Category Archives: The Peak District

14 favourite images from 2014

I can’t belive its been a year since I did my favourite 13 images of 2013. Here are my 14 favourites from 2014.

2014-2041---2Turf Fen drainage mill on the River Ant during a passing thunderstorm on the Norfolk Broads

Cromer PierCromer Pier at sunset on a summer’s evening on the Norfolk Coast

2014-0101Derwent Water on a June morning in the Lake District

2013-8664Tulip field & rainbow in the Norfolk Countryside

2014-2387Blea Tarn and rainbow at first light in the Lake District

2013-7971Herringfleet Drainage Mill on a frosty winters morning in the Suffolk countryside

2013-7840-2St Benet’s Abbey on the Norfolk Broads

2014-2553Rydal Water at first light in the Lake District on a November morning

2014-9514Happisburgh Lighthouse on the Norfolk Coast

2014-6408Turf Fen mill at sunset on the River Ant, Norfolk Broads

2014-1247A storm passes over a field of straw bales in the Norfolk countryside

2014-2633Autumn reflections in the Lake District

2014-6537-2A storm passes over Brograve Drainage Mill on the Waxham New Cut, Norfolk Broads

2014-6626One from just a few day ago from the Great Ridge above Castleton in the Peak District

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New Summer Images

Below is a selection of new images taken over the summer months.

Brancaster Staithe
Brancaster Staithe at sunset on the North Norfolk Coast

Derwent Water Lake District
A fantastic sunrise over Derwent Water in the Lake District


Brancaster Staithe at last light on the North Norfolk Coast


Summer greens in the Lake District


Derwent Water at dawn


A vibrant sunset over Cromer Pier on the North Norfolk Coast


Summer Colour at Crummock Water in the Lakes


Castlerigg Stone Circle at dawn


Happisburgh Lighthouse during a long exposure


View over the Solway, Cumbria


Buttermere on a stormy summers morning


Summer colour at Castle Acre near Swaffham, Norfolk


Cromer Pier at sunset on the Norfolk Coast


Illuminated by light in the Lake District


Summer dawn at Derwent Water in the Lake District


Crummock Water, Lake District


Norfolk Barley Field


Buttermere


Summer stream, Cumbria


Castlerigg Stone Circle at first light


Cromer Pier at sunset on the Norfolk Coast


Crummock Water on a summers morning


Stormy skies at Castlerigg Stone Circle


Poppy field in the Norfolk countryside


Two horse riders in a field of wheat at Happisburgh on the Norfolk Coast


Derwent Water at dawn


Castlerigg on a summers morning


Cromer Pier


Lake Buttermere, Cumbria

Thunderstorm near Clippesby
Thunderstorm and straw bale field near Clippesby in Norfolk


The view from Over Owler Tor under a pasing storm in the Peak District


Summer light on the quay at Blakeney


Martello Tower Aldeburgh at last light


A vibrant sunset over the Hope Valley in the Peak District


Dead tree near Snape Maltings


Double rainbow over a freshly harvested field in the Norfolk Countryside


The town of Holt on a summers evening in Norfolk


Boats at Moston on the North Norfolk Coast


Summer heather on the dunes at Winterton-On-Sea, Norfolk Coast


Summer storm in the Norfolk Countryside


Last light on Carhead Rocks in the Peak District


Westleton Heath, Suffolk


Winterton, Norfolk Coast


Looking towards Higger Tor from Over owler Tor in the Peak District


Fishermans huts at Winterton, Norfolk Coast


Fairbrook in the Peak District


Storm captured from Over Owler Tor in the Peak District, Derbyshire


Last light on the dunes at Winterton, Norfolk Coast


Summer Storm


Sunset from Carhead Rocks in the Peak District


Some of the strangest colours I have ever seen as the rain started poring down just before sunset.


Warm evening light on Blakeney Quay, Norfolk Coast


First Light, Curbar Edge


The wonderful view from the top of Curbar Edge in the Peak District


Fairbrook on a summers morning, Peak District


The historic Hunters Fleet on the Norfolk Broads


Lindisfarne Castle


First light on the Heather at Curbar Edge


Mist above the village of Calver, Derbyshire


Cromer Pier at dusk on the Norfolk Coast


Morning light Baslow Edge, Derbyshire


Turf Fen mill at sunset, Norfolk Broads


First Light, Curbar Edge Peak District


A misty sunrise of the dunes at Lindisfarne, Northumberland Coast

New Images

Here are a selection of new images captured in January and February.

2013-7746St Benets Level Drainage Mill on the Norfolk Broads

Southwold, SuffolkTwo surviving beach huts on the dunes at Southwold in Suffolk. In the foreground the remains of a hut that was damaged in the winter storms can be seen.

