Hasn’t the weather been nice recently for the most part? It may have been a little hazy for sure but it’s been better than the countless days of grey recently.
Last Saturday saw me looking to go out, wanting to make the most of it. While I’m not a blue skies photographer sometimes you take what you get.
I had actually intended to go out for sunrise, but I managed to wake up at 04:30 on time, “snooze” for 5 minutes and wake up at 05:30…chance missed! Oops!
So I decided to go out for sunset, the skies were clear all day and thought it would be a good chance to go up to Saddleworth. At about a hour and a half it’s the longest trek for me in the Peak District so to go when it looks poor can be an expensive trip in these expensive times, even if it is nice to get out.
I wanted to go up Aldermans Hill, I had seen it from afar across the valley on Ashway Rocks on my first visit in December 2012 and went up after being intrigued on boxing day in heavy rain. Determined to get back I thought I couldn’t fail with a sunset on Saturday.
I parked up and made the climb, if you park in the right place it’s not actually that laboring. At the top I could see a lot of cloud building up, which in some terms I didn’t mind. I thought it would give dimension to the scene and break up the blue skies.
Unfortunately, as time passed on it was to become apparent that it was getting thicker blocking the sunset. However, at the start of golden hour I did manage to capture this scene which I’m pleased with. It’s a shot from Aldermans Hill, looking down to Dovestones Reservoir with Ashway Rocks and Alphine Pike in the distance: