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The Viaduct

A view of the Arthington viaduct with the river Wharfe flowing under it, finished in 1849 with some 50,000 tons of stone, oh me back:)

The Viaduct

A view of the Arthington viaduct with the river Wharfe flowing under it, finished in 1849 with some 50,000 tons of stone, oh me back:)

comments (32)

Great composition!

What an impressive viaduct!
tim hitchins: yes it sure is Remi, and thanks for the comment....tim.
  • Jewlya
  • United States
  • 11 Mar 2008, 02:17
Mystical image, Tim. I like the perspective.
tim hitchins: cheers Jewlya really happy you liked it smile
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 11 Mar 2008, 02:34
Oh Tim. this is beautiful! Likey!
tim hitchins: good evening Kathryn so happy you liked it that much, i had gone there at the crack of dawn, got lost, trudged about a mile over farmers fields, missed the sunrisesad. so went back at night and was well happy i did, great structure and i hope i have done it justicesmile
Lovely composition, and the smooth water effect from the 6s exposure really does it for me. The only disturbing thing might be the patch of blown highlights in the sky. Perhaps that will be a non-issue if converted into black and white?
tim hitchins: thanks so much Duane, yes blown skys are something i am hoping to over come, just got a cokin ND, heard they are not the best but finances are tight so will give it a go, hopefully you will be able to judge for yourself soonsmile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 11 Mar 2008, 06:19
Oh your back! You think they did not have cranes then?

This is an excellent picture with the long exposure and low angle. Excellent composition using the line of the viaduct.

A likey for sure.
tim hitchins: lol, i am not sure if they did, but will look into it, and thanks Louis really happy you liked it so much, have a goodnightsmile
Wonderful feel to this Tim ... ummmmm maybe I should contemplate taking a viaduct. smile richard
tim hitchins: thank you Richard, yes now i have been to this one i feel there is lots of possibilities for shots to be had with these great feats of engineering and sheer hard graft structuressmile
  • vintage
  • australia
  • 11 Mar 2008, 10:46
Great image captured here Tim.Most of us would die building this with all the hard work required
tim hitchins: apparently there is some graves in the local cemetery of people who died doing just that m8, most appreciatedsmile
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands
  • 11 Mar 2008, 10:53
As a bricklayer you know and I am amazed by the craftsmanship...very nic picture here, love the point of view and the misty look.
tim hitchins: oh yes Astrid i know alright, it positively thrills me to look at these structure's knowing how much care and hard graft went into building them, happy you liked itsmile
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Mar 2008, 11:15
I like the low viewpoint - it makes the structure look even more impressive. The water has that fabulous milky look to it. Good stuff.
tim hitchins: thank you Ingrid, i was a bit fortunate the water was rather low as i would not have got that view pointsmile
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 11 Mar 2008, 11:21
This is just fabulous, Tim, with a great POV. I love the brooding feel to it.
tim hitchins: thank you Ginnie yes i did that as the light had all but gone so i thought it suited what i actually saw at the timesmile
  • Ann
  • Sucé sur Erdre - France
  • 11 Mar 2008, 12:36
We feel so small here ... Well done, great atmosphere !!!
tim hitchins: most appreciated Annsmile
It's almost as though i am there Tim, one of my favourites.
tim hitchins: thank you so much Richard so happy you thought thatsmile
A very impressive shot and construction Tim and I like the somewhat dramatic presentation.
tim hitchins: cheers Brian most appreciated, tried to present it as i saw the scene at the time with the light fading quicklysmile
this is lovely ....very soft ..i especially love the detail of the grass in the left corner...nice tones...i've done a new portrait by the way ...so be sure to stop by and leave a comment
tim hitchins: good evening Sarina, so happy you liked the image and have a good nightsmile....tim
Whoa, this image has a very beautiful presence on the landscape! Love the soft blur of water flowing under it and that very moody sky adds a wonderful atmosphere.
tim hitchins: thank you so much Kevin, spent about 3 hours having gone twice to this place the same day to get this one so i am so happy it has gone down well with folks, cheers.....tim
  • Martin
  • Houston, TX
  • 11 Mar 2008, 16:37
Very nicely composed and executed! I like the desaturated look too.
tim hitchins: most appreciated Martinsmile
Just a wonderful composition Tim. Great capture!
tim hitchins: thank you Richard and have a good night....timsmile
I have liked a lot of your pictures Tim..but this one...

