Last week we drove up to the Peak District for a few days. The plan was to camp and walk in the hills, but sadly we didn’t walk as much as I had hoped. In compensation, though, the cold night meant a very clear sky. The relative remoteness from built-up areas meant dark skies, and for the first time in a very long time I was able to see the Milky Way again. Sadly, I did not take the camera and tripod out, so there’s nothing to show for it.
We did manage a very short walk up Higger Tor from the Upper Burbage Bridge. The photo at the top was taken part way along the walk over Fiddler’s Elbow. As I did not take my filters or tripod on the walk, what you see is the result of two exposures: one for the sky and one for the foreground, with selective curves to adjust exposure and slightly increase contrast. The lower photo was taken at sunrise from the campsite. It’s a single manual exposure, again with selective curves to adjust exposure and slightly increase contrast.