Freedom?

With the easing of lockdown restrictions I can resume filming on location once more. But will this new found freedom have a positive or negative impact on my photography?

A lime kiln in the fields close to Shap on the edge of the Lake District National Park.

Monday 11th May 2020

Last night Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that the government would very soon be easing the restrictions put in place in response to the global coronavirus pandemic.

Mrs Sale and I took this as a reason to celebrate and so today I have been feeling rather delicate.

Tuesday 12th

One of the problems with getting older is that it takes longer to recover from a hangover.

What I used to be able to shake off with a hearty breakfast and plenty of coffee now often lasts from more than 24 hours.

Spent the day tidying up as many loose ends as possible ahead of tomorrow’s easing of lockdown restrictions.

Wednesday 13th

New, lighter restrictions came into effect this morning. Where as before we were only allowed out to exercise now we can spend unlimited amounts of time outside.

I have taken this to mean that I can resume filming on location so I headed out to shoot a new video for my YouTube channel.

It was quite surprising just how rusty I was. I had forgotten just how difficult it is to film outside, having to deal with the wind and constantly changing light.

It also became obvious that filming has a negative impact on my photography. While in lockdown I found that my photography came much most easily without the distraction of having to film myself.

The bridge over the River Lowther at Keld
The primary subject of this image is supposed to the the bridge over the River Lowther at Keld. Despite the strong leading line however the bridge is not prominent in the frame. An example of when filming for my YouTube channel has distracted me from my photography.

Thursday 14th

Keen to make up for lost time I was out early this morning to film at Hardendale Nab. I spent the morning photographing the limestone cliffs that up until lockdown I didn’t even know existed.

The limestone cliffs at Hardendale
The view from the top of the limestone cliffs at Hardendale. Before lockdown I didn’t even know these were here.

I also found the time to nip out to re-shoot the bridge at Keld which I messed up yesterday. Without the burden of filming I quickly found a composition that showed the bridge more clearly.

The bridge over the river Lowther at Keld
I returned to Keld to retry shooting the bridge over the River Lowther. This shot shows the bridge much more clearly but is something missing?

When I arrived home I found that Joe Seager’s latest podcast contained the interview that I had done with him a couple of weeks ago. I have always thought that Joe’s YouTube videos were good but the podcast is excellent! You can listen to it here.

This evening saw the premiere of a new video that I have been working on with Julian Baird.

On My Watch List is a new show about photography on YouTube. In each episode we will share photography videos that have recently inspired and entertained us.

Tonight we tested the water by releasing a pilot episode. If you saw it we’d love to hear your thoughts.

Friday 15th

For the past 7 weeks I have been working on a photo essay sharing my efforts to reconnect with my local area through my photography.

I still had one image left to capture and so I made my way to the lime kiln  just outside the village. I had tried to photograph it before but I wasn’t happy with the shots so I decided to have another go.

A lime kiln in the fields close to Shap on the edge of the Lake District National Park.
Lockdown has been an opportunity to photograph some of the my scenes in my local area that have been on my to-do list for some time.

Saturday 16th

 

Sunday 17th

Spoke to Jules today. The response to the pilot of On My Watch List has been encouraging and we have decided to press ahead with the first series.

We are busy lining up guest presenters and have decided to make a change to the format. In each episode we will feature a viewer’s pick, a video chosen not by us but by the audience.

If you would like to recommend a video that you have particularly enjoyed you can find details here.


It has been good to be able to resume filming outdoors once again but I have become aware that it has a detrimental effect on my photography.

On a more positive note I am pleased that we have decided to film more episodes of On My Watch List.

8 thoughts on “Freedom?”

      1. I’d thought perhaps a car or van with some motion blur crossing the bridge might be good, you might have to wait a while for a car at the moment though. Or maybe a person with motion-blur would be interesting, looking a bit like a ghost?

        1. I think as it is a lockdown image it should really feature a person exercising. Perhaps walking or even on a bicycle. Now then, wouldn’t that be something! 🙂

    1. Thanks Miguel. To be honest I am lacking a little motivation at the moment. This always happens when I finish a project no matter how small. I need to find some inspiration from somewhere.

  1. I do often consider how much time and effort some (not all) YouTubers spend on their vlogs. Using drones, adding mood music, cut-aways, interviews etc.
    I’m NOT a fan of such films Chris. For me (and this is just a personal opinion) it is the STILL images I want to see. I have much less interest in all this “I’m trying to tell a story” attitude. If I want to learn about video I will seek much more specialist channels. PHOTOGRAPHY is and always has been capturing one moment in time, nothing more and nothing less. So please don’t let the production of your vlogs take-over and spoil the stills that you let us see.

    1. Hi Alan – it is extremely flattering that you are interested in seeing my photographs, thank you. I hear what you are saying but I think that it is important to show the story behind each image, where it was taken, what were the challenges, that sort of thing. The best way that I know to do that is to try to tell a story with the video. I’m not a big fan of drones and hardly use music in my videos these days but techniques like cutaways are essential to illustrate what I am talking about in the video. If I say I am going to take a picture of a tree it helps the viewer to understand what I am talking about if I cut away to show the tree. Thank you for your message, it is a timely reminder that I need to remember to keep things simple.

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