I decided early on that I was going to shoot my First Sunrise of 2013 in fact it was the first sunrise I had ever shot on the 1st of January in my life!
Having a young family means you can no longer party into the early hours of New Years day, im past that now and there is nothing better than staying at home with my wife and daughters to see the new year in.
We always invite family round simply because we all have young children so we may as well all celebrate together, playing Monopoly having some nice food and lots of nibbles and singing “Auld Lang Syne!”
I didn’t actually plan to go out on New Years day initially because the wife had offered to cook a big beef dinner for her family, so I thought I had better stay and help. I was getting itchy though I checked the weather forecast and it looked half decent, sunrise was at 08:20am so I didn’t need to leave the house till 06:30am if I stayed local, and I planned to be home for no later than 10am so I could do my bit.
I asked if she minded, she was glad to see the back of me!! she knew I wanted to go out so had no objections and I love her for that!
I decided to stay locally and go no further than Buxton, which is 25 miles from my house so takes 30 minutes. I decided to go to a spot I had visited before and got some really nice different angles of Parkhouse Hill and Chrome Hill back in November 2012 “Sunrise in the Peak District”
I arrived at High Edge and the weather was fine nice and clear but that changed very quickly, sleeting, raining and even trying to snow. The wind was really blowing a gale so I made the 10 minute walk up the to the summit across a limestone field, the sheep watching my every move.
I set-up the tripod and waited, had a little walk around for various different compositions that I could use and waited, the weather changing constantly.
As I stood watching the first sunrise of 2013 before me, The rain was coming from the right hand side of the hill and to my front I was blessed because my camera lens was staying dry and I had previously lost my lens cloth a few days before on my Sunrise Shoot on Mam Tor I was so glad of the break I would have had to pack up if the lens started to get wet, so I slightly moved my body to the side just to give it a little more protection and it seemed to go right by in front of me, and I didn’t even get wet!!
I left High Edge happy that I had seen the new year in at sunrise and what a sunrise it was, it defiantly had all 4 seasons in one all that was missing was snow, which im sure will be here soon (I hope).
I arrived home at 9:45 the girls still in there pyjamas and the wife tidying the breakfast away, unaware of the beautiful sunrise that they missed, which can be said for many im sure. I showered and helped get dinner ready but was like a little kid wanting to look at the mornings images on the computer, but I resisted till late in the afternoon once our guests had left 🙂
Lets hope 2013 brings me more great scenes and great locations to shoot from.
Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful 2013.