The Great Ridge
Hello. I haven’t been around much of late. I must, in the first instance, apologise to the people I follow, and to the people who have recently made comments and contacted me. I haven’t been doing much photography and therefore not much blogging. I have undertaken another interest, it is called running. Having had some personal issues over the past couple of years I had to focus on sorting and getting back into some semblance of myself. I have been running like a woman possessed and doing stuff in a gym. I am feeling much better, fitter and a lot lighter in stature. I will hopefully be back doing some blogging from time to time and try and catch up with some of the bloggers that i follow.
After a few months out of the frame, as it were, I managed to spend a day with my photographer friend Darren Galpin. We are always in hope to photograph a sunrise weather inversion – mist in the valley below. We never got one on this particular day, however we do joke about it, that it would happen on day when we were not going to shoot or for when I have to go to work instead. A couple of days after this shoot, the perfect conditions arose whilst driving to work. Ce la vie!
We were greeted by some early birds, which was a surprise, more than 10 cars in the car park before sun – up!. Then it was ‘pitch wars’ on Mam Tor as there a few other photographers about, amongst some day, dog, even husky dog walkers and fell runners all before 9am. It is a honeypot, and I am glad to be showing it off.
The sunrise was not particularly spectacular, however I managed to get a few shots in the golden hour before heading off to Back Tor for some tree pictures. The two hawthorns companion is the moon. It was exceptionally windy here and very cold in comparison the lone trees.
In all of the images created I used .6ND and the .9ND graduated soft filters.Two of the images I used the little stopper with a grad .6ND; to create a soft movement in the clouds on the Golden Hour Mam Tor, and the wispy lower branches of the pine tree in Back Tor Pine. The beauty about using the little stopper is that the exposure time is not as long, and you do not always need to set the camera into bulb mode. This depends on what you want to create in the shot.
We set out to do Mam Tor to Back Tor along the Great Ridge, it was getting very bright and a lot of footfall by 9am. We had managed to get something for our early morning labours. Although we did not do the whole walk from Castleton, the full circular walk itself was voted number 10 in the ITV 100 Best Walks in Great Britain, the link for the map is here
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