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A winter sunrise at Stanage Edge southern trig point. A summer evening on Stanage Edge. At approximately four miles long, Stanage Edge is one of the Peak District's best known and impressive locations. A walk along Stanage Edge is a journey through not only through the geology and natural history of the area but 4000 years of human history and influence. The southern section of the edge is by far the most popular, with a several nearby car parks and easy access. It is used for a multitude of recreational activities and during a...
Andy Hemingway – A Brief Guide to Stanage Edge
It was approaching the end of august and I had been scheduled to do some filming for the ‘Visit Peak District’ website along with some other Destination Photography Partners. The brief was for an informal interview followed by some footage of us in action shooting the landscape. As you could probably guess when working to a set date and time the weather was far from ideal, dull leaden skies, strong winds and a fine drizzle, typical summer conditions for Derbyshire! The location was at the eastern end of Stanage chosen as it...
Stephen Elliott – Breaking light over Stanage
  As some of you may know, the Monsal Railway used to run from Bakewell to Buxton and was turned into a trail after the railway was closed.. However, the trail was never quite complete as the tunnel's along the railway were closed off to the public and the trail could not be completed but you had to instead divert around. Julia Bradbury this did route on her TV series "Railway Walks". However, 43 years after the railway's fell into dis-use and 31 years after the trail opened the tunnels were re-opened mainly to create...
James Grant -The Monsal Tunnels - History re-opened
Peak District Photography - Shots Of Inspiration
They say that you need at least 7 touches before a typical customer will buy from you.   Often the first touch will start with a customer visiting your web site or social media page.   Therefore you need to start building your customer relationship at this stage.   No matter how good your marketing information is, first impressions are almost always visual and “You never get a second chance to make a first impression” What is the first thing that you notice when checking out a new Twitter...
Shots Of Inspiration
Shots of Inspiration are photographers based in Derbyshire and Devon who specialise in Commercial, Portrait and Wedding Photography. Their aim is to make great images affordable for both consumers and businesses. Have a look at their portfolio and if you like their work contact them to discuss your requirements. Ian Lancaster - Creative Director and Photographer. Ian has been interested in photography for 25 years. Ian, who enjoys all forms of photography, specialises in commercial, wedding and portrait photography. He...
Peak District Photographers - Shots of Inspiration - Alfreton
Introduction In this final installment I examine perhaps the most enduring and romantic legend attached to Castle Hill, that of the Dragon and the Golden Cradle and see how this could possibly connect the hill to another feature in the surrounding landscape. The Victoria Tower at Castle Hill looking west to West Nab. The Dragon in Folklore A very old tale tells that Castle Hill is home to a sleeping dragon that guards a golden cradle. Folklore of dragons as the guardians of treasure can be found all over the world. Some...
Andy Hemingway - Folklore in the Landscape (pt 5)
Peak District Photography - Tez Marsden - Pleasant surprise!
Out early morning to get the sunrise and besides it being wonderful being out at this time of day you also get unexpected welcome surprises. I was set up for the sunrise and just happened to look to my left and saw these two Brown Hares heading my way,luckily I had my 200mm lens on the camera and without scaring them away I managed to swing my camera round on the tripod and get a few shots of them. They are such wonderful creatures to watch, they didn't hang around to long, I think they got my scent and headed back the way they came....
Tez Marsden - Pleasant surprise!
Peak District Photography - Tez Marsden - Wolfscote Dale Sunrise.
Another early start to the day. This is a sunrise shot looking towards Wolfscote Dale in the Southern Peak District. I was a little late arriving at my designated destination but was rewarded with this shot. I was actually on my way to photograph a totally different view when the sun started to catch the fields and the top of the dale in front of me. I had to make a decision of whether to stop and get this shot and maybe losing the shot I was after,but, being a photographer I can't resist good light going to waste so set up and got...
Tez Marsden - Wolfscote Dale Sunrise.
Introduction Continuing from the previous installment that looked at the history of Castle Hill, this part now concentrates on the many aspects of folklore and legend that are associated with the hill. As would be expected from a prominent location that has been occupied variously by so many different cultures, over such a long time-span, it is not surprising that the hill is drenched in legend. Many tales involving sleeping dragons, the devil, a Brigantine Queen and secret tunnels abound, that it is difficult to pick out the grains of...
Andy Hemingway - Folklore in the Landscape (pt 4)
First off Just want to say thank you to Peak District Online for inviting me to be a featured photographer and letting me blog. I want to talk about a little realisation I had the other day which is that I believe most people take the present for granted, it's not until it becomes the past and eventually a memory that you look fondly at the time and think "that was a good time" and subsequently wishing you had perhaps savoured the moment a little more. I actually came to this realisation while sat on a beach roughly 1500 miles...
