I thought I would share my first landscape photographs of 2016 with you, so far 2016 has been rather slow for me. The miserable weather has not helped, I watch the social media sites and no one is posting any new content, a lot of archived images being posted and some harsh seascape images of waves crashing over the sea defenses.
Instead of going out in the rain I took the time to re-design my entire website, not from scratch. I decided to keep all the old blog entries and leave the images on the server, the main reason for the re design was two fold, firstly I wanted a responsive theme for all platforms and secondly because I had a big flaw in my old website, it had a cracking gallery system for photographers where it would list all of the photograph information like Shutter Speed , ISO, Focal Length, Time and Date and even the Location linking to Google Maps, but what it didn’t allow was users to buy the image from the gallery. The gallery ranked very high in Google, actually in the top 3 for most searches but the flaw was linking it to the shop, it couldn’t as it was between 2 separate platforms so it made me have 2 galleries with repetitive content which you get penalized for by Google. I also found the Google was not linking to my shop but my galleries, I could have demoted the galleries but i guess that was a double edged sword.
Anyway enough website talk, lets look to January!
The weather is shockingly wet for January, its actually raining as I write this article! but by week two we had a light dosing of snow and I decided to head to somewhere I always seem to neglected which is one of the easiest places for me to get to, The Roaches
It was a daunting drive through the thick mist I had to really concentrate to keep on the road as the fog and snow showers blinded me driving over Morridge Moor I was doing less than 10 miles an hour the majority of the way. I got to the view point looking over towards The Roaches and I couldn’t see 5 meters in front of me, I was beginning to wonder if I had made the right choice and I was contemplating turning back as I wasn’t sure what the forecast was going to do. The last thing I wanted to do was get stuck up on Morridge Moor and walk the 5 miles to Leek.
I would have normally drove on over past Mermaid Pool or Blake Mere but as the weather was that bad I decided on the safe option and turned back towards Leek via Thorncliffe and then back along the A53 to The Roaches. I parked up as I was early and waited.
The snow settled down and eventually stopped and an hour before sunrise I started to get ready, Boots on, Gloves and my trusty warm hat and headed on up.
The first picture I took was from below The Roaches looking over to Hen Cloud, nothing special but this was my first shot of 2016.
I headed on up to higher ground but the higher I went I got into the mist of the clouds, I stuck it out for well over 2 hours waiting to see if the mist would lift and of course it did and eventually I was left with some great pictures of the clouds rolling over Hen Cloud.
After waiting to see if the light would give me something to work with I decided to walk up higher into the tops of The Roaches and captured some wonderful shots of the light and clouds over Ramshaw Rocks.
Ive always struggled getting good shots of The Roaches it does seem like it has its own little weather climate going on most of the times. There is no point looking at weather forecasts it does its own thing, I got lucky this day I think.
I decided as the sun started to shine to walk the short 20 minutes up to Doxey Pool and the light just got better and better!
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