2013-7346The Scallop sculpture at Aldeburgh on the Suffolk Coast

2013-7521A windy morning on the beach at Southwold

2013-6860Bamford Edge in the Peak District

2013-7552Southwold, Suffolk Coast

2013-6787Rushup Edge in the Peak District at sunrise

2013-6832The Hope Valley, Derbyshire

2013-7663-2A morning stroll on Southwold Beach

_MG_8023Brograve Drainage Mill on the Norfolk Broads

2013-7564Windy morning at Southwold

2013-7723St Benet’s windpump on the Norfolk Broads

2013-7556Southwold Beach

2013-7471Lowestoft North Beach, Suffolk

2013-7545Sunrise on the Suffolk Coast

2013-7733St Benet’s Level Mill

2013-7707Sizewell, Suffolk

2013-6963Burgh Castle, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

2013-6809Misty Dawn

2013-6796Rushup Edge, Peak District

13 images from 2013

Here are my 13 favourite images from 2013.

2012-8690-2St Benet’s Drainage Mill at first light following winter snowfall

2012-8842The Hope Valley At Dawn in the Peak District

2012-1049Bacton Woods in Norfolk on a foggy morning

2013-8733Hickling Broad, Norfolk

2013-0035Thurne Drainage Mill on the Norfolk Broads

2013-2148Wells Next The Sea on the North Norfolk Coast

2013-2386Happisburgh Lighthouse & oil seed rape on the Norfolk Coast

2013-7641Harvest light at Repps in Norfolk

2013-8567Ten Stopper at Caister in Norfolk

2013-8711sCromer Pier at sunrise on the North Norfolk Coast

2013-0474Autumn Light in the Peak District National Park

2013-0883Autumn morning at Bacton Woods in Norfolk

2013-6489-2sDecember sunset on the Norfolk Broads

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Photographing Britains Only Venomous Snake

_E1C5848aMale Adder

The Adder is the only venomous snake native to Britain. Photographing reptiles such as Adders requires a slow and controlled approach. Adders often bask in the same spots and if disturbed, whilst out shooting landscapes I have almost trod on a few over the years, however I have found they often come back to the same site after a short wait. Finding an area with a clear uncluttered background is key. Here are a few shots from a Male Adder basking in the Peak District.

IMG_6075ssMale Adder basking in the Autumn Sunshine

_E1C5860sMale Adder at eye level

_E1C5837ssaGetting the adder to stick it’s tounge out took some time, but I was happy I manged three of four shots in the end. All shots here were captured with both a 100-400mm lens plus Extension Tubes and a Canon 100mm macro lens.

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Top 12 From 2012

Looking back at 2012 it was certainly a hard year to get out and do as much landscape photography as I would like, especially with our first (and last) child who was born at the end of 2011 . Lot’s of people wrongly assume being a professional landscape photographer photographer you can simply go out and shoot what you want when you want and because of this you can get the best light. The reality is finding time can often be a real challenge. Workshops and commissioned landscape photography left me with probably less than one morning or afternoon a week to get out last year to shoot what I want. So I was certainly more selective with the locations I choose, most being quite close to home.

With commissioned photography shoots I did have the chance to shoot lots of locations I had not shot before. Often with commissioned landscape photography you can be shooting those locations that are less photographic or those locations which are not really shot by many photographers, hence the shortage of material out there and the need for a photographer to be commissioned. Although I must admit I did get the chance to spot one or two really nice locations and I am looking forward to getting back to them for my own photography some time.

The plan for 2013 is certainly to continue being more selective about locations rather than just heading out for the sake of it. I am hoping to get in a few more trips to other locations in the UK this year, if the weather plays ball. And I must remember to shoot more panoramics as they always sell really well, but I am forever leaving the panoramic tripod head at home.

Throughout 2012 I invested in a large format A1 Epson printer which has been a fantastic, albeit expensive to run if you don’t use it lots every day. We also have a family friend who is a picture framer and he trained me up on framing throughout the year and before I know it I had invested in a full framing workshop. This has been great at handling my own orders, especially Christmas which was my busiest yet with framed Print orders. I have also been doing a bit of framing and printing for other photographers I know and will begin offering this service to other photographers over the next month or so. The website is almost built, it just needs a few last finishing touches.

_MG_9992Frosty Edge in the Peak District, UK

_MG_0108Frosty Ramshaw Rocks at First Light, Staffordshire, UK

_MG_0658Tulip Field in the Norfolk Countryside, UK

_MG_0740Standing out in a crowd

untitled-4204Barley At Last Light, Norfolk

_MG_4508-2CroppedSummer Storm at Happisburgh on the Norfolk Coast

_MG_0671More Tulips

2012-9883Autumn On The Norfolk Broads

2012-0007Stanage Edge in the Autumn

2012-0345A frosty dawn at Thetford Forest

2012-0821sssaWinterton on the Norfolk Coast

2012-0927One of the last shots I took in 2012 is Berney Arms on a frosty morning on the Norfolk Broads.

