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73 landscapes.

73 locations.

73 days.

a personal expedition for charity.

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Our Challenge

We are aiming to take 73 landscape photographs in 73 locations across the Peak District in just 73 days. Whenever we are in the Peak we take a fantastic book called 'Through the lens' by James Grant with us. His book marks 73 locations across the Peak which offer potential for beautiful landscape photos.

 

Please see the About page to find out why we are doing this and which charities we are supporting. 

The challenge is sponsorship driven so please please Donate anything you can. The best photos will be printed and exhibited at a local venue after the end of the 73 days (more on that later). Any sales of prints will be added to funds raised.

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Journey Statistics
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  • Miles Driven:

  • Miles Walked:

  • Steps Taken: 

73

2759.2

160.07

280787

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The frustration of Mam Tor

It's difficult enough to predict the weather in this country but even more so in elevated areas like Castleton. Mam Tor, located near to Castleton, is one of the most iconic areas of the Peak District, it attracts hundreds of hikers, walkers and explorers every weekend. It's also where 'The Great Ridge' is located and if the weather is just right you can capture some of the most amazing landscape photographs the Peak District has to offer. At sunrise there is a fair chance of mist and lingering low cloud which can really add to the atmosphere, so we set the alarm for 3:30am and crossed our fingers. The alarm went off, we checked the weather report "only 19% cloud cover, let's give it a try".

The 'Great' British weather

I'm worried. I'm worried that the biggest obstacle with this 73in73 challenge is something that is completely out of our control and that's the weather. Usually with landscape photography you spend time scouting a location, visit it a few times and then, when the time and weather is right, you take the shot. We don't have that luxury and it's proving to be very frustrating. Weekends are our biggest asset as we can potentially do a sunrise and a sunset in the same day, not something that's easily achievable in the week because of work. This weekend though has been overcast and fairly miserable, certainly around the golden hours of the day. We had to use one of our limited backup options... wa

The windiest location yet!

We decided to visit part of the Cheshire Peak for todays location, specifically, Shining Tor which is location number 66 in the book. It was a bit of a walk but it was mostly on a path so not too strenuous. It seemed like a nice evening so we took our two Pomeranian dogs with us for a bit of extra company. It took about 45 minutes to reach the location from where we had parked, it was a little windy but that was to be expected at that height. By the time we reached the trig point the sky had started to cloud over in the direction where sun was setting. It was a bit disappointing but we knew this wasn't one of the epic locations so we weren't expecting anything magical. All of a sudden, the s

Time to tick off an easy one

After the craziness of yesterdays escapades at The Trinnacle we didn't have it in us to travel or walk far so we ticked off one of the local locations. The Roaches is only a 20 minute drive from home and this particular part of The Roaches, Ramshaw Rocks, is only a few minutes walk from the car park. The location seemed really promising and so too did the light. I'm not sure if it was just because we were so exhausted from yesterday but I just wasn't able to capture it in the way I had hoped. Still, with it being so close we could look at revisiting this one at a later date if we have time. There is a lovely path that I didn't get in the composition, I'm sure that would have made for a bette

A genuinely scary evening with a twist

Saddleworth is one of the furthest commutes for us to get to, we are trying to get these difficult locations completed sooner rather than later as we are constantly racing against the time of the sunset. The sun sets earlier and earlier every night and by the time we hit September we will find it almost impossible to capture the scene in the right light. Tonights mission was The Trinnacle. I knew it would be the most difficult location we had attempted so far, little did I know how difficult it would turn out to be... We left straight after work with a quick stop off at the chip shop on the way, we then had to endure some awful traffic on the way to Saddleworth, it took forever. We arrived a

A night under the stars

Two for the price of one this time! We didn't get home until after 3am but it was worth it. The forecast was clear sky's between midnight at 2am and most importantly there was no moon in the sky. I did a bit of planning on Google Maps and it looked like we might just be able to fit Magpie Mine and Ladybower Reservoir into that slot. We arrived at Magpie Mine a little early so had a quick bite to eat and something to drink. Did I ever tell you that Tracy has a bit of a fear of cows? Well, she does, and guess what we see as we are walking towards the mine? Yep, cows. The distance to the mine is only short so it didn't take long to get there. We were using torches to avoid puddles and potholes

Gorgeous night at Bamford Edge

I won't lie, we are a bit behind schedule already, it's been none stop since we started! Bamford Edge was our next stop, just near to Ladybower Reservoir in the Peak. The car journey there was extremely frustrating as there seemed to be an infinite number of learner drivers, tractors and buses but I suppose that's to be expected on rural roads. The ascent up to the edge wasn't too bad, not in hindsight anyway, we were in such a rush to get to the spot before the light changed that we didn't even get the drone out, oops! Anyway, once we got there, we were treated to a very peaceful sunset, not a very dramatic one (unfortunately) but one to just enjoy. As for the landscape shots, they didn't t

A gamble with a very early start.

We had been keeping a close eye on the weather forecast all through the night, it was changing constantly. We decided to set the alarm for just after 3am and if the conditions looked promising then we would head out for sunrise. The alarm went off, I checked the forecast... it predicted 78% cloud cover, most of it low level. High cloud is what we were really hoping for, clouds can make or break a good landscape photo, such a large amount of low cloud cover could be disastrous. The forecast for the evening however was much worse, 100% cloud cover. With this in mind we decided to risk it. We were up and out of the door within about 10 minutes and on our way to location number 5 in the book, Pi

Day 1 - Lessons have been learnt!

We realised something today, this is going to be a lot more difficult than we had thought! The weather somewhat let us down, a common occurrence I fear, sunrise and sunset were a no-go. We settled for Fair Brook at Kinder Scout, one of the few locations good for an overcast day. It was a good start, we got there in good time and found the lay-by near to the public path which leads down to the brook. Part of the main route was closed so we had to carefully cross a collapsed dirt path and navigate around some nettles. Tracy got to spend some time with her new D5300 taking photos of Grace and I: I took the drone with me which was great, especially flying directly above the brook. We learnt a co

Ready... Set... Go!

Tomorrow is the big day! The start of our epic challenge! The weather this week has been amazing for photography and tomorrows forecast is... rain all day long with lots of cloud and wind :/ This is not the weather we were hoping for! We have a rough plan for which locations to shoot and when but this has already proven that we need to be as flexible as possible and adapt. We have been prepping all week long, looks like the waterproofs are coming out sooner rather than later! As part of that prep, the D750 has been serviced, sensor cleaned, lenses cleaned and new gear purchased. So, this is it, the start of it. Wish us luck, follow us on everything but more importantly please Donate!

Our Challenge

We are aiming to take 73 landscape photographs in 73 locations across the Peak District in just 73 days. Whenever we are in the Peak we take a fantastic book called 'Peak District Through the lens' by James Grant with us. His book marks 73 locations across the Peak which offer potential for beautiful landscape photos.

 

Please see the About page to find out why we are doing this and which charities we are supporting. 

The challenge is sponsorship driven so please please Donate anything you can. The best photos will be printed and exhibited at a local venue after the end of the 73 days (more on that later). Any sales of prints will be added to funds raised.

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