Silent Night

Harrison Lane, Sheffield

Brown Hills Lane, Sheffield


Haddon Hall with Tudor Group or Lesiu in conversation with Ruth Goodman

Lech, Haddon Hall
While none of the above is visible here it all happened!


Over Owler Tor

Over Owler Tor, Peak District, Derbyshire


November at Longshaw Estate, Peak District

Longshaw Estate lake, Peak District, Derbyshire, UK
 A couple of months ago I was showing posts from this blog to our friends Isabel and Dean. Their remark was an eye-opener for me - that most of the images are from winter time. It is true. I love an element of in-obviousness in photography, Autumn and winter aura lends itself very nicely here.
An interesting landscape feature can be seen in the photograph below. A sunken wall, delineating pastures from lawns in front of a hall, forms a barrier for animals like sheep, yet does not obstruct views to the valley beyond. Clever trick. I assume the modern fence is the blessing of the health and safety regulations.

Hidden wall, Longshaw Estate, Peak District, Derbyshire, UK
technical details:
top image: 1/40 s at F/10, ISO 400, focal length: 200mm, tripod mounted
bottom image: 1/3s at F/13, ISO 800, focal length: 73mm, tripod mounted


New Reflection portfolio image

Tree reflection, Bamford Mill, Derbyshire, UK
1/80 s at F/2.8, ISO 100, focal length: 50mm, EOS7D, 50 1.8 MkII


Pink Guitar

M and M with Pink Guitar, Castleton, Derbyshire, UK



Malinka, Chatsworth, Derbyshire, UK
1/500 s at F/2.8, ISO 100, focal length: 55mm, Chatsworth Farm Playground  
Photographed with Canon EOS 7D, EF-S 17-55 f/2.8, handheld

This portrait was made by the end of a day, just before sunset at a playground at Chatsworth House Farm. Of course it's not possible to have a sensible look just by telling them to stop and pose - just the opposite would happen. Here Malinka is eating an ice cream and I fired in bursts to get that right moment. Also I shifted around to get the dark background for the highlighted profile which otherwise would get lost against the bright sky.


above clouds

Carl Wark, Peak District, UK


M.and B., National Tramway Museum, Crich, Derbyshire, UK



Jan. Tram, Sheffield No 510, Crich

Derwent Valley at Crich

Derwent Valley, Crich, Derbyshire, UK
This idyllic landscape has seen the birth of the industrial revolution. Not far from here Sir Richard Arkwright built the first successful water-powered cotton-spinning mill. Also the place from which this photograph was made, now the Crich Tramway Vilage, was where George Stephenson, the "Father of Railways" pursued his mining bussiness.


Crich Tramway Museum

National Tramway Museum, Crich, Derbyshire
1/6 s at F/7, ISO 3200, focal length: 17mm, when, Crich, Derbyshire Photographed with Canon EOS 7D, EF-S 17-55 f/2.8, handheld

Going on a tram to school was my daily routine but for mine an my brother's kids an opportunity to go on a tram is a very exotic event and great fun. So when my brother and his family visited us last week, we couldn't possibly miss a visit to the National Tramway Museum in Crich, which is about an hour's drive from Sheffield (and what a nice drive it is, through Peak NP!).
As part of the half term activities in the museum, there were illuminated rides well outside the usual opening hours. What a nice photo opportunity, isn't it?



Castleton, Derbyshire, UK

Enclosures, Castleton, Derbyshire

Castleton, Derbyshire, UK


Chatsworth in Pink

Lately I have been involved with the photographic documentation of Derbyshire's  longest artwork - the Derwent Pulse (derwentpulse.org). Last night the passage took us to illuminated Chatsworth House. The first image was taken before the 'light flow' started. This was the exposure for the background. The finished image below is a composite of about 50 frames, recording the parade on the shores of the river Derwent and the floating spheres.

