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Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor, Devon #2

Graveyard at Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor, Devon

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During our two week holiday in September 2019, spent touring around the beautiful countryside and coastlines of Devon and Cornwall, my wife Liz and I took a day to explore the magnificent Dartmoor National Park in South Devon.

Towards the end of our west to east traverse of the park we came to the charming little village of Widecombe in the Moor, nestled within the rolling Dartmoor landscape.

Widecombe in the Moor is just what you would expect a quaint english village to be, with a village green, a pub or two, a tearoom and, of course, an ancient parish church.

We decide to stop here for a half hour leg stretch before continuing on our journey, and I spent the time wandering around the church building and churchyard, picking out visually appealing arrangements to photograph.

This view features the the graveyard and headstones to the rear of the church, overlooking the gorgeous landscape.

My original colour version of this image seemed way too cheerful considering the sombre nature of my subject matter, but a conversion to a duotone in Adobe Lightroom, plus a few other tweaks, gave me the mood I was looking for.

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Filename - dartmoor widecombe in the moor 02

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 24mm

Exposure - 1/160 sec @ f8, ISO100

Filters - 2 stop neutral density graduated filter used to reduce the brightness of the sky.

Location - Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor, Devon, England

Image enhancements - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - Image underexposed slightly to preserve highlights.