Monday 24th February 2020
I had a quiet day today ahead of probably the busiest couple of weeks since leaving my old job.
I spent the morning in the office trying to get a ahead with the never ending admin that I have to do.
In the afternoon I had a Skype call with a friend in the US. She is trying to sort out her website so I spent some time showing her how I have put mine together.
Today I was joined by fellow YouTuber Joe Elliot for a 1-2-1. We spent the morning shooting around Ullswater before making our way to Aira Force.
In the afternoon, after the 1-2-1 had finished, we headed off to Coniston Water. The original plan had been to shoot some video but I wasn’t in the right frame of mind.
I find helping someone else with their photography requires a totally different mindset than shooting for myself and I find it very difficult to switch between the two.
Another 1-2-1 today, this time with Bill Spencer. Bill is a very experienced photographer who needed my help to find some locations.
We started at Rydal Water braving the wind, rain and eventually sleet, everyone’s favourite conditions! It was tough, particularly for someone who doesn’t shoot landscapes very often.
Bill normally specialises in macro photography and so I suggested we explore the road that runs behind the Thirlmere Reservoir, perfect for more intimate shots.
I collected Bill from his hotel this morning before heading off to Ullswater. After the rain of yesterday evening it was at least dry, even if the biting easterly wind chilled us to the core.
Eventually we retreated to the cafe at Aira Force and I listened intently as Bill shared stories from his past, including the time he met the great Ansel Adams.
I do like to have a coffee after a 1-2-1 or workshop and am becoming well known in the cafes close to my favourite locations.
I was at Ribblehead this morning, checking out the area ahead of a workshop that I am cohosting with James Burns in a week’s time. They have had a lot of snow up here and I just wanted to check the lie of the land.
They have had a lot of snow in these parts recently. In places the famous limestone pavements were completely covered.
I do not feel comfortable leading the group into an area where they cannot see where they are putting their feet. Let’s hope for warmer temperatures next week.
My old school mate Tom is staying with us for the weekend. With poor weather forecast for today I perhaps had a glass of wine too many last night and was feeling a little worse for wear.
As the morning’s showers passed we eventually made it to the Ladore Falls near Keswick. I set about shooting some intimate shots, focusing on the fast moving water as it tumbled over the rocks.
I decided not to even attempt to film a video, content to enjoy a couple of hours of carefree photography with a mate. Inevitably the rain returned and we had to abandon our plans to shoot the sunset from the edge of Derwent Water.
Sunday 1st March
Storm Jorge paid us a visit this morning but Tom and I were still determined to get out for a spot of photography before lunch.
We popped down to the Wet Sleddale Reservoir just down the road from my home in Shap.
Once again I was content to shoot intimate compositions of Sleddale Beck, battling with Jorge as it tried to rip my tripod from my grasp.
A pretty full on week which mostly involved battling the elements.
It was probably my first taste of what life might be like if I am ever going to become busy enough to earn enough money to survive.