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Welcome Stephen, a local photographer who specialises in landscape photography and particularly enjoys working in the Peak District.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Steve Price, mid 40's, civil (highway) engineer living in Sheffield. I was raised in Derby, went to University in Birmingham and moved to Sheffield in 1991.

How long have you been a photographer?
I've been taking photos now since 2008

How did you get into photography?
I started a new job in 2007 with a passing interest in photography and started heading out to the Peak District with a couple a chaps from work who were more experienced photographers. I discovered that I enjoyed the challenge and decided to spend a Christmas bonus on my first DSLR.

How would you describe your style?
I'm not sure I have a style rather there are subjects that I enjoy taking. I love the colours of the early light around dawn and the mist enveloping the trees and valleys of the Peak District. I try and capture the beautiful landscapes with the best lighting and bring out the colours to make the photographs spring off the page if I can.

Do you have a favourite spot within the Peak District?
I really enjCurbar Edge spoy the sunrises over Mam Tor from the Great Ridge and dawn breaking over Curbar Edge. The seasons are ever changing and it's fantastic to capture new leaves in spring, the heathers in autumn and the winter frost and ice. This can dramatically alter the compositions from the same locations throughout the year, which keeps me going back time and again.

Why is photography important to you?
Photography is a great break from my work routine which sees me tied (not literally) to my desk for 10 hours a day and living in a hotel 4 days a week. It's a wonderful reason to get out and about at the weekend and I'm driven by the knowledge that I would be kicking myself if I missed a good sunrise on my day off. I love the peace and solitude of an early start in the Peaks and I love being out capturing skies and landscapes whilst the rest of the world sleeps on, oblivious to nature's splendor.

What makes a good photo, in your opinion?
Good question - I think that for landscapes the 'wow' factor is a combination of lighting, subject, composition and how you feel when looking at the photograph. When I'm processing a photograph my pulse quickens when I can tell that all the elements of the shot have come together and I'm feeling a connection with what great views I saw when the shutter closed and captured the shot.

Mam Tor Mist Inversion spDo you have a favourite photograph?
Strangely, the shots that I like the most are sometimes the impulse shots that I didn't plan as it were. Misty woods where the light was just hitting the trees right and I just had to stop the car and take a shot, for instance.

Whose work influences you?
I've been on workshops with landscape professionals Adam Burton and Guy Edwardes and have learnt a lot in terms of editing and composition from Guy in particular.

Have you had any mishaps while photographing?
Numerous over the years but nothing too dramatic. I did watch one couple wading around a river in their jeans and shoes whilst I was trying to take a photograph. This went on for about 10 minutes without a word being spoken between them. Finally, the husband reached under the water and retrieved a very expensive camera with a broken strap. Off they trooped, not a word spoken. I wouldn't have like to have shared that car ride home.

What does someone need in order to become a photographer?
The most important things, I think, are patience, a love of the subject and an eye for the details.

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Stephen's website contains a gallery of his work from around the UK, and he offers prints and posters of his work. Click on the links below for more information.

 

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