Clouds Approaching - Hornby, Lancashire by Simon Lupton


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I had been photographing Hornby Castle from a location – across the River Wenning in the Lune Valley – that I had visited many times before, taking several pictures as the sun dipped low on the horizon.

Satisfied with what I had seen, I started to put my gear away but before I did I glanced around and saw this magnificent cloud and the wonderful shadows stretching across the grass from the hedge.

Composing the image was a no-brainer and I took several images as the sun dipped below the horizon. The telephoto lens foreshortened the distance from the hill to the cloud behind – making it seem as if it was crowding in.

Canon 300D
Canon 70-300mm DO f/4.5-5.6 @ 120mm
1/100 Sec @ f/11
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Capturing an outstanding monochrome image is my greatest photographic pleasure – since such an image is just as gripping as any colour image can be.

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  • Lissie E J
    Lissie E Jabout 3 years ago

    Excellent work

  • Thank you Lissie

    – Simon Lupton

  • funkybunch
    funkybunchabout 3 years ago

    wow, great image

  • Thanks Mark

    – Simon Lupton

  • midnightduchess
    midnightduchessabout 3 years ago

    Congratulations! You are FEATURED in ENGLAND IN BLACK AND WHITE!

    Well done! Great work! Absolutely stunning!

  • Thank you, Your Grace


    – Simon Lupton

  • davrberts
    davrbertsabout 3 years ago

    wonderful shot

  • Thanks. Love the poetry blog

    – Simon Lupton

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganabout 3 years ago

    Superb b/w image

  • Thanks Tina, sometimes you just get lucky! :o)

    – Simon Lupton

  • Ell-on-Wheels
    Ell-on-Wheelsover 2 years ago

    FAVE!!! :-)))
    … often, some of the best images ‘begging to be taken’ present themselves when least expected! :-))

  • Thank you Ell, yes I look behind myself an awful lot more than I used to!

    – Simon Lupton

  • Jazzdenski
    Jazzdenskiover 2 years ago

    Lovely shot Simon!

  • Thanks Denis. Two people I know from the Lancashire Monochrome group are Paul and George. Do you know them ? and

    – Simon Lupton

  • Jazzdenski
    Jazzdenskiover 2 years ago

    Thanks for those jazzy links Simon. I will check them out.

  • You’re welcome. I love your monochrome jazz stuff!

    – Simon Lupton

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