Kieran Metcalfe Photography

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Kieran Metcalfe
Kieran Metcalfe Photography
Keen (obsessed) amateur photographer #NP70Moments Winner

I am a freelance graphic and web designer based in South Manchester, but I love to unwind from the pressures of work by watching the sunset from a hillside or rocky edge (especially in the Peak District) - or maybe even watch it rise, if I can get myself out of bed…  

Despite being more of a keen (obsessed) amateur than a professional, I’m pleased to have been featured on BBC and Sky News and to have had images published in UK newspapers - mostly due to winning the Campaign for National Parks #NP70Moments competition in early 2019 with an image of Parkhouse Hill, but also for other images of the local area. 

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Dappled Mycena | Ainsdale Woods  Wed hoped for fairly flat light in the woods, but the sun came out! Part of the fun is working with the conditions you get, so I tried framing this up with some bright foliage behind - The lens gave it a lovely fairytale bokeh background where the light was bouncing off the leaves.  Canon 80D, EF 100mm Macro
5 shots focus-stacked
3 Legged Thing Punks Billy

Dappled Mycena | Ainsdale Woods

We'd hoped for fairly flat light in the woods, but the sun came out! Part of the fun is working with the conditions you get, so I tried framing this up with some bright foliage behind - The lens gave it a lovely fairytale bokeh background where the light was bouncing off the leaves.

Canon 80D, EF 100mm Macro
5 shots focus-stacked
3 Legged Thing Punks Billy
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Absolutely beautiful.

Looks better like that than in flat light they have a depth and majesty to them

Gorgeous!

Beautiful!

Fabulous!

Could be a shot from a filming of "Martian Chronicles" - great! Ray Bradbury would have loved it ..!

Beautiful.

Wonderful 💜🌷💜

💕💕💕

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Ainsdale Pine | Southport  Although we were looking for fungi, I struggled to keep my eyes on the ground in such gorgeous pine woodland :)  Im fascinated by the work of woodland photographers like Simon Baxter because its amazing to see how they find some simplicity in chaotic forest locations.  This young pine was in a shaft of light surrounded by its elders so the sun did all the hard work of separating the subject from the background!  Canon 80D, EF-S 17-55mm
55mm, ISO100, f/4.5, 1/80sec
Handheld

Ainsdale Pine | Southport

Although we were looking for fungi, I struggled to keep my eyes on the ground in such gorgeous pine woodland 🙂

I'm fascinated by the work of woodland photographers like Simon Baxter because it's amazing to see how they find some simplicity in chaotic forest locations.

This young pine was in a shaft of light surrounded by its elders so the sun did all the hard work of separating the subject from the background!

Canon 80D, EF-S 17-55mm
55mm, ISO100, f/4.5, 1/80sec
Handheld
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That's lovely mate 🙂

Wow!!!! Amazing piccie, almost looks surreal 💕

Lovely picture taken a few miles from my home.

Beautiful

Ooh you could make Christmas cards out of that one

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Spider & Fly (Agaric) | Ainsdale  Ive wanted to try to find a Fly Agaric for ages, and I found this one (although not the stereo-typical vibrant red) on a trip to Ainsdale Woods with Tony & Mike.  While I was shooting, the tiny spider ran up and started spinning a web, which added a nice extra feature to the shot (and made for a punny title too - always a win in my book!)  Canon 80D, EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro
1/200sec, f/4.5, ISO400 - 2 shots focus stacked
3 Legged Thing Punks Billy
Wet knees and elbows

Spider & Fly (Agaric) | Ainsdale

I've wanted to try to find a Fly Agaric for ages, and I found this one (although not the stereo-typical vibrant red) on a trip to Ainsdale Woods with Tony & Mike.

While I was shooting, the tiny spider ran up and started spinning a web, which added a nice extra feature to the shot (and made for a punny title too - always a win in my book!)

