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Stroud Railway Arches #1

Graffiti on old brick railway arches in Stroud, England

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The story behind this image

Around midsummer 2017 my wife Liz and I paid a visit to our artist daughter, Allie Litherland, founder of Grit Projections in Stroud, Gloucestershire.

During our stay she took us round some of the more unusual sights of Stroud, more from a photographic and artistic point of view than the usual nice tourist stuff.

One of the most visually arresting places we went was under the old brick arches supporting the main railway line as it passed over the Thames and Severn canal.

Covered in colourful graffiti, and with gorgeous muted light shining sideways through the gaps between the arches resulting in a great vanishing point perspective as they nested into each other, this was a visual artist's dream come true.

In all, I spent about forty five minutes lost in wonder down below the railway, photographing away like crazy, trying different compositions incorporating the various graffiti messages.

I'm glad I had my tripod with me however, as the extremes of contrast in the dappled light needed five seperate exposures, each one stop apart, to fully capture the dynamic range of the scene and allow detail to be seen in the brightest and darkest parts of the frame.

A 'Blend to HDR' command in Adobe Lightroom gave me a final image that only required the minimum amout of tweaking before I was content with the final result.

It just goes to show how valuable local knowledge is, as I would never have thought to visit such a place if it wasn't for Allie's guidance.

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Image data

Filename - stroud railway arches 01.jpg

Camera - Canon 6D

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 28mm

Exposure - Various @ f11, ISO100

Filters - Polarising filter used to enhance colours.

Location - Stroud, Gloucestershire, England

This image - 800x533px JPEG

Conversion - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - Image is a high dynamic range (HDR) blend of five seperate exposures