Landscape Photography, English Landmarks, Peak District, Windgather Rocks Sunset

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!

Landscape Photography - Derbyshire Peak Distict, Windgather RocksThe 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? 🙂

Capture Details

Canon 1Ds Mark III

EF 16-35mm USM L @ 18mm

1/4 sec @ f/11, ISO 100

0.9 Reverse ND Grad (Singh-Ray)

Single Exposure

Curves adjustments

A little dodging and burning


Have a great day!


Barney Delaney is a photographer specialising in landscape photography prints from around the world. He is based in Lichfield, Staffordshire, UK.

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24 Responses to “Landscape Photography, English Landmarks, Peak District, Windgather Rocks Sunset”

  1. Laurence
    Twitter: lozula
    June 11, 2012 at 8:51 pm #

    Seriously Barney, I think I’m in love with your photos. I’m a massive fan of sunsets (despite popular opinion, you can’t have too many sunset photos), and you seem to capture them in a very special way. Love the rays coming off the sun on this one, and I’m always a fan of a photograph that took a little more effort than normal to capture 🙂
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  2. VeraJune 15, 2012 at 12:43 pm #

    Oh my, these ARE some pretty impressive pictures -I can relate to Loz’ raving because it all comes together: the motive, the composition, the colours, the focus. I sense some serious devotion;) Beautiful!!!

  3. Wendy Wilks
    Twitter: kmiclub
    June 16, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

    Definitely, very touching sunset pics! I like the moments you enjoyed pretty much and with the highly impressive captured scenes. Thanks for post it here. Keep it up and looking forward more! 🙂

  4. Grant
    Twitter: grantlylynch
    June 18, 2012 at 8:09 pm #

    Great shot from the Peak District area. My father originally came from this area and I would love to go back one day and capture some images for him.
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  5. Daniel JacksonJune 28, 2012 at 8:13 pm #

    Hi Barney! I could stand here and look at your photo all day! I love this sunset and I hope I will see more of this soon!
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  6. Del BensonJune 30, 2012 at 10:54 am #

    Wow! This reminds me of the last sunset in Saipan. This image is so beautiful. I feel like I wanna go back and live in an island again.
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  7. BarneyJuly 17, 2012 at 9:34 pm #

    Thank you for your kind comments guys, bit slow in responding, sorry about that! Been getting out doing quite a bit of photography work recently, drop by soon to catch up!
    cheers, Barney
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  8. Terence Chang
    Twitter: TerenceChang
    August 2, 2012 at 1:29 am #

    Nice shot! Don’t tell me this one is NOT processed in HDR? It looks so dynamic. 😉

    Thank you for stopping by my site and I love your photos!
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    • BarneyAugust 2, 2012 at 9:41 am #

      No HDR, just a single Singh-Ray Reverse ND (3 stop) @ ISO 50 – just enough to hold back the highlights. I did a bit of curves adjustments, but that’s pretty much it. The light is great up there in the evenings. thanks for stopping by!

      • JaySeptember 14, 2012 at 6:19 pm #

        That’s impressive, awesome photography, congrats!
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  9. JohnAugust 4, 2012 at 11:02 am #

    Thanks for sharing the technical details. I am a newbie learning landscape photography and your site turned out to be a treasure trove for me. Please keep posting such great articles.

  10. JosephAugust 4, 2012 at 11:31 am #

    The clouds are quite threatening but the sun has outdone it. You are a lucky guy to stay so close to such a great location. Do share some more photos of this place. I enjoy reading your articles and watching the pics. They are lovely.

  11. Ben SmithAugust 5, 2012 at 10:42 am #

    Oh really a very excellent tutorial indeed! I am so pleased to know that inspiration whatever you expose here. Anyway I would like to say thanks for the input here. Keep it up! 🙂

  12. Glenda Scott
    Twitter: mancegiles
    August 5, 2012 at 7:59 pm #

    Very relaxing photographs!!! Can take away Stress!!! wish to stay in there.:-)

  13. canvas printsAugust 6, 2012 at 7:43 pm #

    looks like it was all worth it as the shot looks stunning.

  14. Melly SchugAugust 9, 2012 at 1:46 am #

    Wow, truly pretty! Nice capture.
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  15. tobias KeyAugust 16, 2012 at 3:02 pm #

    I really enjoyed reading this article but loved the photograph, the sun and the rays are very proportional to the scenery. Well captured.

    Sussex Photographer

    Tobias Key

  16. Grant
    Twitter: grantlylynch
    November 22, 2012 at 7:45 pm #

    love the fact you have used a grad on camera- i used loads of cokin filters when I shot on film but they will be coming out of the loft and back in use
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  17. Ariel D. TylerApril 29, 2013 at 1:57 am #

    I’m a photographer based in the beautiful Peak District Landscape of Cheshire, I specialise in landscape photography from around the world. My focus is to reflect a passion for the great outdoors and travel adventure through my photographs. Bringing back the great outdoors to the viewer is important, with my photographs I aim to capture the emotional essence of the landscape forever.
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  18. Christopher JamesAugust 9, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

    Wow! That scene looks simply breathtaking. I can’t imagine what you felt when you’re in that place.
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