Monday 2nd November 2020
In the spirit of leaving everything to the last moment Monday is becoming the day that I edit my videos.
Having started the “Premiere Pro Bootcamp” laid on by the good folks at Adobe today was my first attempt at editing a video with Premiere Pro. I was delighted to find it all relatively straight forward. Better yet PP seems to run without issue on my ageing laptop. 🙂
This week’s bootcamp lesson focused on titles, motion graphics and branding. As I had no idea what my channel was to become when I set it up this is not something that I have ever given much thought to before. I now have a few ideas for how to make my videos look a little more professional.
But I am cautious not to try to look too professional.
Today was my last chance to get out to shoot in the Lake District before lockdown so I headed to Skelwith Bridge.
My plan was to get a shot of the Skelwith Force waterfall. However, following the rain that we have had recently the waterfall was in full flow and I could not get to the vantage point from where I would normally shoot.
Eventually I moved on and spent a wonderful couple of hours photographing the views across Elterwater towards the Langdale Pikes. It is one of my favourite views in the Lake District but I have always struggled to capture it. Somehow the photographs never quite have the same impact as being there in person.
On the way back to the car I stopped beside the River Brathay to attempt a new composition that I have had my eye on for some time.
This morning I accompanied Charles Conner on a 1-2-1 at Derwent Water. Despite an extremely positive forecast conditions were against us and I returned home feeling a disappointed for him.
Our original plan was to shoot the Otterbield Tree at sunrise but the high water levels put paid to that.
After grabbing a shot of the jetty at Brandelhow we made the decision to move to the other side of the lake. As we drove to the Lakeside car park the sun briefly peaked out from behind the clouds. It was to be the only bit of light that we were to see all morning. It had all but gone by the time that we reached Crow Park.
Landscape photography can be extremely frustrating at times.
This evening was the premiere of the documentary about my life as a landscape photographer produced by Julian Baird.
The film was extremely well received and I was delighted for all of the praise that Jules received in the comments section. He put in an awful lot of hard work and produced something that I think he should be very proud of.
If you haven’t seen it I highly recommend that you take 30 minutes to watch it. It really does give a great insight into what it is like to be me. 🙂
Day 1 of Lockdown 2.0.
England has been placed under lockdown restrictions for the next 4 weeks in an attempt to restrict the spread of Covid-19. With my diary cleared of 1-2-1s and workshops I find myself with more time on my hands than I otherwise would have.
I don’t expect this lockdown to be as bad as the first one back in April. For a start we are allowed outside of unlimited exercise.
Last time I decided to work on improving my black and white photography. This time I have made the decision to practice my intimate compositions.
If there is one thing I have learned about working on my weaknesses it is not to get too ambitious too soon. That generally only leads to disappointment and disillusionment. With that in mind I started with a simple shot of one of the drystone walls close to the village.
While out with the camera this afternoon I finally made a start on the 5×5 challenge that I will be working on with my friend John in Pennsylvania.
The aim is to capture 25 shots based on a single theme that can be arranged in a 5×5 grid. I have decided to focus on find interesting details within the boundaries of the village where I will live. The closest I am likely to get to taking up street photography.
Go here find out more about my 5×5 challenge.
Oh what a glorious morning!
I was up and out with the camera before sunrise to continue working on my intimate photographs. While I was out I recorded a short video about my plans for lockdown. You can see it by clicking the image below.
In the afternoon Mrs Sale and I went for a walk around Lowther Park. It was another chance to practice my intimate shots.
I have to be honest this photo was her idea but I think it works quite well.
It has been another glorious day. This afternoon I spent 3 hours out with camera. I enjoyed myself thoroughly.
I am starting to feel a little more creative and decided to experiment with foreground and background elements in my intimate shots.
I am not entirely sure that the experiment was successful. I feel that the results are a bit of a halfway house between my normal wide vistas and something more intimate. Neither one thing nor the other.
But that is the point of this whole exercise. To figure out what works and what does not.
It was a dirty, grey day today with no light at all. Perfect conditions for photographing fine details!
Following yesterday’s failed experiment I decided to revert back to what I know in order to keep my confidence up. I settled on a shot of some wild geums (I am reliably informed by Mrs Sale that’s what they are, I thought they were wild strawberries if I am honest).