Dam Wet © Andrew McCaren
Photographer name: Andrew McCaren
From: Leeds, Yorkshire, UK
Photo title: Dam Wet
Photo location: Wet Sleddale Dam, Shap, Cumbria, UK
Date photo taken: 15 March 2019
Story behind the photo: Whilst trying to visualise the heavy rainfall of March 2019 Wet Sleddale came to mind, I have driven past Wet Sleddale dam many times and seen it dry even after prolonged rainfall, but thought I would take a chance. After a 4:30am start and a 2 and a half hour drive from my home in Leeds to Cumbria, I made it to the location and remember shouting yes yes yes as I saw the water pouring down the spillway.
Weather caption: Water cascades down the 21m high dam wall of Wet Sleddale reservoir near Shap in Cumbria, after a period of very heavy rain. Rain that falls at a rate greater than 4mm per hour is defined as heavy, whilst anything above 8mm per hour is termed very heavy. Wet Sleddale Reservoir can store 2,300 million litres of water and was constructed to supply Manchester with water.
Camera Canon EOS-1D X
Lens model EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Shutter speed 1/320
Focal length 200 mm