Richard Wheeler – photographer

Ringing RogerIf you are born and bred on the doorstep of the Peak District then there is a fair chance it will seep its way into your blood one way or another.

The young Richard Wheeler lived in Bradway in Sheffield and led an outdoor life. His dad was always snapping away, recording family trips and he taught Richard and his siblings how to handle a camera.

Those early lessons led to the now-talented Peak photographer setting himself up with a darkroom.

But he wasn’t really into all the science involved so eventually photography as a hobby took a backseat while he enjoyed his college life.

It was only later with the arrival of digital cameras that his interest in pictures was reignited.

“Part of my college course had been on computing and I was thrilled with the way I could use those skills with the new cameras.

“But it was really the instant results in the field that I liked. I enjoyed being able to see what I had taken and then try and improve on it there and then. I wanted to come away with the best photograph I could,” he said.

Richard has a day job as a graphic designer with a Sheffield firm but spends what spare time he has out in the Dark Peak capturing his amazing landscape shots.

“I want the person looking at my pictures to feel as if they are actually there so the foreground is a vital part of my composition. I think that is probably my trademark signature if there is one.”

Like all landscape photographers Richard admits to being obsessed with the Met Office and weather forecasts and takes most of his shots at either dawn or dusk – so he can capture the perfect light.

“You need a good torch and you need to be prepared to carry heavy equipment long distances. I have been known to go back time and time again just to get one picture. I spent four weekends trying to get a particular shot of Kinder Downfall last winter.

“What I really enjoy is the dramatic, more intense, weather such as frost and mist. There is nothing quite like the feeling when the sun starts to rise and you can see that there is a perfect bank of clouds forming.”

Richard uses a Canon 5D with a variety of lens and Lee Neutral Density Graduated Filters. The filters are what make the difference he says as they bring balance back to a landscape picture.

Richard’s fantastic pictures are used by Visit Peak District and Derbyshire on its website and he also produces a calendar.

There may still be a few left for 2013 but you could get in early for next year.

As a new father who moved into a new Sheffield home needing DIY just four months ago his spare time has been limited of late but he is planning some expeditions this spring.

For more information about Richard’s pictures go to http://www.peak-photos.co.uk.