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Lake District, Tarn Hows Panorama #1

Panoramic image of the lake and woodland at Tarn Hows in the Lake District, Cumbria, England

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The story behind this image

During November 2017 my wife Liz and I managed an impromtu long weekend in the Lake District, which we spent driving and walking, checking out the beautiful scenery and changeable weather.

While driving north from Conniston we saw a sign for Tarn Hows, which sparked a childhood memory in Liz from a holiday maybe fifty years ago.

So we couldn't pass by, and turned off up the small lane to explore.

It turned out that Tarn Hows is now a National Trust property and World Heritage site, complete with car park, café, loos and a well maintained path all around the lake - what a great organisation!

My first view of Tarn Hows as we climbed up from the car park left me open mouthed at such a beautiful scene, with autumnal woodland reflecting in the still waters of the lake.

When I first saw the lake there was a lovely splash of afternoon sun highlighting the woods, but as is quite often the case, by the time I'd set up my camera and tripod for this panoramic view, the light had passed by, not to return.

But even so, the subdued overcast lighting was every bit as lovely, and the shadowless illumination allowed me to capture more shadow detail than would have been the case in the just vanished sunlight.

Still, I would love to return and stay close to this wonderful place, so I can photograph it in a range of lighting conditions, and even at night.

I bet Tarn Hows looks amazing under the stars!

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Image data

Filename - lake district tarn hows panorama 01.jpg

Camera - Canon 6D DSLR

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 47mm

Exposure - 1/8 sec @ f11, ISO100

Filters - Polarising filter used to enhance colours. 2 stop neutral density graduated filter used to blance the exposure between the sky and land

Location - Tarn Hows, Lake District, Cumbria, England

This image - 1200x312px JPEG

Conversion - Adobe Lightroom and PhotoShop CC

Comments - Panoramic image made by stitching multiple overlapping exposures