Stuff I saw at surprise view / padley gorge

Today we hiked a circle of surprise view, owler tor, higger tor, carl wark to padley gorge and back. Despite nearing Christmas time, and the water logged paths, it was like a spring day.

I took the below with my tiny rangefinder, Olympus 35RC + yellow filter with hp5 rated at 1600, trying to train myself to meter at 1600 without a meter. The Oly 35Rc is just as sharp as the MjuII, but with complete control and no batteries if you don’t use the meter. I am also in the process of editing some 6 x 17 pinhole images from the walk.

Sun rise over mother cap tor
Tom and Finn + reel jam crease
Two blondes and Finn
View from Higger
Side of Higger Tor
Carl Wark
Luke having coffee in padley gorge
Finn – not knowing his lead is undone
Stuff I saw at surprise view / padley gorge

Stuff I saw – Kinder scout / MJU II (2)

As I wrote in the previous post, I had another visit to kinder scout. We started up Grindsbrook knoll, wandered about on kinder scout taking photos, and came down jacob’s ladder.

Ascending grindsbrook knoll, we wanted to get the views and the hard part over and done with. Unfortunately, as we walked up, the clouds came in and we started walking in rain clouds. We couldn’t see very far in front of us, so I just took shots of Finn when we took a breather. Towards the afternoon the weather cleared enough for pinhole shots.

Here are a few HP5 snapshots, pushed one stop, and taken with my MJU II.

Starting up Grindsbrook knoll
Finn vs Grindsbrook knoll
Tongue out
Tom vs the weather
Crowden clough
“Nice view”
Finn conquers kinder scout
Tom & Finn posing for GQ magazine
Jacob’s ladder
Sheep of Upper booth
Stuff I saw – Kinder scout / MJU II (2)

Pinholes from Kinder scout

Yesterday, a few of us and a dog hiked a circle up and round kinder scout. The reality so subtle 6×17 weighed heavy in my backpack alongside a tripod and my packed lunch, but it was worth it for the images.

These 4 images make up an entire roll of medium format, Fuji acros 100. Because of the small number of images made per roll, setup time, exposure and developing, it’s taking a long time to make a series for my portfolio.

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Waterfall near crowden clough
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View from the clough
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Stream at Jacobs ladder

I also took my mju ii, and will make another post with those images when I get round to developing them.

Pinholes from Kinder scout

Stuff I saw – Kinderscout / MJU II

I recently found a mju II going for the right price on ebay (not much over £50, rather than silly three figure numbers). I wanted to take it hiking with it being tiny, disappointingly it suffers with light leaks out the wazoo. I will do another post on the camera if I can get it to work properly.

Edale village is tiny with two pubs and one post office, however it’s full of ramblers with the village being at the foot of Kinderscout plateau. It is also the start of the Pennine Way.

We went via Grindsbrook, a rocky ravine with fords, in the search for waterfalls so I could setup some pinhole images with the reality so subtle 6 x 17 -one can be seen here

Grindsbrook, though not an easy walk or for that matter climb at the end, was nice. We got to eat dinner by a waterfall. We didn’t stay long at the top of the plateau but it offered some nice views for which I’ll be back for.

All the photos were shot with a Mju II / hp5 at 1600 (hacked dx code). Processed in HC110 dilution H.

Edale station
Starting out towards grindsbrook
One of many waterfalls in grindsbrook
Small waterfalls for days
Final bit of grindsbrook
At the top




Walking down grindslow knoll and into sheepfold


Weathered trees of sheepfold / edale
Sheep of edale
Stuff I saw – Kinderscout / MJU II

Stuff I saw – Upper Padley

Bank holidays are a boring public holiday in the United Kingdom, traditionally spent in traffic, while it’s raining.

@Conzey5000 wanted to do something, and I wanted to shoot. After debating on taking the train to the coast or Matlock. We decided on hope valley, catching the Manchester train from Sheffield for ten minutes and getting off at Grindleford station.

Padley gorge is a short walk from the station. We spent a long time shooting the water. Parts of the surrounding forest are really old and deep green. I setup several pinhole shots with my modified holga that I could use for coursework, while using my xpro1 for the shots below.

We ventured out of the gorge to look at surprise view, but the weather turned bad. We should have turned back when we saw people running down as we were walking up. It pissed it down so bad, Connor decided to eat his dinner under a rock/tor, so I joined him.

When we got off the hill it stopped raining, the sun came out, and people were eating ice cream in the car park.


Stuff I saw – Upper Padley