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.!!
Im test driving new camera body today, a FUJI S5 Pro, it even simulates fUJI velvia love it.
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