Fog and Mud

One essay finished and one dissertation draft sent off for feedback; this week I finally managed to relax a little after a full on semester and I finally managed to get out into the Peaks! Unfortunately the weather forecast for this week was not all that compliant with rain forecast for most of it, but a foggy Tuesday morning looked like my window of opportunity. I would have liked to have gone to one of the many edges/tors but in the face of thick fog I decided to head to Padley Gorge to ensure I had plenty of close up subjects to play with.

The combination of woodland, winter and fog makes for quite a photographically challenging scene. Woods always look a bit messy, finding a clean photo is a challenge, but adding winter to the mix means that the floor is also strewn with rotting leaves and a lot of mud. Fog added quite an interesting element, fading away a complicated background but completely flattening the light.
fog padley gorge peak district river long exposure billy clapham nikon D7100

I mostly chose to focus on particular elements of the landscape to keep out some of the clutter, here I used the short end of my Nikkor 70-300mm to close in on the falls and a little beech tree.

fog padley gorge peak district river long exposure billy clapham nikon D7100

Unfortunately I don’t have a circular polariser filter for either my wide or long lens, meaning that I couldn’t rid of the reflections on the river or wet leaves, leaving my shots with less contrast and saturation than what I would like. However I do have a ciruclar polariser for my nifty fifty (Nikon 50mm f1.8), which enabled me to get the richer look that I was after. The shot below was actually a 3 shot vertical panorama, which I underexposed to only leave detail in the waterfall.

fog padley gorge peak district river long exposure billy clapham nikon D7100

fog padley gorge peak district river long exposure billy clapham nikon D7100

fog padley gorge peak district river long exposure billy clapham nikon D7100

fog padley gorge peak district river long exposure billy clapham nikon D7100

Though most the trees were bare (^ short of the odd sprig of oak leaves ^) lots of little beech saplings punctuated the woodland with bright bursts of orange. In this shot, I just decided to embrace the chaos!

fog padley gorge peak district river long exposure billy clapham nikon D7100

 

I head home for Christmas soon, so I won’t be returning to the peaks until 2016, but hopefully I’ll be able to get out and about in lovely old Lincolnshire!

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