Canon 80D, EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro
1/200sec, f/4.5, ISO400 - 2 shots focus stacked
3 Legged Thing Punks Billy
Wet knees and elbows
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Beautiful shot Kieran ❤

Awesome

I received your calendar for PSC support today and the pictures are amazing. I needed a liver transplant due to PSC 3 years ago. Thanks for supporting that charity - Nathan, a PSC patient (and an inspiration having heard his story from diagnosis, to transplant and now training to be a paramedic)  ====================  Another #throwbackthursday image taken from the collection in my 2020 Calendar - Perch Rock Lighthouse, New Brighton takes Septembers spot.  Available on my website (link below), but equally if youd be happy to share this post with your friends, that would be awesome too!  A3 & A4 formats are available and, as Im sure youre aware by now, its all in aid of PSC Support.  Thank you :D  https://kieranmetcalfephotography.co.uk/calendar

"I received your calendar for PSC support today and the pictures are amazing. I needed a liver transplant due to PSC 3 years ago. Thanks for supporting that charity" - Nathan, a PSC patient (and an inspiration having heard his story from diagnosis, to transplant and now training to be a paramedic)

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Another #throwbackthursday image taken from the collection in my 2020 Calendar - Perch Rock Lighthouse, New Brighton takes September's spot.

Available on my website (link below), but equally if you'd be happy to share this post with your friends, that would be awesome too!

A3 & A4 formats are available and, as I'm sure you're aware by now, it's all in aid of PSC Support.

Thank you 😀

kieranmetcalfephotography.co.uk/calendar
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Imperial Glow | Salford Quays  An image from a few months ago, but one which felt appropriate to share today - Im super excited to say that Ive just been appointed as a Formatt Hitech Filters Ambassador - this image was taken using their Firecrest 10 Stop ND Filter, so I thought it was a good one to share with this news!  Being an ambassador doesnt mean Im going to start spamming with adverts for their gear - Ill just keep mentioning the kit I use like I always do. But, if youre looking for filters, Id be more than happy to see if I can help with any questions you might have.  Canon UK 80D, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8
16mm, 77sec, f/7.1, ISO100
Formatt Hitech Firecrest 10 Stop ND
3 Legged Thing Punks Billy Tripod

Imperial Glow | Salford Quays

An image from a few months ago, but one which felt appropriate to share today - I'm super excited to say that I've just been appointed as a Formatt Hitech Filters Ambassador - this image was taken using their Firecrest 10 Stop ND Filter, so I thought it was a good one to share with this news!

Being an ambassador doesn't mean I'm going to start spamming with adverts for their gear - I'll just keep mentioning the kit I use like I always do. But, if you're looking for filters, I'd be more than happy to see if I can help with any questions you might have.

Canon UK 80D, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8
16mm, 77sec, f/7.1, ISO100
Formatt Hitech Firecrest 10 Stop ND
3 Legged Thing Punks Billy Tripod
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Well done Kieran!

Has Gwen seen this shot....brilliant lighting

Fabulous! Bet several organisations would love to use this image!

That’s stunning mate ☺️

well done buddy congrats epic news 😜

Congratulations mate and welcome to the family

Great shot Kieran, congratulations on your appointment. 👏👏👏

Add that to my love list 😂😂

Congrats Kieran Metcalfe

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Ladybower Afterglow | Bamford Edge  A wider version of a shot from a couple of weeks ago, this time including the reservoir and a bit more of a sense of the vista.  Just for comparison, the shot of the silhouette I posted the other day was zoomed in the nearest peak - its great to have a range of lenses to get different compositions from the same location.  Canon 80D, Tokina 11-16mm,
11mm, 1/13sec, f/11, ISO125
Formatt Hitech Filters Firecrest 3 Stop ND
3 Legged Thing Punks Billy

Ladybower Afterglow | Bamford Edge

A wider version of a shot from a couple of weeks ago, this time including the reservoir and a bit more of a sense of the vista.

Just for comparison, the shot of the silhouette I posted the other day was zoomed in the nearest peak - it's great to have a range of lenses to get different compositions from the same location.

Canon 80D, Tokina 11-16mm,
11mm, 1/13sec, f/11, ISO125
Formatt Hitech Filters Firecrest 3 Stop ND
3 Legged Thing Punks Billy
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Really captivating!

