Monday 17th February 2020
Today I have a good friend of mine from California joining me for a week of photography.
Jeff and I first met at a workshop that I ran around this time last year. I have been looking forward to his visit for a long time.
For Jeff’s first full day in the Lake District we decided to head into the centre of the National Park.
The weather was extremely challenging with strong winds and heavy showers. But this did not dampen our spirits.
After visiting a number of locations and a rather excellent lunch we found ourselves at the southern end of Thirlmere Reservoir. The rain stopped for just long enough for me to grab a long exposure look up towards Helvellyn.
✓ – Simple composition with a little interest in the foreground to add some depth
✓ – Limited colour palette of orange and white is unusual and quite eye catching
✕ – Although I like it the milky water created by the long exposure will not be to everyone’s tastes
Jeff and I were at Buttermere this morning.
We started with the lone tree (yawn) before looking for a few other compositions.
We had a right laugh together and Jeff even had a go a vlogging. I think he was excellent but you will be able to see for yourself when the video is released at 18:00 on Tuesday 25th February.
✓ – A variation on the lone tree shot
✓ – Fleetwith Pike provides context (it is clearly a shot of Buttermere)
✕ – Not a particularly exciting image
Despite the rain Jeff and I still made the effort to get out.
While it was raining I drove him to the end of the Haweswater Reservoir to show him one of my favourite views in the Lake District.
The level of the lake was so high I was unable to get to the areas where I would normally shoot which made things difficult as did the hail storm which eventually chased us away.
Jeff moved out today. Not wanting to outstay his welcome he has checked into a hotel down the road.
Mrs Sale and I are missing him already. 🙁
To keep myself occupied I had a Skype call with photographer in the US.
David has been a keen photographer for many years and I looking to start running workshops in his local area. On the call I explained how I arranged mine and what I did to market them.
I really enjoyed speaking to David and am looking forward to seeing how things develop for him.
For me Skype is a wonderful thing that allows me to interact with photographers from all over the world. It will be the basis for my brand new mentoring programme which I will be starting next month.
Today was the start of my busiest period since starting my business. Over the next two weeks I have:
- 3 workshops
- 6 1-2-1s
- 2 Skype sessions
I started this morning with a workshop at Rydal Water which I was co-hosting with James Burns. Jeff and I were reunited and we were joined by Gordon, John and Thilak.
The weather was reasonably kind and we did not get half as wet as I thought we might.
However, because of all of the rain that we have had the lake was 1 metre higher than normal. This meant that we were unable to shoot 2 of the 4 scenes that I had prepared.
James and I were forced to adapt which I think we did quite well and everyone in the group seemed to have a good time.
My workshop at Rydal Water sold out very quickly after it was announced at the start of the year. In truth James and I could have added 2 additional dates.
Unfortunately James cannot commit to too many workshops and I have to run this morning’s on my own.
I was joined by Mike and David and we had a fantastic time. This was at least in part because the level of the lake had dropped considerably over night and we could reach all of the vantage points that I had prepared.
As I never shoot myself when on 1-2-1s or workshops I was able to observe what Mike and David were doing. They picked up a couple of compositions that I had never considered and with a little input from me were able to get so very interesting shots.
I feel inspired to return and have a go for myself first chance that I get.
Conditions this week have been challenging to say the least. Heavy rain, high winds and even hail.
Having Jeff with us encouraged me to get out in weather that would normally have me retreating to the comfort of my office. And I thoroughly enjoyed myself as a result.