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 make the most of the late evening light, to wander around and photograph the heather amongst the rocks. Looking east I spot a vertical rainbow against a sky getting darker with the promise of an oncoming shower, while to the west the low sun is sitting behind a thin bank of clouds, the elements are coming together nicely and I know that it won’t be too long before the sun drops below the cloud layer and illuminates the landscape with a lovely warm glow. I set my camera on the tripod with a composition to take in the grass in the bottom left corner and help lead the eye through the heather and onto the distant rocks.
Image details: Olympus E5, ZD12-60mm f2.8, 1/15 sec f10 @ 12mm 200 ISO, Lee 0.6 ND grad