THAT. LIGHT. IS. AWESOME.

Skipper in Profile  A totally unseasonal image for a dreary October Friday, but I found this while looking through my macro images the other night.  Taken at Reddish Vale a few months back with Sue & Tony. There were quite a few skippers roosting in the long grass, but my biggest memory is the sheer amount of pollen - clouds of it erupted off the grass at the slightest touch. Played hell with my hayfever! Lovely to be able to get some up-close shots though.  Canon UK 80D, EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro
1/125sec, f/4.5, ISO160
7 shots focus-stacked
3 Legged Thing Punks Billys Monopod Leg!

Skipper in Profile

A totally unseasonal image for a dreary October Friday, but I found this while looking through my macro images the other night.

Taken at Reddish Vale a few months back with Sue & Tony. There were quite a few skippers roosting in the long grass, but my biggest memory is the sheer amount of pollen - clouds of it erupted off the grass at the slightest touch. Played hell with my hayfever! Lovely to be able to get some up-close shots though.

Canon UK 80D, EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro
1/125sec, f/4.5, ISO160
7 shots focus-stacked
3 Legged Thing Punks Billy's Monopod Leg!
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EDIT - The profit from these calendars (and so the donation to PSC Support) just passed £200! Thanks so much for your support already. Plenty still available though, and with your help we can get past £1,000 :)  http://kieranmetcalfephotography.co.uk/calendar  =============  It being #throwbackthursday, heres another previously shared image from my 2020 Calendar - this is Marchs image, take at Talacre, North Wales under wonderfully clear skies.  Please take a look, but if youd be happy to share this post with your friends, Id be very grateful!  A3 & A4 formats are available and, as Im sure youre aware by now, all profits will go to PSC Support.

EDIT - The profit from these calendars (and so the donation to PSC Support) just passed £200! Thanks so much for your support already. Plenty still available though, and with your help we can get past £1,000 🙂

kieranmetcalfephotography.co.uk/calendar

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It being #throwbackthursday, here's another previously shared image from my 2020 Calendar - this is March's image, take at Talacre, North Wales under wonderfully clear skies.

Please take a look, but if you'd be happy to share this post with your friends, I'd be very grateful!

A3 & A4 formats are available and, as I'm sure you're aware by now, all profits will go to PSC Support.
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Win Hill Silhouette  Taken with the very long lens looking across to Win Hill from Bamford after the sun had set. I kicked myself that I didnt think of taking this image while the sun was still above the ridgeline, but I do like the two colour result.  And, if your screen is large enough, theres a lone figure on the summit.Thats two images from one trip with people in...   whatever is wrong with me...!  Canon 80D, Sigma 150-600mm
239mm, 1/50sec, f/10, ISO100
3 Legged Thing Punks Billy

Win Hill Silhouette

Taken with the very long lens looking across to Win Hill from Bamford after the sun had set. I kicked myself that I didn't think of taking this image while the sun was still above the ridgeline, but I do like the two colour result.

And, if your screen is large enough, there's a lone figure on the summit.That's two images from one trip with people in... whatever is wrong with me...!

Canon 80D, Sigma 150-600mm
239mm, 1/50sec, f/10, ISO100
3 Legged Thing Punks Billy
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Oooh this is nice and minimal and really works with that colour! Get that long lens over to Kalsoy is all I can think of.... and I since learnt that a person for scale in epic vistas like this are crucial...

Mid-morning Break | Higger Tor  A classic view of the KitKat Stones from last weekend. The light and mist gave such an amazing glow that it made for quite a few photos!  Its good to have a shot of this often-taken viewpoint looking down towards Carl Wark - one to tick off the list!  But the beauty of places like this is that there are many other images to be found amongst the weird and wonderfully shaped rocks. It all comes down to the light and the conditions as to what works.  Canon 80D, EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8
17mm, 1/160sec, f11, ISO100
3 Legged Thing Punks Billy Tripod

Mid-morning Break | Higger Tor

A classic view of the KitKat Stones from last weekend. The light and mist gave such an amazing glow that it made for quite a few photos!

