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Peak District Workshop - Upper Moor

The Peak District, with its breathtaking landscapes and picturesque scenery, is a photographer's paradise. Nestled in the heart of England, this national park offers a myriad of opportunities for photographers to capture the raw, untouched beauty of nature. In this blog, we'll take you on a journey through a photography workshop I recently conducted in the Peak District. Our mission: to capture the enchanting row of trees at Upper Moor, a location known for its magical atmosphere, where the sun's warm rays only break through the dense canopy after 9 a.m, in the autumn/winter months.

The Beauty of Upper Moor

Upper Moor, a hidden gem within the Peak District, is renowned for its picturesque row of trees, forming an inviting tunnel of foliage that beckons photographers from far and wide. This enchanting location, with its path and the thick, leafy canopy overhead, creates a magical atmosphere that's perfect for capturing stunning shots. But timing is key, as the sun's rays need to penetrate the dense foliage to reveal the true beauty of the place.

The Importance of Timing

The timing of our photography workshop was critical. To capture the true essence of Upper Moor, we needed the soft morning light to penetrate the canopy of leaves, and as if by magic, the golden rays of sunlight began to break through the leaves, illuminating the scene.

Working on Composition

Photography is as much about the photographer's vision as it is about the camera and equipment used. At Upper Moor, my workshop clients worked on honing their composition skills. I encouraged him to experiment with different angles, framing techniques, and focal lengths to create a diverse range of shots. The path itself served as a leading line, drawing the viewers' eyes into the heart of the image.

The Light and Shadows

The interplay of light and shadow in the Peak District is a photographer's dream. At Upper Moor, as the sun's rays filtered through the leaves, it created a fascinating dance of light and shadow. we embraced this dappled lighting and used it to our advantage, enhancing the depth and texture in their photographs. Experimented with different exposure settings to ensure that the highlights and shadows were well-balanced, resulting in striking, well-exposed images.

Capturing the Magic

As the workshop progressed, we captured the enchanting row of trees from multiple perspectives. The canopy of leaves above created a natural frame, and the interplay of light and shadow lent a touch of mystery to the scene. It was clear that he was inspired by the magical atmosphere of Upper Moor and eager to preserve it in their photographs.


The Peak District's Upper Moor, with its captivating row of trees, provides an incredible backdrop for photographers seeking to capture the beauty of nature. Timing, composition, and the manipulation of light were the key elements that the workshop participant focused on to create stunning shots. Our day in the Peak District was a testament to the fact that, with the right guidance and a dash of patience, one can truly capture the magic that nature offers through the lens of a camera. This photography workshop left the client

with not only beautiful images but also a deeper appreciation for the art of photography and the beauty of the natural world.

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