Blea Tarn Storm Front (Langdales Vertorama), Lake District

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This is a three shot vertorama of Blea Tarn, on National Trust land in the Langdales. It's another shot from my rainy day up in the Lake District over Christmas. Having driven up from Great Langdale I spent three or four hours up at the tarn, watching the light scroll across the landscape.

Assaulted by rain, sleet and hail, I had a heavy duty sandwich bag taped around my lens hood and back over the whole body and tripod. All good fun.

Two hours in there was a brief break in the rain, and a couple of minutes patchy golden light, then a sudden grey slide into darkness. This is from that moment. Originally I was set up just for the Langdales and the tarn, but when the colours appeared higher in the sky, I thought I'd have a go at a vertorama. That was created manually, first blending two exposures of the sky by hand, then cutting out the distant shore and dropping in the lake. Finally a manual "perspective" adjustment hopefully did the job of making the water look natural. The hardest thing was holding back thereafter - the colours are pretty much as shot.

If you want to see some proper vertoramas, I'd suggest you check out Peter Ribbeck's incredible photostream. He's a classy chap and his landscape photography is relentlessly breathtaking.

Hope everyone is having an amazing week so far!

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  1. Hans van Reenen 15 months ago | reply

    Beautiful lighting.

  2. nina's clicks 15 months ago | reply

    Beautiful work, love the light!

  3. Clive C 15 months ago | reply

    Dramatic sky and light. Nicely done.

  4. alanj2007 15 months ago | reply

    What a beautiful scene. I love the light and dramatic sky.

  5. Far & Away (On assigment, mostly off) 15 months ago | reply

    Great job, I like it !!
    wish you will have a wonderfull time today !!

  6. காவியம் Kaaviyam Photography 15 months ago | reply

    WOW! Aweosme that spot light!! Great landscape capture...with those dark clouds this picture looks so dramatic!!

  7. teo58- 15 months ago | reply

    Wonderful light!

  8. Steve-h 15 months ago | reply

    gorgeous light and composition !!

  9. Vincent_Ting 15 months ago | reply

    The rocks in FG and rays run through clouds composed a awesome image.

  10. paolo paccagnella [ © ] out for shooting 15 months ago | reply

    This is stunning, superb composition and focus, love the tones an amazing work,so very well done.

  11. MadonnaJ 15 months ago | reply

    Brilliant, superb, excellent shot !
    No words could describe this beauty.
    You have done very well.

  12. green-dinosaur 15 months ago | reply

    Lovely manipulation. The light is breathtaking. I think you were right to leave the colours as shot, there is a delicacy about them which is very appealing.

  13. 15 months ago | reply

    Beautiful light and focus, very nice photowork! You have a very fine fotostream

  14. Izakigur 15 months ago | reply

    Excellent, the way it should had be !

  15. gtpete63 15 months ago | reply

    the threating sky andthat exceptional bit of light over the central mountin in the BG is surreal.
    Great work.
    Perhaps a slightly longer exposure would have just been enough to soften the water texture, none the less this great work.
    You are a tough little bugger to put up with that crappy weather.

  16. SolsticeSol 14 months ago | reply

    Just beautiful, that dreamy dramatic sky just pulls the senses
    right in. I love love love the magical light in this.
    A most wonderful moment and image.. :)
    May your Saturday shine!

  17. tchebytchev 14 months ago | reply

    full of ambiance, great :)

  18. PT Photo 14 months ago | reply

    Love the dark clouds and the nice tones. Nice verto!

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