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Lothian View

Tom Gomez

Joined January 2008

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There are a lot of elements to this shot. The shot was taken from the lane that runs behind Platt Hill on the outskirt of Ratho, Midlothian, Scotland.

In the centre of the shot is a bridge carrying the M8 Motorway, the main artery between Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Above that can be seen the Almond Valley Viaduct, near Broxburn. The viaduct, built between 1838 and 1842, is a Grade A listed structure. It is 36 arches long and is considered to be one of the finest stone railway viaducts in Britain.

Above that, you can see Greendykes Bing towering over the town of Broxburn, West Lothian. Rising to 195 m above sea level, it is the largest of the counties post-industrial spoil-heaps.

The result of retorting mineral oil from deep-mined carboniferous shale beds at a time when Scotland was the major oil producing nation in the world. The bings tower above the naturally low-lying landscape of West Lothian.

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)

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Three bracketed JPGs converted to HDR in Photomatix.

Related shots can be found at: Lowland Scotland or you can look at all my HDR shots.

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