Monday 13th July 2020
The reality of being a full-time landscape photographer is that you spend 90% of your time in the office.
A very large proportion of my time in front of the computer is spent replying to emails or managing my various social media accounts.
My usual routine for a Monday appears to be:
- Scheduling social media posts for the coming week
- Responding to comments on the video that went live on Friday
- Editing the video that is to be released on Tuesday
It is starting to get a bit monotonous. It’s a good job I absolutely love what I do! 🙂
This morning we recorded the final episode of series 1 of On My Watch List.
We started filming at 07:00 in order to accommodate this week’s guest host, Mali Davies. Usually a very excitable chap Mali was quite subdued, probably because of the early start.
We seem to be getting the hang of thinsg and filming went smoothly. I am very proud of the series that we have out together and the final episode will be released on Wednesday 5th August.
Jules and I are now going to take a short break before starting work on series 2. If you have any ideas for how the show could be improved please drop me a line using the contact form on my about page.
The curse of Wednesday strikes again!
After last week’s 3 hour round trip to Wast Water that yielded nothing, this week it was a climb to the top of Arthur’s Pike… …twice.
As usual I left home around 03:00 to give myself time to climb to the summit for sunrise. Not that there was one.
It was pretty gloomy as I reached the top and I was just starting to film it started to rain. I waited it out as long as I could before descending, utterly drenched.
But by the time I had reached the bottom it appeared to have cleared up. So I cursed myself for giving up so easily and climbed all the way to the top again.
Of course you can guess what happened next. At least this time I managed to get one shot on the way up.
Generally I do not like to admit defeat and so this morning I was back on Arthur’s Pike.
Fortunately this time the rain stayed away and I was able to take in the wonderful views of Ullswater.
While I was up there I decided to shoot a video about attempting to put more feeling and emotion into my photography. It was an idea given to me by Huw Alban and the video was my little way of saying thank you for all the support that he has given me since I went full-time.
There is so much potential here that I have decided I will return at a later date, probably around sunset.
Today has been an extremely busy day.
I was up early this morning, not to head out with the camera, but for a Skype call with fellow landscape photographer Ewan Dunsmuir.
Ewan has been a professional landscape photographer for a number of years and very kindly offered to share some of his experiences with me. It was an offer that I could not refuse.
Originally from Orkney in Scotland Ewan is now based in New Zealand, 11 hours ahead of the UK hence the early start.
Although he’s someone that I have looked up to for a while now this was the first time that we had spoken. I’d had heard through mutual acquaintances that he was a top bloke I was still surprised at just how open and helpful he was.
After the call with Ewan I had 3 back to back Skype mentoring sessions. They are proving to be a really good way of connecting with photographers from all over the world.
Finally, to end the day I had my first 1-2-1 session since lockdown.
I met Adam Henderson at Tewet Tarn and we spent a happy few hours photographing the views from Low Rigg. Conditions were pretty murky and at times extremely windy but it was good to finally be able to resume helping others with to develop their photography.
I have been working pretty hard recently and so Mrs Sale persuaded me to take the day off.
We decided to take a drive to the coast and spent a couple of hours searching the beach for sea glass. It was wonderful to get away from photography for a few hours.
I enjoyed myself so much at St John’s in the Vale last Sunday that I decided to return this morning.
This time I climbed up to the summit of High Rigg for the views of Skiddaw and Blencathra.
Just as last week cloud on the horizon snuffed out the sunrise. And just as last week I was treated to some wonderful side light once the sun had cleared Clough Head.
Generally I don’t feel that the images were as good as last weeks but keep you eye on Instagram for one of my favourite shots of the summer so far.