Chatsworth House at night, Derbyshire, UK

Derwent Pulse, Electrifying Chatsworth


Good Morning

Morning , Higgar Tor, Peak District, Derbyshire, UK
1/5000 s at F/1.8, ISO 100, EF 50 f/1.8, handheld



A walk in the clouds

Sandygate Rd, Sheffield. UK

Carsick View Rd, Sheffield, UK

Carsick Hill Rd, Sheffield, UK

Tom Lane, Sheffield, UK



Jan, Rushup Edge, Peak District, UK

1/160 s at F/9, ISO 100, focal length: 50mm, Rushup Edge  Photographed with Canon EOS 7D, EF 50mm f/1.8 MkII, handheld


Porter Valley, Sheffield

Porter Valley Trees, Sheffield
1/3 s, f/4.0, ISO 100, 70mm

Saturday late morning in the park full of dogs and their masters. Now Sheffield is one of the greenest cities in Europe but it's not long ago when the air was heavy with smoke and vibrating with the sounds of industrial revolution.


Under the Stars in Cornwall

We spent a good part of our summer holiday on the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall. Lizard is the southernmost point of the mainland British Isles and, lacking major settlements, enjoys beautiful starry skies. Unfortunately our stay there coincided with the full moon and that ruined the effect a bit. I had to wait a couple of days when the moon rose late enough for the sky to become dark.

Milky Way over Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall, UK. Five image stitch

Camping under the stars. The Moon is about to rise. 6 images stitched. Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall, UK
Both images were shot with a 28mm focal lenghth, 30s each frame at ISO 6400 and stitched later in Hugin. Image processing was done in Darktable. White balance was set to 3800K.


Stackpole Head

Stackpole Head, Pembrokeshire Coast, Wales
The Stackpole Head, one of the many on the beautiful Pembrokeshire Coast, when approached from Barafundle Bay, really pulls you in to walk to the very edge and stare into the ocean. It is only when you walk on along the coastal path that the dramatic profile of the head is revealed

Stackpole Head, Pembrokeshire Coast, Wales



Buttermere, Lake District

Buttermere, Lake District


Story time

1/15 s at F/1.8, ISO 3200, focal length: 50mm


Buttermere #2

Little house at the lake, Buttermere, Lake District
1/160 s at F/8, ISO 200, focal length: 200mm, handheld

Little house at the lake #2, Buttermere, Lake District
1/40 s at F/7, ISO 200, focal length: 55mm, handheld



Buttermere, Lake District, UK
30 s at F/3,5, ISO 6400, focal length: 8mm
Last weekend we were camping in the Lake District in Buttermere. The weather was perfect. Great time for the kids to unwind after the school year. We were taking our time and spent most of it swimming in the lake, playing with pebbles on the beach and making bonfires in the evening.
One night I sneaked out to photograph the stars, the sky was very clear but at this time of year there is no astronomical twilight and you cannot take full advantage of the dark skies here.



Marcelina, Rievaulx Abbey, North Yorkshire, UK



John, Higgar Tor, Peak District NP, UK
1/640 s at F/9, ISO 200, focal length: 17mm, Photographed with Canon EOS 7D, EF-S 17-55 f/2.8, handheld

Our family outings usually start with an 'I don't want to go' from one or more of our children. Over time we have learned to ignore those statements and push on going. Then there's always the joy of being outdoors and outbreaks of pure energy


Flowers of Edinburgh

Thistle, Howden Reservoir, Peak District, UK

1/320 s at F/6.4, ISO 250, focal length: 200mm,


Loch Torridon

Loch Torridon and Beinn Alligin, Wester Ross, Scotland
1/200 s at F/9.1, ISO 100, focal length: 35mm, when, where Photographed with Canon EOS 7D, EF-S 17-55 f/2.8, handheld



Curlew (Numenius Arquata) in flight, Redmires Reservoir, Sheffield, UK



North Sea Beach Life

Waterfront, Robin Hood's Bay,  North Yorkshire, UK

Ice cream van, Robin Hood's Bay Beach,  North Yorkshire, UK


THE castle

Eilean Donan Castle, Western Heighlands of Scotland