Purple Smog? The Perfect Sunrise? And that other thing, you know, the Eclipse !

So, today was the day I have been looking forward to for several months! As soon as I found out about todays Partial Eclipse, some 2 months ago, I booked the day off work! To say I was excited was a bit of an understatement! I’ve spent a fair amount of time this week, just staring at weather forecasts trying to work out where in the UK I was going to stand the best chance of catching a good glimpse and hopefully a few good pics too!

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Luckily enough, the best weather for the whole of the UK happened to be right on my door step. So I could get out to enjoy something for the very first time (I honestly have no idea what sort of hole I was in in 1999, but it must’ve been a deep one). There has been quite a lot of hype around this mornings event and had already heard of a large number of people planning on watching it from the top of Pen Y Fan. However I fancied a slightly quieter viewing point for this, as I was intending to get to my venue for a little after 5am. At this time of the day I can barely talk to myself let alone anyone else!

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So Fan Frynach via Craig Cerrig Gleisiad seemed like the perfect place. A quick check of the Photographers Ephemeris confirmed it was going to be a nice spot for sunrise too! And I certainly wasn’t disappointed! The predawn colours were incredible, with the most vivid purples and violets hovering above the main peaks of the Central Beacons, I do wonder if that was anything to do with this band of toxic smog around South Wales at the moment!The walk up was tough! Alot tougher than I remember. Though it isn’t as high, or as long a walk as Pen Y Fan I do think it is considerably steeper!

The sunrise was pretty spectacular! With the sun rising right in the saddle between Corn Du and Pen Y Fan and the customary “selfie” took place. The time was only 6:30 and I had quite a bit of time to plan my photo for the eclipse.

My intention was to capture the full sequence of the Eclipse and then over lay them on to an earlier photo of the location, in their correct positions in the sky! Now, had I achieved this I think I would’ve been quite proud of myself! And, I think I would’ve managed it too, it is certainly within my technical know-how. But alas, I fell asleep and then when I woke I had missed quite a large porton of the inital stages! So I had to settle with a few snaps of the final stages of the Moon passing between directly between me and the Sun.

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All in all a fairly succesful morning i’d say 🙂

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Grant

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The Beautifully Quiet Three Cliffs Bay

I realised the a couple of days ago that the only place where you can read ( if you were so inclined ) about the story behind my photographic attempts, dawn wanderings and sunset chases, is on Facebook. Which I think is a bit of a shame as this is also the place that is most harmful to the quality of the photos.

So in an effort to combat this and to try and develop myself as a Landscape Photographer, I thought it was high time I started a blog! Now, to those that know me, know that I do not usually have much to say, so this attempt may be futile and short lived!

So here goes :-
In my mid 20’s I spent what seemed like all my spare time climbing on the faces of the stunning Three Cliffs Bay, but since then don’t seem to visit much at all, which is a shame given my previous fondness for this beautiful place!
But over the last few weeks I have seen some amazing photos of here, which has given me a bit of a kick up the ass to come and visit early in the morning. It was a low tide around sunrise this morning, which worked out perfectly as I wanted to capture a sunrise looking in from the sea.
The 4am alarm was a little more hurtful than usual, due to having a couple of pints of Guiness at my Grandfathers birthday meal last night. But after getting onto the beach and making the very first footsteps in the sand of that day, it was clearly worth it!
The sun didn’t make much of an appearance but there was plenty of colour around in the sky to keep me entertained!

Have a good day!
Grantpano-Edit

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