The Old Canal Bridge at Sedgwick

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When the M6 was built in the 1960s, the Lancaster to Kendal Canal was culverted in three places, effectively ending the canal at Tewitfield. Some “orphaned” stretches of the canal still remain navigable but from Stainton to Kendal the canal was filled in.

It’s easy to trace the route of the old canal because the hump back bridges that went over it still remain in place. In the village of Sedgwick, some four miles from the centre of Kendal, the old tow path remains in place, making this a popular route for walkers.

On a cold morning in early December 2010, we were walking our dog along the tow path when we saw the effect of light reflecting off the fallen snow on the side of the old canal bridge. Normally, the bridge looks very dark on this side but the reflected light illuminate the stonework, lichen and moss. In the distance, I could see sheep, trying to graze on grass that was covered with snow – all framed by the arch of the bridge.

To bring out the colours in the bridge, I processed the photo in Photoshop, giving the stonework a treatment similar to HDR (High Dynamic Range) but leaving the field and sky beyond alone.

Of all the photos that I’ve posted on Panoramio, this has had by far the most viewings. We’ve had snow in Sedgwick since I took this photo but have never seen light on the bridge that looks anything like this.

Photo taken 5th December 2010 with a Canon Eos 5D Mk II and a 17mm – 35mm lens set to 35mm. Exposure 1/800 second at f6.3, ISO 100.


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