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A trip to the past – Thor’s cave and Stone circles of Peak District

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Nikon D700,18-35 mm, Cokin ND

 

I decided, this year I would like to focus on White Peak. South-West part of Peak District National Park. There are so many beautiful places, maybe not visible on first sight.The more I go,the more I like this place. It’s got no high peaks or great lakes but there is something there…

This time I wanted to visit Thor’s cave. Thor’s cave is a natural cavern located  in the Manifold Valley of the White Peak in Staffordshire, England. Located in a steep limestone crag, the cave entrance, a symmetrical arch 7.5 metres wide and 10 metres high, is prominently visible from the valley bottom, around 80 metres (260 feet) below.

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Are you ready for WPPD 2012 ?

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Every year last Sunday in April is  World Pinhole Photography Day.This year, that last Sunday happens to fall on the 29th.

As you probably know, I’m a keen pinhole camera user and this time I would like to be part of this day. Pinhole photography is great fun. I believe that simplicity of pinhole photography can open big doors to creativity.

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Secret Portraits of Mam Tor

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Nikon D700 20mm/2.8

Believe it or not I was there again. As I said many times , I’m not able to say no, when somebody asks me to go there. This time it was different, much more different. Actually Mam Tor showed us a very different face. I never seen this 517 m high hill like this. I was not actually able to see it at all. Yes, the fog was so thick that I could hardly see. I came up before sunrise and waited for the fog to disappear, but it never  happened….

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Focus on Imaging 2012

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I just came back from Europe’s biggest annual imaging show, which covers all photographic needs from image capture through to output. First thoughts? Wow… it’s so many companies and technologies out there which offers fantastic products, services and help to photographers. I also realised that there is so many people interested in photography  😉 ….  it was soooo busy. Especially when I was trying to reach and try brand new Nikon cameras Nikon D4 and Nikon D800. Basically – no chance. I came around stand maybe 5 time and it was all the time absolutely crowded… never mind, maybe next time.

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Good morning Mam Tor…

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Nikon D700,20mm, Cokin ND

Mam Tor is one of my all time favourite places. Not just here in Peak District, but in whole UK. I already mentioned this place HERE and I’ve been here many times. If somebody ask me to come again, I will go without any hesitation.

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1st Studio session of 2012

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Bright Lights Studio, model: Paige Anderson

Sometimes it’s good to do something different then usual. I love changes and opportunity to work in studio environment is always welcoming change. Work approach is completely different. When I’m shooting landscape I have to work with conditions outside ( light, weather…) but @ studio everything changes.I’m allowed to be master of the conditions and setup lights exactly as I want….

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First phototrip of 2012

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Curbar Edge, UK 2012 Nikon D700, 18-35mm

 

British winter is a bit different than what I used to in Slovakia. We use to have a plenty of snow everywhere there, but here in UK it’s not like that. So far there was no snow in Peak District  this winter at all.

I already was on Curbar Edge before , once, to walk with my family. This place has all the characteristics to make it a firm favourite with many people. It has plenty of height above the villages of Calver and Curbar. The views along the valley below are fantastic. It is long enough to loose oneself exploring it. It has getting on for 300 climbing routes, many of a good height. The views to the side away from the valley aren’t bad either looking up to White Edge. There is a good footpath along it and easy car access. It can be taken in with many other walks. All in all it gets top marks!

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Lake District

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Grasmere Lake_Nikon D700, 18-35mm, Cokin ND

 

I think Lake District doesn’t need no introduction. This magnificent piece of landscape is visited by millions of people every year. It was my 4-th visit  and I was hoping I could catch this landscape lit by beautiful light this time.Previously I had no luck. Rain , rain, heavy clouds and rain….

I woke up at 2:30 am and together with Chris, my friend from our Camera club  we set off to Lakes. Destination Blea Tarn.
When we park the car quess what? Started to rain. Great, I told to myself, just great. It was still dark and we were sitting in the car.

After few minutes rain stops and we climb out of the car and went to see what Blea Tarn has to offer for us. This place is great, really nice calm lake with mountains in the background. With heavy clouds above us we hoped that weather would improve.  I did few shots but I was not satisfied and I moved close to the lake. Then, suddenly for few minutes clouds broke apart and we had nice blue sky to work with. This doesn’t last long but we still managed to do some shots. Then started to rain again and we decided to go for full English breakfast. Our friend Paul was guest of one of the B&B nearby, so he invited us there. I must admit it was great idea ;-),I loved it, outside was raining and we were eating beautiful breakfast and we had a nice cup of coffee. Luckily when we finished our breakfast, rain stopped and it was time to move on.

We looked into map and decision was clear. Visit one more lake ( I didn’t do much here…) and then we headed to visit Grasmere lake. Beautifully located between hills, Grasmere lake is great location. Chris and Paul stayed on the main path, but I wanted to see full lake from above, so I walked up. When I stopped and look around I new it was good decision to wake up that early. Lake with surrounding mountains was in front of me. With heavy clouds above there was no great deal but there was still a chance that sun can break through. I setup my tripod and compose my shot with nice tree and rocks in the foreground and I was waiting…. Then for few seconds heaven opened, sun came out and shine the landscape. I was pressing cable release in hope I can do at least one good shot…..

…and this is story behind this shot.

 

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