On the 2nd of December two of my friends and myself set off for Holme Fell for a relaxed wild camp. I had done a little research and found a sheltered area to set up camp and there was plenty of photographic opportunities around the area and with good weather forecast it looked like we were in for a good night. Holme fell was picked cause of the relatively short walk from the car park and its fantastic view of the surrounding fells. We quickly got to the area I had found to set up camp which was a natural bowl with lots of flat ground and an opening at one side where the sun would rise in the morning overlooking a tarn and more fells. We set up the tents and settled in for the evening, it was getting dark and there wasn't much interest in the sky to take any photos, the weather looked better in the morning.
Sunrise was just after 7 so I had a decent nights sleep before getting up at 6.30. I had a cup of tea while sat in the tent overlooking the fells in the distance where the sun was going to rise. I got up and wandered around the immediate area looking for a composition. I found a tree (technically two trees) standing on a small mound across from the campsite, I was drawn to its simplicity and set up for the sunrise. The sun rose above the horizon and started to cover the ground with its warm light. I took multiple shots as the tree was moving in the wind and ended up with one of my favourite photos to date (above).
I repositioned to try get a slightly different photo of the same tree. This time I got really low to the ground and included a second tree to give a sense of depth. Both of the photos turned out really well in my opinion however I think I prefer the first as its more subtle and has more emphasis on the tree. After taking a few photos in the best light I headed back to my tent, had some breakfast and another brew before going on a wander around the fell looking for other photos. I took a photo looking over Coniston water and headed back to the tent to pack up.
We packed up, headed back to the car, left our stuff there, and went and explored Hodge Close an old slate quarry. I took quite a few photos in the quarry my favourites been of a rather friendly Robin that kept landing near me. I think the quarry would be better in summer or autumn when the trees have some colour in them and stand out against the black rock. I'll definitely be returning to Holme Fell and Hodge Close when the Heathers out and when the trees have leaves on them.