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Peak District Photography - Autumn – Andy Hemingway
Holme Clough Birchen Clough After a somewhat overcast and disappointing summer, autumn has been welcomed by me with open arms. For me, it is the season when the landscape truly comes to life.  Trees blazing red and gold, early morning mists that hang in the valleys and the first hints of frost, fringing the rocks and grasses of the higher reaches. Saddleworth Moor is one of my very favourite locations. Despite its dark reputation, it is a place of wild beauty and with its varied landscape, a photographer’s paradise....
Autumn – Andy Hemingway
Peak District Photography - Lady luck on my side?
So another week of rain it would seem. It just doesn’t seem to end. I know it’s driving people up the wall and in terms of photography the social networks have certainly been quiet these last couple of months. However, I seem to be doing alright. I keep edging my bets and going out last minute. Last week after a day of heavy rain I ended up with Winnats with a cracking sunset and this Saturday I decided to head out to Nine Stones Close, near Robin Hoods Stride and Elton. Nine Stones Close is neolithic stone circle. Located in a...
Lady luck on my side?
Peak District Photography - Winning at Winnats
Winnats Pass is a limestone gorge near Castleton. It is the only road out of Castleton to the west. The A625 under Mam Tor used to be a route out, but it was closed in 1979 due to continuing land slides (well worth a visit if you’re in the area, it almost feels like you could be part of a post apocalyptic world!).  The name Winnats Pass comes from  an old translation of “Wind Gates”.   The road is a steep 1 in 5 pass and is relatively busy. The road is narrow and winding and great care needs to be used with...
Winning at Winnats
Peak District Photography - Black & White Photography - Andy Hemingway
Summer Winds on Stanage Edge. A blustery evening after rain. The middle months of the year can be a frustrating time for landscape photographers, with excruciatingly early sunrises and very late sunsets. Coupled with recent extended periods of dull weather, it began to seem that my photography was taking a nose-dive. I felt that I was hitting a rut and really needed to find some inspiration that would help me to make the most of what the skies were delivering. Something that would use those luxuriant dark clouds as an advantage, rather...
Black & White Photography - Andy Hemingway
Peak District Photography - Thors Cave
Thors Cave is an impressive limestone cave situated near the top of a cliff in the Manifold Valley near the village of Wetton.   A little bit more about the cave taken from Wikipedia: It is classified as a Karst cave. Located in a steep limestone crag, the cave entrance, a symmetrical arch 7.5 metres wide and 10 metres high, is prominently visible from the valley bottom, around 80 metres (260 feet) below. Reached by an easy stepped path from the Manifold Way, the cave is a popular tourist spot, affording excellent views over the...
Thors Cave
Peak District Photography - Dovedale
Dovedale has to be the worst kept secret of the Peak District. Every weekend floods of people visit this limestone dale just outside of Ashbourne. It is easy to see why, steep sided limestone hills, cliffs, caves all along with a crystal clear River Dove running through it with a gentle path at the side.   So, this then is perhaps why photographers tend to shy away from the area – a quick search on Google doesn’t return much imagery from the enthusiast/professional photographer. However I have a soft spot for the area and have...
Dovedale
Peak District Photography - Blake mere
The Peak District is devoid of naturally formed lakes and pools (the latter can be called tarns if you must but this term is more akin to those found in the Lake District). There are absolutely zero naturally formed lakes and I can only think of three named pools. There is mermaid’s pool on the western flanks of Kinder Scout and the other two are within a stone’s throw of each other.   In the Staffordshire Moorlands lies Doxey’s Pool high up on the Roaches and Blake Mere up on Morridge Moor, a moor that overlooks the...
Blake mere
Peak District Photography - Wirksworth Star Disc
I’m always interested in finding new and interesting locations that have impact and haven’t really been “discovered” yet photographically. As much as it’s hard to resist some of the cliché locations where I still try and put my own twist on them there is a certain satisfaction of going to a not well visited location and making your mark, maybe even putting it on the map and on everyone’s radar. This is where my little Star Disc project comes in, open since 2011 it is still relatively unknown to the...
Wirksworth Star Disc
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
Peak District Photography - Step into a stormy spring
Now we are well and truly into March winter has started to lose its grip and we are moving into a proper spring. Day by day the weather is being more predictable and getting hotter.   I have to say that the winter just gone has disappointed me somewhat, there has been barely any snow and those crisp clear days we dream of were few and far between. I am one for loving a stormy sky and changeable weather and endeavour to go out when it doesn’t look promising, but this winter took the Michael. I spent hours upon hours on hillsides...
