Monday 16th March 2020
Another one of those boring days in the office.
They’re not actually boring at all. I really enjoy responding to comments, replying to emails and editing video.
However, I am getting bored of writing about them.
This morning I had a 1-2-1 with Eva Parks on the River Brathay near Elterwater.
Eva is typical of the women that I have worked with so far. She has a wonderful eye for an image but lacks confidence when it comes to operating her camera.
We spent some time going over my workflow. I explained that with practice it will soon become second nature, much like driving a car.
I spent the morning exploring an area of Derwent Water that I had never visited before. I wanted to see if I could find any new compositions along the stretch of shoreline that runs from High Brandelhow to Great Bay.
It was a very overcast morning with little in the way of light. Perfect conditions for scouting a new area allowing me to shoot in all directions without having to worry about the position of the sun.
The area that proved most promising was Manesty Park. Here the duck boards created a strong line that leads the eye up to the Jaws of Borrowdale in the background.
This morning I spent some time at Haweswater trying to determine my preferred composition for the reservoir.
I spent a good few hours working my way up the Old Corpse Road exploring different takes on the view of Rough Crag, which rise up out of the depths of the reservoir and leads up to the summit of High Street.
It is an image that will feature in my Hand of Man project so it is important for me to get it right.
In the afternoon I had to finally face up to the inevitabilities concerning the global coronavirus pandemic.
Having delayed the decision for as long as possible I was finally forced to postpone most of the workshops that I had planned for the spring, cancelling the rest.
Whilst it was a bitter pill to swallow I feel that I am relatively lucky. My business is only a few months old. How many people will loose businesses that they have spent years building?
In light of what is happening in the world at the moment I wanted to help spread a little joy in the only way I know how.
I decided to postpone my planned video (my 6 month update) and headed to Gummers How to film something a little more upbeat. It was a glorious morning. Not great for photography but wonderful for the soul.
It was the first time that I have ever filmed, edited and released a video in a single day. Given the less than favourable conditions for landscape photography and the time pressures I don’t think it was half bad!
Was at Ullswater this morning. As conditions where pretty flat I decided on the spur of the moment to film a video about black and white photography.
I think the video would have been a good one. However, the images were poor and so it will be another one that does not see the light of day.
We all have good days and bad. I am putting this one down to the coronavirus.
I have been feeling a bit down today. I expect it is down to the uncertainty that we all face. It caused me to think hard about how I want to spend the next 12 weeks.
I am extremely lucky to be in a position where I can keep my distance from other people by escaping up into the fells.
I feel that I have a responsibility to continue to get out with my camera and to share my adventures with those that cannot.
I hope that I am able to provide a little light relief and to transport people to a faraway land, if only for a few minutes at a time.
The coronavirus has thwarted my plans for the spring and I find myself with more time on my hands than I expected.
I cannot think of a better way to spend my time than to continue creating videos in the hope that they provide a little distraction from the global events that are set to impact all of our lives.