Monday 25th November
It rained on Thursday.
It rained on Friday.
It rained all weekend.
Surely it won’t rain today will it?
I don’t want to say too much just yet but today I started a new project that I have been planning for a while.
It has become obvious to me that the people that I can help the most are those that are just starting to get into landscape photography.
With that in mind I have started work on a series of videos for YouTube that I hope will be released in the New Year.
After being stuck in the office for 6 days straight because of poor weather this morning I was itching to get out with the camera.
My plan was to visit locations that were on the list for my hand of man project. Unfortunately “the best laid plans of mice and men oft go awry”.
My first destination was to be Side Pike in the Langdale Valley but as I was passing Windermere I could see a layer of mist hanging over the lake. I had to stop.
✓ – Beautifully simple scene, conditions that photographers dream of
✓ – Pleasing primary subject
✕ – Using a shorter focal length would have allowed me to include more negative space exaggerating the misty conditions
After I had finished at Windermere I continued on to my original destination. My plan was to park at the National Trust carpark at Blea Tarn and to climb Side Pike.
My route took me past the tarn. Without a breath of wind in the air the reflections were perfect.
✓ – Perfect conditions once again
✓ – Simple, uncluttered foreground
✕ – Does the rock really add anything to the composition?
Eventually I made it to my original destination.
I wanted to find a shot that included the drystone wall that runs through the middle of Side Pike. Unfortunately I could not find a composition that included the Langdale Pikes where the wall did not draw the eye out of the frame.
I had to settle for my usual composition. The last time I was here I felt that the shot that I got was too tight on the Pikes. This time I wanted to include more of the valley below.
✓ – If at first you don’t succeed…
✓ – Better composition than on my last visit
✕ – Lacks direct light on the majority of the subject
While I was out filming on Side Pike I had a notification that I had received a rather generous donation from Terry Williams on my ko-fi page.
Ko-fi is a social media platform that allows creators to collect donations from their followers in order to achieve certain goals. I recently set up a page to help me to raise enough money to buy the frames that I will need for my first exhibition.
I find it very humbling when people are so generous. I am extremely lucky to have people that are so willing to help me to achieve my dreams.
Today I spent the day with David Jenner who hired me to lead him to the top of Low Fell so that he could get the classic shot of Crummock Water.
David is an experience photographer who specialises panoramas that transition from day to night.
It is rare to meet someone with whom I have so much in common. We chatted all the way to the top and all the way back down again. Music, politics, comedy, beer and sport; the staple diet of the middle aged man.
I enjoyed myself so much that I found ‘settling up’ at the end to be rather uncomfortable.
One of the advantages of being self-employed is that you can take as much holiday as you like.
Physically it has been a hard year for Mrs Sale who runs her own gardening business. She is in need of a break so we are taking the opportunity to spend a few days with her step father in Cornwall.
We all need a break from photography every now and then so my wife and I took my father-in-law out for lunch.
Helen chose a fantastic restaurant on the coast road with wonderful views out to sea. From our table the skyline was dominated by Rame Head, the location for tomorrow’s workshop.
Great workshop on Rame Head this morning.
Tom and I were blessed with good conditions and even better people for our first paid workshop.
Afterwards we sat down and discussed what workshops we want to run together in future. We have agreed on a varied itinerary for 2020; I look forward to confirming details of our plans in the coming weeks.
It has been a busy week.
At times it has been fun. At times it has been frustrating.
But it has never been boring.