Monday 20th January 2019
This time things went a little better and I came away with a few shots that I am much happier with.
I was pleased to sell the remaining place within a couple of hours of returning home so I didn’t need the shot in the end anyway.
I have wanted to shoot at Knipe Scar for a long time. It is covered in exposed limestone which makes wonderful foreground interest.
The problem that I have is that there is no background here but that is not a problem when shooting intimate landscapes.
I was unusually nervous. Whenever I have tried shooting intimate landscapes before I have always been disappointed with the results.
It turned out that I was right to be nervous. After 3 hours of searching all I managed was one very mediocre shot of moss covered limestone.
More intimate landscape wows today, this time at Grizedale Forest.
More time wasted wandering aimlessly around hoping that a composition would eventually slap me in the face.
Eventually, out of pure desperation more than anything else, I picked a small stretch of forest to focus on.
This approach does seem to be a bit more productive and whilst I am not happy with the shot that I came away I did learn a valuable lesson.
If you want to shoot intimate landscapes you have to search for them.
Before each workshop I like to send out a pdf containing all of the relevant details that the people attending need.
It was a beautiful misting morning and I enjoyed some time away from my intimate landscape challenge but it was soon time to get back to it.
Rather than continue filming I decided to do some practice, building on what I learned yesterday. I found a tree and set about inspecting it closely.
This morning I climbed into the hills above Grasmere to visit a location that is very dear to my heart.
Before we moved to the Lake District we used to stay in Grasmere when we were on holiday. Each time on the first morning, full of excitement, I would head up into the hills before sunrise usually to Easedale Tarn.
I have never found it to be an easy place to shoot but this morning I was in for a treat, some of the most wonderful conditions it has ever been my pleasure to photograph.
Had my first solo workshop this morning. It could not have gone better.
The weather was almost perfect; overcast and breezy, signature Chris Sale conditions!
I thoroughly enjoyed showing Stephen and Chris around Otterbield on Derwent Water. What’s even better is that they seemed to enjoy themselves too and it looks like they both got some great shots.
This morning was the second of this weekend’s workshops at Otterbield.
The weather forecast was not good but fortunately we got a couple of hours photography done before the heavens opened.
This was the first time that I have had to cut a workshop short because of the weather and both David and Stephen were very understanding.
In order to make up for the lost time I have invited both of them to join me for a shoot at some point in the future. I really look forward to seeing them both again soon.
Photography can be frustrating at times.
I do not enjoy spending hours looking for a composition only to come away with mediocre images.
But if I don’t push myself, if I don’t try new things, then I am unlikely to ever reach my full potential.