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thunderlake January 01, 2017
Stunning nature displayed...
 
Witmar January 01, 2017
Beautiful picture
 
simon_jones January 11, 2017
Actually wanted to do something similar their myself, great shot
 
simon_jones January 11, 2017
Actually wanted to do something similar their myself, great shot

The-Winding-Road-at-Mam-Tor



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@clarkphotographic
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www.facebook.com-clarkphotographic
paul@clarkphotographic.com


A sight to behold in the Peak District. The iconic view from Mam Tor shows off the rolling hills and the awesome winding road leading up out of the valley.

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Behind The Lens

Location
This shot was taken from the top of Mam Tor, a high point in the Derbyshire Peak District in the UK.
Time
In total i was shooting from about half an hour before sunset until about half an hour after.
Lighting
The emphasis was always supposed to be on the car lights showing them track their way through the hilly landscape from about a mile away. I wanted this to co-incide as much as i could with sunset.
Equipment
This was shot on a Canon 1DX using the Canon 16-35mm L II f/2.8. I used a real old Giotto tripod.
Inspiration
I've been on the look out for a high vantage point in my area that looks down on sections of winding road. Ive wanted to try this kind of shot for a while and had this in mind from about a year ago when i went walking around the area. Turns out it's rather a popular location.
Editing
The shot was a combination of 2 exposures. One for the general landscape and sky which was taken about half an hour before sunset and then another for the car lights. This was taken when the sky was much darker. maybe an hour after sunset. I had to keep the tripod in exactly the same position all that time to get the required shots. They were then processed and blended together in Photoshop.
In my camera bag
I always have my Canon 1DX because it pretty much deals with any kind of shoot im doing. I'll have my canon 16-35mm L II f/2.8 and my canon 70-200mm f/4. These are my go to landscape lenses. I generally have a 14mm in there too just incase i need that extra width. I never forget my lens wipes and i use 2 yongnuo wireless triggers to activate the shutter. My tripod of course doesn't leave the car and the only thing i always have with me is my headtorch. You never know how long you're going to be out shooting for. When you're on the top of a hill, half an hours walk away from the car and it gets dark, it always helps to be able to find your way back.
Feedback
The car lights are easier than you think to shoot, but it becomes way easier when it's dark. If it's dark enough you can pretty much hold down the shutter until the car has passed and you have the shot. sometime i think i have the shot earlier on when it's a little lighter but the longer i wait and keep on shooting the better the light trails get. So i would always recommend sticking around for a while and watch how your exposures develop (no pun intended). Wrap up warm and try not to move your tripod. Nailing the composition early on while it's light will pay off later on. regarding the processing. if you've managed to shoot for this long without your tripod moving, it's easier than you think. simply change the blend mode for the light trails layer to 'lighten' and watch the magic happen.

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