I’ve been meaning to go and see the deer in Richmond Park for ages now, but as I live over the other side of the city, it’s always been something I’ve put off. We’d been having an unusually warm Autumn in London, and I’d read that the weather was about to finally turn colder. Hopes of capturing Autumn sunrise shots without it being wet or cold were the final spur to get me out of bed at 4am (!) & head sleepily across London to Richmond. Sunrise was at 6.45am that day, & I arrived just in time. From then until 8am I witnessed about the most beautiful light I’ve seen as a photographer (and I’ve been to Fiji). It does tail off pretty quickly after that as the sun comes up, so if you’re wanting to shoot this kind of photography I’d highly recommend the early start.
It was really special: deer everywhere, amazing Autumn colours, friendly locals full of suggestions about their favourite views (which were very welcome, it’s a big park!)
It was mating season as well, so I got to see rutting stags going at each other, which is a pretty full-on sight. You wouldn’t want to get caught the middle of it. All in all, it’s one of my favourite things I’ve done as a photographer & I’m looking forward to going back in Winter to catch the trees with early morning frost on.