" Derbyshire's Derwent Dam"

Bradley Shawn  Rabon

Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom

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This is the front of Derwent dam (almost identical to Howden dam) that Jason Connolly and myself spent time at photographing as well as the surrounding area. Our day at Derwent Reservoir in Derbyshire’s Peak District National Park was wonderful and enjoyable despite the dull weather above. We were both taken with the lovely neo-gothic design of this early 20th century dam. The dam is solid masonry, "and was begun in 1902, a year after Howden reservoir was started, and proved a mammoth task. The huge stones that formed the walls of the dam were carried along a specially created railway from the quarries at Grindleford (a nearby village). Over 1,000 workers lived in a specially constructed self-contained town called Birchinlee, or “Tin Town. (Derwent) reservoir was first begun to be filled in November 1914 (95 years ago), and overflowed for the first time in January 1916, with the water almost immediately passing into supply. The dam can support a total of 9.64 million cubic metres of water.”
(information taken from Wikipedia.)

This is a HDR image combining 6 bracketed shots using Photomatix Pro for Macs. Slight adjustments in lighting and tone were done using the enhanced details tool.

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark ll
28-300mm IS zoom lens
f/3.5
1/100, 1/320, 1/800, 1/1250, 1/2000, 1/3200
ISO 125

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