The Crest of Crook Hill

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Crook Hill Peak District

A perspective of Crook Hill from down below. I saw a crest of a wave from this vantage point.The rocky outcrop gives that curl before it breaks. The cumulus clouds passing over head with lovely definition that fair weather cloud gives. It was the golden hour, about 40 minutes before sunset.

In this field we discovered a bird that I had never heard its song before. After a bit of research on my smart phone, it turned out to be lapwings with their unusual whooping whistle mating call, flying up about 20 feet and swooping back down to the ground with its black and white feathers, almost like an oyster catcher, minus the orange beak. We could hear skylarks, curlews and big bumblebees like flying drones. The temperature was up at 12 – 15ºC last Saturday, when only a few days earlier it had been down to 5ºC; a little low for us Brits this time of year. Finally the sights and sounds of spring had arisen. We saw plenty of new lambs feed from the ewes and were careful not to scare them.

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Derwentwater Icy Shoreline

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Derwentwater Landscape

I have lamented over this particular composition. I tried with a long exposure and I was not happy, not enough definition in the clouds for several minutes of exposure time, and I have stuck with the original test photograph

ISO50 f14 an 0.3seconds. I changed the white balance as it was rather flat, as sometimes RAW tends to produce a flat or washed out image. In Lightroom I used a custom selection, and the sliders to enhance colour.

The icy path is a focal point and a leading line within the image, drawing you to the cloud covered Skiddaw Fell.

Boot’s Folly

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Boots Folly Peak District Landscapes

A 45ft tower that stands proud on the Strines Moor Landscape in the Peak District just outside of Sheffield

Please enjoy the gallery of the different compositions of the tower

As it is near by to me about 10 minutes or so in the car, and it can be a little challenging waiting for the right weather at sunset. The weather may be different 5 miles away down the valley; fair weather at home and then on the moor it may be totally clear of picture enhancing clouds. However last Sunday was just perfect.

I found it even more challenging as it was windy, and my camera and tripod were buffering in the wind. I did not have anything heavy to weigh down the tripod. I shielded it with my body as best I could.

I like the portrait finish. The colours are at the best with the pinky hues, at low-key light giving a bit of mystery surrounding the tower, with the vapour trail moving sideways during the 7 minute exposure time, and the cumulus clouds above the tree on the horizon

Boots Folly

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Derwentwater Landscapes

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I had booked a weekend away in the Lake District with my partner. A well deserved break, he had broken his thumb and had planned holiday for wood working prior to us going away, and I was full of cold.

We stayed in Keswick  after what was looking doubtful after the week of the Siberian blast which closed almost all the northern Pennine routes to the west side of England. I nearly went south to come back up north along the M6. Living in Sheffield we have several ways to cross the Pennines;  both the Snake and the Woodhead Passes were closed. The M62 was closed for 3 days due to the sever winds, however it did manage to reopen for the outbound journey. The A66 (via the A1), my preferred route to the north-west was also closed. It did however reopen in time for our return home.

My partner does suffer for my art. However the walk was about 5 miles along the flat. We took the number 78 bus out to Grange, then an expensive coffee in the Lordore Hotel, who were very hospitable, as we were wearing very much outdoors clothing. We continued back along the east side of the lake towards Keswick.

Keswick, a former lead mining town, sits in the north-east side of Derwentwater just beneath Skiddaw and north of Friars Crag. It looks out towards Portinscale and Cat Bells. By the time we had arrived in the Lake District in the north-west part of England they had very little snow, just on the tops of the mountains, you would not think we had a spell of winter at the turn of spring.

The photographs were all taken around Barrow Bay and Ashness Gate. The time of day was crucial as this helped with my muted winter colours in the hour leading up to sunset. I used an ND 0.9 graduated filter for the sky, it brought out hints of salmon pink and purples from the setting sun, enhanced a little in Lightroom. I have never seen such beautifully crystal clean water. No peat staining in this part of the country.


I dedicate this post to Reuben.




Damflask in Mono

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Damflask Reservoir

I changed my mind about conversion to monochrome.

Damflask Reservoir


Hope Sunset

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Hope Sunset

My last post of the weekend. The scene after the sunset whilst on Mam Tor, looking back to Hope and the cement works. It was the dusky pink and purple hues that took my attention from the slippery slopes. Just by the gate next to the road I took my last shots of the day,

Hope Sunset

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