Monday 25th May 2010
Today was a bank holiday. I have to be honest I had forgotten, a side effect of working 7 days a week I suppose.
It was only when I saw 2 couples whilst out filming in Ralfland Forest that I realised. “It’s like the bloody M25!” I found myself muttering under my breath.
It was a good if not exhausting day. I enjoyed the photography but the wind and constantly changing light made filming a challenge.
In total I must have walked somewhere between 10 and 12 miles across pretty testing terrain. When I got home I was absolutely knackered!
This morning I received a timely reminder that none of us are getting any younger. After yesterday’s exertions I was feeling a little sore.
I had planned to get out to shoot every day this week but as I trudged home after 8 hours in the field yesterday already I knew that wasn’t going to happen.
A day in the office to rest my weary bones.
Today was my worst day since lockdown began. In fact it was probably my worst day since going full-time.
I had intended to finish writing the presentation about my journey to becoming a full-time photographer but I was all to easily distracted. Procrastination has not been something that I have been prone to since leaving my old job.
Perhaps it is just an indication of the impact that coronavirus pandemic has had on me. I have tried to put on a brave face but it hasn’t always been easy.
Eventually I gave up and turned my attention to creating some Lightroom presets. I have been a fair bit more prolific recently and so have a lot more images to edit. This should save me a bit of time.
I’ve said it before and I will say it again, being a photographer is a rollercoaster! If yesterday was my worst day since going full-time today has been my best.
I spent the morning exploring the Harper Hills, an area between Shap and the Haweswater Reservoir. Despite having clear blue skies all moring I have a wonderful time.
My new found love for black and white photography meant that I could continue shooting as the sun rose higher in the sky. There is so much contrast in the landscape that I could see compositions almost everywhere that I looked.
Once again, when faced with so much potential, I found that keeping it simple was the best approach.
It has taken me over 8 hours to pull together tonight’s video. That has to be some sort of record.
This may in part be due to attempting a voice over for the first time ever. I was reasonably pleased with the end result but I still have a lot to learn if I am going to make it sound natural.
This will only come with practice so from now on I am going to try to include at least one voice over in each video.
Although the number of views is low the feedback on yesterday’s video has been good.
People seem to like the new format and the voiceover has been well received. As has the plan to split my channel in half.
Going forward I want to produce 2 distinct types of video.
Tuesday’s videos will be filmed in the Lake District, typically around the edges of the lakes focusing on compositions that I have thoroughly researched. I will shoot with my DSLR mounted on a tripod using filters.
Friday’s videos will be filmed up in the fells as I explore areas for the first time looking for new compositions. I will shoot entirely handheld using my small mirrorless camera.
I hope that by exploring different approaches to photography I will be able to reach a wider audience. I also hope that it will allow me to increase the scope for my workshops and 1-2-1s once they can resume following the Covid-19 pandemic.
I was up early this morning, not to photograph the sunrise but to confirm the details for my up and coming webinar on Adobe Portfolio.
If you would like to attend please register via my events page.