In common with 40 or more other outdoor-loving bloggers, Tweeters, webmasters and newbies, I attended the social meet at Monsal Head over the weekend organised by blogmeister and filmmaker @terrybnd, ably supported by @MyOutdoors.
This is not the kind of thing I would normally do. For me, heading to the hills is a solitary activity and so it felt a little odd turning up at the albeit charming Park House Farm campsite to be confronted by ranks of the latest backpacker tents containing folk who shared at least one of my favoured pastimes.
The tone of this appropriately informal event soon rang true, though. I shared many a beer both in camp and at the Stable Bar with some fine folk and the time flew. There are more of these events planned and I for one will make every effort to attend.
In common with the lack of formality, folk were free to do as they pleased. On the Saturday most, understandably, wanted to walk – not least to shake off the hangovers. A few were exploring Millers Dale, but I’d visited this area recently and fancied an old haunt: Lathkill Dale.
A circular walk from Monsal Head was traced on the map and I set off with camera at the ready. For a bit of an experiment, I limited myself to my ’new’ second-hand prime lens on my SLR. This is a 28mm full-frame Nikkor which gives the equivalent of just shy of 50mm FX due to the cropped digital sensor.
A couple of times, I found myself reaching for the non-existent zoom ring on the lens barrel but soon got used to moving around to frame shots… sometimes requiring a bit of contortionism (kind of).
I’m reasonably happy with the results. The lens is noticeably sharper that the kit lens on my D90, makes the camera more compact and forces me to think more about my shot. That can’t be a bad thing.