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Posted on 07/27/2014


Photo taken on July 25, 2014



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Sunset At Roseberry Topping

Sunset At Roseberry Topping
When we first moved to Guisborough in 1993, I immediately fell under the spell of Roseberry Topping, a distinctive and iconic landmark with fine views across North Yorkshire and Cleveland, that is situated just a few miles away.

At just 1,049 feet (320 m) high, it may not be the biggest hill you'll ever see, but it will certainly be one of the most distinctive. Its shape, caused by the combination of a geological fault and a mining collapse in 1912 has made the hill the most beloved landmark in the Tees Valley area.

One of the few framed photographs we own is actually of a sunset at Roseberry Topping, so when I saw that the Sunday Challenge for this week was sunsets I immediately thought of using that as a subject.

I spent a few hours one afternoon walking the area around it to try and find a vantage point similar to said framed photo and, having done that, returned just before sunset to set up operations.

This is my first real attempt at shooting a sunset and that combined with an absence of much in the way of clouds meant that the finished product wasn't as colourful as I might have liked. So, I guess Joe Cornish won't be losing any sleep over my efforts.

Some were too light, some too dark and many were spoiled by an abundance of noise, so I obviously have much to learn. However, I did get a few that I liked and this is possibly my favourite.

Doug Shepherd, one42chrisp, Helja, Kaunos and 18 other people have particularly liked this photo


68 comments - The latest ones
Yvette Chew
Yvette Chew
Lovely shot. I think the sky is very pretty.
3 years ago.
autofantasia has replied to Yvette Chew
Thanks Yvette ... glad you like it! :)
3 years ago.
Georgie F Photography
Georgie F Photograph…
Oh it's beautiful... I too love Roseberry Topping... I once spent a holiday at various Youth Hostels in the area, Caught a bus to Roseberry Topping, and then walked to Guisburgh.. The views were Spectacular!
3 years ago.
autofantasia has replied to Georgie F Photograph…
You're right, it does offer some amazing views, but as my photo hopefully shows it makes an attractive view in its own right. Anyway, glad you like it and thanks for adding it into your faves.

Here's another I took a while back (before I joined TSC) in daylight from the other side:

Something For The Weekend
3 years ago.
fragglerocks
fragglerocks
Ah boob hill! :)
3 years ago.
autofantasia has replied to fragglerocks
Not a lot I can say to that other than thanks for adding it into your faves! ;)
3 years ago.
autofantasia has replied to fragglerocks
Now I understand! ;)
3 years ago.
Shuttering Yukon
Shuttering Yukon
oh this is just gorgeous... now for next weeks challenge... I want to see that grass in front up close..
3 years ago.
autofantasia has replied to Shuttering Yukon
Thanks for that and for adding it into your faves. As for next week, you never know Butch! ;)
3 years ago.
Valfal
Valfal
Beautiful image and location! Well done :)
3 years ago.
autofantasia has replied to Valfal
Thank you for the lovely comment and for adding another of my shots into your faves!
3 years ago.
H C
H C
What a beautiful view and the sky is lovely too.
3 years ago.
autofantasia has replied to H C
Thanks Harriet ... just wish there had been more clouds! :(
3 years ago.
Janano -
Janano -
great contrasts and textures
3 years ago.
autofantasia has replied to Janano -
Thanks for visiting and taking time to comment! :)
3 years ago.
Adrian Bollans
Adrian Bollans
Roseberry Topping sounds like it should be delicious addition to a fresh fruit salad. This one makes a great silhouette against that distant glow and was well worth the effort you have put in to it.
3 years ago.
autofantasia has replied to Adrian Bollans
Thanks for the encouragement Adrian and for adding this into your faves. Now, do you want any more cream with your Roseberry Topping? ;)
3 years ago.
*starless*
*starless*
Beautiful shaped hill, and nicely framed in front of that muted sky. Just enough detail in the foreground. Nice!
3 years ago.
autofantasia has replied to *starless*
I agree, it is a lovely shape. As for the photo, thanks for adding it into your faves and for the kind comment. Initially, I was thinking I'd go for a total silhouette, but I ended up deciding to try and keep some of the landscape visible ... sounds like i made the right choice. :)
3 years ago.
charlie b
charlie b
Incredible composition resulting in a stunning photograph
3 years ago.
autofantasia has replied to charlie b
Cash or cheque? ;)
3 years ago.
Clickity Click
Clickity Click
Well you can be quite proud of this photograph.. and to think you hadn't done sunsets before. I like the grasses in front, the way they are catching the light. That area looks beautiful as well!

