Exmoor ramblings

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Posted: 21st April 2019

Location: Near Porlock, Exmoor

This was a morning of hope more than a precision planned photography session. I had in mind an area where I would park up, sort of. I also had a few subjects I wanted to photograph, sort of. I headed up from Porlock, Somerset on the coastal road, driving West towards Lynmouth. I was in the middle of a family trip and the Mrs had so kindly agreed for me to enjoy myself with my camera for a couple of hours, sort of. It was a fleeting mention the previous evening during Coronation street. Very tactful. I honestly believe she has finally accepted that when we’re away, my camera bag will follow. The sessions are still timed however.

Escape with Seascapes

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Published: 15th April 2019

Location: Porlock Weir, Somerset and Woolacombe beach, Devon

A recent family holiday brought me to venture back into the world of seascape photography. I visited the small village of Porlock in Somerset and enjoyed a quick morning session around a very confined area of Porlock Weir. My old friends, rain and wind, joined me intermittently and did their best to gate crash the party. I was not beaten however and used the large wooden sea defence to shield me and come away with some good audio for my accompanying video.

Improve photography/composition-part 1 of probably alot

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Published: 31st March 2019

Location: Blea Tarn & Lingmoor Fell

The day started at Blea Tarn, Lake District as part of my first introductory workshop with co host Chris Sale. This was a thank you session for our subscribers. A day of excellent views, banter and conversations of composition. Taking a decent photograph is as if not more important to getting the best photography gear. It’s about what you put on that sensor.

A Different view – Buttermere

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My creative side comes into strength when I am on my own.I find it is good to be free of any conversation and social interaction. What I have learnt however over the past year with landscape photography is the importance of the community spirit and having a craic with good like minded people who share a common interest. I love this art form.

Landscape Photography – Learning Composition

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I remember the first shot I took on my DSLR and it was a memorable one. It was a flashing rectangle of whiteness. The image was overexposed to a point where that bar thingy was heavily leaning to the right, leaving the left hand side empty. I had no idea what I had done. I also knew at that point that this new expensive toy was either returning to the shop or something that I was going to invest my time in. This story is about the time invested, in particular my progression of what makes a good image rather than the technical side.

One Shot/Great Mell Fell

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Posted: 10th March 2019

Location: Glenridding & Great Mell Fell, Lake District

In this episode, I visit a fell that has been on the cards for some time now. Not only have I not ticked this relatively small fell of my list but I have heard good stories and potential compositions to be found. Great Mell Fell in The Lake District did not disappoint.

Lakeside Muse

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Location: Grasmere, Lake District

In my previous outings with the camera, I had been subjected to very poor weather conditions and especially suffered from a bad case of wind. This day was different, at last I was in calm and tranquil surroundings where the ambience was of lakeside geese and other cries of birds at dawn. I was at the lake side of Grasmere in the central Lake District and the morning colours were putting on a wonderful display.

In search of a composition

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Location: near Dale Head/ Dale Head tarn, Lake District

It is not easy being a landscape photographer. Not everything false into place and aligns just as you want it to. The important thing to remember however is that it is more likely it will not work out and accept it. The allure of finding the right combination of all the elements in one place is what grips us and keeps us going.

This is why I do it

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Location: Dale Head, Lake District

January had been a challenging month for me due to work commitments so I had been looking forward to this day for a while. Leading up to the day, there was still doubt as the Mrs was on the back of suffering from Women Flu (thankfully not as bad as Man Flu) and child care was limited. I got the nod however and off I ventured to The Lake Distrist, heading to Honister slate mine in the North Western region of the area with the plan to hike to Dale Head.

A touch of Snowdonia

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Location: Nantgwynant and Dinorwig, Snowdonia

My first visit as a vlogger to this wonderful National Park, guided my Greg Whitton, an excellent photographer, video maker and like myself, a love of the mountains. A week prior to the day, Gregg had contacted me to say the snow is due to come and id generally be a fool to miss the opportunity. This is Britain however and things change with the weather. We were presented with driving rain and hard winds and myself being the organised outdoor photographer I was, I had forgotten my waterproofs. This was a mini tour and loop of Snowdonia which included sweet chocolate cake, heated seats, calming tunes and chip butties. I managed to capture some images but really this was a good recce of the place and a fine introduction to a land I will sure to revisit.

Watch the video here