As the autumn colour gradually increases along with the chances of getting mist in the valleys, I set my mind to thinking of a good location for capturing autumn colour. I’d tried both Newtondale from New Bridge and also further north at Levisham, but neither location had started to turn yet. I’d been to the lake at Dalby the previous week to shoot the dawn light and noticed that the trees were turning nicely there, so I decided to take a trip to the Bridestones to see if I could get both autumn colour and mist in the valley.
I got up before dawn on what looked like a most un-promising dull, foggy morning in the hope that I would get above the fog higher up past Dalby. As I made my way through the forest drive, the fog persisted, but I pressed on and hiked up to the Bridestones. I spent an industrious hour shooting dew on the cobwebs and berries whilst I waited for the light to come. As the sun rose higher in the sky the light improved, so I tried a shot of the Bridestones with a bracken fern in the foreground, then eventually I spotted the first signs of blue sky above me, so I changed my location to shoot the clearing mist in the valley.
As the sun rose even higher, the light started to illuminate the bushes in the foreground and the light turned beautifully warm on the surrounding area, giving me the type of scene I was looking for.
Saturday morning looked promising, so we headed out to Hovingham to capture a shot I’ve had in mind for several years of the bridge on estate land. Janet managed to capture this lovely shot of a lone tree with the inky black stream leading towards it, whilst I’ll have to come back in rougher conditions to capture the shot I’m after!
After the success of the Dalby shoot on Tuesday, we decided to return and see if we could improve on what is already a great shot by Janet. The continued cold weather meant that the lake had frozen over giving this amazing shape to the ice and left very little space for the ducks to swim in!
The snow came to Ryedale on Monday, so it was time to start working hard. Whilst Janet captured her lovely shot at Staindale lake, I was less successful at the Bridestones. In the afternoon, I moved on to Saltersgate, then took at walk to Skelton tower with mixed results.
Who needs Canada, Scotland, or the Lake District when you can capture Autumn colours like this on your own doorstep courtesy of the Staindale lake in nearby Dalby forest!
We’ve spectacularly managed to miss out on capturing any glorious autumn scenes in the past, so we decided to make a bit of an effort this year and we weren’t disappointed. As with any landscape shot, it’s always a case of being in the right place at the right time and this proved to be a very technically difficult shot to capture, as the sun only just creeps over the hill top to illuminate the scene, so you literally have to be there at the right moment.