Monday 29th June 2020
Now that the government has announced that hotels, B&Bs and campsites can reopen from the 4th of July it is time for me to start planning my autumn workshops.
I have put together a schedule that runs from the beginning of September to the end of November. Only time will tell if I can sell all of them.
The weather has been pretty poor for the last few weeks. Over the weekend we had a lot of wind and rain. As a result I have no video to post tonight.
Determined to get out this morning to film something I set off this morning at 02:30 to climb Cat Bells. As I loaded the car I noticed that it was pretty windy still. Not my favourite conditions for filming.
As I drove in the direction of Penrith it started to rain, getting heavier and heavier the further away from home I got.
I got about halfway between Penrith and Keswick before I made the decision to turn back. I was back in bed by 04:00.
Without a video to post this evening I have little choice but to release one of the interviews that I filmed with Mrs Sale during lockdown.
Wednesday 1st July
Finally a break in the weather! The wind and rain of the past week has been replaced by almost perfectly still conditions.
I took the opportunity to explore Beda Fell close to Ullswater. What a place!
The short climb has to be one of the best that I have encountered in the far eastern Lake District. And the views all around are a photographer’s dream.
All the time I was up there I could not stop thinking ‘this would be the perfect place to bring clients’.
Today has been a long time in coming. My first ever talk to a camera club.
My friend Nick Ellam, who joined me for my final 1-2-1 before lockdown, is a member of the Holmes Chapel Photographic Society and invited me to speak to them.
I am no stranger to public speaking having presented at many conferences during my time with Sky.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic the talk was conducted over Zoom. As a result there was little if any feedback from the audience which at times I found difficult.
I think the talk was well received. I certainly look forward to doing more in the future.
Views on my YouTube channel have been very low recently and so I notice even the smallest up tick.
I was therefore pleased to see a jump in the views on my video on How Including Foreground Interest Can Add Depth to Your Landscape Photographs. I noticed in the YouTube analytics that a large amount of traffic had been coming from the Fstoppers website.
My videos have been featured a few times now, often by Alex Cooke their editor in chief.
It is wonderful when a website as widely respected as Fstoppers features one of your videos. I always see a little boost in views and this one could not have come at a better time for me.
Normally you will find me moaning about the negative comments that I get on YouTube. This week however my experiences have been completely the opposite.
I have to admit to being a little disappointed by my images from Beda Fell. Conditions weren’t idea and it was very overcast with very little direct light.
I very nearly didn’t release the video. That would have been a mistake. Since I released it yesterday it has been my best performing video for more than a month.
But it wasn’t the number of views that surprised me. It was the comments.
Everyone has been so kind about the images that I captured that I have started to see them in a different light. If so many other people like them I must be missing something.
It is a good feeling to received unexpectedly positive feedback. A moment I shall savour.
Today I made a start on marketing my new talk to camera clubs.
I started by checking out the website the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain. In there I found a list of the member federations including Chilterns Association of Camera Clubs.
Their website rather conveniently lists all of their members. As I have ties with the area (I was born in Aylesbury and educated in Tring) I have decided to start here.
It seemed as good as place as any.