Monday 14th September 2020
Today was my birthday so I had that day off. The day mostly involved spending time with Mrs Sale and absolutely no photography whatsoever.
At some point during the day I realised that I am now closer to being 60 than I am to being 30.
That would be a sobering thought if 12 months ago I hadn’t turned my back on the corporate life in order to chase my dreams.
Back to work today with a trip to Buttermere.
It was extremely calm when I arrived so the reflections were near perfect, but the light was oddly flat.
I spent some time trying to capture the peace and tranquility of the morning. You can see how I got on by watching the video below.
Now we are at the start of autumn I feel as though I need to do some work to improve my woodland photography. With that in mind I headed to Borrowdale.
Once again, if you would like to see how I got on check out the video below.
While I was at Borrowdale I also recorded a piece for my next YouTube video about black and white photography.
I have always struggled in the woodland. I find that hard to eliminate all of the distracting elements from the frame. But I recently had an epiphany!
By shooting in black and white I could remove the distraction of colour, allowing me to focus on shape, texture and patterns.
This morning I made my way to High Oxen Fell. Originally my plan was to spend a little time researching more woodland locations.
Instead I found myself at the top of the curiously named Man Crag. From here I had wonderful views towards Lingmoor Fell.
When I got home I found that I was disappointed by the images. As the skies had been clear I initially dismissed them because of the lighting. But upon reflection I released that the problem was the composition.
I had failed to identify where the interest in the scene was. I had also been guilty of being lazy, plonking a big rock in the foreground and in the hope that that would do.
This afternoon I set about organising my next webinar, Filters for Landscape Photography.
If you are interested in attending you can find full details on my events page.
This morning I had a 1-2-1 with Chris Cockroft at Blea Tarn. Conditions were excellent and I hope that Chris got some shots that he is pleased with.
He certainly should have done. Despite having only been interested in photography for a relatively short period of time he already has a wonderful eye for composition.
In just 18 months it seems that he has already reached a level that it took me nearly 10 years to achieve.
You really can go off some people can’t you. 🙂
This morning was my autumn workshop on Loughrigg Fell. I was joined by Gareth and Tony for a wonderful morning of photography.
Gareth and I have met before when he joined me for a workshop at Ribblehead earlier in the year so it was great to see him again.
Conditions were superb. We had some wonderful light at the top of the fell and there was even some reflections on Grasmere after we had descended.
Took the day off today to spend time with Mrs Sale.
Being a bit more organised this week and planning ahead has meant that I am in the luxurious position of being ahead with my work.
That is a good feeling.