Along with taking some video footage with my new drone I have obviously been using the camera to take photos. Everything looks more epic from in the air!
The beast from the East was here the other week, but as I was at work I never managed to get out and photograph anything. The beast returned (or sent his cousin?) and as today is a Sunday, out we went for a little walk
Nothing like going out for a walk in the snow, the coming home to a nice warm cuppa!
The plan for the second day was to get up, have breakfast, go to photography Ribblehead Viaduct, go to the caves, come home.
This largely went to plan… Apart from the photo the viaduct part. We drove to where the viaduct is (according to Google Maps) but it was so misty and so windy that we just turned around and went back to the cave.
Second year in a row and no Ribblehead Viaduct picture!
The cave system is quite large, and took an hour and a half or so.
Even though there were only 4 of us on the tour, I was told I wasn’t allowed to use my tripod at all (why not tell me this before we set off and I would have left it in the car? We were clearly carrying a tripod with us) so I had to do what I could.
There was another waterfall in the cave – it has been a weekend of waterfalls!
As has become a tradition, we go away for my birthday. It started when I turned 30, when everyone chipped in and we went to the Isle of Skye for 5 days. Last year we went to Malham in the Yorkshire Dales.
This year we went back to the Yorkshire Dales, but we went to Ingleton instead.
Ingleton has (a lot of other things I’m sure) a waterfall trail, and a cave system.
Even though I’d chosen it as my place to go, I didn’t really expect it to be much; there were no good pictures of the waterfall trail or caves online when I had a quick search, so my expectations were pretty low.
The week before we set off I printed out the Waterfall Trail leaflet, and was surprised when it said the walk was 2 1/2 – 4 hours.
We drove up on Saturday morning, and as predicted, it was chucking it down with rain. By the time we got to the waterfall car park (it’s about a two hour drive). So with fingers crossed we set off on the circular walk.
There was a clear path all the way around, and a places there were bridges built into the walk, so we walked right in front of the waterfalls in places.
As well as walking around the river/waterfalls there were also chunks of the walk where we were in the hills. It was a bit misty, which I love. I love winter time; the grass is an odd yellow colour and the trees are bare, and add in a bit of mist and it is just perfect.
The walk has a lot of stairs in it, and most of the walk was on rocks so it was uneven. Even though it was advertised as strenuous and we scoffed at it, it was more steps and walking than either of us expected.
At points it was far too windy to fly my drone, and at other points there were a lot of trees and I didn’t feel too confident flying it.
Once we had completed the walk we checked into the hotel and had tea. We were both tired so we went to bed really early. We’d been up since 730.
In hindsight, I probably should have popped out to see the viaduct before tea…
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.
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.
Quite a lot of people were interested in the drone, which I’d not had before.
The weather forecast was nice, the air was still… So naturally it was a drone kind of day 😉
I decided to go to Ulley Country Park, and practice a bit more with my drone. There is a nice spot with a few benches on it that made for an ideal seating area and Return to Home point. I flew the highest I’ve flown before, but I am still hesitant about distance away from me. I think the next time that I go out with it I am doing to focus on distance more than height.
I’m slowly getting more used to the controls. I’ve gotten used to using the control to control the gimbal head.
I need to pay more attention to exposure though, as most of the shots were over exposed.