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"The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don't go back to sleep."

Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī
(13th-century Persian Muslim poet, jurist, theologian, and Sufi mystic.)

Early morning autumnal light, a few minutes after sunrise and in a break between the rain showers - looking from the breezy western slopes of Mel Tor.

The Upper Dart valley lies in the penumbral shadows, below Sharp Tor lies Rowbrook House, with Bench Tor opposite.

Holne Moor is the higher ground on the left side of the valley.

Dartmoor National Park in Devon, UK

Pentax K-x
Pentax 18-55mm SMC/ DAL lens (at 18mm)
Hoya circular polarizer

Aperture = f/9.5

Exposure = 1/8 second

ISO =200

Pseudo-HDR from 4 split-RAW processed 16-bit TIFFs (-2.33, -2, 0, and +2ev equivalents) using Photomatix 3.26.

Finished in Lightroom & Photoshop
27/09/2012 - 23:50morpheus71
CategoryLandscape / Travel
Shutter SpeedN/A
Focal LengthN/A


Link Posted 28/09/2012 - 06:42
A lovely warm image there.
My piccies.


Link Posted 28/09/2012 - 07:53
Lovely soft light and amazing sky.


Link Posted 28/09/2012 - 08:16
Best large. A wide range of tones. Good compo and tech image


Link Posted 28/09/2012 - 08:29
Yes - gorgeous tones.

Some of my vaguely better stuff


Link Posted 28/09/2012 - 09:05
Great shot - and worth lookingat large; and to pick up on the quotation - Dawn is worth being awake for!


Link Posted 28/09/2012 - 09:43
Fantastic viewed large, lovely Autumn tones and a great scene , wonderful poem too as usual from you its just gorgeous. Best wishes Trixie


Link Posted 28/09/2012 - 10:13
Magical light in this one!

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Link Posted 28/09/2012 - 15:19
This is one to get lost in, magical light and superb depth, top quality in all respects.
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Link Posted 28/09/2012 - 20:37
Thanks very much for the very generous comments from Snappychappy, Blaze, Giulio, Northgrain, Andy, Trixie, Paul and Sandinista!

I had wanted to check Mel Tor out as an early morning location idea for the first part of my beginners/ improvers Autumn Photography Workshop on Dartmoor day, so the promising light amidst the showers led me to explore the place that morning for the first time.

It was drizzling as I walked there, but the light was magical and I set up the camera and tripod under the cover of a groundsheet flapping around my head in the breeze...

When the rain passed I stood in awe gazing at the delightful scene below and knew that this was the defining moment for making a photograph – a proper “wow!” moment.

I am more and more enjoying observing the light of early morning and late evening as it falls on the land - rather than always falling to the temptation of photographing the sunrise or sunset directly.

From this location in late October, should the weather be opportune, the sun's path would allow one to observe the rising and setting sun directly, offer back-lit sunrise and sunset, side lit or front lit gentle low angle light - as well as the potential for vast panoramas over a golden tree canopied gorge within a vast moorland landscape, to the fringes of farmer's fields on the edge of the moor near Newbridge.

I very much look forward to gazing upon autumn's blaze of glory’ from this rocky outcrop!


Link Posted 28/09/2012 - 20:48
You have certainly caught the light here Phil and captured a golden moment. The result is a beautiful, magical image that describes the landscape perfectly.


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Link Posted 28/09/2012 - 20:57
I am sure it's been posted on here before...

The Photographer's Ephemeris is a wonderful bit of software (free for Mac and p.c. - or a cheap 'app' for Androids, I-phones, etc) it is quote

"a map-centric sun and moon calculator: see how the light will fall on the land, be it day or night, for almost anywhere on earth.

Ideal for landscape, nature, travel and outdoor photographers, TPE's map-based approach means you can search for any place name on the planet or position the map pin exactly where you want it."

This can be used very well in conjunction with visible satellite stereographic maps (e.g via the Met Office in the UK. By looking at prevailing weather patterns over the hourly satellite photos of a day and a bit of educated guess-timation, one can get an idea of what the next sunset or sunrise might pan out like

It's a brilliant thing to use when researching locations and possibilities worth a '12 out of 10' in my book any day - I have been using it frequently since hearing about it from Joe Cornish on a workshop I did with him last year.. if it's good enough for him I thought..!
Last Edited by morpheus71 on 28/09/2012 - 20:58


Link Posted 28/09/2012 - 21:31
Thanks ever so much for your very generous comments and thoughts David - it was a wonderful morning and one that is now burnt in my memory for all time
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