There was a time was when all roads around about Lanark were red, the red granite for their surfaces being sourced at a local quarry near Carmichael, just a few miles from Lanark. I once spoke to a retired 'bus driver who believed that these roads were actually safer and more pleasant to drive at night because the edges of the road were more visible in the light from headlamps: an interesting observation which might well be true.
Unfortunately, as these roads require repair, black asphalt is used so the number of true red roads is now limited to a few minor routes such as this one near Roberton. If you wish, you can take a virtual drive along this road (unfortunately not at night!) if you look at this map and drag the little yellow man down to the red cross and pan around. Interestingly, if you "drive" back away from this little bridge, you can see where the road changes from red to the usual grey/black colour.
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dale54 (6707) 2012-02-11 6:01
john hi,what a great countryside pic,great looking day here,nice light and color to this nice,tfs! dr
saxo042 (37602) 2012-02-11 6:15
You are really lucky to live here, with such a pleasant and beautiful landscape! This picture is also very good, with these curved lines from the road and the bridge as the main parts of the composition. There are also life, in form of sheep, to enhance the picture. This might be a safe road to drive along, I just hope that noone will run into the little yellow man on day...
emilbo (22616) 2012-02-11 6:20
Très jolie paysage parfaitement composé et une excellente perspective. Beaucoup d'élément qui sont très intéressants à pâtir de la route au pavé rouge, le magnifique pont et tout le reste. Les clôtures jouent un bon rôle aussi pour la beauté de la photo. Excellente qualité d'image et parfait rendu des couleurs. Je crois voir un peu de neige plus loin.
Toutes mes félicitations et bonne fin de semaine,
npecanhuk (69518) 2012-02-11 6:22
Sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov, horizontal format and composition are all excellent and really pleased me!
TFS - congrats,
Have a great week-end,
holmertz (44482) 2012-02-11 7:06
This is a very pleasant view where the warm afternoon light has given the clouds a red tinge matching the colour of the road. The road curves nicely and disappears among the undulating hills.
dta (70981) 2012-02-11 9:19
Hello John ,
An excellent composition , with teh curve of the red road , the old stoned bridge , but also some fine little elements like fences , the golden bush in the corler . The soft light is splendid and provides subtile shades on the hills . Lovely little clouds in this winetre sky . The weather is cold ... but colors are warm !
SnapRJW (31625) 2012-02-11 11:29
Well John - I have never heard of red-roads, how fascinating. Here we see the road, with a few repaired potholes running nicely through the frame, across the bridge and up the rise. The light is particularly pleasing as it strikes the fence (adding a nice highlight) and warming the tones of the stone bridge. I'm sure the weather was cold but what a pleasure to be out for a stroll. Warm regards rosemary
bayno (18344) 2012-02-11 15:26
very nice side light that creates beautiful contrast with the shadow areas, beautiful landscape and colors, I like the curve that creates the road and your choice of POV, the animals on the hills seem very big, probably cows, very nice shot with stunning quality,
have a good sunday, Valter
brianmcc (6219) 2012-02-11 16:27
this is a beautiful country scene. the red road is superb(very interesting notes too)and your placement of it stretching into the picture leading towards the bridge is very effective. the sunlight on the bridge and on the hill top is wonderful. superb sky with the clouds a fantastic range of tones and textures. and the little glimpse of snow covered mountain top in the distance (hinting at further landscapes to be captured) is the clincher once all the elements are viewed in their turn.
have a great sunday,
Royaldevon (33061) 2012-02-12 2:50
The colour tones are just wonderful, I have gained pure enjoyment just from sitting looking at this shot which must speak volumes! I just can't fault it: the colours, the composition, the pov, the light, the sharpness - excellent.
Have a good Sunday,
timecapturer (49288) 2012-02-12 3:21
a wonderful composition, everything in the right place and perfectly balanced so that we just float into the image and its beautiful scenery. I love the light here it adds its own enchantment to the glorious colours and atmosphere. Stunning and quietly idyllic.
Enjoy a peaceful Sunday - regards Brian.
williewhistler (15431) 2012-02-12 5:51
Hello John,yes we are lucky enough to have a variety of colours on some of our local roads also,it makes a nice touch.
I like the way you have allowed the road over the bridge and through the shot up to the distant hills.
The whole scene is bathed in a most pleasant winter sun light,very atmospheric and most charming.
By the way,I am still unable to access some areas on TE so I hope you get this in time!
Best regards Les
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kordinator (19856) 2012-02-12 17:53
Amazing landscape composition.
Nice road and bridge in center of photos.
Amazing cloudy sky.
Lovely colors and excellent sharpness and clarizy.
delpeoples (54693) 2012-02-14 2:06
Your photo is lovely, as usual, it has great light, is thoughtfully composed with wonderful natural saturation and sharpness. The red road just invites the eye further into the frame, the inclusion of the stone bridge is exquisite and the little bit of snow in the shadows is the icing on the cake. This is an excellent example of why I love TE: your Note is as interesting and informative as your photo.
Thanks for sharing, have a beautiful day
PS: You guessed right. I suspect they're bringing in the MkIII, so the price is really good. I feel a little guilty but hopefully will be able to live with the guilt ;)
Silvio1953 (129368) 2012-02-15 12:18
Ciao John, lovely composition with neverending road, fgood DOF, excellent perspective, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
RhodieIke (11742) 2012-02-19 13:45
Hi John, Super photo of this road winding it's way up the hill. It remind me of a song my wee mother use'd to sing, You'll take the high road and I'll take the low one and I'll be in Scotland before thee,and so on..Great light, splendid colours and loads to admire and look at, even some bonnie sheep. Tfs, and reminding me of the song, she sang, Cheers Iain.
MJR (3360) 2012-02-19 14:43
I am so out of kilter with my TE'ing to be more of a random participant, but I feel I want to keep in touch, here and there; well here, to be precise..
A lovely view of not much in particular, which suits me fine. I can see why the bridge caught you eye, a lovely line into and almost out of the picture and some lovely light to set it all off. And the hint of snow and winter on the distant hilltops..
And despite myself, fine myself applauding you for you interesting note about red roads. I had never heard of them before, other than for ring roads, bus lanes and the like. ( I have to say we had our old gravle drive tarmaced back in the 60's - Mother had to have it in red !!! Black would have been far too infra dig ! )
kind regards, John
notrap (5961) 2012-02-20 6:16
this is in fact a very nice landscape and an intresting note telling about red roads. But I think, the red road would be seen better, if not the whole picture had this red tone. Maybe you took this photo in late afternoon or early in the morning, when sunlight isn´t as white as the rest of the day. I tried a workshop in order to get less red (on the grass for instance), but wanted to keep the lovely pink in the sky and of course the red road. Hope you like it.
Have a fine week,
speedymanu (3587) 2012-04-09 12:08
A very serene, peaceful composition, yet not a static one. Curves, lines all lead the viewer's eyes throughout the pictures.
Thanks for sharing,
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (21794)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-02-02
- Categories: Nature, Transportation
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L USM, Tiffen 77mm Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/60 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2012-02-11 5:42