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Despite photographing in Cornwall for a number of years now, I only heard about Kennall Vale a couple of months ago.

It sounded like an interesting place, so I decided to pay a visit now the autumn colours are taking off.

OMG. The place is simply UNBELIVABLE.
(and to get the full effect I was trying to convey, 'unbelievable' should be in big flashing text 10 meters high, and shouted out by Brian Blessed at full volume. I'll ask Pete to put that feature in).

The building is a derelict Gunpower Mill, one of 7 on the site, and part of a large gunpowder works complex spread throughout this steep and remote valley. The water wheel is gone, but in V2, you can see the water running down where the wheel once was.

As you arrive at Kennall, the first thing you notice is the lush woodland. Then you notice the river rushing over a series of small waterfalls. Then you find the derelict mills, and you think you have the measure of the place. But follow the path over the river and behind the mill, you discover an incredibly complex system of leets which drove the mills.

As a place, I have not been quite so blown away for a very long time. Hope my photographs do it justice

Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkII
Lens:17-40
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Kennall Vale
Username:mattw mattw
Uploaded:14 Oct 2010 - 12:30 PM
Tags:Cornish, Cornwall, Derelict, Kennall vale, Landscape / travel, River, Waterfall
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schumi
schumi  3 England
14 Oct 2010 - 12:35 PM

I think you have done the venue justice, lovely image well done.

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mikesmith
mikesmith e2 Member 945 forum postsmikesmith vcard United Kingdom35 Constructive Critique Points
14 Oct 2010 - 12:36 PM

Looks a very interesting place, steeped in history by the sounds of it. V2 is definitely my favourite, the light you've managed to captured lifts the shot and makes it quite special. Lots of interest in the scene too
Mike

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ab01  3
14 Oct 2010 - 1:16 PM

nice use of exposure to get that water effect. well done

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FredF
FredF  7 France
14 Oct 2010 - 1:26 PM

Superb images,

Fred

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Deux
Deux  7 Northern Ireland
14 Oct 2010 - 2:16 PM

Superb location, lovely images.

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Briwooly
Briwooly  8452 forum posts England5 Constructive Critique Points
14 Oct 2010 - 5:01 PM

You enthusiasm for the place really comes over with your pic Matt 2 crackers V2 being my favorite of the two

Brian..............................................

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