Roos Tor, Dartmoor

Dartmoor National Park

by David Gibbeson

I have to get up really early as spring takes hold, to make the 100 mile round trip to Dartmoor in time for sunrise. Because of this I have started to look at getting there for sunsets instead. I went to Roos Tor and Staple Tors last weekend, but the light wasn’t great. I managed to get a few OK photographs but nothing that I would class as my target level of quality. The forecast was light cloud that was going to thicken as the evening drew in, but as landscape photographers we know that broken cloud and golden and blue hours can be a time of amazing displays of light.

Granite Rocks on Roos Tor

Roos Tor on Dartmoor is a treat to visit with your camera. On this visit the amazing sunset I was hoping for didn’t materialise, but the subtle tones of dusk were beautiful. I like the colour in the cloud, which didn’t last long at all. I think that is part of the allure of landscape photography; it is just not predictable, and in a split second you can be gifted a spectacular light show that is gone as quickly as it appeared.  I love that every time you visit the Dartmoor Tors there is always a different angle or perspective to shoot; especially when trying to match compositions to the dynamic skies. I think that the Tors in the blue hours really begin to show their more mysterious side which can really add to the mood of a photo.


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