Landscape Photography in the Derbyshire Peaks, Mam-Tor Sunset

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!!?!

Barney Delaney Landscape Photography, Mam-Tor View of Rushup Edge in the Mist, Derbyshire Peak District

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!

Capture Details

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
Single Exposure
Curves adjustments
A little dodging and burning


Have a great day!


Barney Delaney is a photographer specialising in Landscape Photography from around the world. He is based in the Cheshire Peak District of the UK. His artwork can be purchased Landscape Photography.

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16 Responses to “Landscape Photography in the Derbyshire Peaks, Mam-Tor Sunset”

  1. Phil
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    August 2, 2012 at 9:53 am #

    Hi Barney

    Great photo and obviously a late finish. This is an area I know really well having lived in Glossop for many years before moving to Scotland over ten years ago. I spent a great deal of time in the Peak District, though concentrating mainly in the area around Kinder and Bleaklow and love the remoteness and isolation.

    There is some great walking and photo opportunities within these two areas and well worth a visit. It is easy to get off the beaten track and have the place to yourself.

    Thanks for sharing your images and the reminder of some great days out in the Peak District. I always took my border collie along as well, great fun.
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  2. JeffAugust 4, 2012 at 10:47 am #

    Depending on the weather forecast is not a wise thing to do. You have realized that by now. I always carry my kit along with me as I do not want to miss a good shot. At times I have to return home futile but most of the times I get a chance to catch some good shots.

  3. KimAugust 4, 2012 at 11:28 am #

    Living in UK and not caring for the weather forecast is difficult. The weather plays truant very often. But I think it is a good idea to carry your kit when you are going for long walks.

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    August 12, 2012 at 9:30 pm #

    Wonderful warmth and light in this shot. I so want to visit the UK just to be able to find locations like this. sigh

  5. photos on canvasAugust 23, 2012 at 2:37 pm #

    This entry is just awesome. Landscape photos are always great, but if this photo is put on canvas it will work, like the icing on a cake.

  6. JoySeptember 18, 2012 at 4:16 pm #

    Charming photo. Hope to see more of your landscape snapshots. I personally don’t mind the truant weather changes in the country, but a good weather forecast before taking your dog for a walk might be good.

  7. KristineSeptember 19, 2012 at 9:39 am #

    Thanks for sharing this stunning image and your capture details, I’m an avid fan of landscape photography too. I’m glad you enjoyed the experience. More Power!

  8. JadeJanuary 6, 2013 at 1:11 am #

    Wonderful photo, I so which I could take a visit
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  9. sairaJanuary 26, 2013 at 12:57 pm #

    Nice blog and photography done is very professional everything is so perfect.great job

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  10. Kieth MccormickApril 27, 2013 at 1:22 am #

    This is great for shooting portraits , for example, where you want to concentrate attention on your subject. However, in landscape photography, the whole scene is your subject, and you want as much depth of field as possible, to make everything in the picture sharp, from the flowers and stones at your feet to a distant treeline on the horizon.
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  11. Dean O. PattersonJune 10, 2013 at 5:34 am #

    The good news is that landscape photography doesn’t require any highly specialized equipment like wildlife or macro photography, for example. In fact, a camera body and a kit lens is more than enough to get started. The closest essential piece of equipment that is extra is a good, sturdy tripod. Landscape photography is often all about using small apertures and relatively long shutter speeds in low light, so stabilization is essential.
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  12. Romany WatsonOctober 21, 2013 at 12:44 pm #

    Lovely photos in derby. I am also photographer specializing in Aerial photography. In my photography technique I attempt the great outdoors with the viewer, hopefully capturing some of the emotional essence of the photography.
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  13. Wedding PhotographerDecember 31, 2015 at 1:01 pm #

    Landscape photography always appeals to everyone, especially who love nature and traveling. Being a professional photographer, I would like to capture those lovely moments through my lens.

  14. TimHandleyJuly 8, 2016 at 11:23 am #

    This post is just awesome. Landscape photos are always great. Thanks for sharing this stunning image and your capture details.