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    Arrow The Prospect tunnel, Harrogate, April '09


    The Harrogate to Wetherby line was the first to be shut in 1964 under Doctor Beeching's proposed cuts. Midway, is the Prospect tunnel. Here readers, is the southern portal.


    The line had been running down over a number of years prior to this, a far cry from when it opened in 1848.
    The tunnel cuts through a very straight 825 yards underneath Follifoot ridge.


    The tunnel, although dead straight is surprisingly photogenic.


    It's a good one for some light painting. Step one, line up the camera on yer tripod by using the flash. These always look rubbish.



    Step two, turn on the big torch. They always look a lot better with a long exposure using a big torch.


    Merge of the two done by someone called Chris at work because I don't know how do do stuff on Photoshop.




    I guess the farmer who's land it is one has been through with his Land Rover recently to clear out the drain. Water drips from the roof in parts, and regularly the tunnel floods.


    The bore is 81' below the surface and has a total of 3 air shafts. They were boarded over and covered in cement in 1981.




    Reflections


    The cutting at the other end of the tunnel.


    A view of the Prospect tunnel looking from the northern portal. The white dot is the other end, over half a mile away.

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    Wow wow wow! I am seriously loving that Box! You know how much I love Tunnels especially the Railway kind and that is an absolute bloody Corker! I have always wondered how to light a Tunnel the way you do because you can get such brill results like you have. I have a Fuji S1000fd and am not sure how to change the exposure speed for a tunnel. Also would a Candlepower Torch be o.k for lightpainting? The Prospect Tunnel looks in especially good nick considering its age and is the same length as the Leviathan I walked in Bedfordshire!!. Great to see it Box and happy Tunnel Bashing mate!:)
    And a dreadful thing from the cliff did spring. And its wild bark thrilled around. His eyes had the glow of the fires below. Twas the form of the Spectre Hound. 'Ha' yer fa'r got a dickey, bor?' 'Yis, an' he want a fule ter roide 'im, will yew cum?'

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    Cheers Black Shuck.

    With your camera, check out page 59 of your instruction bookletl about Manual Settings. I think these were about 25/30 seconds on F9. A tripod is clearly essential for these sort of expsure times!
    Lost the instructions? Fear not...

    http://www.fujifilm.com/products/dig..._manual_01.pdf

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    Corr, that's lovely mate. I would love to drive through it too though! Great job with the light painting and comparrison.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boxfrenzy View Post
    Cheers Black Shuck.

    With your camera, check out page 59 of your instruction bookletl about Manual Settings. I think these were about 25/30 seconds on F9. A tripod is clearly essential for these sort of expsure times!
    Lost the instructions? Fear not...

    http://www.fujifilm.com/products/dig..._manual_01.pdf
    I take it you have actually got a Fuji then Box!? I am no Photographer by any means and am still finding my way through the Camera!
    And a dreadful thing from the cliff did spring. And its wild bark thrilled around. His eyes had the glow of the fires below. Twas the form of the Spectre Hound. 'Ha' yer fa'r got a dickey, bor?' 'Yis, an' he want a fule ter roide 'im, will yew cum?'

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    No mate, I have a Nikon D40. I just found that stuff on the internet for you. It's definitely worth doing some long exposure stuff in these tunnels, particularly if they are damp. They seem to have more colours with the calcites and the iron ore leeching through. Get practising in yer lounge with some long exposures! I got a big 5MCP torch from Homebase for about 10 last year. They only last about 30 mins, so you can't use it to light the way, just save it for "painting" with.

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    Lovely tunnel and photos Mr Frenzy:) Especially like the deep mud in there and the reflections in te water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boxfrenzy View Post
    No mate, I have a Nikon D40. I just found that stuff on the internet for you. It's definitely worth doing some long exposure stuff in these tunnels, particularly if they are damp. They seem to have more colours with the calcites and the iron ore leeching through. Get practising in yer lounge with some long exposures! I got a big 5MCP torch from Homebase for about 10 last year. They only last about 30 mins, so you can't use it to light the way, just save it for "painting" with.
    Yes mine is Pretty shite when underground. What do you use to light the way then?:)
    And a dreadful thing from the cliff did spring. And its wild bark thrilled around. His eyes had the glow of the fires below. Twas the form of the Spectre Hound. 'Ha' yer fa'r got a dickey, bor?' 'Yis, an' he want a fule ter roide 'im, will yew cum?'

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    Cheers for the comments guys.
    Black Shuck - the big torch was from Homebase I think, the other one is just a Tesco LED special. Normally good but useless in a tunnel for lighting up anything.

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    Ah I thought so! I have seen a Torch in Tescos that looks a bit like a Mag Lite and is about 18 quid or so! Think I will treat myself.:)
    And a dreadful thing from the cliff did spring. And its wild bark thrilled around. His eyes had the glow of the fires below. Twas the form of the Spectre Hound. 'Ha' yer fa'r got a dickey, bor?' 'Yis, an' he want a fule ter roide 'im, will yew cum?'

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