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Light on the Edge

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Peak District UK 2011

Peak District UK,2011

People saying that weather in UK is unpredictable and bad, but I must say weather this summer is quite nice here in UK. Forecast for Saturday was good and I decided to go for Light hunting to Peak District. My very good photo-friend Paul went with me – destination Stanage Edge.

Stange Edge is the largest and most impresive of the edges in Peak District. It stretches for a lenght of approximately of 6km (3.6 mile)from its northern tip at Stanage End to the southern point near the Copwer stone. It is famous locations for rock climbing and  a popular spot for walkers.

But we did not came here to do climbing,  we came to catch the light.We started of from parking and walked up under the edge  where we found mill stones all around the place. Because sun was still up high we did a bit of composition exercises and then we decided to go on the top of the edge and we started to look for good places for shooting. On first sight this land is flat without details and quite boring. But once you start to look for details  you’ll be suprised. Very.

Stanage Edge is long and we managed to walk  very short distance only, but I know that sunset on Stanage will be always great, so I’m already looking forward to go back there…

Shots from this trip are  in my LANDSCAPES gallery.

 

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Plan your landscape shots

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Everybody will agree with me when I say that planning of landscape shots is essential part of landscape photography.

I  found a very useful tool for landscape photographers. It’s very nice application called  The Photographer’s Ephemeris.

It was first launched in a desktop edition in beta form in 2009. Created for photographers by a photographer, TPE is designed to allow outdoor photography shoots to be planned to ensure the best light for your subject. And I can confirm TPE can helps you plan your outdoor shoot, with full details of how the sun and moon move across the land, which absolutely great .

Best part of it is, that it’s absolutely FREE for desktop computers!!!!

And of course it’s available as Universal App for iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch, which can be very handy, outside on location. It can be downloaded via iTunes.

Have a look on TPE website and look around…

This is screen shot from TPE: 

 

 

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Magic of pure photography-Pinhole

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Pinhole photography…..it’s simplest and magical way to do photography. You don’t need much, one box and a film medium. All the magic can begin. With pinhole camera you can enter a world of creative freedom, imagination and experimentation which alters your view of reality.

I built mine from pinhole camera kit, which you can easily get from amazon.co.uk. ( link)

Diameter of hole is approx. 0.16 mm which gives me  focal length of 20mm and  Fstop F/130

Have a look, how my pinhole camera looks like:

 

 

 

 

 

I’m still amazed what can be done with simple paper box with tiny hole in the front. 😉 I think sometimes it’s good to forget about perfect lenses, accurate viewfinders and electronic shutters. In fact, forget about the cameras you are used to and discover  different world.

I set up little project for myself to do pinhole images of famous places and buildings. Who knows, maybe one day it will be a book….

How I’m doing so far, you can check here: Pinhole gallery

 

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Location hunting_The Roaches

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UK,2011

Peak District is national park situated in Derbyshire, which is pretty much in the middle of England. As it is nearest national park to Nottingham. I’m always trying to escape there and find beautiful places to photograph. This time I decided to visit The Roaches and  Lud’s Church which is linked with many legends. Famous Roaches (or Roches) is a wind-carved outcrop of gritstone rocks straddling the parishes of Leekfrith and Heathylee in the Peak District National Park about 4 miles north of Leek, Staffordshire and 8 miles south of Buxton, Derbyshire.

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Weather was beautiful and the sun up high, so I decided to visit Lud’s Church first. Although described on the map as a cave it is really a large landslip,lost among the trees of Forest Wood.

Lud’s Church is a chasm about 15m(50ft) deep and about 100m long. There are many legends linked with Lud’s Church. Robin Hood, Friar Tuck and Bonny Prince Charlie are all reputed to have hidden from the authorities within the chasm.Ralph Elliott, local Luddites (known to be active in the area during the Luddite protests), and others have identified Lud’s Church as the Green Chapel of ‘Sir Gawain and the Green Knight’. Another legend has it that Lud’s Church was named after a horse: supposedly, a huntsman was pursuing a deer and as he followed it on horseback he was led to the chasm. The hunter failed to see the danger but his horse, Lud, did: when the rider went too close, the horse bucked and threw him to his death in the chasm. There are also connected rumours that originate from a similar period in time, suggesting that the hunter that was killed still roams around the woods and the area. It is said that he is covered from head to toe in moss and leaves so the locals called this legendary being the green man…..

It’s great place for taking pictures  when sun is high. As it’s deep there is no direct light and in the summer, interior of chasm is bright  green.

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Then it was time to go back to the Roaches. It’s stunning view from Roaches.In sunny days like this you can see far away. As I walked pass i found many beautiful spots for taking pictures. There is also small pool called Doxey Pool. And of course it has it’s legend too. :-). This shallow ,peaty pool is said to have no inlet nor outlet, and is the home of a seductive siren of a mermaid, who attracts unwise young men to a watery grave…. As I’m not unwise I survived and I safely walked past. 🙂

I finished my walk in the col between The Roaches and Hen Cloud,which stands like a miniature Rock of Gibraltar.

This is amazing piece of landscape, well worth to visit. Unfortunately I did not stay for sunset. Location is ideally orientated for it. I’ll definitely come back here , for some shots. I hope  I’ll be lucky to catch the last light shining through clouds….

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Old website, new face

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New version of www.tekelphoto.com is finished and live……

It is already 4 year since I started my website tekelphoto.com. It  was alway static web  with picture galleries for presentation of my work. As internet communication is progressing very quickly I felt that this type of web is not enough. So here it is. New version. Live and kicking…

Main aim of this blog is to share my thought behind the images, share the knowledge and be more interactive . I hope it can be a two way communication canal between me and people with same interest.

Photography is amazing , and I love everything about it. I will try my best to fill this space with  my thoughts, interesting links and technical stuff linked closely to photography…

I hope you will enjoy your visit a you will come back to see new stuff. All your feedback (both positive or negative) will be greatly appreciated.

Michal