Win Hill Sunset

30th July 2017
I headed up to Win Hill in the Dark Peaks area of the Peak District after work one summer evening. That is one of the evenings in the so called summer where it wasn't raining or generally dull. When I was a kid we had proper summers, 6 weeks holidays seemed to last 6 months and ice cream was given out free to school children by scores of successive local government initiatives. Not chocolate ice cream though as budgets could only stretch so far. Definitely no sprinkles.

So after an ice cream treat to remind me of the good old days, I headed off. I always try to arrive at any location about an hour before sunset. Or sunrise if I can, but those early starts are a bit more tricky. And there's usually no time for ice cream.

Experience has taught me that the promising light at sunset can vanish behind the annoying banks of cloud at the horizon who's sole purpose is to watch where I'm going and drift slowly towards the exact spot where the sun sets. I don't know how they do it. I'm assuming the Peak District clouds are in radio contact with the one's closer to my house so they can coordinate their evil plan of blocking out the sun at whatever location I head out to.

Clear blue skies don't do it for me photographically. The clouds know this and their other favorite trick is to not to appear at all. They lurk just out of sight and giggle between themselves, knowing they've ruined another trip out. Clouds have a very warped sense of humour. If they were human, they'd be the ones with the whoopie cushion. Kids, they'll be an app for that I expect. Life was more hands on in my day. Or ar$e on anyway.

Anyway, so when the clouds forget to charge their radio batteries and their coordinated attack on my photographic trip out to the Peaks breaks down, I'm sometimes rewarded with a gap in the clouds at sunset. This is my favorite time as the sunlight usually can cast some beautiful colours onto the clouds.

Having arrived early I thought it might be interesting to show the developing way the the light changes to the point when the sun actually sets. If you're lucky but when it happens its worth the effort.


This was the first photo of the evening and at the time I didn't think that very much was going to later on. A nice summer evening view towards Castleton.


I like sun stars or star burst which my lens makes in camera and I've used the composition ploy of just having it peak out from behind a subject on many occasions.


Oh hello, whats happens here I thought. That gap in the cloud I was hoping wouldn't disappear might actually be in the right place.


Finally, the best of both worlds and to my mind, any scene needs to have the light on the ground. I changed location to try to capture the side light along the edge of the gritstone.


The last image - a very strong afterglow which looks great and the light has now gone again from the foreground.