Continuing with the previous thread about panoramic format photographs here is another. Perhaps not so large, this was only 3 x 50M pixel un-cropped!
Looking at this image you could be forgiven for thinking it was a warm summers evening. How wrong that would be! I took this only recently (November 2017). There was a 20 to 25MPH wind blowing, the air temperature was about 3 degrees Celsius and the afternoon had been pretty much dominated by very heavy dark clouds and rain showers. Basically it felt like a couple of degrees below 0 Celsius. Chilly when you are stood pretty still for over an hour! 🙂
Haytor is one of the famous Dartmoor tors. I’ve spent time in its vicinity before but never been happy with the results. This time I walked away from the tor to the West just exploring the landscape looking for nice compositions. On one occasion I had to shelter out of the wind as a heavy rain shower passed through. That rain must have been almost frozen as it really hit hard and stung the face. Most unpleasant! After some distance I spotted this tree which I felt contrasted nicely against the rocky tor. I stayed at this location until after sunset shooting images of the surrounding area but this turned out best due to a the rookie mistake of not ensuring the camera was absolutely still in the buffeting wind. Lesson re-learnt 🙁
I must admit to being surprised when another photographer arrived and then another just before sunset. Having three photographers converge at a random location on Dartmoor must be pretty unusual. But maybe I stumbled on something more well known…