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High Stile

By JohnEW  
This may go some way to explain my recent absence! Here is Fiona (ewartwilson) next to one of High Stile's 'summits', taken last Friday afternoon, following an ascent of Red Pike from Buttermere.

According to Wikipedia, "The highest point lies a little way out onto the northern spur at the top of Grey Crag, marked by a cairn. The highest point on the main ridge is only 3 feet lower and was regarded as the summit by Alfred Wainwright, the maps available at the time not deciding the issue. This top has two main cairns side by side. In an attempt to avoid confusion some guidebooks refer to the summit as Grey Crag and the top on the ridge as High Stile."

I think this is Wainwright's summit, on the main ridge, though we did visit the other one at 807 m (2,648 ft). Ennerdale Water may be seen well to the right.

This is not a traditional landscape, in that it contains a foreground figure (I've plenty more without). Does it add or detract? Fiona won't be upset, honest Wink.

1/200 f/5.6 ISO100

Tags: Lake district Cumbria Mountain Summit Buttermere Fell Ennerdale Landscape and travel High stile Portraits and people Sports and action

Voters: DaveU, andytvcams, sherlob and 27 more

Readers' Choice Awards are given to photos that get over 30 votes



DaveU 17 1.4k 127 England
21 Aug 2007 1:44PM
It's a fine view, and personally I like the inclusion of the figure for an extra bit of interest and a sense of scale.
Kim Walton 19 145 30 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2007 1:58PM
As above,some nice light in there as well!
Alison_S 17 339 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2007 2:14PM
Brilliant this.

21 Aug 2007 2:23PM
I too think that Fiona being there adds to it and definately give a sense of scale! I have admiration for you both for getting up there ... makes me dizzy just to look at the picture! lol! Lovely detail and a cracking scene! Looks a bit like rain is headed right for you there! Very dramatic looking cloud! Well taken! Click*
obriendavy 16 53 Ireland
21 Aug 2007 2:25PM
Nice shot. It certainly adds to the landscape, I think a well place figure can always add to a mountain landscape.

mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.8k 2596 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2007 2:57PM
First, this looks like a bona fide mountain to me!
Second, we both like th inclusion of a figure occasionally (I've perched on some very draughty rocks for Bill), it gives scale - and makes a view personal, individual. Hope you didn't get wet...
woolybill1 Plus
16 39 79 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2007 3:14PM
If an image of a mountain taken from a valley benefits from a figure (also in the valley) to indicate the scale, why should one not put that figure on top of the mountain in stead and take the picture from there? After all, Hillary and Tenzing did it in 1953...........
Actually this is a lovely landscape, even though somebody is bound to complain that the horizon is too central. There is a great sense of depth, aided by the very detailed foreground, and I like the light on the near fells too.
JohnEW 16 3
21 Aug 2007 3:25PM
Thanks for the c&C, I guess Fiona stays!

Moira, only a few drops & plenty of sunshine earlier, we were incredibly lucky with the weather on both 'high level' days.

Bill, I actually made the horizon more central by cropping off some sky, however, if you include the f/g 'horizon', you can almost get 'rule of thirds' - well maybe quarters...' Wink.

pmorgan 16 217 13 England
21 Aug 2007 4:53PM
Yep, works for me too!

21 Aug 2007 5:06PM
This is a very good image and a great illustration of what hiking is all about with the figure. I also like the light beaming from the sky. Great atmospheric shot. JNC
21 Aug 2007 9:24PM
Great image, and I think it is all the better for the foreground figure.
brownsilent 16 7 2 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2007 11:29PM
Great shot, very good sky with the light beams, like the inclusion of the person,
sparklep 16 146 1
21 Aug 2007 11:31PM
What a wonderful capture. It looks lovely up there. and looks lovley below as well.
Dotrob 17 Wales
21 Aug 2007 11:59PM
Super shot, Fiona give a sence of scale.
15 Nov 2007 1:31AM
Fascinating image and narrative. Well done.

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