Peak District

Early October, the UK was bathing in a heat wave and we decided to visit the Peaks as it is located a mere two and a half hours away by car. We were clearly not the first to think of this as no Bed & Breakfast was available in the Edale area. We booked the last room in a hotel in nearby Buxton instead.

We arrived about lunch time and had a lunch at the Old Nags Head Pub in Edale which is also the start of the Pennine Way. After lunch we continued down the road of the pub and turned right at the Grindsbrook signpost to come onto some moorland (see above) and we followed the ever narrowing Grindsbrook until we turned around to check into the hotel.

The next day we decided to walk from Edale to the Edale Cross along the Pennine Way that leads from Edale all the way up to Scotland. The first part of this hike was easy, the path followed the valley floor until it arrived at a stone bridge after which immediately the Jacob’s Ladder begins which brought us on the plateau and to Kinder Scout.

Once above, it is just a short distance to the Edale Cross. The stone cross marks the boundary of the three wards at the Forest of High Peak: Campana, Hopedale and Longdendale and it is not actually on the Pennine Way which turns north to go up for Kinder Scout.

As indicated already, the trail was packed with hikers and I had sometimes to wait to get the photos I wanted. However, most likely due to the fabulous weather, everybody was super friendly and I didn’t mind.

My Pentax 645NII

The Pentax 645NII is an amazing medium format camera and although it does look a little different, it does handle like a modern 35mm camera or any DSLR for that matter. Would you attempt to shoot handheld with 1/15s with a 45mm or even the 75mm lens? No problem! Follow the link for the photos on my blog that I have shot with this camera until now.
I do own the following lenses by now:

  • Pentax 645 FA 75mm f/2.8
  • Pentax 645 FA 45mm f/2.8
  • Pentax 645 A 200mm f/4

Like the Pentax MZ-S, the camera does record details of the exposure on the rim of the negative which I find helpful and which I usually add to the scanned image as EXIF data with help of EfixTool GUI. This sounds like a lot of trouble for little, but the EXIF data can be useful in Adobe Lightroom in smart collections when the number of photos in a catalogue grows.

The 6×4.5cm sized negatives are awesome and do give me the low-grain negatives that you would expect. I love to use this camera with the ADOX CHS ART 25 film for super low grain and loads of grey tones.