Landscape Photography in the Peak District, Windgather Rocks sunset.
In hindsight being sat on top of a 9 meter crag, surrounded by sheep and a hopeful Husky, and trying to compose the shot, perhaps wasn’t a good combination, or idea…
It’s pretty exposed out on the crag and I guess the name must come from being so open to the prevailing winds. I took the picture about halfway down the skyline, just above a route called ‘High Butress Arete’, shame there weren’t any climbers out on the route this time round!
The crag itself is located just a short drive (or a long walk) from our house, and it’s a great location to walk the dog. I’d thought a few times it might make a great place to watch sundown, so on this outing I packed a camera, with the intention of sitting out and capturing the sunset with Balto (the dog) after his walk.
Windgather Rocks is a gritstone crag located on the Derbyshire-Cheshire Peak District border. For the climbers amongst us they make a great place for getting to grips with the basics of rock climbing and a good place for learning gear placement, a good spot for landscape photography too I think!
There are plenty of slabby square-cut jugs and picnic spots on the crag, with most climbs being around 9m high and mostly on the low side of the UK climbing scale. The location is renown for it’s changeable weather (wait, isn’t that just the whole of the UK!!), and on this occasion a storm was starting to brew, threatening to thwart my attempts at capturing a sunset.
Due to the deep cloud layer I ended up using a single 3 stop Reverse ND. I think it helped capture the drama of the incoming storm quite nicely.
And next time either the dog or the camera stays at home, if only to protect my sanity! Landscape photography is supposed to be a time for contemplation…right?
Canon 1Ds Mark III
EF 16-35mm USM L @ 18mm
1/4 sec @ f/11, ISO 100
0.9 Reverse ND Grad (Singh-Ray)
A little dodging and burning
Have a great day!