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Whitby

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Although main focus for this trip was nearby bay called Saltwick Bay, I ‘ll call this post Whitby. Just because I love this town…

Whitby is a seaside town in North Yorkshire. Place known for not only for its beauty, but also because of Captain Cook . The town has a strong literary tradition and can even be said that the earliest English literature comes from Whitby as Cædmon, the first known Anglo Saxon poet was a monk at the order that used Whitby Abbey during the abbacy of St. Hilda (657–680).Part of Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula was set in Whitby, incorporating pieces of local folklore, including the beaching of the Russian ship Dmitri. Stoker discovered the name “Dracula” at the old public library …. but enough history.

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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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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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Twistleton Scar-Hawthorn Tree hunting

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Yorkshire Dales 2012

Twistleton Scar-Hawthorn Tree hunting

Nikon D700, 20mm, Cokin ND

 

I have seen pictures from this place so many times. But I never realised they are from Yorkshire….

All of it started when my friend from Nottingham Outlaws (our camera club) sent me picture of this place, asking if I would like to go with him there for sunrise. I sent reply straightaway, …” of course, I can’t wait “.

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Dark Peak… a story behind the photograph

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Sometimes it’s bit of luck, sometimes it’s result of very hard and never-ending visits of the place…..

This place stands on the borders of the Dark and White Peaks and looks into the heart of both. It was one of my very first photo trips to Peak District after I moved to UK. And straight away a knew… this place is magical. Armed with my trusted old film camera Nikon F70 with Fuji Velvia RVP50 slide film in it, I was standing on The Mam Tor one of the highest hills in Pennines and I was waiting for the sunrise.Great Ridge is pretty much east – west orientated and I realised there is only two ways I can do pictures this morning. Shooting into sun or turn around and shoot with sun shining into my back. I did my first shot on the top of the Mam Tor but it was not was what I wanted. I decided to go along the ridge and search for best place to setup my tripod.I love this part of photography, wandering around and looking for right spot…..
Sometimes it’s bit of luck, sometimes it’s result of many visits of the place…. this time I was lucky.Very first visit and as an outcome great picture. This shot is still one of my all time favourites. Recently it won Nottingham Outlaw Photographic society club competition in Open category and I believe it will be in my portfolio very long time….

Camera: Nikon F70, Lens Nikkor 35-80mm, FilmFuji Velvia RVP 50, Filter : Cokin ND Grad Soft