Be prepared!

Be prepared!

Arriving at Marks Hall before dawn on this chilly morning, I new I had some extra layers of fleece in the boot of the car. Having reached this particular spot after a bit of a march, I was even contemplating removing a layer or two. But then the waiting started.

It's always good practice to arrive in good time - to find the best angle, get the tripod set up, decide on the right lens for the job, move the whole setup for the best perspective, add filters and try a test shot or two. Even so, it was still about an hour before the light reached what was clearly going to be its best angle on this morning. By which time it was most evident that my single-layer trousers weren't up to the chill of the shadows. Nor were the standard socks I'd pulled on in my earlier, semi-wakened state. Lined trousers and thick socks have now been taken out of storage for the early shoots to come.

This time of year can be so rewarding photographically (not to mention the more civilised times for sunrise), but it does require more thought beforehand. Make sure you've got the right gear for winter shooting, especially if you're likely to be standing around for any length of time.

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