Walking through History


The dam at Ladybower. Captured on a Panasonic GX1 converted to shoot infrared then processed in Nik Silver Efex Pro and Nik Analog Efex.
The dam at Ladybower. Captured on a Panasonic GX1 converted to shoot infrared then processed in Nik Silver Efex Pro and Nik Analog Efex.

With it being a Bank Holiday in the UK today and for once the weather not being terrible, I went for a walk. I like quite near to the Peak District National Park but for some reason I seldom visit. Today I decided I wanted a good walk in the hills so drove over to Ladybower reservoir which is about 50 minutes from my house.

When I first became interested in photography I remember seeing some old images of the dam at Ladybower and I thought these images were wonderful. The Victorians certainly knew how to engineer wonderful structures but the age of the images also made these more appealing.

I recall visiting the area about 10 years ago in the hope of being able to recreate these wonderful images but it wasn’t to be. Today I was able to create something that I quite liked using my Infrared camera. But it wasn’t until I took the image into Nik Analog Efex and applied a little emotion that the image came to life. Trying to create an image such as the one above was almost impossible for me 10 years ago but today it took minutes.

I wonder what photography will be like in another 10 years.

4 thoughts on “Walking through History

  1. It had to be said, silver fx is a God send to b&w lovers. I know that area well in fact I intend to go biking on trails around there next week, dropping down from Derwent edge is a great ride.

    1. I agree Sliver Efex is a wonderful program and I am fast becoming a huge fan of Analog Efex. I would previously have done work like this in OnOne Perfect Layers but it was really quick in Analog Efex. I also didn’t realise how nice this areas was. I walked down to the far end of the reservoirs and then came back over Margery Hill and a rather long, nice edge (can’t recall the name). Great walk – about 20Km. I must visit more often given it’s so near to home.

  2. I remember many years ago being able to walk across the floor of the reservoir under the wall of this dam with only a small amount of water in the middle that I was able to jump across. It was an exceptionally dry summer that year ( but unable to remember which year it was).

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