Sunrays hitting Blea Tarn

We went up Great Langdale to do some landscape photography. It was one of those days where things just don’t quite go right and there’s a little problem at each step. I’m annoyed I complained about it on the day now though as when looking back through the views I should of enjoyed it more but instead I was more concerned about if the video was recording or about how the legs had decided to detach from the tripod just as the sun rays came out. Moaning fixes nothing though and it’s annoying to listen to so I should of just fixed it and got on with it.

Here’s the views from the day

Waterfall on Stickle Gill

The walk follows the river going up to Stickle tarn. There’s a few waterfalls along the way so I decided to stop at a couple to get a photo, the fallen tree caught my eye here so I framed that up in the bottom with the water running through the image.

Stickle Gill Panorama

After the water I carried on climbing up and I spotted this at the start of the rocky scramble. I set up the tripod to try and capture a panorama of the view starting from the stream with the waterfall making its way down into the Langdale valley. I was 90% sure this wouldn’t work as the light kept changing but fortunately the sun went behind a cloud giving me a chance to get a evenly lit scene

The stepping stones
The stepping stones

The path eventually crossed over the water using these stepping stone. I wanted to experiment with the Lee little stopper as I bought it a while back and haven’t really found a photo that I like with it. I tend to go for a wide shot with a landscape and stream but this time it was a close up look at the stepping stone making the fast water look more soft and gentle

Sun rays over the langdales
Sun rays over the langdales

After a bit more of a climb the views over the valley started to open up and the sun was trying to come out from behind the clouds. This kept creating sun rays onto the valley. This was more of a tactical break to hide from the wind for a little bit but you got a nice view down onto side pike with the trees above Blea tarn.

Sunrays hitting Blea Tarn
Sunrays hitting Blea Tarn

The 1st composition didn’t really work for me as the sun didn’t light up many interesting parts of the image but as we past Pavey ark and headed to Harrison stickle the view of Blea tarn opened up just as the sun came out again. I rushed to get my camera set up and the leg fell off my tripod, I quickly bodged it back together making it stable enough to get the photo and managed to get the sun rays just as they hit the tarn.

Stickle tarn surrounded by Pavey ark and Harrison Stickle
Stickle tarn surrounded by Pavey ark and Harrison Stickle

After the sun went back behind the clouds we headed up to Harrison stickle. I wanted to get stickle tarn in the bottom of the photo with Windermere/the fells in the background so I wandered across to a spot which looked like it would work. I first tried to get the photo without doing a panorama but 24mm wasn’t wide enough so I levelled the tripod and waited for the light. You could see across to Pavey ark with the Herdwick sheep in the bottom. There’s a couple of people down by stickle tarn which I would of liked to avoid but looking at tit afterwards it gives it a sense of scale so I’ll let them off.

The view from Pike o Stickle
The view from Pike o Stickle

I ended the video here but we then went across to Pike O Stickle, I’ve looked up at the great Langdale skyline hundreds of times wondering why I’ve never climbed it all so today was crossing it off the list. From the top you got views across to the band which leads up to Bowfell and you get a slightly better view over Blea tarn. There was no sun rays when we got there but you can have to much of a good thing so it was nice to get a different look for the day

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