Buttermere Lake Reflections

I’m passionate about the English Lake District with its astonishing landscapes. One of my favourite areas is the north-west Lakes, which covers some of the quieter, least commercialised parts and encompasses stunning Lake Buttermere. There are so many angles to take this very pretty Lake from, however I wanted a sunrise shot from the shore, facing Char Hut (a fishing hut) nestled within a copse of tall Sentinel Pines (Buttermere Pines), sloping fences to the right, more trees to the left, brilliant autumnal colours of the fells in the background and calm waters of Buttermere together with reflections in the Lake in the morning light. I arrived at my location, in the early morning, to quietness and darkness and spent my time setting up, taking several shots, trying different lenses and angles, waiting patiently and expectantly for the sunrise. Finally, I decided to work with my 70 – 200mm lens and couldn’t believe the magnificent sight that was unfolding before my eyes. At first dawn light there had been no reflections in the water; then suddenly the sun scattered its rays from beyond the edges of Fleetwith Pike, highlighting the surrounding fells, casting bright morning light down onto Char Hut sitting there proudly amongst all this splendour, catching the shoreline and water of the Lake and that is when I captured the stillness in the reflective water. The reflections came briefly as the mist started rolling in and in a matter of 3 minutes the mist then engulfed the cottage, shrouding the fells and making any further shots impossible to get after this shot I got. The shot I succeeded in getting, of a serene and peaceful scene, made the Hut and trees stand out simultaneously in the rays of sun, reflecting in the water, adding warmth in the colours on the fells and shrouded by a blanket of low lying mist which also reflected itself on the water. Aperture Priority Mode, 200 mm, f/16, ISO 100, 1 second

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    The early morning light and colours captured here are simply breathtaking. The low lying mist adds to the atmosphere of the shot and provides a stunning contrast with the trees. It encapsulates everything that is beautiful and inviting about the Lake District.

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