Photographer's Note

Now I don't know whether you have ever had the hot aches, but if you haven't you are very lucky.

You get the hot aches when your fingers or toes have been realy cold and then warm up. I often get hot aches in my fingers when I go climbing and it is amazingly painful. For me it is even worse than tooth ache. My climbing partners know to ignore me when I scream in agony and bang my helmeted head against the rock or ice! It only lasts five minutes so that is alright then! ;)

Today it snowed in the North West of England and the fells around my home in Lancaster were transformed with a blanket of white. I took this photo about an hour ago up on the fells behind Lancaster. The building in the foreground is an old water works and the wall is one of the many dry stone walls that divide up the hillsides. Although you can't see them in this picture after I have shrunk it down, the mountains of the Lake District are in the background.

I have heard that F14 upwards produces poor results so I took this shot at F13 and manually focussed on the wall in front. The background was not totally in focus but in an 800 pixel width file I think I can get away with that. I also used a ND8 grad filter.

As for hot aches well I only took one glove with me. And like a complete idiot I kept my gloved hand in my pocket while I used the other to operate the camera. In the hour I was up there it went completely numb and yes I got the hot aches as I drove home. The golden hour has been officially renamed to the hot ache hour!

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