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Fearing the worst, brass monkeys everywhere avoided Saddleworth Moor on Saturday morning. Christ on a bike, it was cold! Maybe not a bad thing considering the climb up here. The views however made every agonising, lung busting step worthwhile. Not to mention heaving myself out of bed at 3.30am and striking out from the car park at 5.15am to reach the top for sunrise at 6.30am.

This is the view from Ashway Rocks above Yeoman Hay Reservoir. First light hits the slopes of Alderman's Hill and Alphin Pike beyond, with Dovestones Reservoir at their foot. Beyond Alphin, you can also see the high rise office blocks of Manchester from up here, although the wide angle aspect has pushed that too far back in the frame to be seen clearly.

A couple of minutes after this shot, clouds moved across the sun and within minutes, low cloud started to cloak the moor. The density and speed at which this moved was astonishing. From virtually clear skies to a white out within a few minutes. I was on a mission to find The Trinnicle on Raven Stones Brow but by the time I got there, the views up Greenfield Brook were lost in the mist.

Still, a great morning in one of my favourite locations and a good scouting exercise for future outings.

Camera:Nikon D200 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:sigma 10-20mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Moorland Dawn
Username:andy_AHG andy_AHG
Uploaded:15 Mar 2010 - 5:48 PM
Tags:First light, General, Landscape / travel, Pennines, Saddleworth moor, Sunrise, Wildlife / nature
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Cor
Cor  5 Belgium
15 Mar 2010 - 5:50 PM

Stunning

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paulett
paulett  5 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2010 - 5:53 PM

beautiful!

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Ian-Munro
Ian-Munro  6200 forum posts Wales15 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2010 - 5:55 PM

This is superb Andy.

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cdm36
cdm36 e2 Member 10390 forum postscdm36 vcard England7 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2010 - 5:57 PM

Cracking view Andy, nicely captured in the early morning light Smile

Chris.

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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2010 - 5:57 PM

Stunning view,
Beautiful image with superb detail and lighting super comp
saeid

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Imagephotographics

Superb image Andy - love it !

Chris

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shandoor  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2010 - 6:09 PM

Wow absolutely top class what a beauty an image to be very very proud of
Alexa

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sepulturek
15 Mar 2010 - 6:13 PM

Beautiful landscape photo. Well done!
Michal

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Emu72
Emu72  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2010 - 6:16 PM

Stunning detail mate Wink

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colmar
colmar  742 forum posts Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2010 - 6:29 PM

Absoolutely stunning detail well presented and worth the early rise Colin

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Geofferz
Geofferz e2 Member 5Geofferz vcard United Kingdom
15 Mar 2010 - 6:30 PM

Superb shot.
Geoff

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digital_boi
15 Mar 2010 - 6:32 PM

cracker indeed love it you must be well pleased with this

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DaveShandley
15 Mar 2010 - 6:34 PM

A wonderful vista, the colours are fabulous, you have nailed it, Regards Dave

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dp  10163 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2010 - 6:58 PM

Worth the effort. Love the water in the middle of the frame.

Dave

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2010 - 7:07 PM

Definately worth the early rise and the cold Andy - what a view!

Sarah *

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andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2010 - 7:10 PM

fantastic capture wonderful detail love the fg a beautiful capture Wink
andy

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2010 - 7:14 PM

This is SO well worth all the effort, Andy. Breathtaking...

A...

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andy210966
15 Mar 2010 - 7:17 PM

Lovely shot Andy!

Andy

PS Re: your comment on 'Stating the Obvious' there is a version without but will leave it for another time Wink

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danbrann
danbrann e2 Member 9473 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2010 - 7:27 PM

There is no way I could go through that for a photograph.A good image which you richly desrevred to get for the effort and dedication to photography.

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jools59
jools59  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2010 - 7:52 PM

Outstanding shot...Jools

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colin63
colin63  6 England
15 Mar 2010 - 7:53 PM

Well worth the effort Andy, quality image

Colin

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DaveMead  5 United Kingdom14 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2010 - 7:58 PM

A fine effort Andy and a fine image too. Smile
Dave

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fotosphere
15 Mar 2010 - 8:23 PM

Quality Image indeed,well worth the early start, and the lung busting steps.
Tony

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andy_AHG
andy_AHG  5106 forum posts United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2010 - 9:17 PM

Thanks very much every one and for the GEA - very much appreciated.

Andy

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dp  10163 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2010 - 9:20 PM

Congrats Andy.

Dave

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martinl e2 Member 10249 forum postsmartinl vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2010 - 9:29 PM

We really need to be able to see this large Andy!!
Wink

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IanFlindt
IanFlindt  9739 forum posts United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2010 - 9:56 PM

Warm and supremely inviting - unlike the conditions you had to endure to achieve this little masterpiece. There's so much to enjoy, all organised in a finely balanced composition.

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Steve-T
Steve-T  751 forum posts England66 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2010 - 10:04 PM

Really fresh and clear - great shot - 3.30 am rather you than me! Steve

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pauldawn  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2010 - 10:26 PM

andy - i think you need to show me some of these places!!

superb again!

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15 Mar 2010 - 10:31 PM

Fantastic job Andy

Ken

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Nickscape  8695 forum posts England9 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2010 - 9:12 AM

This is a great capture - well worth all the effort with the walking. I've got a couple of shots further down the slope but only at sunset, the position of the light is much better at sunrise.

Nick

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Rob66  4 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2010 - 10:01 AM

Fantastic shot.

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barbarahirst
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16 Mar 2010 - 1:14 PM

Great shot
Know the place well

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agingrocker e2 Member 5agingrocker vcard 1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2010 - 6:29 PM

Crikey - you put yourself through it to get this shot. Well worth it though. Great light and composition
Antony

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martin.w e2 Member 12352 forum postsmartin.w vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2010 - 8:59 PM

A fabulous image along with a wonderful description Smile

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AntonyB  8 England
17 Mar 2010 - 2:13 PM

lovely andy, was worth the effort

Tony

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ChazB
ChazB e2 Member 964 forum postsChazB vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2010 - 9:41 PM

Such a stunning view and really well composed. I love the first light just hitting the top of Alderman.
Charlotte

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stephenscott
18 Mar 2010 - 9:08 PM

Outstanding image,great comp,colours and nice light..

steve..

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LesF e2 Member 7176 forum postsLesF vcard 8 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2010 - 4:30 PM

Like the rich colours Andy

Lesf

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cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
21 Mar 2010 - 10:42 AM

very nice. congrats on the GEA.lesley

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