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Peak District Photographers - Steve Wood

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Steve Wood has been walking, running and occasionally climbing in the Peak District for over 30 years. With a background in environmental studies, Steve has also studied the Derbyshire countryside, maintains a website on the history and geology Peak District Landscape: http://www.peakscan.freeuk.com and occasionally runs courses for walkers and riders interested in understanding why the Peak looks as it does. Although he has always taken photographs of Derbyshire, since 2005 Steve has focussed more and more on photography and the problem of how to capture the essence of places with a camera. His inspiration is the 19th century painter, John Constable, who returned again and again to the problem of how to capture the subtleties and light and line he saw in the English countryside. Whilst cameras solve some of the problems of how to record scenes, they introduce others, especially how to show the viewer the many processes work together make up the landscape. Steve's Flickr pages (where he calls himself 'peakscan'), show him repeatedly exploring the relationship between sky, water and land in the Peak and elsewhere.
 
Steve also enjoys the challenges of photographing people and his wedding photography can be seen at http://www.together-now.co.uk .

Peak District Photography - Brassington Barn.
Early spring means nothing is hidden by vegetation and this old barn near Rainster Rocks shows all it's textures on a sunny day at the beginning of March. I love to see the textures of ruins in black & white and here, whilst the bushes that screen the site in summer are bare, the capacity of limestone to show every possible shade of grey is on display. I took a while to realise why I preferred this shot to similar ones of the same subject - it is because there are a number of diagonals that join elements  - for example, one arm of the...
Brassington Barn.
Peak District Photography - Longshaw Panorama
The high pressure systems that have brought us this mild, dry, spring often mean a soft, diffused skies and murky vistas often without much interest for photography. However, driving past Longshaw last week in late afternoon, I saw that the sun was just a disk through clouds and, standing near the Wooden Pole, the trees below receded progressively away.  I took two shots (Nikon D700 & 24-70 @70mm) and later stitched them together in Photoshop. The result captures the end of a soft, quiet day in near monochorome.  A good rule of...
Longshaw Panorama
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