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N 99 B 739 C 20 E Oct 18, 2018 F Oct 18, 2018
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Something I've wanted to do for many years is railway photography. My dad used to take me trainspotting every weekend as a child along the Settle-Carlisle railway which is a beautiful and scenic stretch of line, but we both ended up getting more involved with hiking instead.

It's not until I started photography that I've thought about getting back into railway photography, but just kept putting it of and putting it off. One reason is that most steam tours seem to operate during the week when I'm working, but I managed to get out today and capture the Pendle Dalesman.

I've never considered myself a trainspotter as such, but I do love seeing steam trains in scenic locations such as this. There are a whole bunch of places along the Settle-Carlisle line that I hope to visit and photograph as it is such a beautiful journey from start to finish.

I actually noticed this vantage point on a hike a few months ago. I took a few images at the time, but I just felt like there was something missing. Although the steam locomotive doesn't leap out from the image I took today, it is a nice finishing touch in the bigger picture. I don't like just focusing on the train, but instead like to subtly include it in the surrounding scenery. The dappled light in Dentdale was just gorgeous, highlighting the pastures nicely. The mountain rising to the right is the highest point in the Dales, Whernside. The second highest mountain, Inglegorough, can just be made out in the background through the mists.

This is definitely a place I'd like to revisit and capture a different composition, maybe zoomed closer in on the viaduct minus the foreground. The thing with steam trains is that you only get one chance to capture them, and can't capture numerous compositions on the same outing. But I'm pleased with my first attempt nonetheless.....

Tags:   Great Knoutberry Hill Pendle Dalesman Steam Train Steam Locomotive Yorkshire Dales Cumbria Yorkshire Dales National Park Whernside Dentdale Ingleborough Arten Gill Viaduct Artengill Viaduct Railway Settle to Carlisle Settle to Carlisle Railway Settle-Carlisle Settle-Carlisle Railway

N 85 B 1.2K C 17 E Oct 1, 2018 F Oct 1, 2018
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The impressive eastern facade of Carlisle Cathedral seen from Castle Street. The East Window pictured here is the largest and most complex Flowing Decorated Gothic window in England, even though the Cathedral building itself is the country's second smallest. I searched around for compositions and noticed these two old fashioned street lamps framed the architecture perfectly.

Tags:   Carlisle Cumbria Cathedral Carlisle Cathedral England UK United Kingdom Medieval Gothic Halloween Moody Spooky Haunting Flowing Decorated Gothic East Window Castle Street Flowing Decorated Gothic Window

N 78 B 1.5K C 18 E Sep 23, 2018 F Sep 23, 2018
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Looking through the archway of Dean Tait's Lane to Paternoster Row in the heart of the City of Carlisle. The lane itself is named after Archibald Tait who was The Dean of Carlisle and later went on to become Bishop of London and then Archbishop of Canterbury. I love the way the entrance to the gangway frames the lamp post, providing a wonderful composition.

Tags:   Dean Tait's Lane Paternoster Row Carlisle Cumbria City of Carlisle City Urban Architecture Monochrome B&W Black & White Black and White UK

N 65 B 1.5K C 19 E Sep 11, 2018 F Sep 11, 2018
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A trip down memory lane.....

I really love these antiquated alleys dissecting the streets of central Carlisle, this one certainly being my favourite. My wide-angle lens came in handy here as it's a very confined space and I wanted to include the whole length of the alley including the street sign - aptly named Long Lane. I converted the image to monochrome to compliment the bygone spirit of the scene, plus I like how it emphasises the pattern and texture of the brickwork.

Tags:   Monochrome B&W Carlisle City of Carlisle Black/White Cumbria Urban Lane Alley Alleyway Vintage Old-Fashioned Bygone

N 148 B 1.7K C 39 E Aug 31, 2018 F Aug 31, 2018
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Floutern Tarn is one of the Lake District's more secretive waters, poised near the summit of the Floutern Pass which runs from Ennerdale to Buttermere. The tarn is very slender in appearance as it's squeezed in an elongated basin below the craggy flanks of Great Borne. It's shady and secretive setting give the tarn a somewhat sombre atmosphere. As it is only visible from a couple of viewpoints and is not positioned along any major walking routes, this tarn feels somewhat neglected which also adds to it's charm.

I had noticed this viewpoint overlooking the tarn on a recent hike up Great Borne from Ennerdale, so yesterday evening I decided to head up there for sunset. I was rewarded with this glorious light on the foreground grasses and rocks, contrasting against the shaded tarn. The distant mountains including Grasmoor and Robinson were illuminated beautifully by the setting sun too.

Tags:   Floutern Tarn Floutern Crag Great Borne Lake District Cumbria England United Kingdom Sunset Landscape Unesco World Heritage Site Unesco World Heritage Site National Park Lake District National Park Grasmoor Hen Comb


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