11th June 2016
I’d spent the morning taking photos at a wedding venue, as part of a website we are building at work. It was at a location on the moorland above Darley Dale, and after I was done shooting I cycled the 8 or so miles home to Bakewell. It wasn’t an area of the Peaks that I’d been to before, and it probably isn’t one that I’d every consider going to, but I was impressed at the quiet woodland and empty country lanes that I cycled on my way home.
The ground and trees were wet from the previous nights downpour, but the forecast rain never materialised during my journey. 100% cloud cover usually is able to suck a lot of life out of photographs, and is always challenging to shoot in, but I found myself stopping frequently and getting the camera back out of my bag. Without any blue sky or sunlight to cast shadows, I knew that I’d have to try to shoot a little differently from usual, and really focus upon a certain element in the shot to help compose it.
Woodland really comes to life after a heavy rainfall; the moisture in the wood and ground really helps to saturate the colour. With the sun hidden under so many layers of clouds, the more densely wooded areas are black as night, which made for great contrast and framing in shots. It was a day where I was especially trying to entice the view by leading their eye into the photograph, which in the woodland came from the corridor of light caused by the pathways. Out on the road again, I used the long straight roads stretching into infinite to draw your eye into the images, and even found a flower lined country lane, winding left and right into the distance.
I made it back home again just as the weather was beginning to turn, and was pleasantly surprised looking back through the photos that I was able to come back with a couple of decent shots. I enjoyed not only seeing new places, but also trying to consider my shots in a little more detail to adapt to the weather conditions. I think that’s why I love shooting photos outside, no day is like another and you always have to respond to changing weather conditions