I arrived at this spot after a days walk with a friend of ours and all the kids in toe. It was very strange weather, as one minute it was very sunny and the next heavy snow would fall. I’ve never seen this before, kind of like April showers but with snow. I was looking for the snow rainbow but didn’t manage to see one….(does that even exist?)
Anyway I arrived at the edge of Coniston lake 20min before sundown and was presented with this unusual scene. I think the log was placed there by another snapper in order to use as a prop. So I quickly exploited the leading lines (shush! don’t tell anybody I moved it a tad).
The shot was actually quite challenging. The sun was moving down rather quickly and I wanted to try and get it cresting the old man (mountain). So I very quickly set up, (as I always seem to do these days) and waited for the ripples of my wet feet to die down (yep the water went over my walking boots! The sacrifices I make eh). I then bracketed the exposure (instead of using the filters in the bag) and worried about correcting the exposure in post. Now let me tell you it wasn’t easy to make this look ok. When shooting into the sun you tend to silhouette everything else and to make some detail in the dark areas can look a bit too HDR. So I’ve tried very hard to balance the light and dark here and I hope you guys find it working…..
Oh yes there was a great sunset here just 20 min later but unfortunately the clouds you see here had almost gone and the resulting composition didn’t work as well as this. Shame really because the colours were great…bloody clouds are like busses….never around when you need them and too many when you don’t!
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