Photos: Exploring Cumbria

I head off with explore Cumbria with no plan and no idea where I would end up. Did I manage to get any decent images?

With no improvement to my injured foot I was forced to abandon my plans to head up into the fells opting to jump in the car and head off to explore Cumbria.

I started at the north end of Bassenthwaite Lake but as usual I couldn’t find a composition so I didn’t hang around long.

I chose to drive east along the road that tracks the northern edge of the Lake District National Park and I hadn’t gone more than a couple of miles before I spotted this piece of old farm machinery in a field by the side of the road.

Unfortunately the gate to the field was locked so I had to resort to shooting the scene from the the public bridleway in the adjacent field.

I continues east through the village of Uldale. I was greeted by this wonderful view of the Uldale fells, a beautiful scene which I may return to one day when the light is better.

From Uldale I headed north without much of an idea where I was heading. Eventually I found my self in the small town of Silloth on the Solway Firth. I had a quick look around and decided to come back another time before heading south along the coast to Mawbray.

Perhaps not the most photogenic beach in the world I busied myself shooting that waves are they crashed into the shore.

Again I left Mawbray without any clue where I was heading. I drove south as far as Maryport and then headed in land to Cockermouth. It soon became obvious that I would eventually end up back at Bassenthwaite so I stopped at Blackstock Point and went for a moody, long exposure black and white.

It started to rain as I was shooting at Bassenthwaite so as I moved on I was on the look out for some shelter. I found it at the small church at Wythburn on the A591 close to Thirlmere.

It was fun to just go with the flow, so head off without a plan and see where I ended up but ultimately I was disappointed with the images that I managed to produce. It just goes to show how important planning is in landscape photography.

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