Recent Peak District Images

Thought I’d pop a quick blog on from recent Peak District images. To be honest, the light in the recent months just hasn’t been that spectacular (or at least when I’ve been able to get out) and at times it can start to dent your enthusiasm. That said I’ve been out plenty, stood in many spots and not even taken a single photo. It’s the way it goes I guess.

Anyway, below is the latest images which you can find on the Peak District Photography page.


Birchen Edge, I always seem to end up going here at sunset hoping for some drama but before I know it the clouds break up and I’m left with a clear sky. One day maybe! It was still nice to be up there though with some nice warm light on the edge and the first time I’ve captured the scene in summer with the greens in the trees out in full.

Birchen Edge - Peak District Photography

Birchen Edge – Peak District Photography

The next images are from perhaps my favourite place in the Peak District at the moment, Saddleworth Moor. I had been to the Trinnacle (pictured first) twice before and this for me, while still nice isn’t quite third time lucky. I think there’s better to be had but I still do quite like it and it has done well in the social world. While up there, I took some photos of the cotton grass which is a little different for me.

The Trinnacle - Peak District Photography

The Trinnacle – Peak District Photography

Cotton Grass - Peak District Photography

Cotton Grass – Peak District Photography

Cotton Grass and Greenfield Reservoir - Peak District Photography

Cotton Grass and Greenfield Reservoir – Peak District Photography

Lastly, I have finally got myself to Lathkill Dale. It’s a surprise really because Lathkill Dale is actually one of the closer areas of the Peak to my home but I had always looked at the map and knew I’d need a fair amount of time to explore the dale to look at locations etc. During the recent heatwave I did the full dale from Alport to Monyash (and back!) which was 12 miles in 30 degrees heat. There wasn’t any sunset as it transpired on that day (clouded over!) so I returned twice more to get the below images.


The first image is of the man made weir below Over Haddon in the dale. It’s very picturesque actually not looking man made at all. I had seen pictures of here previously and had always envisioned myself taking a picture of it in summer when there was plenty of green around rather than the usual autumnal shot of a waterfall in autumn with red leaves scattered around.

Lathkill Dale Weir - Peak District Photography

Lathkill Dale Weir – Peak District Photography


The next image had me running up the hillside. I had been shooting at the weir and it was initially cloudy with breaks when I had arrived. It was just getting into golden hour when I came out of the woods of the dale into the open ready to shoot, but what caught me by surprise was that the skies had completely cleared (again!) and there would be no drama to add. However, for the first time in a long time I saw some nice golden light and I ran up the hillside and out of breath. I tried to get some side lighting on one of the limestone tors but in the end I moved along and shot into the sun looking up the dale towards Monyash.

Lathkill Dale Sunset - Peak District Photography

Lathkill Dale Sunset – Peak District Photography

By |2016-11-02T23:14:36+00:00August 8th, 2013|Peak District Photography|10 Comments


  1. Mark August 8, 2013 at 2:55 pm - Reply

    Fantastic photos yet again! I’m off to Chrome Hill on Saturday with the kids so I’m going to try and get some decent photos there.

    • James Grant August 8, 2013 at 6:33 pm - Reply

      Thanks Mark – Chrome is my fave place by far in the Peaks. Hope you enjoy and thanks for the share on FB!

  2. Andy Keeble August 12, 2013 at 11:53 pm - Reply

    Another great set James, you really do bring your words to life with your images.

    Out of interest how on earth do you carry your kit up these walks, I would really like to know the secret lol!

    Take care.

    • James Grant August 16, 2013 at 7:25 am - Reply

      Thanks Andy!

      To be honest I used to carry a lot of kit, but back in January I purchased a Sony Nex 7. It’s basically my DSLR in a compact body (same sensor and everything) and I’ve totally fallen in love with it. It’s light, excellent quality and the 10-18mm is such a good lens I actually now probably use this as my main kit. The secret is out!

      • Andy Keeble August 16, 2013 at 3:58 pm - Reply

        What a brilliant advert for the NEX 7!

        I must admit that I struggle with my kit and an alternative sounds good!

        I was in Blacks in Leicester recently and saw some images. Are these ones you were commissioned to take?


        • James Grant August 16, 2013 at 11:04 pm - Reply

          Definitely a nice bit of kit I’d recommend…a few people have bought one since seeing mine. (I should be on commission!?)

          Not sure if Leicester has been refurbed yet, they emailed me the other day saying my images had made it into a few stores so they could well be. Did they look like from any familiar locations?

          • Andy Keeble August 17, 2013 at 12:31 am

            Contact Sony and suggest your rates!

            Leicester has had it’s refurb, well the shop in the City Centre and the images certainly looked like yours mate. I even told the store manager how much I loved the pictures yadda, yadda, yadda, maybe I should be on commission too lol!!

  3. Paul August 22, 2013 at 10:30 am - Reply

    Lovely images James! As a bit of a beginner, can I ask a question. The Lathkill Dale sunset – how did you go about exposing for that one? In fact – if it is not too big a subject (and not giving away any ‘secrets’!) How do you approach exposing for your lovely ‘golden hour’ shots?


    • James Grant August 27, 2013 at 10:09 am - Reply

      Hi Paul,

      Filters are mainly the key, in particular graduated neutral density filters. They help hold the bright sky vs the dark foreground. I would suggest a reverse grad at first.

      However, for this particular shot I decided to go for a method called exposure blending (which I very very rarely use) as the contrast and flare was too great for traditional methods.

      Hope that helps some what.


      • Paul August 27, 2013 at 11:15 am - Reply

        Thanks James

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