Monday 10th August 2020
I was back in the Longsleddale valley again this morning, this time to climb Shipman Knotts.
Yet more wonderful conditions to photograph. This time it was mist on the surrounding hills cascading down into the valley below.
My luck seems to be extraordinary at the moment.
Last week I was on Tarn Crag. Had I been there today it would have been a complete white out. But from here I was in the best position to observe this wonderful spectacle.
I have a mate staying with us for the weekend so I have decided not to shoot for a couple of days.
For the next 2 days I shall be in the office working on the usual stuff. Editing video, responding to emails, managing my social media accounts, etc.
By not shooting for 2 days I will be chomping at the bit by the time Tom arrives.
The weather today has been unlike anything that I have ever known in Cumbria.
The temperature reached 28 degrees centigrade which is not uncommon. But the humidity was more akin to what I would expect to experience in a tropical rain forest. The air was so thick it felt like you could bite lumps out of it.
Tom arrived in the late afternoon. I am looking forward to getting out with the camera tomorrow, I just hope that it freshens up a little.
One of the things that I enjoy when we have other photographers staying with us it that it is an opportunity to visit some of the more popular locations that I would otherwise avoid.
Since lockdown I have been concentrating on some of the lesser known locations in the Lake District. But this morning I took Tom to Buttermere.
It was overcast which did little to ease the humidity but, more importantly, it was still. Tom admitted that he would have liked a little more light but for me it was perfect.
In the afternoon I had a 1-2-1 with Graeme Mitchell at St John’s in the Vale.
I have been very lucky to have worked with some lovely people this summer and Graeme was no exception. We spent a happy few hours exploring compositions around Tewet Tarn and Low Rigg.
One of the most rewarding aspects of my job is helping other photographers. I was able to share a few tips with Graeme that seemed to make a big difference and some of the shots that he got looked excellent on the back of the camera.
This morning Tom and I were at Derwent Water for sunrise.
Normally I like to shoot on the western shore in the morning to give me the best chance of getting colour in the sky. But on our way there we spotted a thick layer of cloud on the horizon which would inevitably block the sun.
We decided to visit Isthmus Bay to shoot the crumbling concrete jetty. I wanted to try a new composition that I had never tried before but I am not sure it works.
When we got back home I had a Skype 1-2-1 session with my good friend John Toth in Pennsylvania. I have been working with John for a while now and I’ve been delighted with the progress that he has been making.
Earlier in the week he had sent me his latest attempt of a shot that he had been working on for a while. I thought it was excellent.
He has put in a lot of work and I am delighted that he finally has something to show for his efforts.
In the evening we chose to visit the Ribblehead Viaduct in the Yorkshire Dales. Tom had never photographed it before and it seemed to be an ideal location for sunset at this time of year.
I have been working very hard recently to improve my use of foreground and was keen to take on some of the limestone pavements that can be found close to the viaduct.
As is often the case the sunset was blocked out by cloud on the horizon but nevertheless I still enjoyed myself.
Generally Tom and I have had some great conditions for photography so far this weekend. We were half expecting our luck to run out.
But we needn’t have worried.
We arrived at Rydal Water this morning to find the surrounding hills shrouded in mist. What followed was one of the most enjoyable shoots of my summer so far.
I came away with two (and potentially 3) portfolio quality shots, including (with a little help from Tom) a new take on the lone tree.
We’ve made the decision that Rydal will be our last shoot of the weekend.
We are going to enjoy a few drinks this evening and then have a well earned lie in tomorrow morning.
I am never drinking again.