Checking the (Plug) holes

Ladybower reservoir plughole , Fujifilm X-Pro-1

Exploring one of the most famous photo locations in the Peak District

Checking the (Plug)holes

Spillways of the Ladybower Reservoir in Derbyshire locally known as “plugholes” ejecting a huge amount of excess water after heavy rains. This place is quite famous and has become a photographers’ paradise.There are many pictures of the “plugholes” on the net, but I wanted to photograph the plugholes myself.

This location is quite famous, maybe because it’s very easy to access. You just park your car on the side of the road and walk for a minute and you are there.

Forecast for this morning was reasonable with a chance to have some light. And as expected we were not alone. 6 photographers in total had the same idea…

Waiting for the Light @ Ladybower reservoir plughole , iPhone 6 plus
Waiting for the Light @ Ladybower reservoir plughole, iPhone 6 plus

Ladybower reservoir plughole , Fujifilm X-Pro-1

Ladybower reservoir plughole, Fujifilm X-Pro-1 

I was the only one shooting film this morning. No surprise there. It’s very rare to meet fellow film shooter out there. So if you see me with my Hassy just say hello 🙂

Shooting my favorite colour negative Kodak Ektar 100 and waiting for morning light, I have also pulled out Fuji X-Pro1. I managed to explore the surrounding area and managed to do a few long exposure shots. 

The morning light was not very good, and sunrise did not light up the sky as I hoped. Despite that, I have managed to squeeze few frames on the film. I’m not sure if I have calculated exposure right as I was not sure if I need to add reciprocity to the final exposure time. 

I guess I ‘ll see that once this film is back from the lab…

Graffiti on the gate, Ladybower reservoir Peak District UK , iPhone 6plus
Graffiti on the gate, Ladybower reservoir Peak District UK, iPhone 6plus
Ladybower reservoir tower, Peak District UK , iPhone 6plus
Ladybower reservoir tower, Peak District UK, iPhone 6plus

In conclusion, I would say that this location has lots of potentials and I recommend it for visit. Nice and easy to get to and very interesting when plugholes are overflowing. Unfortunately, I had no great light this morning, but that is not a problem I ‘ll be back for sure…

Have you been to Ladybower reservoir? Is there any other place nearby which I should visit?

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