Balcombe Viaduct (Ouse Valley, West Sussex) - HDR 2 by Colin J Williams Photography

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A 3 shot HDR, tripod mounted, Processed in Photomatix Pro, and CS3

Built in 1841, the Ouse Valley Viaduct (also called Balcombe Viaduct) over the River Ouse on the London-Brighton Railway Line north of Haywards Heath and south of Balcombe is 1,475 feet (450 m) long, 96 feet (29 m) high and is carried on 37 semi-circular arches with pierced piers.

It was designed by engineer John Urpeth Rastrick in association with the architect of the London to Brighton railway, David Mocatta. Construction completed 1842. The 11 million bricks needed for its construction travelled up the Ouse River (via Newhaven and Lewes) from Holland. It was restored in 1996. The structure is a Grade II listed building.

The viaduct is still used, with around 110 trains a day passing over it on the Brighton Main Line.


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Ever since a child, aviation has been a keen interest of mine, with warbirds being my favourite. Since joining Redbubble, I have become a keen follower of HDR work, which I am concerntrating on at the moment.

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  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanover 4 years ago

    Oh, Colin … this is awesome!!!!! That something as glorious as this exists is amazing … but your glorious and powerful photography of it is just mind-blowing!!!!! Stunning rich color … contrast … detail!!!! WOW!!!!!!!!!!

  • Thank you Lois, fence climbing I`m afraid! always gets the best angles, even though the fences were barbed wire !

    – Colin J Williams Photography

  • danamh40
    danamh40over 4 years ago

    I….LOVE….THIS! Absolutely beautiful! The composition and the HDR…so perfect, Colin. Nicely done!

  • Thank you Dana !

    – Colin J Williams Photography

  • Akkra
    Akkraover 4 years ago

    Fantastic composition! This really shows the towering size of the viaduct, very impressive sight.

  • yes indeed, and 11 million bricks !

    – Colin J Williams Photography

  • billfox256
    billfox256over 4 years ago

    Terrific! A really great shot!!!!, Bill

  • Thank you Bill !

    – Colin J Williams Photography

  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyover 4 years ago

    Great shot, lovely lines and curves and what a moody looking sky.

  • Thank you Gary !

    – Colin J Williams Photography

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezover 4 years ago

    Good HDR Colin, super detail in the brickwork …

  • Thanks Tom, the bricks are superb !

    – Colin J Williams Photography

  • John Schneider
    John Schneiderover 4 years ago

    Nicely done! – John

  • Cheers John !

    – Colin J Williams Photography

  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökover 4 years ago

    Fantasatic image, Colin!

  • Thanks indeed Bela !

    – Colin J Williams Photography

  • shadyuk
    shadyukover 4 years ago

    Excellent Capture !

  • Thank you for your kind comment !

    – Colin J Williams Photography

  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyover 4 years ago

    Love the lighting in this shot and the treatment is superb – instant fave

  • Thanks Chris, and thanks for the Fav !

    – Colin J Williams Photography

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