Lady Cannings Plantation

This morning was the first day that I think we’ve both felt “on it” enough to get out. Sadly this is what I’d wanted to do every day of the holiday, but we never go around to it because of illness.

Lady Cannings Plantation We set our alarms and got up at 8 (The sun doesn’t rise until 820ish anyway), had brekkie and set off to the outskirts of Sheffield. Lady Cannings Plantation

It’s close to the Peak District, but I’m pretty sure it is still Sheffield. Anyway it’s a mountain bike trail place, so there were loads of people out with their bikes.

Lady Cannings Plantation

Quite a lot of people were interested in the drone, which I’d not had before.

 

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Waterfalls

Lumsdale

Today is the first day for the Christmas holidays, so obviously the first thing I did was go out with my drone!

Lumsdale

Lumsdale

Chatsworth House

Last weekend we visited Bakewell Xmas Market, this weekend it was Chatsworth. As none of us like to get there really late when it is busy, we set off to get there just as it opened.
For some reason this meant we had to park so far away we were pretty much in Baslow (the nearest little village) but had to pay for the privilege of parking in Chatsworth – £10!

Chatsworth So we started off our Xmas Market trip by hiking for 809743 years to get there. Once there the Christmas spirit never really hit me. We bought some brownies, cured sausages and a double chocolate scone. kB fancies some churros so we bought some but no one was really bothered about them. Chatsworth

We (me and kB) left the others in the market and went to fly the drone. On the way in (during our voyage from the car park) I’d spied the Chatsworth deer and though that they would be a good target for practice. So off we went.

I spent some time practicing different shots, but my app kept crashing. Apparently it’s pants on Android so when I came home I bought a stand thing so I can connect my iPad to it.

Mam Tor

At Mam Tor

As part of my holiday time I like to get out and about. Mam Tor has been on my To Do list for some time, but it’s never been at the top of the list because it’s almost an hour away. Not that far I know but it’s far enough at a 2 hour round trip, plus a walk when you’ve got gammy legs

. Mam Tor

As kB has two weeks off as well I decided that we should go on a couple of walks. Makes you appreciate eating warm, yummy food more if you’ve been out hiking!

The day was pretty nice, but the further out we got into the Peak District, the hazier it was. I also realised that my beloved 18-35mm had gotten stuck at a wide aperture (It capsized into a rock pool a year and a half ago, so it’s managed quite well since then really!)

At Mam Tor

After we had mooched around for an hour and half, we drove home, with a pit stop at Fox House for refuelling on the way! Mam Tor

I didn’t think I’d end up with much in terms of photos, but I used the Dehaze tool in Lightroom for the first time and I’ve been suitably impressed by it.

At Mam Tor

Monsal Dale (and Trail)

Headstone Viaduct, Monsal Trail Today we decided to go for a walk in the Peak District. Monsal Trail is somewhere I have been before, but I’ve never seen the viaduct from the hilltop, only walked over it. View into the Valley

We set off early (because in the UK the clocks went back last night, meaning that when we got up at 8 our bodies thought it was 9) and when we got there there was plenty of parking.

View into the Valley We were following a route from the Walking Englishman, but skipped bits of it because we didn’t have a lot of change for parking! haha View into the Valley

It was miserable all day. I did wonder if the mist would burn off and the clouds might get more interesting, but no. It stayed grey and misty all day.

Headstone Viaduct, Monsal Trail

Sunset – 4 September

The weather said it was going to be cloudy but sunny this evening, so I decided to go out to shoot the sunset. My idea was backlit heather. When I got to the place I was going to take the photo there were a few other people there. Some had been out and were going back to their car, others were there with camera in hand – maybe they’d had the same idea as me?
We were all to be disappointed if that was the case though, as the clouds were all along the horizon and so there wasn’t really a sunset worth photographing. This was actually the second shot I took, but I thought it wouldn’t work out so I carried on shooting. Turns out this was the only decent shot I had.

Sunset
Sunset, Higger Tor overlooking Hathersage

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I’ve really enjoyed getting out and shooting the last few days.
The weather has been ideal for it, and I’ve been motivated to do it. Even though I’ve not been shooting on my proper camera every day, I’ve still taken a photo every day. It’s much more relaxed and I’ve been enjoying shooting a lot more – although since the clocks changed and it’s lighter for longer I have been missing it. I’m hoping to shoot more regularly with my camera from now on.

Change

Take what you will

It’s proving to be harder than I thought it would be to get a photo every week which falls in line with what I consider to be acceptably within the range of “The Changing Seasons” without resorting to loads of images of flowers.
The original plan was that I’d take more landscapes, and whilst I think I’ve met that to a degree, it’s hard to get somewhere every weekend. Especially as weekends get filled up pretty easily, and it’s hard to say “Oh I’ll leave you to do that on your own [like dismantle furnature in prep for redecorating the bedroom], I’m off out for an hour or so to take a picture” and believe that you’re being reasonable.

I’m sure once the nights get shorter then it will be easier to nip out on a week night and shoot!

09 // Moorlands

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