I headed up to the Peak District last week with Sam (my eldest son) in the hope to get the heather in full bloom and explore an area I had visited once a couple of years ago. Destination was Millstone Edge, near Hathersage. A popular location due to ease of accessibility. But also because this was an area where the heather had started to bloom - sort of. It was also an opportunity to teach Sam the basics of a DSLR camera. Our plan was to walk up to Mother Cap first. One of the Peak District's most distinctive rock formations, it stands out on the back of Over Owler Tor. It can be also be seen for miles around.
As we took the path up past Surprise View from the National Trust car park, we both noticed some stunning light forming on the other side of Hope Valley, near Castleton and the Great Ridge. Keeping a watchful eye, Sam asked me if he could set up and take some photos. After I had helped him and taken him through some of the basics, he encouraged me to do what I had come here to do - and take some landscape photos.
Today’s landscape photograph of the month (I’ve given up of weekly posts!) is one of these photos I took on our way up to Mother Cap. As we walked up the edge, we noticed the light was literally chasing towards us down the valley, so because we were a little rushed for time, I shot them handheld. I’m actually rather pleased with how the came out as well! There are several more so I might share another one soon.
Showing Mother Cap to Sam - he was very impressed by it - we headed back to Millstone Edge in the hope that we might get some lovely afterglow on the clouds. Sadly, the sunset never really materialised - much like the heather. The plan is to go back in the next week or so - just need the weather now!
Canon 6D / Canon 70-200mm f2.8is mk2 lens
Focal length: 110mm
Exposure: 1/320 second