On Sunday 12th August 2012, Amanda, Tara and I headed for Hadrian's Wall, Northumberland. The area we chose is located at a place called Steel Rigg which is situated between the hamlets of Once Brewed and Twice Brewed! I love these names but do wonder what people think when posting items there for the first time!
The weather was a mixture of sunny spells and cloud, with a stiff breeze which made it very pleasant conditions for walking.
There is a small car park at Steel Rigg, with the footpaths clearly signed. We chose to walk to viewpoint 6489 which is only a mile or so from the car park but, in Typical Hadrian's Wall fashion, there was a hefty slope to walk up!
Now Amanda and I are Hadrian's Wall virgins and both of us were blown away by the rugged beauty of the area. The views are simply breathtaking and, had I been a Roman Centurian then I would have been one very happy soldier! Whilst on the subject of Centurians, they must have been exceptionally fit to cope with the terrain. I made it to the viewpoint fine but there was no way I would be able to fight the Pictish Hordes without a substantial rest and a drink haha!
For the photography I had the Canon 60D and I opted for my Sigma 10-20mm f3.5 wide angle lens. Inititally I used a circular polarising filter but the contrast between the sky and the ground was harsh, the initital shots I took had horribly blown highlights. I got around this by using a graduated neutral density filter and was very happy with the results. I also worked hard on the composition of the images, the wall made for a really handy lead in line. I had not taken my tripod, silly I know, but I was able to use the wall for support and the light was good enough that I could select a fast enough shutter speed thus avoiding camera shake.
The one big thing worth mentioning was I had to literally force myself not to rush when taking pictures. I think it was purely down to the views but I mentally slowed myself, if that's possible lol, and took my time with the composition.
For those of you yet to experience the magic of Hadrian's Wall, make sure it's on your Bucket List of places to visit, it really is that good.
Until next time, take care and stay safe.