It's Shrewsbury - but with a different look

What a difference a long lens makes - this is Shrewsbury as you have probably never seen it before.

It's Shrewsbury - but with a different look

The above image shows the town with Caer Caradoc in the distance, while the one below has the Long Mynd as a backdrop.

Both views are single shots with no manipulation involved. The effect is achieved by using a 600mm lens which brings the background much closer to the foreground.

In both cases the hills are around 12 miles away from where I was standing near Hencote.

The picture with Caer Caradoc was taken in the late evening with sunlight picking out the walls of Shrewsbury Castle, seen on the left above the railway station and the Morris building.

In the centre is Castle Gates House, with the Parade - formerly the Royal Salop Infirmary - directly behind it, and the library - once home to Shrewsbury School - on the right.

A few days later my alarm went off at 4.50am and I returned to the same spot to be in position for sunrise.

This time I wanted to get the Long Mynd in view, and I came back with this shot of St Chad’s Church and Shrewsbury School in the foreground with the tree line on Lyth Hill just beyond.

In the distance are the sunlit slopes of the Mynd and - after scouring Google Maps for the best part of an hour - I was able to identify the valley on the left as High Park Hollow and the one on the right as Hawkham Hollow.

Neither of these views can be seen with the naked eye, but the use of such a long focal length always results in something a little different. For the technically minded, I used a Nikon Z8 with a 180-600mm lens. 

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