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Dawn Light | Low key Kodak Ektar and Fuji 400H

It’s no secret that I like winter. Spring and summer are often considered to be the most colourful times of year, full of life rather than the hibernation seen during winter but I’ve always loved the colours during winter, though, and the light I find far more interesting and characterful in comparison to summer. I like that winter feels like a time for nature to rest, to replenish and recuperate ready for a new year – a time of excitement for things to come. We saw the weather was forecast to be clear today so we decided to be up, out and in position in the Peak District in time for sunrise to see what we might capture. We arrived around 20 minutes before sunrise and it was unseasonably mild which was quite welcome. I tend not to shoot much with a tripod but what with the lower light levels I used it for almost every shot in this collection below. The photos are presented in sequence, so from before the sun was up, through sunrise (which was almost imperceptible due to the appearance of cloud on the horizon), and to early morning sun. All photos are a mix of Fuji 400H and Kodak Ektar, and are shot on my Pentax 67ii with a mix of 55mm and 105mm lenses. All film processed and scanned at UK Film Lab.

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