A Derbyshire photography workshop

Last Saturday I was fortunate to attend a photo workshop based around Monyash in the northern Peak District, the White Peak. The tutors were Paul Hill and Nick Lockett and they encouraged us to look at project work rather than the single image. We went out without tripods to try to tune into the environment and capture the essence of the place.
The morning was spent in Lathkill Dale which is a short walk from the centre of Monyash. It was a Saturday and the dale was pretty busy with walkers and a group of scouts. We walked down the valley but did not have time to get to the river, the top part of the dale is a dry valley as the stream runs underground, emerging later from a cave, or even further down if the weather has been dry. It had been cloudy with sunny interludes and there were a few very sharp showers that sent us running for cover, but towards the end of the morning the rain became more persistent and it seemed wise to return to base. When the sun did come out the stones gleamed and the valley looked fresh and bright.
I took my infrared camera with me as well as the Nikon D800 and so took pictures with both. The closer pictures here have been taken to show the effect of light on the vegetation and the limestone outcrops of the dale. I shall show the infrared pictures in the next blog.


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