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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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