Monday 3rd August 2020
Mrs Sale’s birthday celebrations continued into Sunday and so this morning I awoke feeling a little jaded.
As we still had friends staying with us I promised to take the day off. Probably just as well as the best that I could manage was to drink coffee and try to consume my own body weight in bacon sarnies.
With the Lake District being so busy during August I have made the decision to avoid it as much as possible.
Normally at this time of year I avoid the national park completely. Fortunately this year I have a number of 1-2-1s booked for August so that is not possible. 🙂
And I also have my ‘far eastern fells’ project that has me climbing some of the Wainwright fells close to where I live at least once a week.
But apart for that I want to avoid the Lake District for a little while.
Instead I am going to spend some time exploring part of the Yorkshire Dales. Orton Scar and Great Asby Scar where added to the Dales in 2016 when the boundary was extended in 2016.
I started this morning with a familiar location. The monument on the summit of Beacon Hill on Orton Scar.
I was treated to a wonderful sunrise before it started to rain.
I gave my ‘My Journey’ talk to Faversham and District Camera Club this evening.
Once again I delivered the talk via Zoom and the feedback that I received was largely very positive.
I would like to do more in the future but still haven’t found the time to start marketing my talks.
If you belong to a camera club and would be interested in having me speak to your members please get in touch via my about page.
This morning I decided to climb Tarn Crag in the far eastern Lake District.
I parked at the head of the Longsleddale valley and hiked up via Brownhowe Bottom. It took a lot longer than I had expected and I didn’t make it to the top for sunrise.
This didn’t really matter all that much because when I did finally make it I was greeted by a wonderful cloud inversion.
Back to Great Asby Scar this morning to scout out a few locations ahead of a 1-2-1 tomorrow.
Stephen Kennedy is joining me for 3 shoots in the next 2 days, the last of which on Saturday afternoon will be here on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales.
There is a lot of potential here and I wanted to add a new location to the handful that I already know.
My eye was drawn to a classic shot of a lone tree surrounded by limestone.
I returned home from Great Asby Scar reasonably early and spent the rest of the day in the office before meeting Stephen and heading off to Haweswater.
Stephen was looking for some help with composition and the plan for this evening was to explore the derelict cottages above the reservoir. We focused on combining foreground and background elements in order to add depth to a composition.
This will prove very useful indeed for tomorrow morning when we head up Beda Fell near Ullswater.
Stephen and I were up early this morning for our hike up Beda Fell.
We parked at St Martin’s Church and started our ascent in the dark. I found it hard going, far harder than it should have been. Sometimes it’s just like that for me.
Nevertheless we still made it to the summit for sunrise. It was a clear morning and so the best shots came before the sun was too high in the sky.
Afterwards we descended via Dale Head, chatting all the way back to the car (it’s much easier to do that on the way down than it is on the way up).
Stephen and I had first met back in January when he attended one of my workshops at Derwent Water. He is very easy to get along with, fine company and I had been looking forward to today for quite some time.
I was pleased by the progress that Stephen had made during the first 2 sessions and was confident that he already had a few good images.
I had a few hours before Stephen and I were due to meet for our final session so I grabbed some well needed sleep when I got home.
As the Lakes is so busy at the moment it had been my suggestion that we had an afternoon shoot at Great Asby Scar.
This would be a real test for Stephen. A completely different landscape from the one that we had been working for the past two days. And because of the harshness of the light he’d also have to work in black and white (probably).
To my great delight Stephen came through with flying colours, nailing 2 compositions of the tree that I had scouted yesterday.
And he did so with very little input from me. It was a joy to see.
We parted with plans to meet up again at the end of the month and I am already looking forward to it.
After a busy and at times extremely rewarding few days I decided to have the day off to recover.
I am already looking forward to tomorrow. 🙂