Landscape Photography in the Derbyshire Peaks, Mam-Tor Sunset
I’m pretty new to the this part of the world and have only been living up here for about nine months now. We really like it here and we’re starting to find some really great locations to walk / ride and take the dog out, mostly within walking distance or short drive from the house. There is one thing I’ve quickly come to learn though , the weather forecast around here should always be taken with a pinch of salt!
Living in the UK you tend to keep an eye on the weather forecast before taking off on a walk, especially if you enjoy any form of outdoor activity, Landscape Photography not excluded. But I actually think I’ve become a little bit obsessed with it over the last few months!!?!
And this is where I almost always come unstuck – I believe the forecast, and almost always leave my kit at home if it threatens rain. I’ve been out walking Balto a few times recently and have kicked myself for not bringing it. He’s still only a pup really but his walks are getting longer by the week, and we’ve ended up at some cracking locations recently, just in time for sunset, and guess what…no rain, and no kit!
So now I’m getting into the routine of bringing my kit for each dog walk, it’s a tiny bit of a drag but it’s getting easier – so long as I remember to leave it near the door to not forget! The kit comes with me, whatever the weather, I just pack light and leave it in the car if it’s torrential or it’s a white-out!
This time I’d taken my own advice and packed light, sticking with a single lens and body, a couple of landscape photography filters and a Lee holder, and my trusty tripod. We’d walked through Hope Valley and hiked back up to the ridge, then back along Mam-Tor toward the trig point. The views from the ridge are awesome, and if you are lucky you can see right over to Manchester, Stockport, and Winter Hill on the West Pennine Moors.
Apart from the sheep we had the whole view to ourselves, even Rushup Edge was clear, not a single hiker in sight. It was quite misty but it was just clear enough to catch the setting sun through the mist and the beautiful orange glow across the Rushup Edge horizon.
A great way to end the day!
Canon 1Ds Mark III
EF 16-35 L USM II @18mm
1/6 sec @ f/11, ISO 100
0.9 Reverse ND Grad (Singh-Ray)
Really Right Stuff TVC33+BH55 LR
A little dodging and burning
Have a great day!