14 May It’s Only Taken me 20 Years

Source: The Lightweight Photographer

This week I did something that I’ve never done before and which I’ve been meaning to do for 20 years. I photographed the sunset on Standedge near where I live. It took me all of 5 minutes to drive to the parking to meet a friend.

Despite this location being so close, and that I walk this ridge regularly from home (about a 15Km circuit), I’ve never visited purely for photography. I’ve thought for a long time that it would be a good sunset location but it’s like most things near to home, we tend to ignore them. What a mistake.

On arrival, the weather didn’t look very promising. I could see a storm closing in, and it was already raining at the end of the valley. I know from walking here that it’s then around 4-5 minutes before it starts to rain on the edge. We decided to sit in our cars and wait things out. Sure enough, 5 minutes later the rain came down heavy, mixed with some hail, sleet and lightening before clearing 20 minutes later.

By the time we made our way onto the ridge it was raining hard again. We then spent the next couple of hours trying to photograph between small breaks in the rain. Despite the foul conditions the light was amazing. Here you can see a cloud burst and rainbow lit by the setting sun.

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