A combination of work commitments and dreary weather meant the photo stocks were beginning to run short of material over the past week or so. Its sometimes good to take a break from shooting in order to catch up on processing the fruits of previous labour, but having worked my way through my archives digging out the last of the gems I was in need of some decent weather and a chance to gather new images.
The forecast looked promising, and so having switched around a few other tasks I managed to free up half a morning to see what the Lakeland Fells could offer. It also provided a chance to pick up James Kirby on my way through Kendal for a long planned outing! Check out his fabulous work here: James Kirby Adventure Photography. By 5.30am I was heading up the M6 fuelled on coffee and anticipation!
Our original target had been the find a vantage point on High Pike from which to capture the sunrise as it lit up Great Langdale from Pike O’Blisco, across the Crinkles and Bowfell and all the way round to the Pikes themselves. From a spot on the flanks of Side Pike it soon became apparent that the clouds were clearing to leave a perfectly featureless sky with an abundance of haze in the valley. With no clouds to bounce off, the sunrise was a flat affair and shots of the fells were a little lifeless.
We turned our attention through a full 180 degrees and noticed how fabulous the light was over in the neighbouring Little Langdale valley. Surrounding fells were still blocking direct sunlight, but there was a warmth and clarity to the scenes above Blea tarn that lent itself to photography in a way that Great Langdale didn’t. Most of the best shots of the day came from the pre-dawn and early sunrise shots we got from looking down on the famous tarn and across to the snow dusted caps of the Coniston range.
It was difficult to resist a quick visit to Blea Tarn itself to take that almost clichéd image of the Langdales reflected in its still waters. The far fells were bathed in golden light but a stiff breeze, (which had been gale force on the M6 heading up here), was rippling the surface and shattering those iconic reflections. I set up for a long exposure in hope of catching something worthwhile, and was hugely fortunate to experience a lull in the breeze for long enough to get a set of images both long and short exposures.
These are the first shots out of the can with a few more to work my through over the next few days. A rewarding if tiring trip that saw me back down the M6 in time for the start of the working day!
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