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BORDER COUNTRY

A few images from a short break to the old “Border Country” between Scotland and England and further experimenting with my new Fuji XT-1 camera and lenses.

battlegound | Flodden Field | Northumberland

battlegound | Flodden Field | Northumberland

An eerie, misty morning on a Northumbrian field; the undulating land rising from a ditch in the foreground to the brow of the hill with its stone cross. Three horizontal images have been merged to form this panoramic photograph.

This isn’t any innocuous piece of farmland but fateful Flodden Field a few miles south of the River Tweed on the English side of the border. Here it was on 9th September 1513 that King James IV of Scotland advanced down from the high ground (behind my camera position) to his fateful rendezvous with history; by the end of that bloody afternoon James with 10,000 of his soldiers lay dead on the boggy, low-lying middle ground. Had James and his army remained on his advantageous position, Scotland’s later history might have turned out very differently.
1/125 sec @ f/8  ISO 800  Fujifilm X-T1 with 56mm (84mm equivalent) f/1.2 lens

 

fisherman | Bamburgh Beach | Northumberland

fisherman | Bamburgh Beach | Northumberland

Banburgh Beach, Northumberland was very atmospheric due to the misty conditions with visibility down to around 150 yards; from a distance this shore fisherman just looked like a marker pole in the sand, not a movement did he make but just waiting, waiting for his catch. He related how, earlier in the day, he had a tug-of-war over a fish between himself and a pursuing seal.
1/250 sec @ f/5.6  ISO 200  Fujifilm X-T1 with 23mm (35mm equivalent) f/1.4 lens + a 2-stop soft graduated filter over the sky

 

Bamburgh Beach | Northumberland

Bamburgh Beach | Northumberland

Shore fishing, Banburgh Beach, Northumberland.
1/15 sec @ f/11  ISO 200  Fujifilm X-T1 with 23mm (35mm equivalent) f/1.4 lens + a 2-stop soft graduated filter over the sky

 

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