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Ashness Bridge, Lake District #1

The picturesque Ashness Bridge near Derwent Water in England's Lake District

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The story behind this image

A three day weekend in late autumn found my wife Liz and I driving around the Lake District in Northern England, checking out some of the many beauty spots in this part of the world.

As usual, the Ordinance Survey was our friend and guide in this endeavour, and with Liz acting as a human satnav (left - no right - no straight on!) we found some lovely places to stop and take in the views.

Once such vista, up a little single track road from Derwent Water, was Ashness Bridge, a tiny stone arch over a tumbling stream, originally built for pack horses and now having to cope with monster 4x4s.

We parked up courtesy of the National Trust just a few metres along the road and walked back to the bridge to take in the views and grab a few photos.

Grabbing a few photos proved to be more of a challenge than expected, with hikers and big cars moving across the bridge at irregular intervals.

Add to that the extreme contrast range between the shadowed trees and bright sky which needed five separate exposures to adequately capture for an HDR blend and it took me quite a while to take this seemingly spontaneous frame while balanced on a rock in the middle of the stream.

Still, I wasn't going to let such an iconic scene pass by without making maximum effort to do it photographic justice.

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Image data

Filename - lake district ashness bridge 01.jpg

Camera - Canon 6D

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 40mm

Exposure - Various @ f11, ISO100

Filters - Polarising filter used to reduce glare and enhance colours.

Location - Ashness Bridge, Lake District, Cumbria, England

This image - 800x533px JPEG

Conversion - Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop

Comments - HDR blend of five separate exposures to cope with high contrast scene.