Monday 6th January 2020
Today was my first day back at work after a short break for Christmas.
The weather was poor so I thought it best to spend time in the office catching up with some admin.
I also recorded a video about the gear that I use for landscape photography. I shot the whole 16 minute video in a single take. A first for me!
If I can keep this up it should reduce the amount of time I spend filming videos. This is particularly import as I would like to start producing 2 videos a week from now on.
If anything the weather was even worse today than yesterday.
I spent the day getting the plan for my spring workshops into some sort of order.
It has been a huge relief that my winter workshops have sold so well, I have even had to add some extra dates!
Spent the day exploring some of the hills near Coniston.
I have been inspired by my friend Julian Baird to be more spontaneous so I went off in search of new compositions.
Since going full-time I have received some criticism about the quality of my photographs. This has led to me playing it safe and focusing on locations that I know well.
For 2020 I want to put all of that behind me and to start explore some of the less well know parts of the Lake District.
I decided to start with Beacon Tarn, an area that seemed to have a great deal of potential.
When I arrived at the tarn I decided to look for an elevated position so that I could compose an image that featured the tarn and the ‘Beacon’ behind it.
✓ – Simple composition focusing on the tarn and the Beacon
✓ – The Coniston Fells in the distance add extra depth to the image
✕ – Not quite a ‘portfolio’ quality image just yet. Revisiting the scene in the coming months will help to fine tune the composition and experiment with different lighting.
After exploring the compositions that included the Beacon from the edge of the tarn I eventually made my way to the summit.
Here I found huge potential with fabulous views of the Coniston Fells and wonderful foreground interest.
By now the wind had picked up and I struggled to make the most of that potential. A return trip is very much on the cards.
More poor weather, more time in the office. It wasn’t time wasted!
One thing that I was not prepared for before going full-time was the amount of time I would have to spend interacting with potential customers.
At the moment I am spending a minimum of an hour a day responding to email. I have never been a big fan of email as a form of communication, I actually prefer the telephone.
So today I spent 6 hours on the phone speaking to potential customers and other people that I hope to work with over the next 12 months.
After a day on the phone I was keen to get out with the camera again this morning.
Another new location for me. The hills between Coniston and Windermere.
My plan was to explore the tarns close to Claife Heights but it soon became obvious that they had limited photographic appeal so I went in search of something else.
I eventually found my way to Latterbarrow, a small hill overlooking Windermere. The summit is marked by a rather impressive cairn, far larger than you would expect for such a lowly vantage point.
When planning my Hand of Man project Latterbarrow was one location that I had considered including.
However, photographing such a prominent subject is far from easy. If I was going to get something other than a straight record shot I was going to have to get creative.
✓ – Getting low and including a strong foreground elevates the image beyond that of a standard ‘record’ shot
✓ – Such a prominent subject can easily compete with such a strong foreground
✕ – Perhaps not the most creative of approaches; what would you have done?
I pretty decent start to 2020!
It feels good to explore a couple of new locations and to start to tackle some of my daemons from 2019.