Mist rising behind the canadian geese as the Herdwick sheep walk down the track. The River Brathay 1

De Ja vú. I went back to the river Brathay to photograph the first light. I like the photos from the first trip but the forecast looked like it should be frosty so I decided to see how much different it would look

Ducks in the mist on the river Brathay. The Lake District

I went back to a similar spot to the week before but this time I brought the 135mm to compress the image a little bit more and because I had a polariser and filter adapters for this lens giving me more options. I framed up the tree with the mist rising getting a photo of the frosty grass on the waters edge

Autumn reflections through the mist on a frosty morning. The River Brathay

Whilst waiting for the sun to rise I put on the Lee little stopper to experiment with a long exposure, I really want to like long exposures but so far I haven’t. Using the filter gave me a 15 seconds exposure. I liked how the reflections were clearer but I don’t like how it got rid of all the imperfections in the water. Those little imperfect bits make it look more natural to me, the “perfect” water is a man made thing to me,  distracting me from the rest of the scenes so I took it off and went back to a faster shutter speed.

Early morning mist rising over the first frost. The River Brathay
Early morning mist rising over the first frost. The River Brathay

As the sun rose a little higher the mist rose a little higher, I didn’t really notice it when I was there but in the photos it is up above the fence posts.

Mist rising behind the canadian geese as the Herdwick sheep walk down the track. The River Brathay
Mist rising behind the canadian geese as the Herdwick sheep walk down the track. The River Brathay

Just as it looked like the sun was finally about to come up a flock of geese made there way up the river. I wasn’t to happy about this at first but I’m a nature boy so I soon started to enjoy seeing them. A group of Herdwick sheep also made there way down the path towards me completing the scene.

The sun hittng the back of the autumn trees reflecting in the river Brathay
The sun hittng the back of the autumn trees reflecting in the river Brathay

I packed my things up as the sun wasn’t going to do what I wanted and then it came out… typical. I set up the camera and changed compositions slightly to try and get a slightly different image to the morning. The sun light also helped to warm up the colour of the mist.

Great Langdale from Elterwater
Great Langdale from Elterwater

After getting the photo of the subtle glows from the sun I headed down to Elterwater to take in the view. You could faintly see Great Langdale. I’ll be posting a video of a walk up there soon. After a couple of mornings of seeing it I convinced myself to climb up there.

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