Posted: 16th June 2019
Location: Malham Cove
The last time I visited Malham Cove, I was met with very wet conditions with the added element of gusty wind. That wasn’t ideal of course as a landscape photographer trying to come back with the goods. I promised a few of my YouTube channel subscribers and viewers that I would return shortly. My eye was attracted by a cluster of tree which had formed some rather interesting shapes. A return to the location was definitely on the cards when the conditions were more favourable. This morning session was about the return and the better light that had come with me.
Location: Barrow and Outerside, Lake District
Posted: 26th May 2019
This session started in the afternoon following a visit to the Northern Photography show held annually at Rheged centre near Penrith. It was a very tiring hike from the moment it started from the small village of Braithwaite. Although Barrow and Outerside were relatively small fells at 455 metres and 568 metres respectively, it was still a challenging walk as I was both tired and the fell was warm and sticky. The clouds however were very interesting and broody. My waterproofs were at the ready. It had been a while since I had focused on black and white photography so this was a good opportunity with so much mood in the skies.
Location: Ullswater, Lake District
Posted: 19th May 2019
Landscape photographers are often faced with the burning issue of deciding whether to move on from a location or to give it more time. These decisions of course can result in a better image or time wasted. During my recent visit to Ullswater, I was faced with this dilemma.
Location: Near Skipton, Yorkshire Dales & Kirkstone Pass, Lake District
Published: 12th May 2019
Patience is a gift and also a very important attribute to have in landscape photography. There are many times when I have been disappointed but this has been balanced with the few occasions that I have been pleased. Happiness comes in all forms but for me in landscape photography, that feeling of elation is when the conditions and composition fall into place at the right time. I do believe I shot my favourite image of the year.
Location: Buttermere/Derwent Fells, Lake District
Posted: 5th May 2019
Intricate planning of photography sessions has never been important to me and probably never will be. The location and time of day is all I want to know as I am a great believer that in-depth plans do not always come together and is often more exciting to witness all the elements fall into place unexpectedly. What is frustrating however is where the elements fall into place when not prepared. This is especially annoying when those elements consist of low lying clouds and swirling mists, ingredients of mood and atmosphere.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.