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Well it has been unexpectedly quiet around the blog last week so apologies for that. I thought I’d kick off this week with the first in a round of images I took while out shooting sunrise in the Wicklow Mountains over the weekend. Our cold weather continued with some minus Celsius mornings and hard frost during last week. Of course this is all great news for landscape photographers. I was up on Saturday at 6 a.m. hopeful of more of the same freezing conditions, clear Sky’s and a full moon. I must admit to feeling a little deflated when peered out the window as there was no frost and it was very cloudy. Not deterred however I made my flask of coffee, packed my gear into the car and headed out. This spot has been on my to-do list for about four months after discovering it when I was last up in Lough Tay. I had tried to capture it in December but it was covered in a very heavy layer of fog when I visited.
As I was driving the clouds began to part and I felt my spirits lift. Once I turned of the main roads and started to head up the mountain side the temperatures began to plummet also and it wasn’t long before I was driving on frost covered roads – oh joy! I spent the time during actual sunrise down near Lough Tay and then headed up to this spot, about a 10min drive, once the sun started to crest the mountains.
This is the first of two images I captured from this spot, I’ll post the second later in the week. I think it really portrays the rugged landscape that’s so typical of the Wicklow Mountains, right down to the rough fence made from old discarded tree trunks. You can see the sun which is behind my left ear beginning to hit the peaks of some of the mountains in the distance and to the left begin to caress the side of the hill as it finds a gap between the hills behind me. It will be another hour before the sun is high enough to flood this area with light.
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Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Exposure: 0.8 secs
Focal Length: 21mm
ISO Speed: 100