So I’ve finally had some reasonably successful shooting. After a very disappointing trip to Malham yesterday with the prospect of some nice astro photography conditions I think I managed to find the only cloud in the whole of the country. I had anticipated camping out but returned immediately after driving into cloud. That along with the prospect of not being able to make a return journey home the morning after until the road thawed out meant I came straight home. I will shoot some stars one day! I decided to try again today to get some winter shots and headed towards trusty Ladybower Reservoir. I was very thankful for the break in the clouds making a nice sunset. I’ll just have to return to Malham Cove and the interesting rock formations along with Scalaber Force another day with my unfinished business.
It has been an age since I’ve posted anything to my blog, I’ve had quite a few trips out since my last post including a trip to Scotland which is simply stunning. My trip out this weekend took me to Fairbrook Naze. The heather looks great this time of year in its full purple flower. I arrived very close to sunset as my original plan was to camp out at Seal Stones. Having realised that I may have more success at Fairbrook Naze I plodded onwards arriving with little time before sunset. I managed to get a few shots off before the light went and then set about setting up camp for the night and attempting some astro photography. Results were ok but I’m looking forward to getting my hands on my most recent purchase the Samyang 14mm 2.8 in the hope to capture a bit more light than is possible with the Canon 17-40 f4. The morning that followed was a lovely start to the day with rolling clouds scattering the horizon. I’m pleased with the results and certainly pleased I made the most of the light before our typical bank holiday weather!
So I finally made it back here after an abandoned attempt earlier in the week due to an accident which resulted in a road closure. The temperature soon dropped as sunset neared so I was pleased I had packed the jacket. It was also the first outing and use of a walking pole which I can thoroughly recommend for scrambling up hills. I seemed to get up to the top much quicker than last time with half the effort! All good practice for Scotland in a week although I suspect the hills and mountains will be much harder work particularly as I always seem to choose the steepest bits!
So here is one of the Wessenden waterfalls. I’m definitely returning to the area soon to do more exploring as there are some great shots to be had. The largest waterfall I expected to be far more ferocious after the recent rain but it was far tamer than I had expected. I’m hoping for a downpour soon!
So I think my latest outing up to the hills was more successful than the last. I think I caught the only gap in the weather all weekend and I was rewarded with this shot. I’m pleased to say my new walking boots felt great and I can’t wait to be back up on the hills soon to capture more landscapes. With winter on it’s way I’m looking forward to getting out on some brisk mornings and evenings.
I was itching to get out today but conditions initially didn’t look promising with grey overcast skies. Not that this is a bad thing but I really wanted to capture the golden hour before sunset. Around 3pm the skies cleared a little and there was broken cloud which makes for fantastic conditions. I set off to Ladybower reservoir with the intentions of reaching the salt cellar rock stack. The drive down was fantastic and and conditions were improving further still. I arrived and literally ran up the path until I ran out of breath, which I’m pleased to say wasn’t too soon. My table tennis fitness regime must work!
There was just one slight problem however the clouds came over again just as I reached somewhere worth shooting. There was clearly a front coming over and I resigned myself to the fact that not every time we venture out can we return with keepers. Despite this I got the camera out and my ND filters which I’m ashamed to say was their first outing despite having them for over a year (well I did say I needed a kick up the backside). It also felt like it was blowing a gale in places to, even with my sturdy tripod wasn’t going to keep camera shake away. Despite all this I shot away happily and thought I would return with something useful. With the sun nearly set and behind cloud I headed back down the track where the sun almost broke through creating a dramatic sky. I got the camera out again and set it all up where I captured the below. I think my first outing with the sole intention to shoot landscape was quite kind to me. However I have learnt a few things on my day out.
Firstly set off earlier than you think you need. Had I arrived an hour earlier I could have got some excellent shots and got to my intended destination! Even with my run up the hill I could have done with more time. Secondly make sure you have plenty of space on your memory cards. I’m a bit fanatical about backing photographs up. They say data doesn’t exist unless it’s in at least three places at once, I make sure mine are but don’t like to remove recent shots from cards unless I’ve finished editing them. As a result of this I had about 200 shots left on one particular card, before setting off I though was more than enough. However when you start exposure bracketing it quickly disappears. It’s not fun having the sun disappear behind a cloud again just as you’re reaching for another card. Another lesson of the day was to carry some tissues. A runny nose is not a good look. Wear some good footwear, I love my trainers but they are not ideal for running up hills with my feet rolling about in them. Fortunately I’m waiting for my new boots to arrive. I can’t wait for them. Sometimes I think I like companies just because of their names. I think Mammut may be one of these! One final thought is that I need to devise a ingenious way to attach my tripod to my bag. It does have a way of attaching a tripod but the Giottos is just far too heavy to attach it to the bag this way. I’m thinking of a cargo net.
All in all a good day I think I got an acceptable shot in the end. I can also really recommend the android app OS Atlas to which proved to be really useful. It’s basically any OS Map area you want. Remember to cache the area you’re going to before hitting the hills!
So here is one of Dove Stone Reservoir in the Peak District. The image is made up of three images in total that have been stitched together. Unfortunately I arrived slightly too late in the afternoon and the light wasn’t what I had hoped for. However I do like this shot and find it quite tranquil, I think it’s the symmetry and the lone tree!
So here is the latest shot. I’ve been enjoying the weather in recent weeks as on occasions it has been very nice indeed. This is another one from the Peak District in the idyllic village of High Bradfield. The village definitely has lots of sights worthy of being post card material!