Monday 15th June 2020
I was at Hallin Fell yesterday evening to film a video about how I use the rule of thirds. So today I found myself spending all day in the office getting the video ready for release tomorrow.
The edit of my film from Hallin Fell took the best part of a day. Ridiculous!
Just as we were entering lockdown I switched video editing software from iMovie to Adobe Premiere Rush. Since doing so I have seen a significant increase in the amount of time it takes to produce a video.
This might have been OK during lockdown when I had all the time in the world. But now that things are starting to get busy again I cannot loose a whole day like that.
I am switching back to iMovie and I am very glad to do so.
This morning I headed into the national park for the first sunrise shoot since the start of lockdown. I originally planned to head to Glencoyne on Ullswater to shoot the sun as it rose over Pooley Bridge.
However, stepping out of my front door at 03:00 I found that I was surrounded by thick mist. I drove through the mist to find that if anything it was thicker over Ullswater than it was at home.
I clearly wasn’t going to get a sunrise so I changed my plan, opting to shoot the Duke of Portland boathouse instead.
Without the tourists the Lake District is very quite at the moment. Normally you will be joined by a couple of other photographers at the boathouse but for the first time ever I had it all to myself.
With no-one staying in the boathouse either I was aware that I was totally alone. It was quite eerie standing there as the mist swirled around me.
Yesterday I spent some time looking for new sunrise locations on the Photographer’s Ephemeris. I noted that from Sleet Fell at this time of year it would be possible to watch the sun rise from behind Hallin Fell.
So it was another 03:00 start this morning.
Once again my drive to Ullswater was shrouded in mist. I arrived at the summit of Sleet Fell to the sight of the sun rising over a magnificent cloud inversion.
What followed was one of the most memorable hours photography of the year so far. For once I was in the right place at the right time.
Another 03:00 start this morning, this time my destination was Derwent Water. I wanted to get a shot of Otter Island, a scene that I had scouted just a few days before lockdown was introduced.
As I drew closer to Keswick I began to feel I had made a mistake. Once again there was thick mist in the area around Ullswater but it seemed thinner over Derwent Water.
I needn’t have worried. As I made my way to Abbot’s Bay it was clear that there was more than enough mist to create the seperation between the island and its background that I needed.
I settled on a simple composition featuring the island, its reflections and a small rock in the foreground.
In hindsight I am not sure that I needed to include the rock. Nevertheless this is one image that will be making it into my portfolio!
All week I have been looking for an opportunity to visit Grasmere to shoot the view over the lake from Loughrigg Fell. At this time of year, with the sun setting way to the north, it is the best opportunity for some colour in the sky directly behind the lake.
However, I am not very good at photographing sunsets. I’m an early riser and have no problems getting up a 02:30 but I really struggle to head out in the evenings. I am beginning to think it is my biggest failing as a photographer. I need to work hard to resolve this.
But for for the time being I am content to limit my photography to the start of the day. So today saw me leave the house at 03:00 for the fourth consecutive morning.
With no mist around I had an unimpeded view of the lake. The ferns look fantastic at this time of year and as the sun peaked out from behind a cloud to bath my foreground in warm light a bagged one of my favourite summer images ever.
I had a well deserved lie in this morning.
When I did finally make it into the office at 08:00 I spent some time working on my social media strategy. During lockdown I have neglected Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and have focused purely on YouTube.
But with YouTube performing so poorly for me at the moment I feel I need to focus on growing my following on the other platforms.
Fortunately this week has produced plenty of images that I can share.
I am lucky to have so many people interested in the work that I produce.
Across YouTube, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook I get so much support that I cannot express how grateful I am.
But it is here, on my blog, that I find that support to be at it’s strongest. That was never more obvious than this week when the response to my last post was remarkable.
What I am attempting to do is extremely difficult and I have to face the reality that in all likeliness I will fail.
However, if by some miracle I do pull this off it will be in no small part to the kind words of support that I receive from the people that comment on my blog.
I have always been a confidence player. When my confidence is up, as it has been this week, I am unstoppable. But when it is down then I am completely ineffective.
In many ways my beliefs differ from most within our community. Placing a greater importance on narrative than on ‘epic light’ is an excellent example of this.
Knowing that many of you share my beliefs gives me the confidence that I need to keep blazing my own trail and not to follow the norm.
You have come to mean more to me that you will ever know.