15th June 2016
When will the rain stop? This has got to be the wettest June in a long time, low temperatures and monsoon style rain, it is optimising Britain’s reputation for constantly raining. Motivating yourself to get out and about is always harder when the sun isn’t shining, but making plans with others always helps to encourage and ensure you have a great time, no matter the weather. I headed out to Winnats Pass after work for a walk along its outer edge with my friends James and Jonathan.
Winnats has to be one of the most stunning passes in the country, it’s definitely up there out of those I’ve done. The sheer steep sides are littered with caves and potholes, and craggy outcrops crown its edge. Although it’s a road I’ve been to many times before, it always fascinates me and really helps to show just how diverse a landscape the Peak District has.
We walked around the southern rim of the pass, around the outside edge, which provides the more photogenic views, as you get great vistas with the road snaking into the distance. As we reach the bottom of the pass the clouds parted, and the grey and moody landscape was burnt by the sun, shining low in the sky. I always love sunshine after rainfall. Wet foliage, roads and rocks glow as the light bounces off them, and the colours and contrast within an image are amplified, which helps to create really stunning images.
As we headed back to the car parked at the top of the pass a large rain cloud rolled in from the East. The rainfall was like a heavy curtain, desaturating the landscape of all colour as it approached us across the Hope Valley. Whilst this June has been very wet and damp, it is the vastly changing weather that has inspired me over the past few weeks. My recent trip to Darley Moor forced me to adjust my shooting to accommodate for the grey skies that sucked the colour and depth out of my images, and the weather on this trip to Winnats Pass required constant adaptation to capture the changing light we experienced. Whilst I’ve managed to make the most of my time out walking, I would welcome some warmer weather, and guaranteed sun and blue skies