I will often drive past Butterton Village on the B5053 heading to do some landscape photography. I will also occasionally drive though Butterton Village if im going to Manifold Valley or Wetton Mill.
I tend to not photography the villages of the Peak because I feel im being rude photographing someone else’s property. I will however photograph the villages from a good distance out of respect often trying to give scale to the landscape, some of the villages are so picturesque im often ore struck and would love one day to own my own property in the Peaks.
Butterton Village is a small remote village in the county of Staffordshire or Staffordshire Moorlands in the Southern region of the Peak District also known as the White Peaks.
Whilst I was trying to research the history of the village it seems that the village would have been established due to the extensive mining of Ecton Hill for Copper and Lead back in the mid 17th century since then the village Church of St Bartholomew’s Church was built in 1781 with the dominating spire added in 1879 which can be seen from far a field on the landscape horizons and is one of the newest Church spires in the Peak District. Butterton today in the 21st century is mainly an agricultural area with farms scattered around the landscape, the village also has a pub and a post office.
The last population count was from the 2001 census which was recorded at just over 200, some what less than in 1841 where a population of 388 was recorded.
Capturing the scene
I just wanted to share how my mind processed the scene before me and how I came to capture this set of images from a photographers perspective I had not planned to stop here to be honest. I was actually going walking with the wife to Beresford and Wolfscote Dale. But I just couldn’t drive past because the conditions were too good to miss so I asked my wife if I could get some photographs, which of course she didn’t mind because she knows I love photography.
Sometimes the best Peak District Photographs are un-predictable and un-planned, you just need the right weather conditions and be in the right place at the right time of the day.
My process of thought for this set of photographs was as follows:
- Safety – I parked my car on the main busy road, so I made the wife come with me as it was reduced visibility I didn’t want the unthinkable happening as I snapped away with the camera!
- Weather – I had some amazing mist in the far distance and some clear blue sky.
- Light – The sun was still rather low as it is winter so it was still casting some great side lighting onto the ground before me.
- Composition – I had already visited this location and knew of several nice compositions within only a 3 minute walk from the roadside in open access land.
- Kit – I had all the correct kit in my car including my Camera, Lenses, Tripod and Filters so I was ready to capture my vision.
All the photographs on this page were taken with a 0.6 Soft GND Lee Filter, and I also tried to reduce some of the bright morning glare from the sun with the use of a Heliopan 105mm Slim Circular Polariser Camera ISO was set to 100 and below where possible taken on my Tripod with the camera set on a 2 second self timer to reduce camera shake.
Thanks for reading, all of these images in this article are for sale for digital marketing purposes or in print format for various displays either at home or work via my Peak District Gallery.