A quiet stroll in Dovedale is unlikely, as this is supposed to be one of the more popular attractions in the UK. I wish I had known this earlier. I was offered a day out in Derbyshire recently, and, travelling through the Peak District on a lovely sunny day, I was very optimistic of getting some good photographs. Our business contact in Bakewell suggested Dovedale.
The 3-mile-long limestone gorge, carved by the river Dove, once home to the Viking settlers and now managed by the National Trust, was rammed with retired dog walkers and hikers, and young families. This was a bad omen, and my photographic muse left me for the day. Here are some of the better ‘postcardy’ shots I managed from the visit.
Since I rekindled my youth’s interest in photography, about five years ago, I’ve learned quite a lot from some very good enthusiastic photographers in local camera clubs. I have also heard a lot of nonsense.
Photography is not an exact science, and yet many photographers like to preach ‘laws’ of photography as though they could be taught in school physics lessons. A favourite saying amongst photographers is “you have to learn the rules before you can break them”, which is absolute cobblers if you really think about it!
Photography is an art, not a science, and there are many complex reasons why some photographs appeal to us more than others. And yes, I shot into the light and added a fake sunburst in Photoshop. What are you going to do about it?