James Grant - Living in the moment and recording it
Peak District Photography - High Neb heather
This is my first entry for the Peak District online blog and I’m looking forward to contributing some of my images taken while out and about in the Peak District.  It’s early August which is a great time in the Dark Peak for photography, the heather is bursting into flower painting the moors a deep purple which then contrasts against the rich greens of the bracken and the warm buttery outcrops of numerous gritstone edges.  I’m up on Stanage near to the Trig point at High Neb, my plan is to...
High Neb heather
Peak District Photography - Tez Marsden - Rainster Rocks
A very early start to get this weeks photograph of Rainster Rocks a limestone outcrop in the south of the Peak District. I am in the process of photographing these rocks throughout the year. At  the moment with the leaves on the trees being green you can't see much of the rocks themselves, so I am looking forward to Autumn for the colour and the rocks being exposed, also the light will be totally different, plus I won't have to get up so early either! I mentioned the effect of light in my last image at different times of the...
Tez Marsden - Rainster Rocks
Introduction It is common for ancient sites to be linked with other landscape features, visible in the surroundings. In the latest part of this short series I would like to demonstrate how landscape features can be linked in folklore, using an example that straddles the northern boarder of the Peak District National Park. The history and folklore of Castle Hill and its surroundings is long and convoluted, which has necessitated that I split this piece into sections. This first part pieces together the known history of Castle Hill...
Andy Hemingway - Folklore in the Landscape (pt 3)
Peak District Photography - Robert Falconer Photography
Robert first picked up an SLR camera when he was 12 years old. An interest in photography developed from his father taking him to see steam trains. Before long Robert built up a passion for photography and soon turned his camera towards photographing landscapes. The Peak District is just 2 miles from where Robert lives and has become a popular area for landscape pictures. Robert has also ventured further afield to places including the Yorkshire Dales, Scotland, USA and Everest in Nepal. Robert still has a passion for photographing...
Robert Falconer Photography
Introduction Folklore is often relegated to the realms of fairytales. Bedtime stories or tales to be told around on open hearth on a cold winter's night. Often however, it can direct us to places that can be a joy to capture images of throughout the seasons. Sometimes there is a grain of truth in these tales that, with a little research, can provide us with a window to peer back into a location's history. The Boarder Lands of Saddleworth Moor Tucked away in the Pennine Hills at the northern tip of the Peak District National...
Andy Hemingway - Folklore in the Landscape (pt 2)
Introduction Besides landscape photography, one of my other long-term interests is history, particularly how the landscapes of our isles were formed. Like many of Britain's rural areas, the Peak District has a wealth of archaeology and folklore that takes us deep into Britain's history. At first, this may seem to have little connection with photography but it is something that I find richly enhances and informs my work, as much as studying the behaviour of animals does for a wildlife photographer. On the surface, folklore seems to...
Andy Hemingway - Folklore in the Landscape (pt 1)
Peak District Photography - AHG Photography - Persistence is the Key
  First of all, I would like to thank Peak District On-Line for inviting me to contribute this blog and offer my view of landscape photography in the Peak District to you. I hope that I manage to do their faith in me justice. Often, photography talk is centered on equipment. The pros and cons of the latest round of camera releases, comparisons between brand A or brand B, one lens against another, tripods, filters etc. When asked about what I consider to be the most important element in photography, my answer is always,...
AHG Photography - Persistence is the Key
I originate from Crosland Moor in Huddersfield and formed an early love of the Pennine landscape during regular walks in the hills with my father. Since then I have always been happiest on a wind blasted hilltop, clambering over a rocky outcrop or searching out half forgotten antiquities amongst the heather. Graduating from Norwich School of Art in 1991 with a BA (Hons) Degree in Fine art Printmaking, I also hold a BTEC OND Diploma in  Art & Design and am a member of the Society of International Nature & Wildlife Photographers....
Peak District Photography - AHG Photography
Peak District Photography - Richard Wheeler - Monsal Dale
The opening of the tunnels has been big news in the Peak District lately, and been featured on the BBC news. There is now an accessible walking and cycling route along the old railway lines from Bakewell to Cheedale. One of the most popular views over the Wye Valley is Monsal Head, sitting high over the viaduct and really comes alive with the fantastic green display of summer. Arriving fairly early, I decided to get a shot of the recently opened Headstone Tunnel bathed in the late afternoon light. Once I’d got this, I...
Richard Wheeler - Monsal Dale
Peak District Photography - Richard Wheeler - A Windy Winnats Pass
My quest for new locations started off well this year.  So far I’ve managed to find some new bluebell woods and am in the middle of scouting new locations in the Peak District to shoot from.  This led me to having a ‘reccie’ on Winnats Pass one evening. After checking the sunset position, I thought it would be worth an evening stroll on there.  I have driven up Winnats Pass  a fair few times and always am impressed with the high banked walls of limestone.  I parked at the top in a layby and headed...
