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Derwent Valley Heritage Way – Walk 16

Posted on September 6, 2012 by Admin under Derbyshire

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At last I completed Walk 16 of the Derwent Valley Heritage Way.  Here’s walk deviser Mike looking out on the Derwent near Elvaston.  This was a handheld HDR – three shots in quick succession, at three different exposures, with Mike being told to stand stock still.  The three exposures were then blended together in Photomatix.  I still coo when I see three exposures of the same scene produce such dramatic, painterly results. HDR is becoming my religion.

As for the walk – from Elvaston to Derby city and along the river via Pride Park and Alvaston – it was gratifyingly level, as it was 11 miles.  I had never walked so far in a day and the last two miles turned me into Manuel from Fawlty Towers after humping that dead body around… “No, I die here”, I cried.  I realised I was the dead body I was humping around.  Mike kept on walking: he can do twice this distance every day for a fortnight.  I hate this guy.

Only one walk to go and then comes the book, which has to be out by April as that’s the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Derwent Valley Heritage Way.  More on the book in future web logs.

By the way, don’t ever copy me and play racketball a few hours after walking 11 miles.  And don’t be even more of an idiot and play again two days later.  I look like I’m walking round just to save on funeral expenses.