The Stony Stream

River Greta

This is actually a shot of the River Greta which runs through Keswick. ‘Greta’ derives from the Old Norse ‘Griótá’, meaning ‘stony stream’.

I have always been fascinated with the concept of just focusing on something, a small part of something, like a patch of grass, or a section of river. I find I see more detail than if I take in the whole. This is the thing with photography, you will never ever capture that same moment again. Whatever the image it is unique, and there is such beauty in that uniqueness.

I used a slower shutter speed to capture the above image. Doing it hand-held is pretty tricky as I wanted to keep the lovely detail in the stones and the driftwood, and yet I also wanted to retain some equilibrium to capture the movement and texture within the flowing water itself. I love to see those little swirls around the stones, and the foamy splashes and silky rippliness (another word that I am not sure really exists, but sounds okay).

This was indeed a lovely spot sitting on the grassy bank, just being, and flowing with the stony stream …


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July 2018, Keswick, Cumbria, England. © Pete Hillman.

23 thoughts on “The Stony Stream

  1. A bit hard to tell if that one item toward the lower left is a shark, a submarine, or a spawn of Nessie that somehow made it to the River Greta. 🙂 On close inspection I do like smoothness of the wood and its color.

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  2. Lovely meditative scene, Pete.

    I agree with you that sometimes focusing on a small part of the scene brings to life details which you would otherwise miss (by photographing the whole landscape).

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    1. Thank you, Vicki 🙂 I have always been that way, focusing, and sometimes I would just look at a piece of tree bark admiring the texture and detail.

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