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Slow death of a Landy



Somewhere, deep in the Peak District, lies a hidden Dale with a secret: An abandoned farming community, with a graveyard of decaying farm machinery and Landrovers, lies forgotten; nature gradually reclaiming them.
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Behind The Lens

Location
Somewhere truly off the trodden way! Just outside a small village called Alstonefield in the Derbyshire Dales is a secluded valley called Narrowdale, once home to a small farming hamlet that now lies abandoned to nature.
Time
This would have been mid to late afternoon, the sun being low enough in the sky to cast the valley into shade, whilst still being high enough to shine through the trees.
Lighting
With the valley floor in shade, lighting was nice and even for the foreground, whilst the sun breaking through the trees provided highlights to the top of the trees, bringing a healthy warmth to the scene.
Equipment
Because on this occasion I was out walking for pleasure, rather than going out with the intention of taking photographs, I was carrying my lightweight gear consisting of an Canon EOS-M, with 18-55mm lens fitted, a small tripod and just a couple of filters; an ND Grad and polariser.
Inspiration
A spur of the moment shot, the decaying Landrover was what drew my attention and I moved around, getting shots from different angles but it was this angle, with the sun glinting through the trees, that I felt offered the best combination of composition and drama. I felt that the sun setting on a scene that featured an iconic British agricultural vehicle gradually rotting away presented a very visual story.
Editing
Only what was strictly necessary, using Lightroom; some localised highlight control, a little bit more warmth added and some shadows opened up.
In my camera bag
Normally I'd be carrying a Canon EOS 5, with EF 24-105mm, Sigma 12-24mm and an EF 100-300mm, along with a Tamron 90mm Macro and a Lee 100mm filter system. I tend to carry a 35mm film camera as well, usually a Canon EOS 600. Most important of all though are the hotshot mounted spirit levels that I carry!
Feedback
The best advice I can pass on in this instance is to always keep your out out for opportunities. Sometimes the best opportunities come along when we are least expecting it, so always carry a camera (even a phone camera) and keep an eye on your surroundings and how the light changes.

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