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To capture stunning perspectives in your photography, try snapping pictures of the same location during both the morning and evening. I recently did this during a visit to the Peak District National Park, specifically at Crook Hill. Here's a look at my adventure and the imagery I captured.

Cows on a high moorland
Highland Cows

It always began online, with some research on Google and further information on social media. In the following days, it was all about visiting the location in the early afternoon and hoping to catch a sunset at the same time. In order to reach the location, we took the ladybower viaduct up to the hillside via Crookhill Farm before picking out a number of potential image locations. In order to fully grasp how to control the light and make the most of these conditions, it is essential to visit the location both in the morning and at night. With more time in hand before the settings were turned on, I managed to select a good number of compositions and just take our time without rushing. The best compositions were achieved by using gentle sidelight and casting those soft shadows.

Evening light looking towards the hill
Sunset looking at Crookhill

As I walked up and down both hillsides, I was able to choose from a variety of compositions. I was also blessed with time with the highland cows, or woolly moos as I like to refer to them. The perfect sidelight was casting gently on the hillside in front of me as well as the rocks in the foreground.

About two weeks later, with a break in the weather and availability, we was heading out and was soon greeted by some amazing morning light.

Pre sunrise
Morning light

The time had arrived , then came what appeared to be ideal conditions. After parking on the other side of the viaduct, we crossed the bridge and made our way up the hill through a light mist in the morning. In anticipation of what would likely be a spectacular sunrise, we were very excited and hopeful. In spite of this, we made our way up the hill in a very short period of time, approximately 20 to 25 minutes. It was clear that we were feeling a bit fatigued. However, this feeling was short lived as colour soon appeared on the horizon and the mist improved as it moved over the waters of Ladybower Reservoir. It did not take long for the color to improve and for there to be just enough light to begin taking photographs. We already had the compositions in mind, as previously mentioned. In order to compose the tripod and adjust the settings through the camera, it was simply a matter of picking a side and snapping away..

As we returned down from the viaduct that morning, my friend left a second camera on a tripod to complete a timelapse. I was composing this photograph of the viaduct with the morning mist when my friend set off to run back up the hill. Just one of those funny memories of a fantastic morning out.

The image below displays that calm moment of morning mist drifting over the cool water as my friend was panicking back up the hill.

morning mist on the water
Ladybower Res


Equipment used

  • Canon 5D mark 3 camera

  • 24-105 lens

  • Vanguard tripod

  • Kase Filters

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