A bit late home from work and with Milly still saying he has 'retired' I simply couldn't find the motivation to go for my planned easy 7 miles tonight. That's the first day missed (apart from Fridays but they are on purpose) in three weeks or more. Must not do this again.
Instead I spent a bit of time with the camera trying to capture a scene which, from where I often sit on some wooden steps on the river bank, I imagined would make a good photo. The best result is featured here.
Now I know what you are thinking - the train is blurry, and the trees are too dark. I should first point out that I am very much a novice in the DSLR (no that's not the train company) world. Yes the train IS blurry but that's because I wanted to re-create the movement of the hard edged loco' through the otherwise soft, natural, tranquil scene. This was achieved by using a slow shutter speed of 1/8 of a second, with exposure adjusted by 2 stops under to avoid a whiteout. The trouble is the river and sky are still rather over exposed and the near trees and branches under. Ideally I would get the train driver to go much faster so I could achieve my aim with a faster shutter. I would probably also zoom in a little more to lessen the dark areas. Hey it's not too bad for a first try though. Despite the warmth of the day in general I got a bit cold waiting for trains to come along. Of course, as soon as I left, six came along at once and crashed into the icy water below. I suppose I should have taken a photo of that actually - only joking of course - nothing newsworthy ever happens in Cumbria