It's good to have a shot of this often-taken viewpoint looking down towards Carl Wark - one to tick off the list! But the beauty of places like this is that there are many other images to be found amongst the weird and wonderfully shaped rocks. It all comes down to the light and the conditions as to what works.

Canon 80D, EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8
17mm, 1/160sec, f11, ISO100
3 Legged Thing Punks Billy Tripod
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Lovely lovely morning light. Have always wanted to do this for sunrise, given the aspect of the stones and this looks cracking 👍🏼😀

Amazing!

Cracker unlike the Countryfile Calender that used a “ stage managed photo “ as the winner !!😬

I laughed at the comment about Kit Kat stones but that’s more memorable than Book in modern parlance. Aside from that a great capture 😀

Perhaps Kitkats were named after the stones 😂

Don't know how the heck you always catch that light ..!

what were these stones called before Kitkats were invented?

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Calendars all packed up for local and postal delivery - many thanks to everyone for your support so far. Plenty still left though so do consider helping the work of PSC Support (and getting 12 images for your wall for next year!)  A4 £7.99 or A3 £13.99  (Plus P&P, Multiple items at a discount too!)  Http://kieranmetcalfephotography.co.uk/calendar

Calendars all packed up for local and postal delivery - many thanks to everyone for your support so far. Plenty still left though so do consider helping the work of PSC Support (and getting 12 images for your wall for next year!)

A4 £7.99 or A3 £13.99

(Plus P&P, Multiple items at a discount too!)

kieranmetcalfephotography.co.uk/calendar
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That's my morning sorted tomorrow! Hope there's not a big queue at the post office 🙄 x

Just ordered mine.

Following the Light | Bamford Edge  What??! Theres a person in my shot...? What was I thinking... ;)  I was looking for a shot with this path and the light when this walker passed me. He added a bit of human interaction with the scene, especially as theres a path in most of it, and a nice change from from my usually person-less shots!  Canon 80D, EF-S 17-55mm
31mm, 1/160sec, f/11, ISO100
Handheld

Following the Light | Bamford Edge

What??! There's a person in my shot...? What was I thinking... 😉

I was looking for a shot with this path and the light when this walker passed me. He added a bit of human interaction with the scene, especially as there's a path in most of it, and a nice change from from my usually person-less shots!

Canon 80D, EF-S 17-55mm
31mm, 1/160sec, f/11, ISO100
Handheld
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I must admit I usually prefer person and dog less pictures! But the light on him is lovely

Carl Wark Mist  Apologies for another image in the same colour palette as the last couple - misty conditions and golden light dont have much variation in that regard!  When Id finished shooting the tree on Carl Wark, I made my way back to the car via Higger Tor. This shot was taken looking back down from the top, and you can just make out the tree perched on the edge of the rocks.  Canon 80D, EF 70-200mm f4L
70mm, 1/160sec, f/11, ISO100
Handheld

Carl Wark Mist

Apologies for another image in the same colour palette as the last couple - misty conditions and golden light don't have much variation in that regard!

When I'd finished shooting the tree on Carl Wark, I made my way back to the car via Higger Tor. This shot was taken looking back down from the top, and you can just make out the tree perched on the edge of the rocks.

Canon 80D, EF 70-200mm f4L
70mm, 1/160sec, f/11, ISO100
Handheld
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Gorgeous! I love the atmosphere!

Lovely image Kieran

Win/Lose | Peak District National Park  Last time I visited Bamford edge I got some shots of grouse amongst the heather. Just in case they were playing out again on Friday, I walked up with my 150-600mm lens on.  No sign of them, but it did mean I could get a few super-zoom shots of the light hitting Win and Lose Hills in the distance. Not my usual choice of lens for landscapes, Ill admit (and my 70-200 would have been a slightly better bet), but the best lens is the one you have at the time!  Canon UK 80D, Sigma Imaging UK 150-600mm Contemporary
150mm, 1/1600sec, f/5, ISO100
Handheld

Win/Lose | Peak District National Park

Last time I visited Bamford edge I got some shots of grouse amongst the heather. Just in case they were playing out again on Friday, I walked up with my 150-600mm lens on.