Brilliant
3 years ago. Edited 3 years ago.
autofantasia has replied to Clickity Click
You've made my day with that lovely comment Chris and it is a lovely setting just on the edge of the North Yorkshire moors. :)
3 years ago.
Clickity Click has replied to autofantasia
:) I would like to return to Yorkshire one last time. I spent the first 4 years of my life in Sheffield before coming to America. Lots of family still there.
3 years ago.
HappySnapper
HappySnapper
Well I think this is a very good attempt, I'd be satisfied with it.
3 years ago.
autofantasia has replied to HappySnapper
Thanks very much for that Maurice! :)
3 years ago.
Rising Damp
Rising Damp
I do like the multi-layered effect, and how much detail can be observed at each level. good effort!
3 years ago.
autofantasia has replied to Rising Damp
Thanks for that. The only problem I had with the grasses was that there was quite a breeze blowing, but I couldn't use a fast shutter speed due to the low light levels hence they ended up slightly blurred.
3 years ago.
Goffy
Goffy
I think the different layers work well with the silhouetted hill and the grasses catching the light very subtly!
3 years ago.
autofantasia has replied to Goffy
Thanks ... glad you like it! :)
3 years ago.
k.e.s_kloset
k.e.s_kloset
Very nice Paul. I think it all works together really well. Love the name Roseberry Topping.
3 years ago.
autofantasia has replied to k.e.s_kloset
Glad you like it too. As for the name, not sure how it came about ... guess there might be a story in there somewhere. ;)
3 years ago.
Indycaver (Norm)
Indycaver (Norm)
Love the spot of color Paul! Great photo!
3 years ago.
autofantasia has replied to Indycaver (Norm)
Thanks Norm for that and for adding another of my shots into your faves! :)
3 years ago.
s@ssyl@ssy
s@ssyl@ssy
I just love how the light glistens on the bending wheat .... Beautiful shot :)))
3 years ago.
autofantasia has replied to s@ssyl@ssy
All these kind comments really have made me feel quite good about how the shot turned out.

In fact, it has almost taken made up for the pain and embarrassment of falling off a fence trying to get back to my car in the dark afterwards! Good job there wasn't anyone else around! ;)
3 years ago.
Pam J
Pam J
This is superb.. stop slating yourself !.

The highlights on the Barley stalks are exquisite too.

Wonderful narrative.. wonderful photo... and I foresee a series coming... seasonal is a good start !!
3 years ago.
autofantasia has replied to Pam J
Thank you very much too Pam for the lovely comment. As for a series of shots, funny I was thinking it might be interesting to revisit that spot again. :)
3 years ago.
Sami Serola
Sami Serola
Good and interesting composition, and beautiful details on foreground =)
3 years ago.
autofantasia has replied to Sami Serola
Glad you like it Sami and thanks for adding it into your faves! :)
3 years ago.
Nylonbleu
Nylonbleu
So fabulous you could have seen and photograph a beuatiful sunset for the challenge ! It must have been fabulous to stand in this great landscape, waiting for the good moment to happen !
3 years ago.
autofantasia has replied to Nylonbleu
Fabulous yes, but also slightly uncomfortable ... next time I'll take something to sit on! ;)
3 years ago.
Jon Smith
Jon Smith
a beautiful place, and somewhere i would have to be atop quite a lot!

congrats on EXPLORE
3 years ago.
autofantasia has replied to Jon Smith
Thanks Jon, if you ever make it to North Yorkshire make sure you pay it a visit! :)
3 years ago.
Claudine Gaulier-Denis
Claudine Gaulier-Den…
superbe
3 years ago.
autofantasia has replied to Claudine Gaulier-Den…
Thanks for the kind words Claudine and for adding this into your faves! :)
3 years ago.
Gillian Everett
Gillian Everett
Interesting description, you are very lucky to live in Yorkshire:-)
3 years ago.
autofantasia has replied to Gillian Everett
True, but like most people I probably don't make the most of it. Though having said that I do find TSC is getting me out more. :)
3 years ago.
Amazingstoker
Amazingstoker
very striking silhouette, looks like a magic spot . . .
3 years ago.
autofantasia has replied to Amazingstoker
It certainly is worth a visit even if you can't make the climb to the top. :)
3 years ago.
Esther
Esther
I do like the shape of the hill and it makes a great spot for sunset photos.
3 years ago.
autofantasia has replied to Esther
It is a great subject and very popular with photographers. There's one in Northallerton near where I live called Joe Cornish who also has a gallery in town and he takes some amazing shots of it throughout the year.

Well worth checking out his website:

www.joecornishgallery.co.uk
3 years ago.
Wierd Folkersma
Wierd Folkersma
very nice and simple
3 years ago.
autofantasia has replied to Wierd Folkersma
Glad you like it and thanks for adding it into your faves! :)
3 years ago.
Penny
Penny
This is lovely...what a stunning scene :)
3 years ago.
autofantasia has replied to Penny
Thanks Penny! :)
3 years ago.
Annemarie
Annemarie
splendid
congrats on FP
3 years ago.
autofantasia has replied to Annemarie
Thanks you very much for that! :)
3 years ago.
Yvonne
Yvonne
You can't beat the English for delightful place names, and it is a beautiful shot.
3 years ago. Edited 3 years ago.
autofantasia has replied to Yvonne
Glad you like it Yvonne! :)
3 years ago.
HaarFager
HaarFager
Dodge and burn, dodge and burn. Ansel Adams. What a great shot and distinctive landmark!
3 years ago.
autofantasia has replied to HaarFager
Sorry Kenny, but you lost me with those opening remarks. Thanks for the closing statement though, which I did understand, and appreciate! :)
3 years ago.
Ganymede
Ganymede
Well balanced
3 years ago.
autofantasia has replied to Ganymede
Unlike the photographer! ;)
3 years ago.
one42chrisp
one42chrisp
An absolutely gorgeous shot!
3 years ago.
autofantasia has replied to one42chrisp
Kind of you to say so and thanks for the fave too. I really must try and get back across there again soon to try another sunset!
3 years ago.
Doug Shepherd
Doug Shepherd
Looks good to me, like that the crops in the immediate foreground are nicely visible,
Cheers, Dougf
13 months ago.
autofantasia has replied to Doug Shepherd
Much appreciated Doug. I said at the time that I'd get back up to take some more, maybe even seasonal ones, but I haven't and I've just noticed this was taken 2 years ago! :(
13 months ago.