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johnriley1uk’s latest blog : cragside within

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Cragside Within

12 Oct 2021 11:15AM  
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Cragside is an immense National Trust site and considering it includes a 6 mile self drive route around the woodlands that gives us an idea of how big it really is. You might think it’s a long way to the corner shop, but that’s nothing compared to Cragside. We arrived armed with the Pentax K-3 (Sue) and K-3 II (Me) plus 18-135mm lenses. First off, let’s have a look at some interior shots. This is the first house to be powered by hydro-electricity. It’s in an ideal situation for this, very hilly with lots of rushing water power from the vigorous streams and rivers.

Inside these houses can be tricky as they are quite dark, but be not of faint heart, the ISO on modern cameras can be hiked up quite a way, plus the SR (Shake Reduction) makes those slow shutter speeds manageable. It was in Cragside that I was asked if I was a member of the aristocracy! I guess that regal countenance and fine profile meant something after all. Sue explained “Fat, well fed and a derby tweed jacket did it”, thus deflating the whole moment back to the mundane. Ah well…..

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