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why do we do it!!!!
Up at 4.20am. boots in the car, quick cuppa and off to the hills, i can see over the valley its going to be clear even in the predawn darkness.

25 mins later i hit Owler bar roundabout , over to Big moor and look left and smile at the twisted tree, its still there, and it will have to wait until another day when the sun is further around in the sky and there is a large spread of clouds lit red by the rising light, look across to the right now and the predawn glow is rising above the bleak horizon and the anticipation sets in.

Im at wooden pole now, is there mist in the valley? - not much, just a bit down near Hathersage. Its decision time now as i slip between the stones at the surprise View. Its not going to be dramatic enough for Higger and Stanage. Its too nice for Padley- thats for when it raining.

Theres only one thing for it,- head up to Castleton and see if its misty in the valley. From Hope it looks more promising, pockets of mist around the cement works, still not much cloud.
Foot down now its getting near to sunrise, tear up through Winnats pass and pull up to a halt in the layby, grab the bag and jog across the field across the earthworks and up to the start of the stone steps, havnt got long now, the sky is getting brighter by the second, there is still a long haul to the top, still not much cloud, pushing on up the steps.

Jeezze its getting hard to breath now and my knees are sore, wish i could be 30 again.
The trig points in sight now, start pulling the tripod legs down, i know where the sun will be, on with the camera on with the grads as sun begins to peep above the horizon, i position it behind the trigpoint and rattle off 3 exposures fast. its a rubbish sky but lovely clear blue visability. Made it again.
Its not my best shot but it will do for today .

The sun rises and creeps across the land lighting up winnats pass and highlighting all the earthworks and barrows.

Why do i do it? because i love this fabulous Derbyshire and its Peak district, its a part of me- i grew here. This to me is a magical place. The mother hill ,- Mam Tor.

I pack up my camera bag and head off for a lovely walk down the ridge, not the most photogenic sky i ever saw, but one of the most magical mornings for raking light i can remember, and only one other solitary rambler in sight. It was worth the effort on this occasion. Next time it will be perfect.!!
Phil
Im test driving new camera body today, a FUJI S5 Pro, it even simulates fUJI velvia love it.
thanks for looking

Camera:Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro
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Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Mam tor
Username:NEWMANP NEWMANP
Uploaded:26 Apr 2009 - 7:56 PM
Tags:General, Landscape / travel
Votes:39
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Sylviwhalley
Sylviwhalley e2 Member 797 forum postsSylviwhalley vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2009 - 7:58 PM

Stunning image, worth all the effort.
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piccy
piccy  7 Wales
26 Apr 2009 - 8:00 PM

Feel as if I was there now - every step of the way.

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cassiecat
cassiecat  539 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2009 - 8:05 PM

looks good, enjoyed the write up, didnt manage to get myself Sad lesley

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26 Apr 2009 - 8:07 PM

Well worth the early start - geat picture

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motorsportpictures

Very good 2 images.
scott

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lakemist
lakemist  6 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2009 - 9:00 PM

Dream like Image, a "to do" place on my list though I doubt I can match this.
Roy

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Hanners
Hanners e2 Member 8875 forum postsHanners vcard Ireland10 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2009 - 10:19 PM

Good book Wink Had to look at the image again after I read your story as I'd forgotten what it looked like... great script Smile

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alansdottir
26 Apr 2009 - 10:45 PM

Love the write-up! Why, indeed - it's not even my county except by adoption, but I still feel it... Love this place. Carol

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sandycroft
26 Apr 2009 - 11:26 PM

Nice work .
Ian

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andy_AHG
andy_AHG  5106 forum posts United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2009 - 11:47 PM

Lovely shot Phil - really like the colours and composition. The quality of light is superb.

I had much the same story this morning up at West Nab. Not a cloud in sight all morning, until 9am... just as I got back to the car and see a whole line of fluffy white ?@stards trouping over the horizon! Great light tho'.

Andy

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dmhuynh72
dmhuynh72 e2 Member 6dmhuynh72 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
27 Apr 2009 - 11:58 AM

Nice capture Phil, with excellent clarity and tones
regards
Yung

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paulcr e2 Member 91536 forum postspaulcr vcard Ireland9 Constructive Critique Points
27 Apr 2009 - 12:08 PM

Well sillouheted Phil. Paul

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TrevBatWCC e2 Member 5TrevBatWCC vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
27 Apr 2009 - 12:33 PM

Two lovely images, Phil, worth getting up early for! V1's my favourite, gorgeous lighting and detail in the foreground.
TrevB Smile

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NEWMANP e2 Member 61581 forum postsNEWMANP vcard United Kingdom572 Constructive Critique Points
27 Apr 2009 - 12:58 PM

Thank you everyone for your valued comments and clicks
Phil

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dathersmith e2 Member 7544 forum postsdathersmith vcard England12 Constructive Critique Points
27 Apr 2009 - 1:23 PM

The story had me on the edge of my seat Phil, great stuff. Oh, and the shot is superb too but like othere I had to go back and look again after I'd read the book Wink

Darren.

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martinl e2 Member 10246 forum postsmartinl vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
27 Apr 2009 - 2:02 PM

Bloody hell, I'm out of breath just reading your description, but know exactly how you were feeling, as that's how I very often feel!!

You shall have an RC for your (strenous) efforts, and tale of the landscape togs lot!
Smile

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27 Apr 2009 - 3:27 PM

Nice image Phil!

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Scaramanga e2 Member 637 forum postsScaramanga vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
27 Apr 2009 - 4:41 PM

Two beautiful images, wonderful colours and clarity, well worth the climb.

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GrahamNobles
27 Apr 2009 - 6:37 PM

V1 for me Phil. A superb image.
Graham

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AntHolloway
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28 Apr 2009 - 8:49 PM

How true is that story! I like how you say you jogged up the grass field, I'm out of breath even walking up that Wink Like the rim lighting on the cobbles.

Ant.

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Bellie
Bellie  7507 forum posts
1 May 2009 - 5:07 PM

Nice shot Phil, and nice commentary to go with it. Enjoy your camera.

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