Autumn Update

Well it’s Autumn already, this year really seems to have flown by. The summer has been really busy with both workshops and commercial work and I have really struggled to do much landscape photography for myself at all. Luckily I have now finished most of the commissions and it felt really good to get out and do a bit of landscape photography in October, now with the shorter winter days I am hoping to make the most of November and December over the coming weeks.

 I had a really good October workshop wise with some fantastic weather for once on both the Peak District and the three day boat workshop. I changed the format of both workshops slightly. For the boat workshop I decided not to head up to Berney Arms Mill, as much as I love this remote location in the previous years when ever we have headed there we have always had rotten weather. I decided to keep the travelling down which made it a much more relaxed weekend. We ended up with perfect conditions photography wise, nice clear nights for star trails, nice light throughout the days and some fantastic stormy sunrises for two mornings in a row. Even I grabbed a quick picture below whilst no one was looking.

 For the Peak District weekend workshop the following week it was again a slightly different format to last years, I made the decision to reduce the numbers on this one and stay in a cottage in the village of Tideswell. Using a cottage in Tideswell would mean we were in a fantastic location to quickly reach excellent areas in both the Dark and the White Peak. The smaller group and the cottage ended up working really well and this is the format I have decided to use for next years workshop with a small group of just three or four photographers.

 Weather wise we couldn’t have asked for more perfect conditions. The first afternoon we met was  a bit overcast, however this ended up working well as we just photographed the nice waterfalls with the autumn colours at Padley Gorge. Day two saw a nice sunrise with a bit of mist on a very cold and windy Mam Tor, the light on Edale and Kinder combined with the Autumn colours made for some fascinating pictures though. Sunset didn’t disappoint either, we headed up to , but walked along the edge until we reached the wonderful autumn trees near the 2nd car park. I have a rule on workshops not to shoot images myself, however the light at sunset was fantastic and even I couldn’t resist two quick shots myself.

 

Day three saw another fantastic morning, we headed up to Curbar Edge and we were standing above a spectacular cloud inversion, the mist just didn’t budge for hours and there were endless shots to be had here. Eventually we headed back to the cottage for breakfast and a bit of a break before heading back out to the White Peak for an afternoon of shooting picturesque sunny skies and autumn landscapes. Sunset ended up being a strange affair, we were again greeted with a cloud inversion which made for some excellent images initially, but suddenly the cloud thickened a bit too much and called an early halt to the sunset shoot. The final morning we were greeted with light drizzle so I decided to take the group to Chee Dale near Buxton. The overcast light ended up working really well for this location and even though the weather and rain was awful I really liked the shots everyone captured here and am looking forward to heading back in the future to shoot the place myself.  Both the boat workshop and the Peak District group were full of fantastic people and certainly made for two really enjoyable weekends, so much so I am actually looking forward to next years already.

Hopefully the winter will be nice and cold this year as I really want to try to do more photography myself in some of the Peak District and Lake Districts more remote location, especially those on higher ground looking down with fantastic views.

 

Peak District In Bloom

At this time of the year the Peak District National Park in the UK comes alive with fantastic colours from the blooming heather. Early September is actually my favourite time to photograph the area as the colours are fantastic and there are less tourists around compared to August so it’s easier to park and easier to avoid people getting in your shots. Below are a few taken over the last few years.

Morning light makes the rocks glow a wonderful warm colour on Higger Tor

The Woodlands Valley

Surprise View

Burbage Edge at first light

Mother Cap at dawn

Last Light on Carhead Rocks

Dawn Light on Higger Tor Rocks

Fairbrook at the side of the Snake Pass

The Roaches

Stormy light on Baslow Edge with Curbar Edge in the distance

Morning Glow on Higger Tor

Mother Cap at dawn

Higger Tor sunrise

Owler Tor at first light

Stanage Edge illuminated by the early morning sun

 

Summer In The Peak District National Park

Well it finally looks like we may get a few days of sunshine so I thought I would share a few summer scenes from The Peak District, UK. The Peak District is packed with so many fantastic photography locations in such a small area and is one of my favourite places to shoot in both the Summer and the Autumn.

The Woodlands Valley, Derbyshire

The Lower slopes of Kinder Scout

The remains of Peveril Castle in the Hope Valley

Cascading falls captured off of Bleaklow a few weeks back

Cotton Grass in bloom on Leash Fen near Chastworth House

Fairbrook running off of Kinder is a fantastic location to visit in the summer, especially on an overcast day

Ancient Bridge and railway cottages at Bakewell

Summer in the Woodlands Valley by the Snake Pass road

Summer Barn

New images from May and June

Here is a small selection of my latest images from May & June 2012.

Field of Barley in the Norfolk Countryside


Wells Next The Sea at sunset on the North Norfolk Coast

Field of summer poppies

Burnham Overy Staithe at sunset on the North Norfolk Coast

Ancient Stone circle in the peak District UK

West Somerton Staithe on the Norfolk Broads

Summer Barley Field at last light

Sunset on the salt marshes of the North Norfolk Coast

Cromer Pier on a dull rainy day

Summer Light