Step into a stormy spring
Peak District Photography - Carhead Rocks
The Peak District is reputedly the worlds second busiest national park after Mount Fuji in Japan. Whether this is true is another matter and the Park’s authority has even stated it is hard to monitor numbers. What is known though, the national park is in very close proximity to two of the UK’s largest cities, Sheffield and Manchester and accumulates a lot of it’s numbers from these two cities. It is no surprise then, on a hot day perfect for a walk the Peak District quickly becomes filled with people from the local...
Carhead Rocks
Over looking the trespass site at William Clough towards Sandy Heys (in cloud). For by Kinder, and by Bleaklow, and all through the Goyt we’ll go We’ll ramble over mountain, moor and fen And we’ll fight against the trespass laws for every rambler’s rights And trespass over Kinder Scout again… Trespass song based on a parody of 'The Road to the Isles'. The Right to Roam Sunday 24th April 1932 is a date that resonates in the history of the Peak District. As this was the day when more...
Kinder Trespass, 80 Years On - Andy Hemingway
Peak District Photography - Thom Walker - Dove Dale
Since first discovering this part of Dove Dale I have returned twice to try and take this photo. Finally the light was good enough and the sky had enough drama to accompany the ruggedness of Thorpe Cloud. The photo was taken from Bunter Hill. If you are planning a visit to Dove Dale then Bunter Hill is well worth the hike, it stands directly opposite Thorpe Cloud and offers panoramic views from the top. This blog was brought to you by Thom Walker
Thom Walker - Dove Dale
Peak District Photography - Winter in the Peaks
  The snow capped, twin peaks of Crooke Hill near Ladybower Reservoir. Here we are, seemingly in the depths of winter and with Christmas now long forgotten, it can be hard at this time of year to appreciate what pleasures winter can bring. Although this winter has so far has mostly been wet and mild compared to the last few years, when we have seen some quite monumental snow falls, occasional cold snaps have brought frosts and the odd flurry of snow. I often think that the Peak District is seen at its best in winter....
Winter in the Peaks
Peak District Photography - Winter sunrises – Stephen Elliott
Winter is probably my favourite season for landscape photography; yes it can be and is often freezing cold, dark, wet and miserable but we can also get some amazing light, crisp frosty mornings and flurries of snow. This year the snow has been late coming but we have had some lovely sunrises, so I’m going to share a few taken over the last few weeks. One of the nice things about winter sunrises is that you don’t have to get up in the middle of the night like you do when shooting in the summer, you can quite happily stay in bed...
Winter sunrises – Stephen Elliott
Peak District Photography - Past Seven Days
I have been very lucky this past seven days, being able to go out and shoot in the peak district 4 times. Thursday. I got up very early thursday morning with the plan to visit mam tore, Things didn't look to promising on the drive as it was relentlessly raining but one of the lessons I have learnt from landscape photography is that some of the best sky occur after rain fall, thats if it stops raining. when I arrived at mam tor the weather was perfect and i know that the trip was going to be a success. the first photo I took...
Past Seven Days
Peak District Photography - Higger Tor fisheye photo
One of my least used and most favourite lens is my nikon 10.5 fisheye. For a lens which is reasonably expensive it can be very limiting but can be a very fun lens to use, on a very windy trip to Higger tor i popped the fisheye on and started scouting around but ended up taking a photo of this oddly shaped rock which must be the most photographed rock in the area, but I have never seen it  taken with a fisheye, so i set my tripod up and push down on it with all my weight to stop my camera blowing away. Now one of the issues with this...
Higger Tor fisheye photo
Peak District Photography - Thom Walker Photographer
I have always lived in Derbyshire but only recently discovered the peak district and now visit the area once or twice a week, I have lived and worked in the french and austria alps and never truly exploring my local landscapes, I always felt a bit under underwhelmed by england but when i started to take my photography more serious and visit more and more places It became very clear to me that i was very lucky to live within driving distracts to a special part of the country. I have tried out many different trypes of photography but I have...
Thom Walker Photographer
Peak District Photography - Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow?
Well, aren't we having a mild winter? As much as I hate driving in the snow as I'm sure you do, I bet like me I bet when the snow comes I bet you can't help act like a little child. Like I say though, unfortunately so far for the 2011-2012 winter season it has been quite a mild affair with very little snow what so ever. However, I did manage to catch quite a bit of snow 2 weeks in a row around the Buxton area and had a thoroughly enjoyable time around the Chrome and Parkhouse Hill area as well as on Ramshaw Rocks. One thing I have...
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow?
The Peak District, despite it's name is mainly moorland or rolling dales from gritstone escarpments of the Dark Peak to the high sided limestone craggy dales of the White Peak. So despite it's name there's not many true "Peaks" to speak of in the Peak District. There's many theories as to why it's called the Peak District with the main one being that a British tribe called the "Picts" used to live here. You might be thinking at this point I'm totally underselling the area because we don't have these huge jagged hills but ...