Richard Wheeler - A Windy Winnats Pass
Todays Picture Show is about the local birds to Great Hucklow , and nearby places , including a lovely meadow pippet posing perfectly on a post and a female chaffinch arriving for her breakfast. Birds around the area seem to have thrived this year with pairs of Curlews , Barn Owls , Little Owls , Meadow Pipets , Goldfinches and even a pair this week in our garden of Greenfinches which i havnt seen before take up residence. Get out on those lovely walks around the area and see how many varieties you can see on your travels - if you manage to...
Birds Of the Peak District - Saturday Morning Picture Show May 7th
Peak District Photography - Saturday Morning Picture Show April 16th
Pheasants , Lambs and a Rabbit and Cat race!! Not often you can say that but this morning in our field that exactly what happened! Went out around Wardlow this morning also and grabbed a lovely pheasant basking on the wall in the early morning sunshine. I missed by about half an hour the lovely rolling mists that often cover the valley and as i went out i could see it melting away and knew i was too late . So a couple of lamb shots made it worthwhile before i went back home to sit by the pond and watch the amazing birdlife with Blue Tits ,...
Saturday Morning Picture Show April 16th
I saw on the news yesterday that the bluebells had sprung early this year.  This year seems to be going quicker than usual anyway but for the bluebells to be out is really something! I find photographing in woods challenging, it’s often hard to pick a clean composition as there are always stray branches and unwanted elements creeping in to the frame. Of course you can go close up and isolate a single bluebell with a shallow DOF to throw the background out of focus. Last year I decided I wanted a different shot from the...
Richard Wheeler - Spring’s sprung already?
Peak District Photography - 60s Night At The Bulls Head In Foolow
A great night was had on Saturday with a 60s night being the theme a locals birthday , everyone really made a fantastic effort and the party grooved into the night with a fabulous retro atomoshpere. The Bulls Head in Foolow hosted the evening and did a fabulous roast of beef from nearby James Hancocks famous Castlegate beef farm and he was there in person to do the carving! The locals all commented the day after what a fabulous night which should be repeated soon!
60s Night At The Bulls Head In Foolow
Black And White! For me sometimes black and white can be really effective , with real underlying mood or power , and i really enjoy the fact that turning to black and white on a day which is cloudy or overcast is the perfect way to carry on enjoying photography even though the light is bad! Todays shots are of some wild ponies near Litton and a very sad lamb (well he had just woken up !) near Wardlow . And sorry but of course Dilly the labrador had to go on today simply for her daft positions she gets herself into!
Saturday Morning Picture Show April 9th 2011
Peak District Photography - Richard Wheeler - Timing is everything...
Today I thought I’d talk about timing and patience in photography. A single 10 seconds of light can make such a difference to a scene and can turn an average photograph into something special. My first visit to Three Shire Heads demonstrated this perfectly. Three Shire Heads sits on the on the Cheshire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire border and sits on the River Dane with some cascading falls, packhorse bridge and panniers pool. I’d seen photographs of these falls before, but normally focusing low down on the falls and looking up...
Richard Wheeler - Timing is everything...
Todays photographs of the peak district show the fantastic new life created in the world of peak district wildlife ! From a new born calf who was no more than 4 or 5 minutes old to two you lambs huddling together to fight the morning frost. The wildlife in the area has come alive this month with the wonders of nature and new born life. Then we have a young meadow pipet near Tideswell and only yards away a young hare sits warily on the hillside. Of course it wouldnt be complete without those amazing colours of a male pheasant to show off...
Saturday Morning Picture Show - 2nd April 2011
Today I fancied talking about an image that will probably be quite controversial to many photographers.  When learning about photography , people often talk about the rules of thirds. Whilst I agree that objects work best on a vertical or horizontal third (i.e. generally 1/3rd of sky and 2/3rd of landscape) there are times where this rule can be disregarded in favour of 50/50 splits. I personally am quite a fan of breaking the rules. This photograph , taken at Middle Black Clough falls does break the rules. The falls...
Richard Wheeler- Rules...are they mean’t to be broken?
The birds return at last! Meadow Pipets and Pied Wagtails abound , such a fantastic part of the year as the migratory birds arrive back from their amazing journeys to continental Europe and sometimes even further. What i do know is they are back and in big numbers. Today pictures are from Ashford In The Water , and Great Longstone. The pheasants of course are resident all year round and as Ive said before i think they are the most beautiful bird of all . We are fortunate to have one living in our garden and often when i leave seed out for him...
Saturday Morning Picture Show - Birds Birds Birds
  This photo was taken in August when the Peak District typically looks its best.  The heather is in full bloom, nestling around the grey gritstone rocks and adding a real punch of colour to the scene. Most of the year  the heather is a brown colour with no real interest but for these 2 weeks, I always try and get out as much as possible to capture the display it puts on. One of the best places for this is around Millstone Edge , parking at the Surprise View car park and walking up to Over Owler Tor . The start...
Richard Wheeler - Firey Skies Over Owler Tor
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