I have just finished work for a week and decided that I was going to go out and capture my first sunrise of 2014. After studying the weather forecast for the following morning via Met Office and BBC Weather I planned to give Cavedale a visit just South of Castleton Village in the Peak District as I had envisaged a nice scene of Pervil Castle with mist and sunrise in the valley beyond. I have been on several occasions to Cavedale recently but not in the right conditions, and judging from the forecast it was looking good, mist and sun!
I packed my kit, recharged my camera batteries and did a quick test shot and set the alarm for 6am.
The alarm went of at 6am and I checked the weather again, to be slightly disheartened it had changed somewhat over night. I was in two minds weather to get up or not. Curiosity got the better of me and I dragged myself out of bed at 06:20am.
It was a slow 30 minute drive to the Peak District from my house as there had been a frost and it seemed that the grit trucks had only been on the main roads. The smaller A roads were thick with slippery ice and it slowed me down somewhat. As I drove over the A53 Leek to Buxton road I could make out some really nice low mist in the valleys below me. But I was still going to Cavedale!
I arrived at Cavedale to be disappointed somewhat, there was no mist or fog and not a cloud in the sky. Not the conditions I had hoped for!
I jumped back in the car and headed back to the White Peak and turned of the A53 at Axe Edge and headed for Chrome Hill.
As I approached Chrome Hill the sky was starting to change and a red glow could be seen on the horizon, I could tell it was going to be good sunrise as the cloud was ever so reminiscence from my Axe Edge Sunrise shot last year. I started to get a little excited!!
I parked near Rock Tor which is a small crop of Limestone rocks for the best view of Chrome Hill in my opinion and waited for the show to unfold, and unfold it did!!
Chrome Hill is a limestone reef knoll on the Derbyshire side of the upper Dove valley in the Peak District. It is also referred to as the “Dragons Back” because of its distinctive dragon like shape. I was able to capture some stunning photography of Chrome Hill and Parkhouse Hill in the Snow last January 2013.
I decided that I was in the best location as I knew that these types of sunrises only last all of 10 minutes. So I made the most of the ground before me and started making some compositions. I was lucky that I knew the area and had been here several times so I knew where they were already. I was like a big kid cutting around, adjusting my tripod, re adjusting the composition and on it went for what seemed like 30 minutes.
I was jealous that I could see someone on top of Chrome Hill (I later found out that it was a fellow photographer, John and his dog Skah via Facebook)
Some of the better shots in my opinion were at dawn:
I stayed on Tor Rock for 30 minutes after sunrise to watch the light change the landscape before me, the light casting some glorious sparkles of light on the frozen limestone rocks scattered on the floor. I particularly liked this image where the rocks had been lined up in a line leading the eye into the image with the beautiful colours in the sky.
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