Monday 16th July 2018
I think a week’s break from YouTube has done me the world of good.
This evening I have returned to the grind with a renewed vigour creating videos for YouTube and IGTV as well as posts for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and a couple of articles for my website.
One thing I have learnt from Gary Vaynerchuk is that if I am going to be successful I am going to have to work a lot harder!
After delaying it’s release by a week (and blaming the World Cup) I finally put out my video from Tarn Hows.
I was in a bit of a funny mood that morning and perhaps showed a little more of the ‘real’ me than I would normally. I was very nervous about releasing it.
I needn’t have worried. Everyone was very kind and although views are still a little lower than they have been engagement was up with everyone saying they’d like to see a bit more humour in future.
I would hate to disappoint them.
What an evening! After work I drove over to Dalgety Bay in Fife where I met up with Les Ironside who had invited me over for a shoot.
We spent a couple of hours photographing a couple of locations at Adebour when we met Tony who invited us to back to his house to photograph the view of Inchcolm out in the Forth of Firth.
It was just one of those perfect evenings that I will never forget and I will be writing a seperate blog all about it as soon as I get chance.
Thursday is always a photography free day for me…
…today was no exception!
The dry weather continues and the level of Haweswater Reservoir has fallen further still.
I was up early again this morning to photograph of the ruins of Mardale which are now clearly visible – another opportunity to shoot a video for IGTv.
After my success at Glencoyne last weekend (when I bagged a couple of beauties) I found myself crashing back down to earth with a very, very average shot indeed.
I am very tempted to bin the whole video and to try again at the first opportunity.
Up at 3 AM to drive to High Dam to shoot my video about Black and White photography after failing to get it done last weekend.
It was muggy as hell and I always forget how much of a climb it is from the car park to the tarn so I was absolutely dripping by the time I reached the spot where I planned to film.
It took an hour for me to compose myself and to dry out my shirt before I could start filming – hopefully it will be worth it!
As it is the first weekend of the school holidays we decided to stay away from the Lake District so we headed over to the Yorkshire Dales. It is far quieter than the Lakes and actually, despite it’s name, extends partly into Cumbria.
I took a walk up to Nine Standards Rigg, a hill just to the south of Kirkby Stephen famous for the 9 stone structures that sit on its summit.
It is very important as a landscape photographer to scout out locations in order to find compositions so that when we return we have at least some idea of what we are going to shoot, and I am definitely going to be returning to Nine Standards Rigg.