Wisley Common Detour

Predawn Mist on Wisley Common

Pre-dawn mist on Wisley Common – 14mm; ISO 500; 1/125 sec; f/4.0 (click image to view larger size)

After visiting an exhibition of images by talented Surrey based photographer Rachael Talibart, I was inspired to visit the Wey Navigation for a sunrise shoot. Visions of mist rolling over the water bathed in soft dawn light filled my head as I headed out early one morning a few days later. Turning off the A3 took me past Wisley Common where I noticed low lying mist through the trees, so it looked promising.

However, at the river the mist was hardly present, just a few thin swirls in small patches. So I headed back to Wisley Common, the draw of the mist being too great for a simple photographer to ignore.

This was a place I had not visited before, although I had been walking on Chatley Heath which is just the other side of the A3 from Wisley. Once through the trees near the car park, the common opened out into a large expanse of scrub with a few lone trees and mist in the distance.

I made my way over to some trees out in the open to use as a point of interest. The sun was still below the horizon but the sky was becoming brighter, so I had to work quickly. With ND grads attached, I made several exposures and was happy with the result you see above.

I made a few more exposures over the next half an hour as the sun rose, then headed back to the Wey for a walk along the river.

After all, I had already planned breakfast in The Anchor at Pyrford Lock, and very nice it was too!

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