Well I think it is the best one you have posted. Gotta be a likey

Well done Sir!!!smile
tim hitchins: well thank you so much Bill i am so happy you think thatsmile
  • john
  • Norwich , England
  • 11 Mar 2008, 17:44
Very atmospheric image Tim. Great shot.
tim hitchins: cheers John, yes it was going dark at the time so its what i was hoping for after a bit of twiddlingsmile
  • mal
  • 11 Mar 2008, 18:12
i've had a few attempts at photographing this with poor results, love this brooding moody feel you have here. mal
tim hitchins: cheers mal yes i thought it suited the scene as it was pretty dark at the time and thats how it came across to me, most appreciated m8smile
I love this photo, I would use it as a decor for the book :"A Game of thrones"(George R.R. MARTIN)
tim hitchins: good evening Chantal and many thanks for the comment, i will check the book out to see what i thinksmile have a nice nightsmile
  • blackdog
  • on the dreaded dial up!
  • 11 Mar 2008, 22:07
very impressive... ;o)
tim hitchins: a big thank you coming your waysmile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 11 Mar 2008, 22:20
I admire the technical knowledge and the craftmanship in order to build such a long viaduct(no Roman relicts?), this building is a decoration, an ornament for the landscape, and you have the classical beauty of the arches and the swinging horizontal/diagonal line of this viaduct which doesn't seem to end in a very beautiful way depictured, added by the soft reflections in the river and a cloudy sky with some tenderblue areas. I love the tranquil atmosphere in this pic - perhaps short before it will rain or a storm is coming up.
tim hitchins: boy do you have a way with words Philine do you write books in your spare time? and yes it rained but i was tucked up in bed when it started, most appreciated Philine really value your kind words........timsmile
Excellent everything!
tim hitchins: cheers Nigel, happy you thought that, this was my second visit that day, as the first time after getting lost i missed the sunrise lol, so i tought i would try the twilightsmile
  • Ellie
  • blowing in the wind
  • 12 Mar 2008, 00:01
Wow, the strength of the whole thing is amazing
tim hitchins: most appreciated Ellie really happy you thought thatsmile
  • Tony
  • 12 Mar 2008, 01:34
A really nice view.
tim hitchins: cheers Tony thanks for looking insmile
  • France
  • Bordeaux, France
  • 12 Mar 2008, 18:34
And now Tim, I'm definitely sure I'm jaleous !!!!!!!!! More than the bridge, the light, the perspective, the way the sky and the water "run away" ... I love everything in this photo.
tim hitchins: ha, no what you should say is inspired to go out and find yourself a viaduct and do something of equal stature i am sure your more then capable judging your latest effort smile most appreciated....tim
  • Simon
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 12 Mar 2008, 19:55
Have to say 1 of the best yet, have this on my wall any day, brilliant dad smile
tim hitchins: cheers son, will get it blown up for your birthdaysmile
  • Kay
  • wet and rainy Portland
  • 14 Mar 2008, 01:59
Tim, Hats off to a very well put together photograph. The processing is great.
tim hitchins: well thank you very much Kay, i did spend quite some time that day trying to get the right composition but i think it was worth it, many thanks once againsmile
  • liam
  • South Africa
  • 18 Mar 2008, 04:15
definitely did this justice. Great perspective. Great soft effect produced. Likey
tim hitchins: most appreciated liam, i spent quite a while getting this so i am well happy you liked it so much cheers liamsmile
  • Rxan
  • 21 Mar 2008, 17:04
I love the 17 mm and the angle given to the picture.6 s is a good choice that gives a beautiful effect for the water... really nice!
tim hitchins: thank you so much Rxan, put quite some time into this one so really happy with your thoughtssmile
What an impressive shot.

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camera Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
exposure mode full manual
shutterspeed 6s
aperture f/14.0
sensitivity ISO200
focal length 17.0mm