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Loughrigg Fell

One of the easier targets in the Lake District was Loughrigg Fell. If you’re staying in Ambleside, you don’t even need a car as it’s a 6 mile walk only. We stayed at a BnB in Windermere, so we first had to drive up to Ambleside and then find somewhere to park the car. If all else fails, just go with a “Pay & Display” parking lot and save yourself the hassle as we did; Ambleside can be quite busy.

Loughrigg Fell is a hill in the central part of the English Lake District. It stands on the end of the long ridge coming down from High Raise over Silver How towards Ambleside, and is separated from its neighbours by the depression of Red Bank.

Source: Wikipedia

The weather was sunny with almost clear skies and I didn’t expect to actually shoot a keeper that day. We entered Rothay Park, where we asked for directions and were on our way. When we had left the park and walked another mile or so, we stopped for a break and drank up under the shady cover of a tree. I had a look around and got the feeling that there was an image waiting to be shot. I turned towards the tree, took a couple of steps back and there it was: The tree was kind of looming over the path and framed some distant hills, the whole thing looked like something out of a poem.

I set the camera up and shot the whole scene as a panorama, completely relying on depth of field for sharpness, I didn’t fancy focus stacking and stitching at the same time, so f/11 and 1/60 of a second would have to do; I picked my favorite lens for this image: The incredibly sharp AF-S Nikkor 35mm/1.8G ED.

Tree With A View (click for larger image).

We then continued on to Loughrigg Fell Summit. The view was spectacular and I took a picture, but it wasn’t anywhere near as brilliant as the picture of the tree so I haven’t edited it yet. I still might, but for now I’m happy with this pin-sharp, 13193 x 5530 pixel panorama and I’m considering having it printed and framed.

Just need the wall space…

If you’re headed for a popular location, keep an eye open for potential images on the way. Take your time, turn around often, make sure you’re not missing out on a beautiful scene unfolding behind your back. If you’re lucky, there is an image waiting to be taken. That image will be yours, and yours alone.

Thorsten Westheider

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