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.
ISO 100

Primarily a landscape photographer, my enjoyment of taking photos has developed from a young age. Originally from Texas, I now live in England and am surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery. I enjoy outdoor activities such as climbing, hiking, and camping. I am blessed with a wonderful wife and three terrific children. I am a strong Christian and I believe that my love of photography and any talent I posses in capturing images comes from God.

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  • Smudger
    Smudgerover 5 years ago

    excellent work shawn

  • Thank you so much my friend. I just couldn’t seem to get the greens to work right. LOL!

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Vikram Franklin
    Vikram Franklinover 5 years ago

    Love the richness of colour here. Besides the photography – I love the text/commentary you put besides the pic. It really allows me to understand and put the pic in perspective.
    Lovely work!!

  • What a lovely compliment my friend. I love finding out the history as well. Take care today. Speak to you later.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Smudger
    Smudgerover 5 years ago

    sometimes shawn the brighter the light the worse HDR is – if you want my true and honest opinion I would re process this in PS and just tone those greens down a tad – but that is just my opinion

  • Thank you my friend. I will try that later on. Have to run at the moment. I appreciate the help.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Nathalie Chaput
    Nathalie Chaputover 5 years ago

    Beautiful shot Shawn!!

  • Thank you my wonderful friend. You are a fantastic encouragement.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Babbler
    Babblerover 5 years ago

    beautiful !

  • How wonderful of you to say. Thank you greatly.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Pamela Jayne Smith
    Pamela Jayne S...over 5 years ago

    lovely capture and colours :)

  • Thank you Pamela. I appreciate the lovely compliment very much.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Johanne Brunet
    Johanne Brunetover 5 years ago

    Beautiful tranquil scenery with gorgeous colours Shawn. Again, just the perfect amount of HDR for my taste. Love your description too. Funny how beauty is a relative concept… :-)

  • Thank you my friend. You leave such wonderful compliments. I agree with you about relative beauty.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKover 5 years ago

    Bedazing Beauty Mate.

  • What a fantastic compliment. You are brilliant.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Appel
    Appelover 5 years ago

    Gorgeous! Love the richness of the colors!

  • Thank you Ann. I really appreciate it.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Judy Woodman
    Judy Woodmanover 5 years ago

    lovely as always you certainly live in a beautiful part of the world.

  • Oh, it certainly is a beautiful place. I very much appreciate your compliment. Thank you so very much.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

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