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Looking over to Higger Tor

I crunched through the dry, brown heather to get this cluster of rocks in the right place to frame this landscape photo of the moors looking over to Higger Tor, which can be seen in the distance at centre-left. It was approaching lunchtime when I made this picture – long after the golden-hour had passed – but there’s something to be said for capturing images at this time of day. It’s often the time and light when people are out and about and so depicts scenes as many of us will usually see them

Tumbled and jumbled
Boulders litter the landscape
On Peak District moors

Looking at Higger Tor

Bronica ETRSi, Zenzanon 75mm f/2.8 PE & Kodak Portra 160.

Taken on 6 April 2021

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Springtime

A blossom laden tree and stone built house make for an attractive scene. Although 6×4.5 is pretty small where medium format film sizes are concerned, I’m always happy with the quality of the photographs produced by the Bronica ETRSi.

Blossom on the trees
Soon to fall in white cascades
Herald of summer

Springtime

Bronica ETRSi, Zenzanon 75mm f/2.8 PE & Kodak Portra 160.

Taken on 6 April 2021

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The road to Bolehills Quarry

This is the track that leads to Bolehills Quarry. On the left, just beyond the tree, you can see a stockpile of abandoned millstones. Presumably this is where they were stored before being transported elsewhere, and here they remain since the market fell away, gathering coats of moss and lichen and providing something nice to look at as you pass by.

Abandoned millstones
Lining the route to Bolehills
In the spring sunshine

Towards Bolehills Quarry

Bronica ETRSi, Zenzanon 75mm f/2.8 PE & Kodak Portra 160.

Taken on 6 April 2021

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Birches at Bolehills Quarry

Bolehills Quarry, up above Padley Gorge, is carpeted with lush grass and beautiful silver birch trees. It’s a location that likely suits pretty much any type of conditions. The trees cast stark shadows in bright light and look mysterious in mist. These two shots were made around 9-10am while the sun was still striking long shadows.

I scanned these using EpsonScan, which is not something I normally do with colour photos as I’ve been less than successful at getting nice colours from the results in the past. This time though, I think it’s worked very well. Maybe not perfect – I doubt I’ll ever be sure a colour scan is “perfect” – but still a result I’m very happy with.

The Bolehills birch trees
White trunks cast shadows on green
In the morning sun

Bolehills
Bolehills

Bronica ETRSi, Zenzanon 75mm f/2.8 PE & Kodak Portra 160.

Taken on 6 April 2021

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Going round the bend

This is the A6187 road at Hathersage Booths, before curving and descending into Hathersage itself. It has a wonderful overview of the Hope Valley stretching into the distance with Mam Tor (the “Shivering Mountain”) just coming into view as part of the distant peaks. Mam Tor translates as “Mother Hill” and is so named because one side of it is prone to frequent landslides. The resultant debris has given birth to a number of smaller hills on the lower slopes.

Into Hope Valley
A beautiful view to see
During the descent

Round the bend

Bronica ETRSi, Zenzanon 75mm f/2.8 PE & Ilford HP5+. Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 9mins @ 20°.

Taken on 6 April 2021

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Maybe halfway up

I’d estimate I was perhaps halfway up the side of the valley when I made this photo, climbing from the River Derwent at the bottom up to Over Owler Tor – the highest point on my walk that day. The house that can be spied beyond the gate sits on the main Sheffield to Hathersage road.

Thighs aching, I walk
My ascent up the valley
To my origin

Just a field away

Bronica ETRSi, Zenzanon 75mm f/2.8 PE & Ilford HP5+. Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 9mins @ 20°.

Taken on 6 April 2021

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Fairy Bells

A saw this tree as I was beginning my climb back up the side of the Hope Valley towards where I’d parked the car. A small cluster of Wood Sorrel – sometimes known as Fairy Bells – had found a home in the mossy surface of the tree trunk.

On this April day
My eye was drawn to flowers
At home on a tree

Arboreal cradle

Bronica ETRSi, Zenzanon 75mm f/2.8 PE & Ilford HP5+. Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 9mins @ 20°.

Taken on 6 April 2021

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High contrast oak

I had to pause before making the photograph in todays post. The sunlight was getting increasingly bright when I found the tree and the contrasts of light and shadow were pretty strong – perhaps too much? But it caught my eye and I felt there was a picture to be had. I think I’d have ignored it if I’d been shooting digital (and definitely if I was using slide film!), but I had HP5+ in the camera back and I thought it would handle the extremes.

It didn’t let me down and, despite the dynamic range of the scene, there is still detail in both highlights and shadows.

Out of the coner
These twists of wooden lightning
Spark up from the earth

Branching

Bronica ETRSi, Zenzanon 75mm f/2.8 PE & Ilford HP5+. Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 9mins @ 20°.

Taken on 6 April 2021

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A resting gate

A lone gate leant against a drystone wall. I’m not sure where it came from – I didn’t see an empty gap – so it’s possibly a backup gate, or maybe one that’s gone feral and escaped its bounds…

In spite of a chain
This gate has escaped its place
And rests in the sun

When gates escape

Bronica ETRSi, Zenzanon 75mm f/2.8 PE & Ilford HP5+. Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 9mins @ 20°.

Taken on 6 April 2021