No sign of them, but it did mean I could get a few super-zoom shots of the light hitting Win and Lose Hills in the distance. Not my usual choice of lens for landscapes, I'll admit (and my 70-200 would have been a slightly better bet), but the best lens is the one you have at the time!

Canon UK 80D, Sigma Imaging UK 150-600mm Contemporary
150mm, 1/1600sec, f/5, ISO100
Handheld
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i have always liked a longer lens for landscapes... they always bring out the recession as in the Kieran's latest image

Just bought the 70-200 so must try on landscapes at your suggestion

Graphic ..

Love this!

Its the Autumn Equinox, so heres my favourite autumnal shot - which is October in my 2020 Calendar.  For the benefit of folk who followed the page over the weekend - as well as a big hello from me! - my 2020 calendar is totally in aid of PSC Support, a charity working to beat a rare liver disease called Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis. 100% of the profits will go to the charity.  Its available via my website at http://kieranmetcalfephotography.co.uk/calendar  - please take a look and consider buying one to support the work of this very important charity.

It's the Autumn Equinox, so here's my favourite autumnal shot - which is October in my 2020 Calendar.

For the benefit of folk who followed the page over the weekend - as well as a big hello from me! - my 2020 calendar is totally in aid of PSC Support, a charity working to beat a rare liver disease called Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis. 100% of the profits will go to the charity.

It's available via my website at kieranmetcalfephotography.co.uk/calendar - please take a look and consider buying one to support the work of this very important charity.
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Stunning shot- as are all in cale

Spectacular as always

Calendar!

Carl Wark Tree | Burbage, Peak District  Ive spotted this tree a couple of times, hanging off the end of Carl Wark (a flat topped ridge which used to be an Iron Age settlement), and Ive wondered if theres a shot to be had.  Id kipped in the car at Higgar Tor, in the hopes of a cloud inversion in the morning. As there wasnt, I decided to mooch down to Carl Wark a few minutes down the path and take a look at this tree instead.  There was some thin mist in the valley, which added a little atmosphere - but when the sun hit it, it transformed into a gorgeous soft glow, while still letting enough light through to hit the tree, bracken and faded heather.  Canon 80D, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8
1/500sec, 11mm, f/9, ISO100
Formatt Hitech Filters #Firecrest 3 Stop Grad
3 Legged Thing Punks Billy Tripod

Carl Wark Tree | Burbage, Peak District

I've spotted this tree a couple of times, hanging off the end of Carl Wark (a flat topped ridge which used to be an Iron Age settlement), and I've wondered if there's a shot to be had.

I'd kipped in the car at Higgar Tor, in the hopes of a 'cloud inversion' in the morning. As there wasn't, I decided to mooch down to Carl Wark a few minutes down the path and take a look at this tree instead.

There was some thin mist in the valley, which added a little atmosphere - but when the sun hit it, it transformed into a gorgeous soft glow, while still letting enough light through to hit the tree, bracken and faded heather.

Canon 80D, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8
1/500sec, 11mm, f/9, ISO100
Formatt Hitech Filters #Firecrest 3 Stop Grad
3 Legged Thing Punks Billy Tripod
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Hi Alfred, lovely photo. I might draw this in my next art class in oil pastel.

just needs some special light on the tree... ( like ansel adam's aspens) it might need a few trips but at least you have the viewpoint

As you say, really atmospheric!

Great catch.

Very nice Kieran. Hats off to you for your dedication. I have only “slept” in the car once near Eilean Donal Castle. Beautiful scenery, but it was awful, didn’t sleep a wink and was dog tired all the next day😂😂😂

That light again - Turner would have loved this!

