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Peak District workshop

I returned yesterday afternoon from the last of 3 workshops I have held in the Peak District over the last 3 weeks and once again, the weather held out!  It’s always going to be an unknown factor at this time of the year anyway, let alone in these parts.  So, why didn’t I chose to hold it during the summer?  Quite simply, light.  During late March and into mid April the sun is still sufficiently low for all-day photography unlike in June and July when it is very much an early morning or early evening shoot.  In between these times, the sun is too high and the light too cool.  Also, in March and April, the weather starts to improve and the days lengthen.

On this visit, I stayed in a delightful B&B called Crown Cottage in Eyam, situated in the centre of this historic Plague village.  I couldn’t have asked for a more comfortable stay and Janet and Ian really do make you feel welcome.  So, if you are ever up this way, I can’t recommend it high enough.  Next time, I’ll give myself more time to look around as it has a remarkable story of how the village dealt with the outbreak of the Plague in 1665.        

Members of the group, photographing on Stanage Edge.

Members of the group, photographing on Stanage Edge.

Another great bunch of photographers, and although at times it was quite blustery there was just sufficient sunshine to keep us going, and of course the scenery was as spectacular as ever.  Two members of the group decided to stay till sunset in the hope that the weather was going to clear to give us that beautiful evening light and indeed it did.  Well, for around 10 minutes anyway!  But, it was just long enough for us to set up our tripods and shoot a few frames.  The sun then hid behind clouds for the duration so we sat, chatted and enjoyed the moment.  It’s not all about taking pictures you know!        

Curbar Edge

Curbar Edge

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Tuesday, April 13th, 2010 Notes from the field, Workshops No Comments