Monday 1st June 2020
Had a wonderful shoot last night at Haweswater, my first in the Lake District since lockdown was called at the end March.
I returned to shoot the cottages close to the Old Corpse Road. The weather forecast looked promising and I was hopeful of some interest in the sky. Alas it was not to be and I had to work with the featureless skies that have we have become all too familiar with this spring.
I decided to stick around after the sun had dipped below the mountains to see what the scene looked like without direct light.
I was encouraged to learn that there was still enough contrast to provide interest in the hills on the opposite side of the reservoir. I now plan to return on a bright, overcast day to have a third attempt at capturing the view.
I was back at Haweswater this morning for sunrise, this time choosing to shoot from the foot of Rough Crag.
It was a still morning and I had forgotten that it is now prime midge season!
I had to try a compose my shot and deal with an extreme dynamic range whilst simultaneously beating off a cloud of the bitey little buggers.
My next purchase could well be a hat with one of those rather fetching nets.
Spent all day in the office today, scratching my midge bites and preparing for my webinar “Create a Photo Website with Adobe Portfolio”.
If you are reading this before Wednesday 10th June then there is still time to register if you are interested.
I had a wonderful morning exploring Mardale Common in the hills above Haweswater.
It was a long day, starting at 03:30 and finishing at 14:00, but an enjoyable one nevertheless.
I found a great deal to photograph on what was possibly the best photography hike I have done in a long time. I think there might even be potential for a workshop here. 🙂
I spent some time today editing my images from yesterday’s hike on Mardale Common.
Recently I have been struggling with post processing my colour images; I just haven’t been happy with the tones now that we are heading into summer.
The problem is that generally I try to enhance the warmer colours (reds, oranges and yellows) at the expense of the cooler colours (greens and blues). Whilst this works well for images taken in autumn, winter and spring it is not so effective for summer photographs.
I found that the solution was simply to ’embrace the green’!
Shifting the yellows towards the green and the oranges towards the yellow produces much more pleasing results.
I spent some time reviewing my approach to my videos this morning.
I am really enjoying shooting hand held in Friday’s video, but I want to add more value with my Tuesday video.
Rather than simply sharing my experiences whilst I am out shooting I want to create videos specifically designed to help other people improve there own photography.
I also want to use the power of Facebook video to help promote my print sales.
From now on my schedule will look something like this:
- Tuesday – landscape photography tutorial style videos filmed on location designed to help others to improve their photography
- Friday – my little indulgence, videos sharing my time exploring the far eastern fells with my camera
- Occasional Facebook videos – filmed on location when capturing my portfolio images, designed to promote my print sales
Unfortunately we learned yesterday that the R.A.O.B Club in Grasmere which has been closed due to the coronavirus pandemic is unlikely to reopen this year.
As a result I have had to cancel my first exhibition that was due to go ahead on the 29th July.