Stickle Tarn

It is often imagined that large format landscape photography is a gentle art, spent in quiet contemplation of one’s surroundings. The truth is often somewhat different and this image is a prime example.

The sun was sinking rapidly behind Harrison Stickle and Pavey Ark, throwing a deep shadow over the frozen tarn to the right of us. The shadow was moving at an alarming speed towards our subject and so we threw the camera together, slipping on the unstable fresh snow, to make the exposure just seconds before the shadow crept into view.

Location and conditions

Stickle Tarn, Langdale

late winter afternoon, cold

Technical notes

camera: Toyo 10×8 field camera

lens: 600mm Nikkor lens

exposure: 1/2sec. f45

film: Fuji Provia RDP 10×8