Last Thursday was my first proper 'get out there' walk for 2017. I had planned to go earlier in the day but was not able to so planned on a late afternoon scramble up the ascent to Oaken Clough to position myself for the late afternoon sun on Kinder Scout. I've been on this walk before, but went higher on this climb as I was after a particularly wide angle so I could shoot some panoramic shots. This first image (above) is of Kinder Reservoir and William Clough winding its way up the hillside. I found the textures of the landscape presented the scene more fully in monochrome.
This was my first stop off point to get some images, as the sun was already shadowing the lower hillside by the time I had ascended here and at least I'd have something 'in the bag' in case it all went pear shaped! You can see this in the image below. This was my first pano and the sun was lovely and strong still, but because of the angle, the hill I was stood on was casting a really strong shadow on the valley below. Still, a beautifully lit Kinder.
I ascended a little further before making my next set of shots. I wasn't happy with the panos so as I continued up, I shot some 'b roll' images of my surrounds...with dry stone walls, sheep and the setting sun featuring.
The fast fading sun losing some of it's shadow casting power, I shot some more, with this result, which I like better, but felt there was still a better shot to be had if I could wait long enough.
A single image this time featuring the only other occupants of the hill (only ones mad enough to be there in that temperature!)
Once the sun had set behind the hill I was left with this broad evenly lit panorama of Kinder Scout which is a series of around 6-8 images digitally stitched together before final editing.
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