Weatherwatch: Des Coleman at Ashover Rock in Derbyshire

Our Weather Presenter Des Coleman has been out and about across the East Midlands for our series "Weatherwatch", meeting those of who who regularly send in lovely weather photos for our 6pm programme forecasts.

Whether it's a landscape, a flower or wildlife, they're seen by thousands of viewers on each of our programmes, so who is the person behind them and what's the story behind their love for weather photography ?

One of those regular contributors is Mike Swain from Chesterfield, and he takes photos in landscape, bird and wildlife photography. Des has been to meet him at the picturesque Ashover Rock in Chesterfield in Derbyshire.

Why did Mike choose Ashover Rock as his weather photo spot ?

Ashover Rock is part of a local nature reserve in Derbyshire. It sits on an area of heathland at 299m above sea level.

It means there are excellent panoramic views of the surrounding countryside - on a really clear day, it's even possible to see Lincoln Cathedral (with a telescope).

Mike has been showing Des a few of his favourite snaps that he's taken over the years. They include this one below, where Mike said he was sat waiting for two hours just so he could catch the beams of light to catch the track.

Credit: Mike Swain

Here is another one of Mike's pictures, at Cromford Mills near Matlock Bath. He said he used a very slow shutter speed to get the milky water effect.

Credit: Mike Swain

We've asked all our "Weatherwatch" guests to share their top weather photo tip - here's Mike's:

Watch the full "Weatherwatch" report when Des met Mike at Ashover Rock, as he told us just how he captures his amazing weather photos, and about the lovely area itself.

If you've got a weather photo that you'd like to send us, then email it to us with your name and where it was taken in the Midlands to

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Your photo may appear on our programme at 6pm, or on our social media channels.

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