It’s been a good year for shooting in the Peak District. If
I look back a few years, I almost never ventured into the Peaks. Instead, I
preferred to make a 2 hour drive up the motorway to the Lake District. These
days I would much rather drive 45 minutes to locations like this. Ladybower reservoir.
My original intention in visiting this spot was to shoot the
heather in the evening sun. But as the sun became lower the light on the
distant water and hillside caught my attention. I couldn’t resist popping the 55-200
lens on the Fuji X-T3 and taking a shot.
Peak District Processing Miniseries
If you haven’t already watched these, I’ve now produced two sets
of videos demonstrating my photo editing workflow. Both use images shot in the
Peak District and I’ve now posted these to my website in short articles.
Last week I wrote that I had been out, but I failed to shoot
any usable images. I’ve changed my mind and decided to share this one. It’s not
as I imagined at the time but there is something about the hillside that I like.
What I don’t like is the strong orange of the sky, but then again that was the
scene. It just goes to show that sometimes you need to get some distance from a
shoot before you can appreciate your images. I will probably need to go through
these again in a few weeks once the memory of the evening has faded.
I captured this scene from Derwent Edge in the Peak
District. The body of water you can see is Ladybower reservoir. I haven’t used
any filters but did mount the camera, a Fuji X-T3, on a tripod. The lens is a
Fuji 16-55mm which is super sharp but lacks image stabilisation, making the tripod
essential at times.
I processed the image from a RAW file using Capture One for Fuji (Pro edition). I’ve decided to invest in the Capture One software after being so impressed by the results from the Express version. You can read about my reasons for switching on my website blog.
My latest newsletter is also out if you haven’t seen it. In there I share some tips about avoiding lens flare ruining your images when shooting into the sun. One of the techniques involves shooting two versions of an image and in one of these, you use your finger to block the sun. This removes the lens flare and allows you to merge the two images later. If you would like to see how I’ve just released a YouTube video explaining the technique.
I hope you like the photo and have a great weekend.
It’s Friday and I managed to get out only once with my camera this week. Unfortunately, that was a complete loss and I didn’t take a single image. I’m hoping tomorrows outing will be a bit better.
Having said that, the image on this post was taken when I there the conditions were very poor. My intention at the time was to shoot rocky landscapes. I had almost forgotten that I shot this image where I met up with a friend.
I hope you like the image and have a great weekend.