In Lakeland - Part 2

October 18, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Over a year ago I began the story of my first adventure in full-frame photography, in the English Lake District, with a Nikon D800e.  And then I stopped, leaving the tale on the roadside just outside Keswick.  We did, in fact, make it to our B & B in the town!  (And I didn't drop the camera into Derwent Water.)

One of my ambitions was to take the gentle path up Latrigg, perhaps the most accessible of the fells and enjoy the dawn panorama.  I was blessed with a beautiful morning the first time of asking - something of a rarity in photography.  So while all were sleeping, dreaming of a full English breakfast I made my way to the car park (you didn't think I was going to walk all the way?) and set off.  Dawn had just broken behind Blencathra and it was quickly clear that there was going to be a very colourful display even before I reached my destination.  I decided to stop for a moment to capture the view East.

 

I thought the vantage point on Latrigg was just over the rise.  I was wrong.  I realised that I was still quite a distance away and now risked losing the shot I had planned for.  So I ran - a relative term at my age, especially with a tripod and camera bag.  When I finally arrived, of course, I was so out of breath that I had to waste more time recovering.  The tripod was even more essential than usual.  

As it turned out I was just in time to take a couple of shots before the beautiful range of pink and orange tones subsided in the rising sun.

This is a single photograph cropped to panorama - one of the benefits of using such a high resolution camera. 

It was very hard to drag myself away from such a gorgeous view.  But a Lakeland fry did the trick!


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