In this blog post I will reveal my top 5 best places to photograph in the UK. I also ask some flickr photographers their opinion on some famous locations.
5. Beachy Head, East Sussex, England
The Beachy Head cliff is the highest chalk sea cliff in Britain, rising to 162 metres above sea level. The peak allows views of the south east coast from Dungeness in the east, to Selsey Bill in the west. The contrast between the green grass and the white chalk cliffs gives photographs more of an impact.
I asked Alan MacKenzie a Flickr photographer What is the attraction of taking a photograph of the Beachy Head? Beachy Head marks the end of the South Downs and is the most striking and magnificent landmark in Sussex. I feel isolated from the civilised world and therefore able to forget all of my worldly responsibilities and create beautiful imagery. Whether I’m there in a snowstorm or looking at a blood red sunset, Beachy Head makes me feel privileged to live in such a beautiful world.
4. Ben Nevis (Lochaber, Highland, Scotland)
Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the British Isles. The 700 metre cliffs of the north face are among the highest in the United Kingdom, providing classic scrambles and rock climbs presenting difficulties for climbers and mountaineers. They are also the principal locations in the UK for ice climbing.
I asked TJ a Flickr photographer What is the attraction of taking a photograph of Ben Nevis? I think the main attraction is the beautifully rugged landscape. Its very different than anything you experience in the rest of the UK. Pair the scenery with all the wonderful walking opportunities and it makes for a great day out.
3. Cheddar Gorge (Mendip Hills, Somerset, England)
Cheddar is a gorge lying on the southern edge of the Mendip Hills. The max depth of the gorge is 137 metres, with a near vertical cliff face to the south, and steep grassy slopes to the north. The B3135 road runs along the bottom of the gorge. With the greyish rock face, greenery growing on top and a road winding through the scenery the Cheddar Gorge makes a perfect landscape photograph.
I asked peterchilds93 a Flickr photographer What is the attraction of taking a photograph of the Cheddar Gorge? The Gorge is the heart of Somerset, what makes it so photogenic; the different levels contained within the structure give better angles for some unique compositions. The journey through the gorge is very surreal which magnifies your imagination to achieve the bigger picture.
2. Smoo Cave In Durness, Sutherland, Scotland.
Smoo Cave is a large cave which has combined sea water and fresh water. The cave is the largest of its kind in Britain. The cave can be either explored by boat or foot path. It also has one of the largest cave entrances in Britain.
I asked Spencer Bowman a Flickr photographer What is the attraction of taking a photograph of Smoo Cave? The attraction of shooting Smoo cave for me,.. It is from my love of the west coast of Scotland, and I have wanted to visit the far northwest coast (Sutherland) for quite a few years.
The west coastline of Scotland is spectacular, every bit of the hundreds of miles has amazing scenery and geology. From the views of Jura from Argyll, one of the best views in the world at Elgol, Isle of Skye, to the Ancient geology and remote wilderness of Sutherland. The whole west coast is a landscape photographers dream. ( and I urge you at some point of your life, to visit this area of the country)
I had heard of this cave with a waterfall, and thought that the light play on waterfall in underground darkness would make an interesting subject. I originally intended to try some b&w compositions, I did not have a long time to shoot at Smoo cave, and the limitations of access made it hard to get alternate compositions, but I am happy with my efforts.
1. Stanage Edge, Peak District National Park
Stanage Edge is in the Peak District, England and is a famous location for climbing. Stanage Edge is a great location to take photographs due to it’s tall gritstone cliffs that overlook Hathersage, Derbyshire.
I asked Jim Ennis a Flickr photographer What is the attraction of taking a photograph of Stanage Edge? It is certainly the biggest of the “Edges” in the Derbyshire Peak, though that is not it’s main attraction, imposing as it is sitting on the skyline and stretching out approximately 4 kms along it’s length. There are so many intersting features to capture. You have the Cowper Stone and trig point at the southern end, with their views over to Higgor and Over Owler Tor on Hathersage Moor. Numerous Grouse Drinking troughs/basins are carved into the rocks along it’s length and these are numbered and a quite unique feature. Runnels are carved into the stone to channel rainwater into the basins, they are really beautifully crafted and provide great foreground interest in wide angle shots. Walk along to the northern end and you have magnificent views over the Hope Valley and Derwent Moors. On the lower slopes there are many abandoned millstones, they were manufactured and carved on the edge, and were used to grind flour in the milling industry. Again these make fantastic and dramatic foreground subject matter in wide angle shots.
All of the above and more plus the ever changing light, clouds and weather with the differing seasons make this a landscape photographers dream location. Yes, I will be going back.
BEACHY HEAD – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beachy_Head
BEN NEVIS – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Nevis
CHEDDAR GORGE – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheddar_gorge
SMOO CAVE – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smoo_Cave and http://www.visitscotland.com/info/towns-villages/smoo-cave-p245631
STANAGE EDGE – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanage_Edge and http://www.stanageedge.co.uk/about.html