Hello and welcome to today’s landscape photo of the week. With Autumn around the corner I’m looking forward to the more earlier sunrises and sunsets, the gorgeous golden colours when the leaves turn and the gloomier and grittier days that this brings. With this in mind I’ll hopefully be posting some more new autumnal work soon. For now, I though I would share this landscape from near the summit of Kinder in the Peak District.
I had ventured up as part of a group of photographers I’m involved with and the weather was less than kind. In fact it was an absolute wash out. I’ve never been that wet - and I include going swimming in that statement!
I think we had around 30 minutes where the rain washy torrential so I quickly whipped the camera out and started snapping. It was very dull and the rain really misted the landscape up, so I opted to use a processing technique I usually keep for my urban landscape photos.
Converting the image to black and white in Adobe Lightroom, then using selective contrast, really deep inky blacks and selective brightening of areas to draw the eye in to the scene all help recreate the atmosphere of the landscape I was experiencing within the photograph.
Unusually, this technique worked very well for a countryside shot so I was really happy with the end result. It’s worth looking at my urban landscapes, particularly those of Manchester - click here to see them - to see the comparison of the gritty city with the rather beautiful but bleak Peak District landscapes.
Kinder is easily accessible from the lovely village of Edale.
Kinder Scout is a moorland plateau and National Nature Reserve in the Dark Peak of the Derbyshire Peak District in England. Part of the moor, at 636 metres (2,087 ft) above sea level, is the highest point in the Peak District, the highest point in Derbyshire, and the highest point in the East Midlands. In excellent weather conditions the city of Manchester and the Greater Manchester conurbation can be seen, as well as Winter Hill near Bolton, and the mountains of Snowdonia in North Wales.