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Delicate Clouds over Win Hill | Bamford Edge  Sunset on Friday was a pretty one. It started out with some amazing golden light and faded to pinks and oranges with a few patches of high wispy clouds.  They lingered right over Win Hill, so I ignored the reservoir to the right and framed up this shot. (I did get a wider view too, which I may share at a later date).  Canon UK 80D, Tokina Global 11-16mm f/2.8
1/13sec, 11mm, f/11, ISO100
Formatt Hitech Filters Firecrest 3 Stop Soft Grad
3 Legged Thing Punks Billy Tripod

Delicate Clouds over Win Hill | Bamford Edge

Sunset on Friday was a pretty one. It started out with some amazing golden light and faded to pinks and oranges with a few patches of high wispy clouds.

They lingered right over Win Hill, so I ignored the reservoir to the right and framed up this shot. (I did get a wider view too, which I may share at a later date).

Canon UK 80D, Tokina Global 11-16mm f/2.8
1/13sec, 11mm, f/11, ISO100
Formatt Hitech Filters Firecrest 3 Stop Soft Grad
3 Legged Thing Punks Billy Tripod
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fantastic colours on this one. Very nice.

colour great

Man, look at that sky..... similar to what I had in Faroe Islands I guess it’s not that far from us really....I like the none obvious leading line created by the rocks into the sunset.... 🙂

Stanage Milky Way  I must have been a bit grumpy yesterday - Susie suggested I headed out last night (for me to unwind, not because she wanted rid - she says... 😜 ). The initial sunset plan quickly became sunset, nightime, sleep in the car and sunrise this morning... Certainly a tonic, but just bushed now!  This was the fruit of the night-time portion of the trip - sitting on Stanage Edge shooting the milky way.  I wasnt sure what to do about lighting the foreground, and while I was deliberating a group of walkers with head-torches passed through my shot. And then a few more... about 80 in total.  I must confess to being a little miffed at first, but one group managed to shine a really nice light on the rocks as they approached - better than I could have got with just the natural light.  And it turned out the walkers were part of the Peak District Challenge, doing a 75km walk for charity. They certainly had a fab night for it and I hope it was a success!  Canon 80D, Tokina 11-16mm
Lots of 15sec exposures @ 11mm, f/4, ISO6400 and one at 3min, ISO400 (with passing torches!)
3 Legged Thing Punks Billy

Stanage Milky Way

I must have been a bit grumpy yesterday - Susie suggested I headed out last night (for me to unwind, not because she wanted rid - she says... 😜 ). The initial sunset plan quickly became sunset, nightime, sleep in the car and sunrise this morning... Certainly a tonic, but just bushed now!

This was the fruit of the night-time portion of the trip - sitting on Stanage Edge shooting the milky way.

I wasn't sure what to do about lighting the foreground, and while I was deliberating a group of walkers with head-torches passed through my shot. And then a few more... about 80 in total.

I must confess to being a little miffed at first, but one group managed to shine a really nice light on the rocks as they approached - better than I could have got with just the natural light.

And it turned out the walkers were part of the Peak District Challenge, doing a 75km walk for charity. They certainly had a fab night for it and I hope it was a success!

Canon 80D, Tokina 11-16mm
Lots of 15sec exposures @ 11mm, f/4, ISO6400 and one at 3min, ISO400 (with passing torches!)
3 Legged Thing Punks Billy
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Wow - thanks for all the comments everyone! Very kind of you all and I really do appreciate it! Please forgive the global, round-robin reply!

I'm glad it's worked out positively Kieran Metcalfe Photography

wonderful image buddy

I remember our group seeing you! Fantastic shot!

Beautiful picture is reward!

Brilliant, it might have been my group (13 of us) that helped. I wad the chap who asked if you were camping lol. Great result.

Absolutely worth it. Stunning image, beautifully processed. (At first glance I thought it said Strange Milky Way😆)x

Absolutely stunning

Beautiful ❤

Beautiful

Stunning pal

Love it 👍🏻

Beautiful

Awesome awesome AWESOME!!

Think we might be becoming ' an astro landscape club ' great image

Wow. Just “wow”. 😊

Anne Gregory xx

Andrew Hayes

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