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The Narrow Path

By andy_AHG    
At last, some new images! After 3 weeks of grey skies, it was more than good to get out again. Decided to head for 'Old Faithful' (Higger Tor) and what a morning it turned out to be!

Arriving at the car park for Higger (less of a car park really and more of a puddle) at 7.30am and despite clear skies when I set off, the top of the tor was draped in low cloud. However, against all expectations the sun appeared briefly, sneaking through the narrow gap between the horizon and band of low cloud, taking only a couple of minutes to disappear from view again. I could see that the cloud was beginning to break slightly, with the promise that once the sun rose a little, it may fight it's way through.

I began to walk along the rocky edges to find a new position. The higher cloud parted a little, enough to allow the sun to show and suddenly it light up the mist with a stunning golden light. The effect was quite breathtaking, especially with the white, frost covered rocks reflecting the light. This continued for approximately thirty minutes before the cloud descended again and visibility was down to just a few yards.

It was one of those mornings that serves as a reminder why I love landscape photography and having the Tor entirely to myself was an absolute liberation. It's been a very long time since I last had a morning as good as this and I went home buzzing from the experience.

Thanks for you comments, encouragement and crits on recent images. Your comments are always appreciated.


Tags: General Landscape and travel Wildlife and nature

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1 Feb 2010 5:37PM

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BillyGoatGruff 11 191 199 England
1 Feb 2010 5:40PM
Well, now!

That's rather nice and atmospheric, Andy!

maryg 9 66 18 Scotland
1 Feb 2010 5:42PM
Superb quality , love the subdued light on white rocks and golden light in the sky
rgarrigus 10 25 7 England
1 Feb 2010 5:44PM
Hi Andy,

So soft and mysterious. First class imagery here buddy.


Bob G.
bobalot 11 10 England
1 Feb 2010 5:47PM
stunning image mate, top work.

rgds Bob
NEWMANP 10 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2010 5:48PM
dammit, i was about to go there myself but ended up at the local nature reserve with some friends instead, always seem to miss the best ones, this ones lovely
jamescoates 11 44 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2010 5:48PM
Superb light in this.
Amanita05 8 11 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2010 5:49PM
Stunning Andy! Really Like this!

LeeFisher 8 59 8 England
1 Feb 2010 5:49PM
great light in this shot,
Fabulous image Andy - well done

Barbaraj 11 450 England
1 Feb 2010 5:59PM
A photo ofmystery , good on atmosphere and landscape.
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2010 5:59PM
Very dramatic - love it!
richardwheel 12 217 2 England
1 Feb 2010 6:08PM
very nice Andy
Kris76 11 Canada
1 Feb 2010 6:17PM
Nice atmosphere is this picture. I like it.
ChazB 13 64 3 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2010 6:19PM
Love the mood and tones, very atmospheric.
cassiecat 9 39 46 England
1 Feb 2010 6:22PM
really love it.lesley
metro074 8 8 Australia
1 Feb 2010 6:26PM
Stunning image! My pleasure to give it the 30 click Wink
jools59 9 4 1 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2010 6:27PM
wonderful image Andy.....jools
dmhuynh72 10 44 3 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2010 6:34PM
excellent light and tones Andy
comma 10 108 6 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2010 6:42PM
beautiful image
colmar 10 42 35 Scotland
1 Feb 2010 6:47PM
A wonderful image and very nearly equalled by your narrative tis all good Colin
Kenfromsot 9 57 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2010 6:48PM
Super shot Andy......wonderful light.

danja 12 1
1 Feb 2010 6:52PM
Brilliant, just brilliant!

Sezz 13 617 15 England
1 Feb 2010 6:55PM
One of 'those' moments Andy! The mist, the colours, the light all come together perfectly here to produce a wonderfull atmospheric image Smile

Sarah *
andy210966 10 4 119 Wales
1 Feb 2010 6:57PM
A super shot Andy!

Buffalo_Tom 11 2.3k 9 Wales
1 Feb 2010 7:04PM
Great mood and image Andy.
sdb 10 111 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2010 7:07PM
This stood out as a thumbnail in the gallery. Fantastic shot.
martinl 14 269 2 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2010 7:16PM
Well worth all the attention Andy.
colin63 9 6 England
1 Feb 2010 7:18PM
Andy this is a stunning shot, lovely mood great colour superb

Ian-Munro 10 200 15 Wales
1 Feb 2010 7:26PM
wow mate this is on my list...I doubt that I could get anything this nice though. Im impressed.

pauldawn 9 1 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2010 8:16PM
oo la la!! Triffic! nice **** andy!
wamp 12 276 8 England
1 Feb 2010 8:19PM
That is an gorgeous moody sky! It's lovely when you have a morning like that. They don't seem to happen very often, but when they do it is awesome! Smile

Cheers, Sean
Steve-T 11 56 66 England
1 Feb 2010 8:25PM
Cracking image Andy.
martin.w 16 520 22 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2010 8:36PM
Terrific Andy, gets the feel of the cold, frosty morning perfectly. Looks like you had a bit longer with the light than I did too! Wink
Great lighting Andy. I went on Friday morning it was well dull for most of the time I was there left and the sun broke through.
andy_AHG 9 106 6 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2010 9:22PM
Thanks very much everyone. I'm bowled over by the response. I got a fair few images that will no doubt appear over the coming days. It was one of those occasions where all of the less than productive visits finally paid off!

