On Wednesday 22 January, the day after Simon Butterworth’s talk at the Poynton Players’ Theatre, Simon and 11 members of NCPS met at Stanage Edge for a Landscape Workshop.
We planned to get there in plenty of time for sunrise just after 8:00. When we had difficulty finding the car park while driving slowly through fog, we suspected that hoping to see the sunrise was a bit optimistic! But at least we could work out out where the sun was, even though we couldn’t see it. And couldn’t see just about anything else either.
Over the rest of the cold morning, we were rarely far apart, but for much of the time none of us could see many of the others. The gallery (use the link below) shows the conditions we faced. Eventually the clouds lifted a bit, and for periods we could see things in the distance, such the Hope Valley Cement Works, shining out in the occasional shaft of sun.
It is interesting to see in the gallery the variety of types of image seen and captured by people who were not far from one another. Moody misty monochromes, broader scenes in colour, although typically with muted tones, details, grand sweeps, sheep, a tree, and the odd Smurf. (A very odd Smurf).
The consensus was that this sort of workshop plus photo opportunity plus social event could usefully become more frequent – but hopefully with better weather. (Although judging from the photos, this was exactly the right weather for some people!)
Rob Hockney awarded a bottle of wine to the person submitting the best photographs from the workshop – to Dave Shandley. 3 of his photos are in the gallery.