Monday 21st May
Finally got round to watching Mali Davies’s vlog from the Northern Photography and Video show at the Rheged Centre here in the Lake District.
I think he missed his calling as a TV journalist, he always get’s the big interview. It was Thomas Heaton at the Photography Show at the NEC and this time it was Adam Gibb all the way from Canada.
I think Mali is going to be great on YouTube if he sticks at it – tonnes of personality and you just can’t buy that!
My ‘1 year on YouTube’ video was released this evening and I have had a wonderful response with lots of people commenting and sending me their congratulations. The vote to keep the selfie is also going well so it looks like it will be a feature of my channel for the year ahead.
One comment that I received that was a bit negative was that I don’t do enough for the community. It suggested that I arrange some meet ups in the lakes (4 a year) and show some of my subscribers my favourite locations.
It is something that I have considered but I think I would struggle to commit to 4 times a year with so much of my spare time being taken up with my channel.
I saw a brilliant video by Mark Denney about the impact that Instagram has had on landscape photography.
In a typically thoughtful piece Mark points out that many of the positives are also it’s negatives – for example it is easy to share your images with millions of people all over the world but for that very reason it is also almost impossible to get noticed.
I agree with everything he says and I am so impressed by the quality of the video that I think he should do more of this sort of thing.
I arrived home tonight to find a package from Lee Filters. In it was a new landscape polariser that they had sent to me to make up for the problems that I’ve had with my one.
I am glad that they have finally put the problem right but I do wish it hadn’t taken them so long. I will be pleased to put the whole episode behind me.
Last night I posted a photo that I took at Kelly Hall Tarn on social media and it received a comment on Facebook which simply said “Nothing special”.
I understand that criticism goes with the territory but I will never understand what motivates someone to leave such a pointless comment.
Nothing winds me up more than someone sniping from the sidelines – someone who isn’t prepared to put themselves or there work out there preferring to try to pull down those of us that do. What a dick!
I was up at 02:00 this morning to climb High Rigg in order to shoot Blencathra at sunrise. Unfortunately things did not go to plan.
It was so windy at the top I could barely stand up. I was literally clinging on to the tripod for dear life.
None of the shots that I got where any good and neither was the video but it is definitely a location with potential so not entirely a waste of time.
Yesterday’s disaster left me without a video to release next Tuesday so I had little option but to rise before dawn again today.
This time my destination we Tewet Tarn, a tricky little blighter to photograph, where I planned to shoot the commission that I gave away as a prize in last week’s video.
It was incredibly winding again this morning but I am really impressed with how the Canon M50 and the Rode VideoMic Micro coped – it’s great to finally have confidence in my videography gear.