Peter Bargh

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November 11th, 2018

Drought unveils lost village

Derwent was a village in Derbyshire that was demolished (or technically drowned) in 1944 to make way for the Ladybower reservoir.

The extremely dry summer/autumn has allowed the left over structures to emerge and visitors went there in their hoards to walk among the ruins. It was a sight most of us have never seen…and may never see again. I went on a wet and grey morning which turned in to a nice sunlit afternoon with crisp autumn colours…and even a rainbow finished off my stroll around the reservoir.

October 26th, 2015

Caving and Climbing Adventure

Thanks to Julie Lawson for inviting me on a  Truth & Trust Adventure caving and climbing experience with guide Malc Lawson for today’s adventure in Derbyshire.  I have never done either before but thoroughly enjoyed both. Excellent guidance from Malc, owner of the company! Highly recommended if you fancy breaking out of your box in Derbyshire.

Ou adventure group
me in a cave
Preparing to climb
Me climbing



September 10th, 2012

Alport Castles

Dave Horton and I went for a circular walk that took us up Win Hill, over to Hope Cross, down to Alport Farm, and then up to Alport Castles. The final leg was a descent to Westend and round the reservoirs, Derwent and Ladybower. Back over the bridge to the Yorkshire Bridge inn for a pint of Bradfield brewed Farmers Stout. and finally back down the hill to rejoin the car. The round walk was approx 17miles and was completed without too much effort.

October 19th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 292 – Star Trails

Tonight was interesting. I spent an hour and half in complete darkness on the moors. It was very cold, but I had a rug and coat and ePHOTOzine hat to warm me up.
Why? To photograph my first proper star trail…and it’s going to be addictive. I used the Olympus EP-2 as the Pentax K20D is not fast enough at processing. You need to shoot 30-60sec exposures in succession. The K20D needs time to process between shots. The Olympus allows an instant shot after shot. I had to manually focus and it was near on impossible, but I managed. I don’t have a remote timer for the Olympus so I just sat and waited for 60 seconds for each shot and repressed the shutter. I took 66 shots.
When I got home I first created an animation in Photoshop, and then created this star trail using an action to speed things up. I’m pleased with the result.

The animation below has loads of aircraft passing through the shot, but these have been missed off in the image stack.

October 4th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 277- Stanage Edge millstones

I’m embarrassed to say this is my first ever viewing of a sunrise in Derbyshire.

I was put off many years ago when I cycled from Hillsborough to Fox house to do my first sunrise and there was thick cloud and the light was awful.

I’ve been meaning to set the alarm for the last seven years but laziness and that early bad experience stopped me from doing so.

This morning I woke up at 5am with acute back pain. (I’d been lifting really heavy concrete slabs at the weekend and the strain’s caught up with me)

I looked out of the window, saw stars and thought:

stars = clear sky = sunrise

So I quickly packed the camera bag and headed off to Stanage and arrived at about 6:15. I packed a torch but to my surprise I didn’t need it.

The sun came up over the horizon about an hour later, but it was behind cloud, and did clear up as it got higher. I took several shots of the trig point – one uploaded to the gallery, and shots across the edge and views towards Castleton.

And I did the customary millstones. They were shaded by the edge so at this point shadows aren’t too harsh.

I called back later and saw a group of photographers taking turns shooting this scene so I left them to it and headed home.


April 25th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 115 – Packhorse Bridge

I took the cycle out to Ladybower today and cycled round the 25km route to Packhorse Bridge at Slippery Stones and back. Today’s photo365 is the bridge, a 17th century one, moved upstream brick by brick when the reservoir was created.
It’s the first time I’ve been back to this spot for about 20 years. An enjoyable cycle ride in the company of my son William, included a stop off at Fairholmes for a sausage and bacon sarnie.


February 12th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 43 – Chasing rainbows

Well I wasn’t actually chasing a rainbow, I was after a sunset, but once again it failed to materialise on one of the edges in Derbyshire. This evening I went on Stanage Edge, and saw some spectacular light, stormy weather, sunbursts, dramatic clouds and this rainbow.

I just had the Olympus EP2 with me with its 17mm attached so had to take what I could. The light started to get really good towards sunset and then the cloud came and put a stop to it. Enjoyed jumping and climbing about on rocks.

February 6th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 37 – bleak day

What a day…miserable most of the day at home weather wise but I saw a break and thought it would be worth going out to Derbyshire with the Lee Filters Big Stopper to get some cloud movement shots against rocks.

How wrong I was.

It was cold and extremely windy. On the edges so windy I nearly got swept off my feet. Not good for one minute Big Stopper shots. So I stuck to normal exposures, even then the drizzle played havoc on the filters so getting a decent shot was virtually impossible.

Here’s one with the tripod low down and the Lee 0.6 Grad filter. I added the blue sky shade using Lightroom.

January 23rd, 2011

Photo365 – Day 23 – Highland Cow

Probably my favourite photo from my Photo365 series so far. Almost like a present following the heavy week I’ve had. It’s a Highland cow taken on Baslow Edge in Derbyshire I was out testing the new Tamron 18-270mm lens on a Nikon D90. I’d gone to photograph a sunset and although the sun broke through a couple of times it had totally clouded over when needed.

highland cow
I got up pretty close to the cow and went for a low angle. I used the Nikon’s built in flash and underexposed the background. I was impressed with the ability of the little internal flash, it certainly lifted this one.