June 29, 2011

A Journey to Hadiran's Wall

Digital original
The drive inland from the North Sea Coast saw the landscape become more and more rugged - the rolling farmland began to be punctuated with high moors and steep rises from the plain.
Digital original, 2 frame exposure blend
The drive west was timed to have a walk along the remains of Hadrian's Wall at Sunset (after a short break for dinner, and dropping stuff off in the hotel at Twice Brewed). Just as I reached Milecastle 39, the sky began to have some colour from the setting sun, which was great to work with.
Digital original, 2 frame exposure blend
The hope for the late night walk along the wall was to make some star-trail photographs at Sycamore Gap, where the wall curves down and a lovely tree can be set against the sky. As oft is with best-laid plans, this one went awry...as the night grew darker and darker, the sky became more and more overcast. In the end, the twenty minute exposures needed to see the landscape only yielded a blurred sky...not a star in sight. I have no doubt I will return some day, to try an image like this again.

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