Sunrise at the river brathay blog 6

The river Brathay and Elterwater have always been picnic places or sunset places for me but I decided to try something different and go there for the sunrise. The plan was to look down the river, ideally with some mist and the reflections. The weather played along and here’s the results

 

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I made my way down to the waters edge looking for the best place to see the reflections, in the video I looked at the tree to begin with but soon realised the view behind me was better. The trees were reflecting and you got the morning glow over the fells.

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After photographing the reflections I turned back around to the Autumn tree. This was the photo I had in my head. The Autumn colours with reflections in the river Brathay.
I was pretty happy with the photo although I was a little disappointed that there was no mist, that was out of my control though so I started looking for a different composition

Sunrise at the river brathay blog
Sunrise at the river brathay blog

I packed up my stuff and moved down the river. I spotting some Herdwick sheep on the other side of the river so I made my way back down to the waters edge. I didn’t end up getting any photos of the Herdwicks as the tree was lighting up and the mist had returned. I quickly swapped lenses and used the 100mm to frame the photo better

Sunrise at the river brathay blog 4
Sunrise at the river brathay blog 4

A herdwick sheep was standing proud below the tree, occasionally moving around which worked out great for me as I got a few different looks without having to recompose much. The light was also getting brighter and brighter adding some back light to the tree and glowing through the leaves.

I liked how the Herdwick under the tree looked smug as it looked over to the sheep across the river. The grass was greener, the trees were nicer too.

Sunrise at the river brathay blog 5
Sunrise at the river brathay blog 5

My brain was telling me to move and find something new but my gut feeling said to stay. I ended up staying and watching the tree waiting for the light changes. It turned out to be the right plan as once the sheep had wandered off the trees to the left were also lit up with all of the reflections in the water

Sunrise at the river brathay blog 6
Sunrise at the river brathay blog 6

The light soon started to mellow out and became flat so I finally decided to move on. I didn’t find many other scenes here that I was that excited by, not compared to the trees anyway so I called it a day on this location.

From here I had a quick trip into the lakes and had breakfast by Castlerigg stone circle before having a quick adventure without the vlogging camera.

 

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