Between the village of Ticknall and the grounds of Calke Abbey near Derby there are some interesting photographic opportunities in the shape of the old lime workings. There are several interesting pools of water, a long tunnel, bridges and woods etc.
|Map of the area|
During the walk I took the opportunity to try some off camera flash shots in the tunnel, some panoramas down by the pools and also over the tops towards Calke. I also tried a few potential black and white shots.
Some of my favourite shots can be seen below and the rest of the shots can be seen in the gallery on my website at www.carrington-imagery.co.uk .
This B & W shot was taken at the start of the walk looking over towards St. Georges Church across the fields. The shot was taken in RAW then processed in CS5 then converted to B&W using Niksoft Silver Efex Pro.
|St Georges Church|
As you reach the top of the path you arrive at the entrance to the old tunnel.
The shot below was taken looking towards the tunnel entrance. I took a meter reading of the light at the entrance and then illuminated the walls of the tunnel with an SB910 speedlight stood on a small tripod at my feet. The image was given a boost by using Niksoft Color Efex Pro.
|Inside the tunnel looking towards the entrance|
The shot below was taken looking towards the tunnel exit. I took a meter reading of the light at the exit and then illuminated the walls of the tunnel with the pop-up flash in commander mode with the SB910 speedlight stood on its tripod just in front of Ben.
|Ben at the tunnel exit|
|Ben in silhouette|
This shot of the old bridge by the Lime Workings seemed to lend itself to a little vintage processing using Silver Efex Pro
|Bridge by the Lime Workings|
Panorama of the footpath crossing the field looking towards Ticknall with Foremark reservoir to the right.
|Footpath from Ticknall|
Black and white panorama overlooking Foremark Reservoir
These are only a few of the shots I took on the day but as you can see it's an area that's well worth a visit. The grounds around the Lime Yards are extensive and can be quite dangerous. I can recommend sturdy footwear and a map.