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a peak through the district

a peak through the district

Its not every day I get to leave the city for pastures new. But the start to this year has been an extremely busy one, so when the ida of going away for some country air came up I didn’t say no.

For the easter break I stayed in the Bakewell, home of the famous Bakewell Tart and not too far from Buxom, home of  Buxom Springs, south end of the Peak District. I thought it would be good to challenge myself photography wise. I had planned on taken my LEE filters with me and work on some long exposure shots, its something I would like to master. But being typically me, I left the filter brackets at home, so was extremely disappointed with myself. Nonetheless you make do with what you have.

Overall it challenged me to work with existing light. I decided to look at exposure bracketing methods, long exposures with small apertures, and I had some success I think. Most importantly my daily treks allowed me to learn where best the light would fall. So I a lot of cases I was always prepared. What I did find the most difficult but exciting was shooting with early morning mist and fog. This was a challenge, because although the sun was high in the sky, often i had to open aperture or slow shutter speed to get the looks I wanted. As a result I got a lot of fuzzy or out of focus images. That said, I got some good results too.

Since this trip I’ve now put a little mantra together so Im ready for the next one. I call it the Three Ps. Plan. Prepare. Practice. Plan your trip, location or site, know a little about the place, its terrain etc. Scout it and check light. Prepare way before you go. Make sure all your gear is ready. Working, functional. I had a dodgy battery and also forgot my LEE filters. Rookie mistake. Practice the types of images you want to take. If it’s long exposure, bracketing,  focus tracking then practice and practice before hand. It will save you so much time. Lastly, take a tripod. Trust me you’ll need it.

a peak through the district

Its not every day I get to leave the city for pastures new. But the start to this year has been an extremely busy one, so when the ida of going away for some country air came up I didn’t say no.

For the easter break I stayed in the Bakewell, home of the famous Bakewell Tart and not too far from Buxom, home of  Buxom Springs, south end of the Peak District. I thought it would be good to challenge myself photography wise. I had planned on taken my LEE filters with me and work on some long exposure shots, its something I would like to master. But being typically me, I left the filter brackets at home, so was extremely disappointed with myself. Nonetheless you make do with what you have.

Overall it challenged me to work with existing light. I decided to look at exposure bracketing methods, long exposures with small apertures, and I had some success I think. Most importantly my daily treks allowed me to learn where best the light would fall. So I a lot of cases I was always prepared. What I did find the most difficult but exciting was shooting with early morning mist and fog. This was a challenge, because although the sun was high in the sky, often i had to open aperture or slow shutter speed to get the looks I wanted. As a result I got a lot of fuzzy or out of focus images. That said, I got some good results too.

Since this trip I’ve now put a little mantra together so Im ready for the next one. I call it the Three Ps. Plan. Prepare. Practice. Plan your trip, location or site, know a little about the place, its terrain etc. Scout it and check light. Prepare way before you go. Make sure all your gear is ready. Working, functional. I had a dodgy battery and also forgot my LEE filters. Rookie mistake. Practice the types of images you want to take. If it’s long exposure, bracketing,  focus tracking then practice and practice before hand. It will save you so much time. Lastly, take a tripod. Trust me you’ll need it.

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