Distant Memory – 226/365

I couldnt wait, so tonight on my way home from work I took a detour and went to have a look for the Frodsham Caves. When I left work, I had a quick look on Google to see if I could find the caves location, I did, and I also learnt a little more about the location.

One thing I wanted to find out was what the access was like, and that question was answered by the statement on one web site “the site is on private land”. No matter I thought, some of the photographs showed the area looked nice from afar, so I might not need to get close anyway; although I really liked the photographs from inside the caves!

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As it turned out, the detour took me down some very rural counrty lanes, and I cant help but glance down every track and through every gap in the hedge rows.

More than one occasion saw me stop the car and reverse, to get a better look at intersting stuff and views. Then, one such “headge row gap glance” had me stopped in my tracks altogether!

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The view was awesme, the sky incredible, the clouds moody and, it was topped off by shafts of light coming down and a plume of smoke going up, with a lone fence post in the foreground. I could not help but take a photograph, or eight.

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Unfortunatley, even though I tried my best, I couldnt quite bring the scene out during the edit, as I saw it in the real world. I’m not ure why, but even though I used exposure bracketing for all the shots, used both my 70-300mm and 18-55mm to get a range of images at different focal lengths, they just don’t portray the majesty of what I actually saw.

I guess if I spent a decent amount of time on just one of the images, and really pulled out the elemetns I want, then I might be able to make something more of it, who knows, maybe I’ll go back to the RAW files again in the future and see what I can do.

Learnings – I’m not sure what I got wrong today, and, maybe I’m being over critical of myself, I’m not sure. But, the main thing I wanted to portray was the mood in the sky with those shafts of light and the focal point of the smoke plume. I think because of that, it meant I struggled to pull definition out of the hills and the tress, and the very distant mountains.

I think the composition is nice, with the smoke balanced against the fence post, but there is something not quite “poping” for me. Its a little frustrating, but at the same time its got my grey matter doing over time, which is always a good thing!

After I took these shots, I did carry on to the location of the caves, which took me down some very narrow lanes. I couldn’t see any footpaths to explore, but, now I know its location (and its only 12 miles from home) I will definately be there again looking for somewhere to park, and to do a bit of exploring on foot.

I might even have another go at capturing the view here, if the light drops right and that smoke is there again.


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