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Stane to Sill

By Nigeve1
An image of the Longstone which stands at the top of Thorngrafton Common in Western Tynedale, Northern England. This is looking North and on the horizon is the Whin Sill with Hadrians Wall running along the top of it. The Whin Sill is a geological feature of volcanic Whinstone (Dolerite) which runs from west to east over the North Pennines in Northern England. For much of its length it acts as a natural defensive barrier which was capitalised upon by the Romans when they built Hadrians Wall as the northernmost extent of their Empire.
This image was taken in the morning before the mist had cleared, rising Skylarks, calling Curlews and a solitary Cuckoo were all around.

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johnke 4 223 15
9 Jun 2013 7:36AM
Stunning wok Nigel, the Fg is so well detailed and leads beautifully into your Image on the diagonal , lots of mood from the mist, a really super Image..John

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widtink 5 406 2 Scotland
9 Jun 2013 8:34AM
Nigel this is a nice landscape IMHO . I like yer composition and the mist adds a certain quality to the image. You have nice detail here throughout the image .The use of the scots stane sold it for me though SmileSmile

widtink 5 406 2 Scotland
9 Jun 2013 8:38AM
Can i ask why the plus 1 EC , hope thats not a daft question lol
netta1234 5 382 2 Wales
9 Jun 2013 8:39AM
A Lovely misty LandscapeSmileSmileSmileSmile
richmowil Plus
8 321 2 England
9 Jun 2013 8:49AM
Early morning mist captured well! Great composition!! A good image!!
Nigeve1 Plus
4 1.4k 101 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2013 9:40AM
Thanks to everyone so far for your votes and comments.
Rod, well spotted on the exif; I normally check this but overlooked it this morning. The reason it is +1 is that this is actually a HDR composite image of two exposures. The rising sun meant that all the detail in the stone was lost in shadow, so this is a image with no compensation and a +1 bracket combined. I have not tried this technique on CS6 before and had been inspired by jason's ( jasonrwl ) shot of Bowness on Solway church to try it. He did it in layers, but I havent figured out how to do that yet so I used the HDR option in PS CS6 to do it. Thanks to you too for your recent inspirational landscapes; encouraged me to get out early and try some myself, one of the great things about EPZ. As for the use of stane, it sounds more interesting than stone and I do have some Scottish ancestry but also just below this point is the Roman Stanegate road ( Stone Road ) so it fitted well in that respect too.
Will be more vigilant on the exif next time BlushSmileSmile
ali63 Plus
5 771 1 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2013 10:13AM
Great image,

aftertherain 12 4.2k 2 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2013 10:32AM
Worth getting up early for.
Mike_Smith Plus
10 396 1 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2013 5:05PM
Lovely shot Nige i like the low mist in the valley too
jasonrwl Plus
7 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2013 8:36PM
This is lovely Nigel - composition is superb, exposure just right. The mist in the valley is the icing on the cake. I love it.
gwynn56 5 87 England
10 Jun 2013 9:55AM
nice image Smile
10 Jun 2013 10:05PM
This is a really superb composition.
28 Jun 2013 8:09AM
That's a pretty damn good landscape photo, Nigel. HDR images often look crap, in my opinion, because they tend to be overdone ( maybe it's the "kid with a new toy" effect ), but yours is spot-on. Subtle and effective. And good composition too. Lovely.


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