Monday, 6 May 2013

Our World Tuesday - Pre-digital Mountain.

Back on the 15th February 1991 the Lake District in England was covered in snow.  I set off with a friend to spend the day 'playing' (as we would have said at the time) on the snow and ice at the back of Red Tarn.  Red Tarn, for those of you who have never been there, is a wonderful upland Tarn - small lake - that sit below the eastern flank of Helvellyn.  By world standards this is not a tall mountain - in fact its probably just a big hill -  but in the winter it can be cold enough to do bad things to brass monkeys!

We climbed a gully full of firm ice and snow - I recall a fantastic cup of hot chocolate about half way to the summit.

But it is this view that really sticks in my mind.  When we were close to the top I turned round to see the evening light catch the top of a small peak on one the the ridges that wrap around the tarn.  The whole world was turning pink.  These days I'd take dozens of pictures.  On that day I took two.  This is a scan of the best of them.

The originals were taken on 100 ASA film - probably Fujifilm.  The scan  has been made with a $100 scanner and I have not altered the colours.  If you look at the top right hand side of the image you can see where the emulsions have been damaged at some time between 1991 and now!  I still have the lens and camera I took this image with - and strangely I still have the climbing log book I used at the time to record this kind of stuff.  It really was a different world.

I'm entering this image is a "pre-digital" competition at My Yarta Diary.


Striding Edge, Cumbria, UK
You can find more picture from around the world, the vast majority of which will be from this century, at  Our World Tuesday.

26 comments:

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Beautiful colors and what great memories it must bring back for you. Amazing how far we've come technologically in just 20 years.

holdingmoments said...

That's a beauty Stewart. Love the colours.

Arija said...

A memorable day indeed. What did you nourish yourselves with when you did get to the top? Great shot of pre-historic times.

Fun60 said...

A magical picture Stewart. I love the way the sun can distort the colours on the mountains. A cherished memory.

Digi-Irma said...

Beautiful photo with very special colors.
Best wishes, Irma

TexWisGirl said...

wonderful view! love the colors and textures!

Bob Bushell said...

Beauty.

karen said...

Absolutely stunning, you really do live in a wonderful part of the world. Thanks for sharing. :)

Richard Pegler said...

Fabulous image Stewart. I bet this sort of reminiscing makes you miss the old country - but probably not for long, knowing what Oz has to offer!

ADRIAN said...

I'm trying to identify it. Striding edge at a guess. It's many years since I've been up there.
It is a wonderful shot.

Sylvia K said...

What an incredible view and such a beautiful place! Great capture for the day, Stewart! Hope you have a good week!

Sylvia K said...

What an incredible view and such a beautiful place! Great capture for the day, Stewart! Hope you have a good week!

Pat Tillett said...

Beautiful! The story was good as well. Film? What's that?
I still have a couple of my old cameras also. I switched to digital and felt happy that I wasn't going to have so much equipment. Now, several years down the road, I have just as much digital stuff.

eileeninmd said...

Stewart, lovely colors and view. A beautiful mountain scene! I am very happy with the digital cameras. It is so easy to delete, LOL!

Have a happy week!

DIMI said...

Wonderful picture Stewart!!Beautiful mountain and lovely colours!Thank you for sharing!Have a great week!
Dimi..

Lea said...

It is a beautiful photo of a wonderful memory!
Have a great day!
Lea
Lea's menagerie

Karen said...

Wow, I hope you framed this one Stewart!

ladyfi said...

Pre-digital seems a lifetime away now! Like the purple hues.

Andrea said...

What a surprise ... I didn't think you were old enough to have been climbing mountains in the nineties ... and you were already taking beautiful pictures. It's your eye for beauty ... how many people would have missed this beautiful momentary glimps into one of the suns magical moments. You may not have realized it then, but this picture foretold things to come that all of us are now getting the joy from ... you are a very talented man, Stewart.

Andrea @ From The Sol

Gary said...

Great shot!!m Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

chai-and-chardonnay.blogspot.com said...

Beautiful picture and wonderful memories!i I remember the days when we were still so careful with what we were photographing. 36 exposures on a film!

Kusum Sanu said...

Thats an incredible view! Good luck for the competition!

madhu bhardwaj said...

Amazing colors! Nature is the best artist.

pattisjarrett said...

This is pretty in pink. That hot chocolate must have been special. And yes, a very different world.

Al said...

I would not have guessed this scene was in England, great old photo.

D.Nambiar said...

Great view. I'm sure that's an image forever. :)