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Cheedale…the name given to a narrow section of a carboniferous limestone gorge complex that runs into the more popular Millers and Monsal dales, carved by the waters of a juvenile river Wye. This is an area of stunning natural beauty and interesting geology, feeling a world away from the nearby market towns of Buxton and Bakewell. When viewed from the area around Chee Tor, it can almost be seen as a vertical slice of humanity, underpinned by long dead epochs. At the top are the pastures so important to modern farming, our villages and farms interconnected by modern roads and ancient packhorse trails.

How time flies – it really does not seem like a year ago since we were last writing our comments about the UK’s largest photography event. Hosted at Birmingham’s NEC, this year’s show seems bigger than previous ones and the list of vendors gets longer and longer. To visit them all in one day would be information overload (and probably impossible) so prior to visiting, we did what we have done for the last few years, and made a short list of those stands we have particular interest in. To make this easier, the show organisers have made an awesome phone app available, which we decided to install on Ethan’s iPhone 6. A brief pre-show look at the app promises to give some order to our visit and also provide directions to each stand. Hopefully this will reduce time aimlessly wondering about.

For many years rumours of a ‘full frame’ DSLR have reverberated around Pentax forums, the spectre of which carried no real substance until around twelve months ago, when mock up models began appearing at camera shows. However if we take a look back at Pentax’s history it appears that myth is based on fact, and that around 15 years ago a 6mp model was created but was not released due to sensor and other technical issues.  I find this typical of Pentax’s philosophy; they would not tarnish their reputation by releasing a model that was substandard…a sentiment echoed in their core values and witnessed in their superb current DSLR line-up.

Ok, so I know what your thinking; its been less than 6 months since the last site update. Granted, however this time we have a rather troubling excuse. In late December last year our site was compromised and being used to host malicious code which attempts to infect other computers with viruses. Luckily, we spotted it quickly and shut the site down before it could infect us and our visitors. This left us with the challenging task of finding and removing all malicious code, along with the even harder task of identifying how this happened in the first place. After much discussion, we joked about rebuilding the site from scratch. After throwing some ideas around, this joke turned into a serious plan and a whole new vision for PhotoArk was born…

On December 29th we created our first aerial movie using Ethan’s Phantom II drone, a project we hoped to get off the ground (no pun intended) much earlier in the year. Since acquiring the machine, it has always been our intention to create a library of footage showcasing the beauty of our home county, so it was good news when we finally found the time (and settled weather conditions) to launch the project.

This is PhotoArks’s fourth article in a series illustrating our favourite photography walks. Note that these articles are not intended as walking guides, but merely indicate areas we find photographically interesting.

There is no doubting that photography’s magic hours are those at dawn and dusk, when light levels are softer, shadows more mysterious and details enhanced by oblique lighting. These are the times when conditions lend themselves well to creating a masterpiece. The beautiful cool soft light of an early morning or golden warm overtones of evening take some beating, as does the sense of inner peace and satisfaction that goes with capturing images at these times.