Monday 20th July 2020
This morning I met with Alan Crossland for a 1-2-1 in the hills above Ullswater.
Alan is here for the week for a family holiday and was looking for ‘a view from the fells’. So that is why I found myself huffing and puffing up Sheffield Pike in the dark.
Conditions at the top were ‘sub-optimal’ to say the least. It was windy and extremely cold bearing in mind that this is supposed to be the summer! But at least we stayed dry.
I do not like to shoot myself while on 1-2-1s preferring to remain focused on the needs of my ‘client’ (I still don’t like that word).
However, when discussing compositions I often find it easier to grab a quick shot with the M50 to illustrate my point.
I don’t know if it is because I have been shooting a lot handheld recently but some of these shots actually turn out to be rather good. When I got home I was rather surprised at just how much I liked a quick snapshot that I grabbed of the carved stone that crowns the summit cairn.
On of the things that I enjoy most about landscape photography is that it often rewards you for making the effort to be out on location at the right time of day.
This morning I was treated to a wonderful sky that I was fortunate enough to observe from the summit of Sour Howes.
Unfortunately I found it extremely difficult to find anything to build a photograph around. The summit is largely devoid of features and has one of the most pathetic ‘cairns’ that I have ever encountered.
In the afternoon I made my way to Blea Tarn for a 1-2-1 with Greg Terefenko.
I don’t go into the National Park much at this time of year as it is so busy. I am reasonably placid but having to work my way through twisting single track roads, constantly having to make way for tourists that don’t know the width of their own cars is enough test even my patience.
But I am glad that I made the effort as I thoroughly enjoyed my afternoon with Greg.
A relatively in-experienced photographer he is an extremely fast learner. At the end of our session I was both delighted and surprised at the progress that he had made in such a short amount of time.
Things certainly have picked up since lockdown ended, thankfully.
This morning I met up with Chris Bell for my third 1-2-1 in as many days. We spent the morning exploring Elterwater and the River Brathay before eventually making our way to Loughrigg Tarn.
Chris was even less experienced than Greg but just as quick to learn. But what impressed me the most was his eye for composition. He’s a natural.
I feel so lucky to be given the chance to share my passions for landscape photography and the Lake District with other people.
Helping others to get more pleasure from their photography, either by guiding them to locations they would never have been able to find on their own or by helping them to improve their skills behind the camera, is so rewarding.
Had to stay home today as we were having some of the timbers in our old barn treated for woodworm.
It was an opportunity to put the finishing touches to my webinar about my favourite locations in the Lake District.
If you would like to attend please register here.
An early hike up Barrow this morning.
Conditions didn’t play ball and the images that I captured are pretty poor. I did film a video but I don’t think I will release it. It’s a shame because I think it would have been a good one.
It’s good to have bad days like this. It keeps me grounded and reminds me that I am not half as good as I think I am. 🙂
My main reason for heading up Barrow (although it wasn’t the subject of the video) was to test some filters that I’d been sent by Kase UK. I’d heard good things from some of my mates so I had high expectations.
I was to be disappointed.
I didn’t get on with the system at all. My main problem was the magnetic polariser. I found it to be really fiddly to attach and remove. I can imagine it would be almost impossible to fit with fingers numbed by the Cumbrian winter.
Another thing that I couldn’t get used to was that the CPL attaches to the filter ring rather than the holder, as in the case of the Lee system that I currently use.
On one occasion I thought I had lost it when changing lenses. After a few minutes of frantic searching I eventually found it still attached to the lens I had just removed from my camera!
This is a huge disappointment for me. The guys at Kase UK are a great bunch and I was excited by the prospect of working with them. But unfortunately it seems that it is not to be.
Spoke to Andrew Yu at Kase UK this morning. He took my feedback about the system with good grace.
He suggested that even though the filter holder might not be for me that I still might like to consider the ND and ND grad filters.
First chance that I get I am going to test them alongside my Lee and Zero filters.