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Hadrian's Wall

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 24 June 2008 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

A photo of the 80 mile long wall built across the neck of Northern England by the Roman Empire to mark the extent of the empire and to keep out the unconquered tribes north of the wall.

NIKON D40 1/125 second F/16.0 ISO 200 30 mm (35mm equiv.)

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MahGol from Tehran, Iran

amazing composition and thanx for the note.

24 Jun 2008 5:26am

@MahGol: Thanks MahGol...I'm really pleased that you liked it!

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

nice one Ian!

24 Jun 2008 5:37am

@Ted: Thanks Ted!

yz from Hungary

Fantastic shot. That's what I call a dramatic landscape!

24 Jun 2008 5:49am

@yz: Thanks very much!

Shun from Mühlheim am Main, Germany

Wow. This is even nicer than yesterdays. Have there ever been serious fights at the wall?

24 Jun 2008 6:15am

@Shun: Thanks...I'm pleased that you liked it!

(I'm not too hot on Roman history but I see that Anthony has answered your question) from France

Magnifique b & w. I like composition and intensity

24 Jun 2008 6:35am Thanks Marie...I found this one and yesterdays shots hard to process for some reason and I wasn't that happy with them so I'm pleased that you liked them!

dj.tigersprout from San Bruno, United States

this is a wall? or a mesa? or mountain? is this man made? its so massive? really? wow!

24 Jun 2008 6:50am

@dj.tigersprout: Thanks...if you look carefully you'll see that the wall itself is built on top of the natural cliff. The Romans were very clever about using the natural topography of escarpments which run in a line across the landscape east to west in this area of England.

Anthony Lambert from Germany

In it´s 300 year garrisoning the wall was the site of several serious attacks.In the year 180, and between 196 and 197 the wall was so damaged that major repair works were carried out.
Great B+W shot,very dramatic.Well done Ian.

24 Jun 2008 7:18am

@Anthony Lambert: Thanks again for the information Anthony!'s been a long time since studying this at school and I didn't know that information about the attacks on the wall.

Mike from Lichfield, United Kingdom

Another great photo, what more can I say. I've just come across this link for Landscape Photographer of the year. If you haven't already done so, I think you should give it a go.

24 Jun 2008 8:00am

@Mike: Hi Mike....I'll take a look at that link - thanks!

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Excellent Ian.

24 Jun 2008 8:31am

@Ana Lúcia: Thanks Ana!

GJC from Kyoto, Japan

Magnificent control of tones here. As usual, you do outstanding work with landscapes.

24 Jun 2008 8:48am

@GJC: Thanks GJC....this one and yesterdays were difficult to process for some reason and I'm not entirely happy with them. The landscape itself is so dramatic that it carries the photo along with it fotunately. (thanks also for your comments on my two recent colour landscapes)

deny from diy, Indonesia

great Bw shot

24 Jun 2008 8:54am

@deny: Thanks Deny!

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Impressive with great sharpness and perspective!

24 Jun 2008 9:29am

@MadScientist:'s a very dramatic part of the English landscape but I feel that I haven't really done it justice. Maybe next time, if there is one, I'll do a better job.

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

The menacing clouds give the idea of a frontier to an unfriendly world.

24 Jun 2008 9:54am

@António Pires: Thanks António!

drum from carcavelos, Portugal

keep it up
thanks for sharing

24 Jun 2008 10:03am

@drum: Thanks Drum....I'm struggling a bit at the moment if I'm truthful but I want to keep on posting daily if at all possible and I'm continuing to use the camera in the hope that my 'writer's block' will pass.

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Wow, it's fierce and oh so lovely....

24 Jun 2008 11:03am

@Lorraine: Thanks's such a dramatic landscape but I don't feel that I've done it justice which is a very frustrating feeling. Photography in the hills is much harder than at the coast.

missparis from France

Magnificent black and white

24 Jun 2008 12:27pm

@missparis: Thanks very much!

Fliss from Melbourne Beach, United States

What a great shot... actually (since I love history) Hadrian's Wall is something I would like to see... maybe one day... I have always wanted to go to England...

24 Jun 2008 12:40pm

@Fliss: Thanks....Hadrian's Wall is truly an amazing site and it's located in such a dramatic and unspoilt part of England - I'm sure you'd love it if you ever get a chance to visit!

paulski from Muncie, IN, United States

beautiful this the 10-20 sigma?

24 Jun 2008 1:29pm

@paulski: Thanks Paulski....yes, this is with my Sigma 10-20 lens!

Marcie from United States

This looks like another century ago. Great b&w tones.

24 Jun 2008 4:40pm

@Marcie: Thanks's a beautiful and unspoilt part of England with spectacular scenery on a grand scale.

hugo poon from Hong Kong

I've been gazing at this in awe!

24 Jun 2008 5:52pm

@hugo poon: Hi Hugo...I'm really pleased you liked it as it's such a dramatic part of England. I need more practice taking photos in the hills as it feels much harder for me than photography on the coast. This shot and yesterdays felt difficult rather than natural so were quite frustrating as I don't feel that I've done justice to the drama and sheer scale of the place.

Cheryl from Texas, United States

what interesting history!! amazing image

24 Jun 2008 7:30pm

@Cheryl: Thanks Cheryl....I'm hoping that one day I'll be able to photograph this place at either dusk or dawn when the longer shadows should bring out the drama in the landscape more!

SKHallisey from Montreal, Canada

great shot, it reminds me almost of ansel adams. good work

24 Jun 2008 7:34pm

@SKHallisey: That's very kind of you but Ansel Adams is in a league of his own isn't he! would have been really interesting though to have seen what he could have done with this great view.

Margie from Auckland, New Zealand

I really like this...a very dramatic landscape!

24 Jun 2008 7:42pm

JoeB from Brampton, Canada

I wasn't aware of this historical wall, it shows what empires will do in their name.

25 Jun 2008 12:24am

Eric Fry from Houston, TX, United States

A very striking view of Hadrian's Wall, Ian. One to be quite proud of, for sure. I'd like to have this shot in a poster size on my wall.

25 Jun 2008 12:40am

Pouhou from Apeldoorn, Netherlands


4 Jul 2008 12:09pm

1/125 second
ISO 200
30 mm (35mm equiv.)