN NA CUAICHE , the 18th-century watchtower that overlooks the  small Scottish town of Inveraray. If you look carefully below the brow of the hill you can see Inveraray Castle the home of the Clan Campbell and the River Aray.

Loch Fyne meaning Loch of the Vine or Wine, is a sea loch on the west coast of Argyll and Bute. It extends 65 kilometres (40 mi) inland from the Sound of Bute, making it the longest of the sea lochs. It is connected to the Sound of Jura by the Crinan Canal. 
It has a reputation for its oyster fishery, and as a consequence the loch has given its name to the locally-owned Loch Fyne Oysters and to the associated Loch Fyne Restaurants. It is also notable for its herring-fishing industry, and hence the famous Loch Fyne Kipper, originally caught using the drift-net method. In the mid-19th century, Loch Fyne was the centre of the battle between the traditional drift-net fishermen and the new trawl-net fishermen who sprang up around Tarbert and Campbeltown in 1833.

Tripod mounted, 6 exposure hdr -3 to +2 in 1ev steps. Pp in acr, photomatics, and photoshop with a helping of topaz clarity and a smidgen of denoise. Fuji X-E2 with 14mm f2.8, @ f14, exposure 1/15 to 1/500 sec , ISO 200.

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Watchtower
DUN NA CUAICHE as its known is an 18th-century watchtower that is visible from almost anywhere in Inveraray. We were leaving the hilltop we'd just ascended having marvelled at the view in my previous shot 'The Bench'. 

When I jumped up into the tower and looked out at the view of Inveraray below I knew I'd kick myself if I didn't get a shot so out came all the gear I'd only just packed away. My companions all rolled their eyes skyward, I'm assuming my fellow photographers know the look well :- ), and left me to it as they set off back down the hill. 

I'm getting quite practised at setting my camera up quickly and within a couple of minutes had fired off my 9 bracketed exposures. It was a prime hdr candidate with the huge swing from light to dark. After much faffing this was the resulting shot.

Tripod mounted, 9 exposure hdr -4 to +4 in 1ev steps. Pp in acr, photomatics, and photoshop with copious helpings of topaz clarity and a smidgen of denoise. Fuji X-E2 with 14mm f2.8, @ f16, exposure 1.3 to 1/110 sec , ISO 200.

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