Mornings in the Peak District

Mornings in the Peak District.

The weather is started to turn slowly towards the autumn. After a couple of weeks, I decided to head back to Peak District to try to catch the morning light.

With a promising forecast, I set off from home at a reasonable 6 o’clock am and headed to a well-known spot called Surprise view. I decided to take my Large format camera with me.

Taking the shot

I’m enjoying those trips enormously. Love to walk up the hill, feel the weight of my camera and tripod and search for the composition.

Some days it’s easier than others. Especially when I’m visiting a place I have been to many times before it’s not easy to find new views or unusual compositions. In this case, it was the first time with the large format. I had 2 sheets of Velvia 50 which I wanted to use this morning.

I managed to do 2 exposures on Velvia 50, 2 exposures on colour negative Kodak Ektar 100 and 2 Black and white shots on Shanghai 100. Pretty cool for a short trip like this. The light was changing quickly so I had to work fast.

When I returned home I quickly processed my shots starting with slide film I’ve used Tetenal E-6 kit, for colour negative I used Cinestill Cs-41 chemistry and I used Kodak HC 110 developer for Shanghai 100.

Results of morning shoot.

Overall I am happy with the result and the shot below is my favourite. Velvia 50 is excellent and it is my favourite slide film for landscape photography. Unfortunately, Fuji Film just announced that Velvia 50 in 4×5 and 8×10 format will be discontinued. Really sad but not entirely unexpected, Fuji is killing film slowly but surely.

MPP VII f32, 2 sec 0.6ND Lee filter, 90mm Fuji Velvia 50

Mornings in the Peak District are the best, especially in autumn. I love it.

What’s your favourite season for landscape photography? What’s your favourite film stock?

Let me know below!

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