I’m trying to get to know all the paths around where I live. Hoping to be able to better show friends around when they visit or if I organise photowalks for groups.
Pots and Pans, Uppermill
Most of the photos in this post are taken with a small Sony camera, pictured here with the smallest lens I have.
With its hand strap made by myself out of paracord I find it is a lot more secure than a phone camera.
My top tip, take a photo as you set out to check the camera, battery and card.
Along the canal to uppermill. Waiting for the water to calm to get a crisp reflection needs patience, stand near the canal edge hopeful ducks head over and make waves. This is two photographs, one mirrored.
The path up from Uppermill.
Here you can see the quarry (left edge) and where I set off from near lark hill (brighter ridge in the distance on the right side)
World War I Monument on the right, Saddleworth mast on the left looking towards Oldham.
Pots and Pans Stone
The rest taken on the way down towards Greenfield.
Delph, Castleshaw and Lark Hill
Using a Canon 6D set to monochrome picture style, orange filter, contrast turned up. Set to record both JPEG + raw images. The camera will then display a monochrome result but record a full colour raw file as well.
All effects created “in camera”.
Along the Delph Donkey
From Dobcross to Uppermill. Using the tiny Sony Nex 5T, a 35/1.8 lens with a screw on achromat for close ups. Great camera that I use for holidays, it is so small it has probably saved me hundreds over the last 10 years not wanting to upgrade my phone for a better camera. £150 secondhand.
Exploring further along
Same camera, 20mm Pancake lens and my unusual Nikon 50/1.8 lens on a Lensbaby tilt transformer. I’ll happily do the same walk more than once with different lenses.
Meeting in Uppermill and heading down the canal for cake and coffee at the garden centre before doubling back along the higher paths.
Fisheye lens and the 35/1.8 again.
A handrail up Nicker brow, as steep a path as you’d want and a benchmark of any fitness I’m gaining from these walks.