Some time back, my friend Ted spent a weekend in the Derbyshire Peak District photographing the natural and manmade beauty of the area, which brings hundreds of thousands of tourists each year. They are mostly walkers and hikers who love walking the narrow paths and roads. One of the most beautiful parts for me is Monsal Dale, with the river Wye running through the heart of the dale and this magnificent structure, the viaduct. It’s proper name is the Headstone viaduct as it follows immediately after the 533-yard (487 m) Headstone Tunnel. Built by Midland Railway in 1863, it provided safe passage for the trains travelling north from Great Longstone, and although considered beautiful and elegant now and even having a preservation order put upon it in the 1970’s, it was considered an unwelcome intrusion and as destroying the beauty of the dale when it was first erected. Unused any longer, the viaduct has acquired the name Monsal Dale Viaduct, and is part of the Monsal Trail, it stands as a monument to Victorian engineering, and it is a listed structure, meaning it is protected. The beautiful landscape has now grown around the structure and taken it in as part of the landscape, calling it one of its own. I love the reflections of the trees and the bridge in the still and quiet waters of the Wye.
This is a HDR image combining 4 bracketed shots, using Photomatix Pro for Macs, and adjusting some tones and lighting in Enhance Details as part of Tone Mapping.
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark ll
28-300mm IS zoom lens
0.3 sec., 0.5 sec., 1/6 sec., 1/8 sec.