Cleeve Hill steam age

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The top of Cleeve Hill offers fantastic views of the surrounding cotswold area – Cleeve Hill is in fact the highest point in the cotswolds, and last week, on a glorious Sunday morning, the distinctive clatter of rail tracks and a billowing trail of white steam made its way across the landscape below. The GWR steam train navigates a round trip from Laverton to Cheltenham Racecourse.

I used the fantastic views and autumnal colour to try out the Fuji GA645i, with Velvia 100F loaded, mounted on Manfrotto 390 tripod. I await the results… These shots was taken on Pentax K7 with DA* 50-135mm. The steam engine shot taken at 135mm, and the panoramic image was a process of taking 4 bracketed shots, which were each merged to HDR Pro in Photoshop, then processed with Efex HDR Pro, then stitched together in Photoshop, with final local tweaks in Lightroom.

A full description of the route and details of how to enjoy this journey onboard, visit the GWR site, here.

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