James Grant - An infatuation with the true Peaks of the Peak District
Peak District Photography - Andy Hemingway – Loxley Common
  Sunrise on Loxley Common. The village of Loxley sits on the very edge of the Peak District National Park, to the west of Sheffield and now almost swallowed by urban sprawl. Loxley Common lies between the villages of Wadsley, Worrall and Loxley, near Hillsborough. Today a popular spot for dog walkers, there are few clues now left to it’s somewhat dark and grisley past. Robin Hood’s supposed birthplace on a hillock at Little Haggas Croft, lies close to Loxley Common. It is near here where outlaws...
Andy Hemingway – Loxley Common
Peak District Photography - Deer At Chatsworth
A Magical Moment In Time  - The Deer At Chatsworth Make A Wildlife Photographer's Day   An incredibly rare sight and something I'll never forget." A humbled photographer shares a very special snapshot in time with us - another gem to be cherished, in Villager Jim's Collection of photographic treasures. It wasn't a particularly a nice day on the first Saturday in December and James Dobson, Peak District Online's dedicate wildlife photographer, wasn't expecting to come home with any of his usual stunning wildlife...
Deer At Chatsworth
Peak District Photography - James Grant - Are You Looking At Me?
I'm no wildlife photographer by a long stretch, I couldn't name more types of bird by sight than I have fingers on one hand. However there is just something that I have always found fascinating about the highland cattle on Baslow Edge. Whether it's because they're traditionally something seen in Scotland or that they're just so tame (in one way) they are just so striking. I had been up to Baslow Edge a couple of times and without fail they had all been munching on the grass just after Wellington's Monument.  I had a couple of...
James Grant - Are You Looking At Me?
Peak District Photography - Tez Marsden - Trees in Mist
This photograph was taken on Stanton Moor, a wonderful and magic place especially when it is covered in low cloud with the sun shining through as it was on this day. It can be quite spooky up there in the early hours sometimes, with the cloud swirling round and shapes appearing through the trees. It has a fascinating history with the stone circles, the Earl Grey tower and recently the protesters fighting to stop quarrying on the moor, and thankfully they won the battle and saved this lovely area. This photograph is part of an...
Tez Marsden - Trees in Mist
Peak District Photography - Derbyshire On Your Doorstep
Living in Derbyshire I feel myself lucky to be so close to lots of great landscapes and definitely don't take it for granted. However, sometimes I do forget what's closer to home and usually end up heading off into the heart of the Peak District. However, I have become a little stale with photographing the same Peak District scenes as everyone else and wanted to get some different, fresh pictures I could put my name to. So after recently purchasing a new camera I set myself on the task. I decided to shoot some scenes more local to me,...
Derbyshire On Your Doorstep
Peak District Photography - Tez Marsden - An Early Morning Shot
This is yet another early morning shot, near Wolfscote Dale in the Peak District. The light was incredible especially with this stormy looking sky heading my way, had enough time to take some shots before the rain got to me. I feel it is so rewarding getting up early to experience light like this, and often think what people are missing still tucked up in bed!! The light and feeling of being out so early is so special and i'm sure I will never tire of it. The good thing about this time of year in early October is that you...
Tez Marsden - An Early Morning Shot
  The 18th Century Guide Stoop at Curbar Gap Curbar Edge and Froggatt Edge are in fact a single stretch of gritstone escarpment. It is difficult to know where one ends and the other starts. Starting from the southern end of Curbar Edge, ticketed parking is available at Curbar Gap Car Park. If you don't mind a bit of a climb, there are also a few lay by parking spaces next to the road below the edge. Before heading for the edge itself, a small detour through the gate at the eastern end of the car park will bring...
Andy Hemingway – A Brief Guide to Curbar and Froggatt Edge
Peak District Photography - James Grant - High On Heather
For roughly three weeks of the year, every summer starting around mid-August the Peak District comes to life with raging purple heather transforming otherwise dark, brown moors into something that looks like it could be from a child's painting. Heather can be found mainly in the Dark Peak although there's the random bits scattered in area's like Stanton Moor. It's a frantic 3 weeks for any photographer, running about trying to capture it in all it's glory mainly around sunset and even sunrise if your an early bird. The golden hours are...
James Grant - High On Heather
Peak District Photography - Stephen Elliott – Close encounters
A strange thing happened to me earlier this week, after I’d dropped my son off at school I decided to have a walk up onto Higger Tor with my camera, it was a nice sunny morning, a blue sky with patches of fog in the valley below, not a bad day for shooting some landscapes. Walking over the top moor towards the shelter stone a grouse flew out of the heather onto the path in front of me, now normally grouse are very timid birds and scoot off rapidly in the opposite direction but this particular bird had a serious attitude problem and...
Stephen Elliott – Close encounters
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