Well this is getting a habit waking up at 4am, looking out the window and seeing some red sky. Then I know I’m never going to get back to sleep again, LOL.Got my kit ready (well it’s usually sitting there in the corner of the room waiting to go out these days.
I was wondering where to go as I looked on the Suncalc website and the BBC weather website but decided to stay close to home and go up Rippon Tor. It’s one of my favorite Tors locally as it’s less busy and has a commanding view of East Dartmoor. I got up the car park and saw the horizon lit up in reds and golds and marched up to the top as quickly as possible. I know the peak well as have been up there with and without the camera many a time but never for such and early sunrise.
I got to work but it usually takes me a while to get orientated and absorb my surroundings. Usually the first few compositions are a bit iffy to be honest until I walk around and find the best spots to shoot and this time was no exception. I switched between lenses as the sun came up which is always a bit fraught but sometimes as long as your quick can give you lots of different capture angles and views. I noticed also there was a lot of mist hanging in the valleys so after the sun was fully risen I headed over to the East part of the Tor and shot with the 24-105mm to allow me to get some distant points of interest like the hills and valleys leading into the Teign Estuary. All in all worth getting up early for again!