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Richard Wheeler - Monsal Dale

Blog Posted on 17 Jun 2011

The opening of the tunnels has been big news in the Peak District lately, and been featured on the BBC news. There is now an accessible walking and cycling route along the old railway lines from Bakewell to Cheedale. One of the most popular views over the Wye Valley is Monsal Head, sitting high over the viaduct and really comes alive with the fantastic green display of summer.
Arriving fairly early, I decided to get a shot of the recently opened Headstone Tunnel bathed in the late afternoon light.


http://www.peakdistrictonline.co.uk/images/headstone_tunnel.jpg


Once I’d got this, I headed back up the (steep) climb to the top of Monsal Head to wait for the sun to set. Getting this shot wasn’t as easy as I expected. Any slight bit of dust or scratches on the lens/filter cast huge flares ruining the photo.
 After many attempts at cleaning the glass, the sun started to go behind some thin clouds which diffused the strong harsh light.  This really helped the situation and from here I started getting some decent results.


http://www.peakdistrictonline.co.uk/images/monsal-head-sunset.jpg


My favourite shot of the evening was as the sun cast long shadows over the trees and backlighting the foreground trees but I wanted to wait to see what else the evening would bring.


http://www.peakdistrictonline.co.uk/images/monsal-head-dusk.jpg


As the sun was setting in the valley, the colours in the sky were lovely creating a pink/purple hue, much to the delight of the many people enjoying a pint and watching the sun go down (and of course myself!)


Technical Details
Canon 5d Mk II
Canon 17-40L lens
Lee Filters – Approx 4 stops (2 stop hard and 2 stop soft)
As usual, all these photos can be purchased off my website

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