The Peak District National Park

Over the past few weeks I’ve been visiting the Peak District National Park on a fairly regular basis. Some of the images you may have seen on my Instagram feed in the sidebar of the blog.

I visited Chatsworth House in Derbyshire on Sunday last to see the sculpture show there. On the way back the evening light was settling in and I stopped in a number of places to grab an image or two. I’ll filter some of them into posts as the autumn gathers pace but I really wanted to share with you just three images that I’m pleased with.

Shuttlingsloe, Wildboarclough, Peak District National Park – a colour version of this image has been entered for one of the weekly competitions on Twitter. I wondered just how good it would be as a black & white image… here it is and I’m even more pleased with this version than the colour one! Best viewed in full screen mode; just double-click on the image to enlarge it.
Reflections, The Roaches, Peak District National Park – I took a wrong turn on my last visit to The Roaches and ended up with this perfect reflection in the overspill section of Tittesworth Reservoir.

The header image is of a sunset over the Cheshire Plain and photographed from The Roaches.

Incidentally, if you are local to the Peak District, there is a rather super book available entitled “Peak District – Through the Lens” by James Grant. It contains  details of locations you might like to photograph within the Peak District. Its 400 pages are stuffed with maps, directions, images, kit advice, post-processing, planning and tips to enjoy the many locations you will find in the Peak District. I bought my copy at Chatsworth House but any bookshop would be happy to order a copy for you. The ISBN is as follows: 978-0-9933156-0-2.

Muddy Puddles

Muddy puddles? Well, there certainly were yesterday when I spent the day in the Peak District National Park. The rain we had had over the Easter holiday had further soaked the ground and some of the footpaths were almost impossible to negotiate.

I had two false starts: Gradbach – grey and overcast – and Flash, both very small villages, also murky. I was about to give up when the sun broke through as I approached The Roaches, rocky outcrops on the southern border of the park. Boots were donned and warm clothes and I set off. The weather wasn’t the best, in fact, I encountered a little sleet and snow, rain, wind and sunshine. Three great hours were spent making images, which I will post over the coming days.

The first batch is a “tour” of The Roaches and comprises a dozen images. The second batch will be images from other places I stopped at and a third batch will be some monochrome edits of images from the day.

Here we go…

All images © Tony Harratt/The Fuji Freak – 2016

Notes: All images taken with my Fujifilm X-Pro2 at ISO 200 using a variety of film simulations. Processed with Lightroom v.6.5, Alien Skin’s Exposure X and Niksoft’s Silver Efex Pro.

The Roaches can be found to the north of Leek in North Staffordshire. Take the A53 from Leek towards Buxton (it’s a Roman road) and turn left onto a side road signposted Upper Hulme. Take the first left and this road runs directly past Hen Cloud and The Roaches.

Parking is limited but free and in summer there is usually a park and ride system in operation.

This collection is also my Something for the Weekend series offering this week.

Oh, yes, muddy puddles. My partner’s granddaughter (aged 2) absolutely loves muddy puddles; indeed, EVERY puddle is a “muddy puddle” to her. She’d have loved The Roaches!