Monday 17th August 2020
I had a 1-2-1 today with another photographer that lives in the same village as me.
It would seem that not only does YouTube help me to reach people that live on the other side of the globe but also those that live just around the corner.
As Sarah lives close by and was initially looking for help operating her camera I got to spend a happy couple of hours at Shap Abbey just down the road.
I was supposed to have another 1-2-1 today but it was cancelled at the last minute. It was the 3rd 1-2-1 that has been cancelled in the past week. It is all very frustrating.
I understand that sometimes life gets in the way and that this is just part of the business. It is just unfortunate to have so many so close together.
A disastrous shoot this morning.
As the weather has been so changeable this week I decided that I didn’t want to risk hiking up into the higher fells. Instead I decided to visit Hugh’s Laithes Pike overlooking Haweswater.
It was pretty enough as the heather is now in full bloom but I could find a composition that I liked.
Not that I got much of a chance. My presence seemed to attract a swarm of flies. Not midges you understand but big, black flies.
I tried to shoo them off but eventually gave in and retreated.
Sometimes, just when you think the world is against you something wonderful happens.
That afternoon while I was working away at my desk an email landed in my inbox. It was an automated email informing me that someone had placed an order for one of my prints.
And it wasn’t for just one print, it was for six! The biggest ever print order I have ever received.
It is the most wonderful thing when someone spends their hard earned money to buy something that you have created.
I spent all day in the office today working on my next webinar. I have decided to run one sharing my approach to black and white landscape photography.
Webinars have become an essential part of my business. They are a wonderful way for me to connect with other photographers and to share my knowledge and experience.
If you would like to attend please register using the form on my events page.
Another early start for me. This time it wasn’t to catch the sunrise but to drive from Cumbria to Cornwall for a workshop that I am hosting tomorrow.
As we headed south the weather worsened. Apparently we were heading into a storm. When we arrived the wind was howling. I hope it calms down or the workshop will be ‘interesting’.
Jules and I have been good friends since meeting for the first time nearly three years ago. The support that he has given me since going full-time has meant that we have grown closer over the past year.
Of the friends that I made when I started YouTube he’s pretty much the only one I am in regular contact with today.
Dartmoor is a challenging place to shoot.
Belstone Tor is full of potential, more so than most other places I have shot. The rock formations that rise up out of the earth make wonderful subjects for a photograph.
But the foreground is very chaotic. The rocks that litter the summit of the tor create lines that lead off in many different directions so framing a shot is tricky.
The howling wind, left over from yesterday’s storm, didn’t make things any easier. I was scared to let go of my camera, if only for a moment. That just slows you down.
But the most challenging aspect of shooting on Dartmoor is also its greatest strength. The light here can be wonderful. But it changes very quickly.
React to the light and chances are you will mess up the composition. Spend too long framing up the shot (as I did) and you will miss the light.
Dartmoor, the perfect antidote to my over inflated ego! 🙂
The high winds that had battered me on Belstone Tor had not finished me yet. This evening I was at Bude for the long exposure workshop that I was running with Tom Peters.
The workshop had been originally planned for the spring but had to be postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. I have to be honest that the rescheduled date was less than ideal.
Hopefully everyone enjoyed themselves despite the strong winds. But in future I will avoid running workshops in Cornwall during the school holidays.
Got up early this morning for a sunrise shoot. To add to the winds which hadn’t died down overnight it was now raining.
So I went back to bed. Lovely.