UK Landscape Photographer: Parkhouse Hill and Chrome Hill, The White Peak

Sometimes our seasons seem very compressed, it’s only seven months since last March when I took this image and we’ve already been plunged back into the depths of winter again! The two distinctive shark fin profiles of Parkhouse Hill and Chrome Hill near Earl Sterndale in the Derbyshire White Peak are quite spectacular in snow cover.  It takes a fair amount of snow to create the desired effect, which can make getting around the area a little tricky, but the result is worth the effort.  Any wind will blow the snow off the exposed steep flanks of these two hills and the sun will quickly thaw what remains, so there is usually only a very small window of opportunity to capture the scene before it deteriorates too much. There had been a good overnight dump of snow and I left very early to be set up and ready before too much fresh snow melted.  Fortunately, a snowplough had been through the lanes sometime ahead of me and I was able to get through the worst drifts which towered above the car on either side.  I don’t think I would have made it if the road had not been cleared, so be warned and be prepared! Ilford Delta 100 and a Heliopan O22 filter on the Fuji GX617 did the trick, I also took a few rolls of Velvia 50asa but I prefer the series of black and white images as these are what I originally had in mind. This is also a subject where the 180mm lens was the better choice over the 90mm Fujinon SW.

Fuji GX617

180mm Fujinon

Ilford Delta 100

Heliopan O22

Parkhouse Hill and Chrome Hill, the White Peak.

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