Waking up at 5am in the morning is hard, but to get the best images it has to be done, Sycamore Gap is somewhere I have wanted to go for a long time but I have never managed to actually get there, it is an Hour and a Half away from my home so I had to set off at 5:30 then take the 30 minute walk to the tree get set up and find a good composition.
“Sycamore Gap is located in Northumberland on the famous Hadrians Wall. The tree itself has become very famous over the years for photographers due to its dark night skies for shooting stars and even the Aurora (Northern Lights) The tree was also featured in Kevin Cosners version of Robin Hood”
How to find Sycamore Gap
I parked in the Twice Brewed Inn car park but there is a carpark up the hill called Steel Rig carpark which costs £2 per hour, I never realised this so I had to park in the pub. Its only a short walk out and up the hill, there is a gate on the right which you go through and there is a track you follow right up to the tree. There are a lot of different ways to get to the tree but this ways seems to be the easiest route.
The cloud coverage wasn’t great as when your behind the tree it is quite low down so getting any sunrise without the needed cloud isn’t too good, So I opted for a trek up the wall on top of the hill over looking the valley. It wasn’t until just after sunrise that the best of the light came, the cloud was too low and right on the horizon so I had to wait for my moment and catch the sun coming through the clouds.
I found my composition using the wall as a leading line out towards to the valley towards the sun. Setting my camera to F16 gives me the chance to get a sun burst, a little bit like my previous blog post ” How to achieve the star burst effect”
I took a few test shots until I was happy with my settings, the results came out better than I was expecting due the poor sunrise. The first image I took was just up the bank from the tree. Just as the sun came up from the band of cloud I fired a few shots at different shutter speeds and adjust my ISO to suit.