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The Torrs

The Torrs
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Copyright: Bill Fitzgerald (macgarret1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 129 W: 0 N: 273] (1359)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-05
Categories: Architecture
Camera: FujiFilm FinePix S7000
Exposure: f/3.0, 1/140 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): SIlver Tulip Award II, Boomcat's Favourite, Friday theme 2008/03/14 "Green" [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-14 12:59
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Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Industrial archeology again Folks!

New Mills

New Mills is situated on the borders of North West Derbyshire and Cheshire and is part of the Derbyshire Peak District. A small town, it traces its history back to the 13th century when a corn mill was established. Later in the 18th century, the Lancashire Cotton Industry found the conditions at New Mills ideal for cotton production, building more water-powered mills and resulting in increased prosperity for the district. A total of 5 new mills were built around the Torrs, a small, but nevertheless impressive, natural sandstone gorge running through the centre of the town, at the confluence of two rivers, the Sett and the Goyt.

The Cotton spinning industry ceased in the Torrs in the early 1900s. buildings fell into disrepair and the area became overgrown. During the late 20th century the 'The Torrs Riverside Park' - 'the park under the town' - came into being to provide a place for recreation and relaxation, and the New Mills Heritage Centre was opened to promote tourism. The Torrs Millennium Walkway a much admired bridge is set deep in the gorge and attracts many visitors. (Pictures to follow)

The light was very poor on the day I took this, so I make no apologies, but say that I have applied more than my customary small amount of adjustment to the picture. I hope that it doesn't show too much!

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This certainly looks like an interesting place - not least for photography!
I particulrly like the way the structure in the background - perhaps a viaduct - looms, half seen, in the trees.

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  • codge Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 88 W: 10 N: 69] (621)
  • [2008-03-14 13:23]
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Lovely setting great picture but a little over exposed. Is that a cliff face or a big bridge in the background as it looks like an arch. A truly beautiful place

Hi Bill,
This is a lovely picture, I dont think you have over done your adjustments at all. There are great colours and I love the reflections in the water.
Looks a fantastic place for photography.

Hey Bill I am glad to see you on my friend.
I am a fan of your shots for sure, like this one here.
New Mills is situated on the borders of North West Derbyshire and Cheshire ? Than I have to write it in my agenda.It looks to me a fantastic scene from'The Lords of the Ring'

Good weekend Bill


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  • gnc Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 730 W: 10 N: 104] (1449)
  • [2008-03-14 14:27]
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A symphony in green! Superb shot, Mr. Fitzgerald.

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  • Rayj (22)
  • [2008-03-14 14:28]
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Hello Bill,
Well done! I know this location well, and I think you have captured beautifully those elements which make it such a fascinating place. Cliff, rock, stone, ruination, the dominance of nature, and that water! A smashing photo, Bill.
Best wishes

Hi Bill,
This is a great picture, nice sharpness and details from a good POV, I like the reflections in the water, the only thing I would change here is just to straighten the picture as it leans to the left slightly.
Well done
Regards Andy

Cool place Bill... Lovely shot with amazing reflections...
Places like this make me feel so much at home in the UK... it's a funny feeling. Being at home in a country where you have only been just a few short visits.... ;-)

Can't help it.. it's just the way I feel
Great capture!


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  • Dian Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 53 W: 4 N: 42] (246)
  • [2008-03-14 14:35]
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Wow Bill! I love this shot of the ruins. the extent of detail is simply amazing and almost mystical. This reminds me of the jigsaw puzzles that my mom does - so filled with details. One can't apologize for the weather, that is what creates the challenge. This is definitely a place worth visiting.

Hi Bill,
Beautiful place , beautiful photo, good light,colors,reflex....
Best regards.

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2008-03-14 16:07]
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Hi Bill,I like your composition,you have captured the feeling of time gone by with those ruins.I wonder how much of a drop there is for the river to tumble down too.Is that a hint of a much larger bridge & also a cliff wall just through the trees?
Nice green reflections + those of the grasses &trees.


Hello Bill,

I like the composure aof the shot, well done with the colors bg pov

TFS Kyle

Thanks for sharing this, it caught my eye as it looks like Dartmoor also----the tonal gradients are good--and it s a really peaceful image----Lynne

hello Bill,

amazing shot of this fantastic looking place and view.. that's what i love about England full of historical past.. well capture with very fine detail and sharpness.. perfect in my eyes. i hope you don't mind im going to put this in my favourite.. well done.

regards, terry

Simply a beautiful shot, Bill. Can't see anything to fault - it is clear, sharp, well composed and that glassy reflection is a real delight. A very nice photograph indeed - well done!

Hello Bill
You shot the moon here my friend
What an excellent photo. Reading the critques and your reactions ..this s a fantastic 'secret'place
For me t is a '' Silver Tulip Award 'photo and I did take the liberty to add you to the Friday Green theme .
Great one Bill..and so is the note.
be back later

Hi Bill,

I love industrial arcitecture! Very few could build like the victorians. This is amazing the reflections are perfect and the subject is brilliant.

The "more than customary adjustment" does not show at all, it looks great considering the light was so bad.


Namestey Bill,
Nice shot,
Good reflection in water,
Great work with green colour,
And a nice note,

Hello Bill,
Beautiful composition and POV.
Looks very old ruines. Like the mood here.
Well done friend.

Hello Bill

WOW what an outstanding view I cant believe such a pretty place exists in England too I thought this was a castle romains for europe when I saw it first in the gallery.

Lovely capture with excellent detail and reflection.

TFS and for joining in the theme

kind regards Helen

Hello Bill,
I really like your composition with the semi derelict buildings alongside the natural vegetation.The bridge is perfectly placed.
The reflections are beautiful.You managed the light particularly well,your 'adjustments' have enhanced the picture.
We used to drive quite close to New Mills but I was never aware of this place.
Tfs, regards Jean.

Ohhhhh BILL !!!
I loooove this!
A view from the Cinderella fairy-tale!
A beuaty !


Hi Bill,
This is a superb capture. Excellent light, great brghtness and contrast. The reflections are outstanding the soft colours perfect. A very attractive image in my opinion. Job well done my friend!

Hi Bill !
this is a very attractive image. The lush greens are a delight to the eye and it's very sharp too !

Well done.
Best regards, Daniel

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