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arvorphoto’s latest blog : all about patience

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All about patience

11 Sep 2020 9:23AM  
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Photography is all about patience.

Having got the bug for astrophotography with the visit of Comet Neowise, I have been waiting for the right conditions to photograph the Milky Way. This has proved incredibly frustrating trying to get the right conditions and being a novice, there is a need to experiment and practice the processes of gaining a suitable image and then, how to process it.
There have been several false starts, where the weather forecast promised but on the day, the weather didn’t want to play ball.

Last night, the forecast was good so I headed off to the nearby headland of Rame Head.
This time, the weather did provide the clear skies BUT I still was thwarted, this time by a small fishing boat of all things which sat just off the headland with a green light displayed.

This was the shot I had in mind


A crop version but the spread of the green light can still be seen and the real downside is that the headland rocks are clipped.


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arvorphoto’s latest blog : the swing gate swings no more

arvorphoto's latest blog : the swing gate swings no more

The swing gate swings no more

10 Sep 2020 8:48AM  
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The swing gate swings no more. Burrator Halt (originally Burrator Platform) was built in 1924 initially to serve the dam workers involved with the dam extension and then opened in 1925 to the public as the area around Burrator Reservoir had become an attraction to ramblers after the completion of the reservoir in 1898.

Burrator Halt later Burrator and Sheepstor Halt was on the Princetown Railway which opened in 1883 with trains operating from Horrabridge until the opening of Yelverton station in 1885. It was amalgamated on Jan 1st 1922 into the Great Western Railway although the GWR had operated the railway previously. The 10¼ mile single track branch line also served Dousland, Ingra Tor Halt and Kings Tor Halt on its way to Princetown.

On the journey to Princetown, the train crew would not have admired the view much, they would have been working hard as the ruling gradient was 1 in 40.


The platform shelter still remains at Burrator and the track down to the reservoir can be seen on the right.



Sadly the railway closed in 1956, though the area is still very popular with ramblers and tourists.
The track bed survives from Dousland as a footpath / cycle path.

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