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Thanks all who voted on 'seat.'

This was taken amongst the fabulous rock architecture of Westmorland Crags on Great Gable, in the Lake District, on the South side of the summit. A thick fog hides the view down into Wasdale.
Taken on 35mm film some years ago, in the days when my knees still worked. Reprocessed it digitally about a year ago, which should explain the exif. Not too sure how this works as an image, but I thought I'd give it a try anyway.

Brand:Panasonic
Camera:Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:2 Apr 2012 - 3:23 AM
Focal Length:7.5mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.0
Aperture:f/3.5
Shutter Speed:2sec
Exposure Comp:+0.66
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:On Great Gable, silence and light
Username:whatriveristhis whatriveristhis
Uploaded:24 Nov 2013 - 9:13 AM
Tags:Black & white, Lake District fells., Landscape / travel
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mlseawell
mlseawell e2 Member 4mlseawell vcard United Kingdom
24 Nov 2013 - 9:35 AM

It works! Moody and the perspective is nice and it has an abstract quality to it. Score!

Mark

Michaela_Solway
Michaela_Solway e2 Member 3Michaela_Solway vcard
24 Nov 2013 - 9:47 AM

Like the grainy cragginess.

woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
24 Nov 2013 - 10:00 AM

Strongly reminiscent of the atmosphere engendered by some early mountain photography with its lack of sky detail, except no human figure or dwelling is included to give the scale or to prove that anyone apart from the photographer was there. Ortho film, then.
Or perhaps I'm thinking of something more Gothic? The mind plays tricks sometimes, just as it does in the mountain mist.
Excellent.
Regards
Bill

whatriveristhis
whatriveristhis e2 Member 160 forum postswhatriveristhis vcard England61 Constructive Critique Points
24 Nov 2013 - 10:16 AM


Quote: Strongly reminiscent of the atmosphere engendered by some early mountain photography

...exactly what I was aiming for with the processing, Bill


Quote: ...no human figure or dwelling is included to give the scale or to prove that anyone apart from the photographer was there.

...unusually, I had the mountain to myself that morning. Pure Heaven.


Quote: Ortho film, then.

...would you believe Fuji Velvia 50?

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7328 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
24 Nov 2013 - 10:32 AM

It's of a certain period. Early photographers were very much a part of the tradition of the Romantic fascination with/terror of wilderness. I'm trying to remember the lines in Wordsworth's Prelude where he as a child 'borrows' a boat and the mountain suddenly looks up terrifyingly above him.
Will hunt it out...
Fabulous, by the way.
Moira

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7328 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
24 Nov 2013 - 10:38 AM

..........A little boat tied to a willow tree
Within a rocky cave, its usual home.
Straight I unloosed her chain, and stepping in
Pushed from the shore. It was an act of stealth
And troubled pleasure, nor without the voice
Of mountain-echoes did my boat move on;
Leaving behind her still, on either side,
Small circles glittering idly in the moon,
Until they melted all into one track
Of sparkling light. But now, like one who rows,
Proud of his skill, to reach a chosen point
With an unswerving line, I fixed my view
Upon the summit of a craggy ridge,
The horizon's utmost boundary; far above
Was nothing but the stars and the grey sky.
She was an elfin pinnace; lustily
I dipped my oars into the silent lake,
And, as I rose upon the stroke, my boat
Went heaving through the water like a swan;
When, from behind that craggy steep till then
The horizon's bound, a huge peak, black and huge,
As if with voluntary power instinct,
Upreared its head. I struck and struck again,
And growing still in stature the grim shape
Towered up between me and the stars, and still,
For so it seemed, with purpose of its own
And measured motion like a living thing,
Strode after me. With trembling oars I turned,
And through the silent water stole my way
Back to the covert of the willow tree;
There in her mooring-place I left my bark,
And through the meadows homeward went, in grave
And serious mood; but after I had seen
That spectacle, for many days, my brain
Worked with a dim and undetermined sense
Of unknown modes of being; o'er my thoughts
There hung a darkness, call it solitude
Or blank desertion. No familiar shapes
Remained, no pleasant images of trees,
Of sea or sky, no colours of green fields;
But huge and mighty forms, that do not live
Like living men, moved slowly through the mind
By day, and were a trouble to my dreams.


Wordsworth, The Prelude, Book I, lines 358-400

Mollycat
Mollycat e2 Member Mollycat vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
24 Nov 2013 - 10:39 AM

Wonderful atmospheric composition. Peter.

lblythe
lblythe e2 Member lblythe vcard United Kingdom
24 Nov 2013 - 10:54 AM

I think Pam Ayres has written a similar poem to the one Moira has mentioned. Inspired by this piece I would like to share a poem that means a lot to me,
" Billy likes cucumbers,
Susan's fond of cheese,
Derek enjoys apple tart,
Whilst Helen eats her peas."
That aside a comment on your shot!! Beautifully cold, threatening and sinister. I like!!
Linda

Rende
Rende e2 Member 737 forum postsRende vcard Netherlands4 Constructive Critique Points
24 Nov 2013 - 10:59 AM

Wonderfully gritty and atmospheric Alan.
Thanks for your comment and I can only say likewise Wink
Rende

whatriveristhis
whatriveristhis e2 Member 160 forum postswhatriveristhis vcard England61 Constructive Critique Points
24 Nov 2013 - 11:05 AM

Thanks for that, Moira... it's so many years since I read that, I scarcely remember it.
Massive cultural changes throughout the 1800's, because of technological advances...the Railway enabling people to go out into the great Unknown of the countryside for their leisure, which hadn't really happened before. And gradually the wilderness became a less terrifying place.

whatriveristhis
whatriveristhis e2 Member 160 forum postswhatriveristhis vcard England61 Constructive Critique Points
24 Nov 2013 - 11:11 AM

Linda. Aah, yes, the great Pam Ayres. A poet for whom the phrase "mostly just witless drivel" could have been specifically coined.

Nikonuser1
Nikonuser1 e2 Member 1Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
24 Nov 2013 - 12:12 PM

Gritty moody image Alan, like it.


Cliff

Nigeve1
Nigeve1 e2 Member 1435 forum postsNigeve1 vcard United Kingdom68 Constructive Critique Points
24 Nov 2013 - 3:22 PM

Definitely has the feel of a much earlier era and is really superb, really craggy feel and atmospheric, a sense of danger in there also.
Nigel

Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 968 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
24 Nov 2013 - 4:16 PM

Staring into the abyss, we knew the beast was down there but how to get to it.
Our big breakfast depended on getting to the café at the bottom.

Dougie

whatriveristhis
whatriveristhis e2 Member 160 forum postswhatriveristhis vcard England61 Constructive Critique Points
24 Nov 2013 - 5:48 PM


Quote: Staring into the abyss, we knew the beast was down there but how to get to it.
Our big breakfast depended on getting to the café at the bottom.

Dougie

GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

charlotte
charlotte e2 Member 934 forum postscharlotte vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
24 Nov 2013 - 6:20 PM

Like an early shot of Middle Earth....an atmospheric and powerful image Alan.

Charlotte

marktc
marktc e2 Member 342 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
24 Nov 2013 - 7:15 PM

It works very well for me Alan. Excellent full of dread and menace

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