Much appreciated.

DaveMead 8 23 14 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2010 9:28PM
A great image Andy and I enjoyed your comments too. Change the place names and I could have written it word for word myself. Mornings that pay off really are priceless. Smile
superb shot
Very nice Andy - particularly like the colours,

michaelcombe 8 46 2 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2010 10:24PM
Another one out the bag Andy - excellent exposure and composition.

Great words too!

Morgs 9 20 62 Wales
1 Feb 2010 10:35PM
Superb composition, colours and processing. This is just perfect.

Rob66 8 1 United Kingdom
2 Feb 2010 9:30AM
Great picture - lots of drama
DiegoDesigns 12 117 6 United Kingdom
2 Feb 2010 12:11PM
Your 'love landscape photography' is self evident within this marvellous image. Quite superb.
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
2 Feb 2010 4:15PM
Simply stunning Andy. An image produced with Knowledge of the subject and the camera.
gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
2 Feb 2010 5:23PM
The light and colour is fantastic, a 1st class image. - gary
mymindseye 8 31 United Kingdom
2 Feb 2010 6:43PM
Cracking image andy, worth getting out of bed for! thanks for your recent comments re: higger tor....I thing my next visit will be for the sunset, I would like to catch the sunrise but it takes me circa 1.5 hours to get there...
User_Removed 11 11 11 United Kingdom
2 Feb 2010 7:43PM
Quality shot Andy, well worth the perseverence!

Chris C
Warriorpoet 9 213 3 United Kingdom
2 Feb 2010 11:55PM
A superbly atmospheric capture.

LesF 11 182 9
3 Feb 2010 11:46AM
Well done Andy on a super shot and congrats with the HC

martinl 14 269 2 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2010 3:24PM
Well done on your HC Andy. I can see why it got the award, throughly well deserved.
andy_AHG 9 106 6 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2010 6:21PM
Blimey... a HC! Thanks very much. Well unexpected. And a massive thanks to Warriorpoet for his user award. Very much appreciated.

JouŠo 14 56 Finland
3 Feb 2010 8:03PM
a cracker, Andy!

Congrats on the HC!

ade_mcfade 14 15.2k 216 England
3 Feb 2010 8:21PM
I do like the comp, but I'm a bit unsure about the colouring here - the sky looks very orange yet the stones are a far cooler looking purple?

Also the stones appear brighter than the sky, which makes it look a little false - maybe a bit of oomph in the sky, just some localised curves maybe, then you'd hide that contradiction a little?
Platchet 11 5 8 Wales
3 Feb 2010 10:22PM
Fair play this is a very atmospheric image.Very well PP'd.
Hazel 11 1 United States
4 Feb 2010 1:33AM
I would have been buzzed up too in shooting this dramatic intense shot!
4 Feb 2010 9:08AM
oh superb , and congrats on the hc .. well deserved .. angie
staff 8 England
4 Feb 2010 9:50AM
what a top shot, i love it. . .
LeighRebecca 10 267 10 England
4 Feb 2010 10:09PM
Wow, this looks wonderful. The conditions are obviously great, as is the composition.
Nick_w Plus
11 4.3k 99 England
5 Feb 2010 2:38PM
Well done Andy
iansnowdon 8 7 2 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2010 6:04PM
Think Im a bit late to comment on this one, so Congrats on the HC... Brilliant.
JohnParminter 11 1.3k 14 England
6 Feb 2010 5:49PM
I missed this one in the gallery but glad I found it in the HCs, very atmospheric Andy.

WarrenD 9 1 England
6 Feb 2010 5:58PM
Beautiful tones, light and deatail Andy. Especially on the frost covered heather.
Chant57 Plus
12 395 3 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2010 9:19PM
Congrats on the HC. An image with an eerie stillness, lovely evocative photography.
7 Feb 2010 12:08PM
Hello Andy, This is fabulous work, went to Curber yesterday to get fog all day, but going back home we came out of the smog so I decided to go up Eccles Pike and got some good sunset shots.
Thanks for your comments also.
Declanworld 11 37 Ireland
12 Feb 2010 11:46PM
Well-deserved HC, Andy.

Very nice, I really like the rock on the left it leads into the photo
sprock 14 66 1 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2010 6:30PM
great colours!

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