Peter Bargh

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October 28th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 301 – on the edge

Stanage Edge this evening. I went to shoot the sunset and then star trails, the sunset was a bit lack lustre but the stars were out. I spent about an hour in the dark on the edge – it was, as seems usual up there, very windy. I heard sheep rustling around, bats (i think) flew over head, but nothing as scary as the other night in Clumber Park, so I was quite relaxed as I tripped the shutter after each 30 second exposure.

In one shot I’d set the tripod up from a low position and started taking shots. I then climbed up onto the rock that two of the tripod legs were resting on only to realise the tripod was leaning backwards and could have easily toppled over and crashed down 20 or so feet. The fun of in the dark photography!

The battery died and I didn’t have a spare with me, so the trail on this one is quite short. In the background to the right are the lights of Sheffield.

It’s a 28 exposure blend, with one frame illuminating the trig pojnt with the Joby GorillaTorch

It was quite a challenge getting down after I’d finished. What seemed like an easy way up disappeared after dark.
The Joby GorillaTorch came in handy again.

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 9th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 99 – one afternoon in a hot air balloon

Sometimes you may not be prepared. I’d gone on Stanage Edge today and took the Olympus EP2 with 17mm lens (about 35mm in 35mm format) I intended to do a few landscapes. I spotted a hot air balloon and wished I’d taken a long lens. Here’s my shot. The balloon is a dot in the sky so I’ve added an arrow. It would have still been a small dot even with a long lens. I’d love to have been in that balloon.

The title of the photo365 photo is courtesy of the indie band Artery.

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.