High Force

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High Force Waterfall


A visit back to my folks ensured a visit to High Force with my dad and niece. Casey wanted to see what I do, and that was nice to hear, while I know my dad enjoys the scenery while I am out. High force is about 90 foot drop unbroken waterfall. The whin sill rocks are extremely slippery when wet and therefore it is always a tenacious shoot when getting down by the water. Casey watched me for a while, and clambered around the rocks (in much more agile fashion than myself and my dad), and took photos of her own using her mobile phone, of which she managed to do some great shots.

I had hope for a good sunset colours in the clouds, it was best about half an hour before and I managed to get the 8 minute exposure in, using a big stopper and grad filter.

As the sunset approached the clouds were moving from the east to west and after doing a little research, they did just disappear. What was amazing is as we drove home back up in to Weardale we drove through cloud…..


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That Time of The Evening

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Edale Derbyshire Peak District

After the meandering along the Snake Pass in my previous post with the two trees, we were still unable to find a parking spot at Ladybower; we headed up to Mam Tor in Edale. There was a mountain rescue in progress on the north edge of Mam Tor so we stayed away out of respect and took pictures from a mound by the main road that takes you to Edale. Darren called it his mound, and then we were promptly joined by another photographer for a short while. These little fluffy cirrocumulus clouds were just loitering around. The sun is beginning its final descent behind the ridge. The shot was taken at f20, at 0.6 second with a soft 0.6 ND grad. So I had some cleaning up to do, the dust from the filter or the lens. and not the sensor, the one that was replaced under warranty.

At dusk when the half-moon was above the Hope Valley and the ethereal cement works are  in plain view. The violets and blues of the dusk in a near almost cloudless sky. The shot was taken on f11 for 2 seconds with a soft 0.6 ND grad.


Hope Valley at Dusk


And when we finally decided to head back to where we parked the car, the afterglow on the sunset horizon looking out towards Sparrowpit, the mist hovering between the hills was that last shots of the day. The shot was taken at f11 for 10 seconds with a soft 0.6 ND grad.


Sunset in The Peak Distyrict


I am rejuvenated with the sensor change and keen to get back out again. Although it is becoming a soggy affair at the moment heading into December.

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Off The Snake Pass

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Peak District Landscapes

I went out with my friend and fellow photographer Darren Galpin last Sunday, we didn’t go out too early, and that proved fatal for snap shots at Ladybower Reservoir. We had never seen it so busy, as the levels remain low in the reservoirs, with the chance of a glimpse of the flooded village that lies beneath is proving to be a hit with tourists. After more than 60 years ago – closer to 80 years (as an off the cuff guess) the village of Ashop was flooded as a water supply to feed Derbyshire. We we took ourselves off to the Snake Pass in the vain hope of getting up to Alport Castles. Parking is troublesome along this way. We stopped of near the walk to Blackden Brook, where it drops down the River Ashop, Dean Hill and up to Kinder Scout.

We were not in any mood for climbing so we pondered around near the river and occupied our time there and thought about heading back to the Ashopton Bridge, for the last hour and a half at Ladybower. Hold that thought for the next post.

It was bright with a little fair weather cloud, the light was not great for the water, but we managed to get some shots. The trees became subject of choice for me.

Tree in Genuflection

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Three Logs

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Three Logs


Autumn woodland scene, Wyming Brook Nature Reserve. The woodland path that takes you to the Rivelin Reservoir, instead of the meandering brook – side walk.

Three logs lain out that have succumbed to the woodland’s growth and decay. The blazing fiery bush in autumns glory colours.

The Boat Jetty Damflask

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The Boat Jetty Damflask


It has been a while since I have popped the couple of miles down the road to Damflask Reservoir. I always find it unusual that when I go to get some sunset and clouds , the clouds disappear as sunset approaches. I have tried to research this but to no avail. My other finding of the day is how low the water level has remained, and that it has not fully recovered from the hot summer.

The boat jetty is much lower down the slopes of the reservoir at the Viking Sailing Club, normally it would be a 2 or 3 metres from the club house. I estimated the stretch from the boat house to the jetty to be about 10 metres, it may have been more. You cannot see the end of the tow path, which is about 3 metres or so to my right.

I tend to come here after a spell a way from my photography, I try to gather my thoughts practice techniques and improve composition. The wonky boat jetty has a bit of character, standing out on its own minding the water’s edge. It has come to be my muse. This time it has a couple of tyres for company. The tyre in the foreground has a nice little highlight, accentuating the curve and glass – like pooling of the water inside it, adding foreground interest. Framed by the exposed sandy mud and foot prints along the water line of the precarious slopes, leading you down the valley towards lower Bradfield in the distance and back along the horizon of the green tree-lined slopes

This shot was a 2m 30s exposure using a Big Stopper with a soft graduated filter ND 6

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Damflask at Autumns End

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Damflask Reservoir

A last-minute popping out, or hour should I say, to my local reservoir. It is still quite low from the summer extremes. The jetty is much further down the edge of the reservoir at the sailing club, by at least by ten metres. The trees on the opposite side to are starting to look sparse, the leaves are dropping off at a pace. However the trees have caught the light of the setting sun, and you can still feel the vibrancy of their colours. You can sense autumn is coming to and end, in preparation for the coming winter.

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