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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.