Photography Walk - Sourton Tors in the Snow

December 31, 2020
December 31, 2020

On New Years Eveย 2020ย my third 'trial run' (socially distanced) Photography Walk took place.

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I met up with Gideon (who I already knew a little from various local photography groups) at lunchtime, having forgotten that snow invariably attracts people in droves to the moor, I couldn't park at my usual preferred spot, and had to make do with a location a few minutes walk from anything actually green (white).

If you take a look at the video, you'll see that the day turned out a little more dramatic than we expected!

As I live fairly close to Sourton, if I'm ever in need of a quick fix of Dartmoor, it's usually my first stop!

Knowing it was going to be snowy (though there was none of the white stuff on the roads) I decided it best to meet somewhere close to a main road, in case (as it did) there was further snowfall โ„

Dead

Nothing like some fresh snow to cheer you up!

The View

From Sourton Tors looking South

Looking Back

Sourton Tors ... too late to tun back now!

Tussocks

The snow just adds another dimension to the grasslands ๐Ÿ˜

All my walks are designed around you. I try to get to know a little bit about who you are, and what you hope to achieve.

Obviously this was a little easier in this case as I knew Gideon from past meetings, and knew exactly what he was after.

Since starting my walks, one of the things I've discovered I seem to do differently than most people is I don't distinguish between the walking and the photography.

I'm a photographer, so obviously I want to take photographs.

I therefore pick walking routes that provide me with possible nice images.

I keep my camera out all the time ... sometimes I take no photographs, but the camera is always ready.

If you spot something interesting off the beaten track (and you aren't likely to die investigating) ... go and have a look!

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Railway

The old track to Rattlebrook Peat Works (no rails unfortunately)

That 'Off Track' Moment

Obviously in thick snow I asked if this was ok, but these trees aren't on the track ... soggy feet are a small price to pay for dramatic photos ๐Ÿ˜

The View

Great Links Tor and Great Nodden (lots of 'Greats')

Low Level

Probably so obvious that it 'should' be reiterated ... shoot from an unusual angle ๐Ÿ˜‚

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So, the same tree shot in three different ways, I like all of them ๐Ÿ˜

I'm fairly sure some people won't enjoy all of them, but when nature parks a view like that in front of you ... take the shot ... take as many shots as you can!

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Then there's the other important thing to remember ... turn around and check what's behind you!

Over My Shoulder

Always look behind you ... we had to wait for this shot, but you could see the light moving across the landscape ...

One Last One

OK ... I'll be back in the Spring ๐Ÿ˜

Then the Snow Came

This was when it became apparent there might be a lot more snow on the way!

Snow Storm

Time to head back to the track I think ๐Ÿ˜‚

Great Links Tor

Our ultimate goal in the distance ... we started to think it best to turn back as soon as possible ๐Ÿ˜

No Apology

Another tree in the snow ... what's not to like?

Once we got back onto the track, another 5 minutes walking in the increasingly heavy snow, meant the decision was made to return whilst we could still see the track ๐Ÿ˜

And Of Course

The sun came out and made us reconsider the decision ๐Ÿ˜

If you stopped to watch the video at the beginning of this entry, you'll see we made the right choice!

Big Sky

With the sun making an unexpected appearance, the blue skies were stunning

Again No Apology

Kind of the same scene from a slightly different angle, still ... looks great doesn't it? ๐Ÿ˜

Snow Cloud

Strange how quickly you start to spot the signs you were right to turn back!

The light as the snow came back was spectacular.ย 

Almost

And the snow was back!

Snow on Sourton

As we got back to Sourton Tors, the snow was getting heavier ... very quickly!

Sunset

No words to describe this scene ... we almost didn't bother to wander to the tree as we were both now wet and cold ... so pleased we did.

Hawthorn

Last one ... maybe more next year!

An exceptional walk with Gideon, I can't obviously promise such spectacular views as we were lucky to witness, but I can guarantee a memorable time.

Why not drop me a line and we'll get together soon ๐Ÿ˜

Paul and myself met up at Sourton Tor, Dartmoor on New Yearโ€™s Eve 2020 for a photography walk/tutorial/hang out. Having...

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