The Making of "The Struggle"

How the winning photo of the February contest was made

By 3by2 in Photo Contests on Mar 25, 2020

"The Struggle, Ambleside"
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First of all I’d like to thank everyone who voted. The voting was pretty close and there were several images that could have won, indeed, I thought would have won. It remains something of a surprise to me to win.

The Struggle was taken in the Lake District in Cumbria, England  and is a well-known minor road that goes up from Ambleside to the top of the Kirkstone pass just below 1500 feet, finishing at the third highest inn in the UK.

We were away for the week and on a particularly misty day with an hour to spare I decided to drive to the top of the Kirkstonepass via The Struggle. I was initially aiming for the atmosphere of the old quarry further up or maybe the top of the pass in the hope of getting above the mist but as I drove up the mist thickened and darkened and visibility dropped. I’d passed the view I took on the way up and had determined I would stop there again on the way down but as there was no prospect of a better view I turned around and headed back to it.

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