The weather around this time of the year can be damp, drab and generally gloomy even sometimes depressing! Us photographers are constantly weather watching and normally admiring stunning sunrises & sunsets as we drive to and from work cussing that we have missed a prime photo opportunity.
Irrespective of these drab weather conditions deciding what to shoot in these conditions can be tricky, some days you probably can not even be bothered to go out of the house, cold damp and wet but if you plan ahead and take mental notes of what locations will be best suited for these weather conditions you can still get some really good images.
I have a small book next to my computer at home for notes with months of the year on 12 of the pages, every time I go out walking and visit a new location I work out what is the best time of year to shoot that location, so that I can return one day regardless of the conditions.
Typical things that I take note of:
- Sunrise & Sunset Times
- Sunrise & Sunset Location (Use a sun compass)
- Best lighting conditions to show the location at its best
- Flora – What plants will be in flower (this is tricky as im not great with plants!!)
- Season of the year best for showing the location of
- Best route to the said location for future visits, including Grid References
- Compositions, Take some practice shots of various compositions
With that being said the weekend just gone was forecast to be misty all weekend, so instead of setting my alarm for an early sunrise shoot I opted for a lie in and went and explored The Roaches, well under The Roaches to be more precise!
Under The Roaches there is a narrow strip wood, some fenced of a some not, mostly carnivorous pines and plenty of dead wood and plenty of thick mosses and lichen on the ground. I wanted to capture the dark and moody atmosphere that can felt when walking though those woods. I’m sure anyone that has walked up though those woods when it is dark feels a little nervous as it can be a mysterious place, I have no idea how Doug Moller lived up there for so long!
I arrived mid morning and there was a few people climbing the gritstone but I decided to stay low and contour through the woods taking in the stunning atmosphere and the silence was surreal. I stayed in the woods for a few hours I could hear the odd pheasant call and the shouts of the climbers above unaware of my presence as I captured some great images. I struggled to keep the mist of my lens, I had to keep drying it with a microfibre cloth no sooner had I dried the lens it was misting up again, you have to be persistence and persevere to get that shot!
I had a wonderful couple of hours scoping compositions out, and came back with plenty of wonderful shots, I’ve only shared a few of the better one’s but ive probably got the same amount again to share!!
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.