Last weekend I headed onto the local moors for a longer walk and some much-needed exercise. When you usual walk around 15-20km over sometimes quite steep ground, walking around the village for an hour doesn’t keep you fit. During the recent restrictions I’ve found my fitness suffering and I’ve noticed my asthma returning so it was time to act.
Whilst the weather was good, I decided to take a longer walk on the Pennine Way (which I can walk to from my house). To be honest, I hadn’t been up there since November and I was quite shocked. Usually, I don’t see many people all day but there were now lots of groups out walking and I would even say the area was busy. But that’s not what shocked me. It was the ordinarily empty tracks that were now filled with parked cars. In the end, I lost heart and didn’t shoot any images.
Then on Wednesday I decided to chance another walk and was again shocked. This time I headed up to Alderman, which is one of the local hills, and I found the area virtually deserted. I spent a few hours walking the moors and returned totally refreshed. But what shocked me this time was how much infrared light there was. Visibility was limited to a few hundred meters and whilst the infrared camera I was using cut through some of this the remaining haze created some interesting effects.
This first image shows the war memorial (Pots and Pans).
In this next shot we can see the view over to Dovestones and Saddleworth Moor from the summit of Alderman.
As you can see, even the infrared camera was struggling to cut through the atmospherics.
But this final image is my favourite and shows the war memorial in the centre distance. The group of rocks in the centre are called Shaw Rocks and is one of my favourite viewpoints.
All images were converted from RAW files using Capture One Pro. Not only does it produce wonderful image quality from the Fuji XT RAW files, but it’s also one of the few RAW converters to correctly handle white balance for infrared images. After that, the conversion to black and white was made using Exposure X6 and the Kodak HIE film simulation.
This Week’s YouTube Video
This week’s YouTube video (https://youtu.be/fANkAl0kP3E) has also just gone live and looks at the Undo Brush Tool in Affinity Photo. This can be an extremely useful tool for photo editing but is often overlooked. It’s not always intuitive to use but I do my best to demystify it in the video.
I hope you like the video and shots from my local area.
Have a great weekend.