The conditions yesterday morning, with the dense fog shrouding the rising sun, were pretty epic. Even without a camera it would have been stunning - I hope you managed to witness it yourself. I had an idea of a potential shot over the past few months around the Gogmagog Downs and given the weather seemed to be playing ball I headed in that direction before sunrise yesterday morning. 

As I made my way to the spot I had researched before I could already tell that photography or not, I was amongst some of the most beautiful conditions I had observed in the area for quite sometime. It was an absolute privlege to be outside and from the looks of things, the only person for miles around. I love it when it's just me and the camera. 

Conditions were pretty stunning with the dense fog flowing over the Gogmagog Downs 

Conditions were pretty stunning with the dense fog flowing over the Gogmagog Downs 

On went the 2 stop ND Grad from Formatt Hitech to help balance the sky with the foreground. I wanted to make sure I got this in one shot, although just in case there was a problem with the grad I took a few exposures either side of 0 compensation. 

The fog was moving fast, at times completely shrouding the distance trees, while at other times almost completely clear apart from a few feet clinging to the lower parts of the Downs. 

It can be difficult to get foreground interest at times in Cambridgeshire, given it is so flat so I wanted to use the early morning light to help guide the eye through to my main subject - those trees in the distance. The question was would the fog behave itself long enough for the sun to rise high enough to light the scene. I wanted some fog to remain around the trees, but not too much so that they were missing from the scene. 

Thankfully it did, although I only managed about 5 frames before the fog rolled in even thicker, all but removing the warm dawn light from the Downs. 

Gogmagog Downs at Dawn 

Gogmagog Downs at Dawn 

I then headed back to a forest close to home, a location I had been spending a lot of time in over the past few months. I think yesterday, with the conditions, was the peak of Autumn in that particular forest. I actually found myself doing a little jig over the crunchy leaves as my eyes took in the beauty before me. I had to almost remind myself that I wanted to make an image or two. 

I've been waiting for this moment in this forest in this spot for about 2 months now .... thankfully things all came reasonably together. 

I've been waiting for this moment in this forest in this spot for about 2 months now .... thankfully things all came reasonably together. 

As the morning rolled on a few people started to appear and while I don't normally include people in images I also knew I was planning on sending in some stock to my agency. I really liked this frame, as looking up close the little kid is turning around slightly and you can also see the breath from the parents drift through the air. 

Family take a stroll through the Autumn colours 

Family take a stroll through the Autumn colours 

Looks like The Times liked the image as well, albeit in a cropped format to fit their page. Also nice to share the page with a fellow landscape photographer. 

Usage in the Times - 2nd November 2015 

Usage in the Times - 2nd November 2015 

And this is where I could do with your help. After I had taken the image I already knew I wanted to try and track down the family shown and give them a copy of the print. I love to share my work from time to time and I think they may like a copy of this. So if anyone happens to know / recognise the family then please get them to drop me a line. I'd be more than happy to give them a printed copy of this image. 

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