Since I began taking landscape photographs, Glastonbury Tor has been one of my most frequently visited subjects. The atmosphere of misty sunrises on the Somerset Levels is very special indeed; it’s the reason so many legends are associated with the area.
The flat landscape of the Somerset Levels stretches for miles, broken only by odd hills here and there. Glastonbury Tor is the most well known of these hills and it’s easy to see why; on misty mornings it appears like an island in an ethereal white sea.
After five days of overcast Yorkshire weather I was beginning to think I might return from a week in Wensleydale without seeing the sun. A sudden break in the weather meant I would have a few hours’ light to play with so I earmarked Semerwater, the largest lake in North Yorkshire, as my location.
Planning an autumn visit to Exmoor, one of my main hopes was to convey the beauty of the bleakness of the moors. I thought a lone tree on a windswept hill might provide the perfect opportunity for this as I’ve often seen such trees when driving through the area.
I recently received the finished copies of the book “The Billy Palmer Chronicles” by Derek Johns. Portobello books contacted me as they wanted to use my image Holy Sunrise as the background for the book cover.
During my photographic adventures I have learnt quite a few things, most of which are probably common sense but didn’t seem to be to me at the time! The majority of these have been learnt whilst taking landscape photos but they may apply to other situations too.