Cheddar Sunset

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I wanted to capture my version of the iconic view of the ‘S’ bends near the top of Cheddar Gorge. Thus it was that I found myself trudging up the path from Cheddar itself, on the hottest day of the year, full camera bag and tripod in tow. There has to be an easier way of enjoying yourself. To be fair, it’s not a bad walk, as you are in woodland most of the way, so it was relatively cool. The top is a nice place to eat your evening meal, with a cooling breeze and the odd herd of feral goats grazing nearby, as you wait for the sun to go lower and the light to come to you.

Warning: The cliffs in the gorge are very steep and high. If you do go up here, be very careful near the edge.

For those interested in the geography, Cheddar itself is just below and to the left of the large reservoir visible top centre. The Mendip hills stretch out towards the right of the frame. The lonely bump  just left of centre on the horizon is Brent Knoll, with the Bristol Channel behind it.

Photography stuff: 12-24mm lens at 12mm, 1/2 sec at f/13, 3 stop hard graduated ND filter to hold back the sky (and to allow me a long enough shutter speed to capture detail in the gorge which was in deep shadow), tripod (securely anchored!), cable release, nerves of steel.