Monday 12th October 2020
A typical Monday morning for me, in the office dealing with all of the admin that builds up over the weekend. I have a full diary for the next couple of weeks and so this is my only opportunity to catch up.
One knock on effect of being so busy is that I am struggling to keep up with replying to comments, not just on my videos but also on my blog posts. I hope that normal service will be resumed as soon as possible.
I was at Thirlmere this morning for a 1-2-2 with Stephen Southwell and Valerie Ireland. I first met Stephen at the beginning of the year when he joined me for a rather damp workshop at Derwent Water. There was a concern that history would repeat itself.
We started on the beach at the northern end of the reservoir before hiking up to the top of Raven Crag to shoot the view towards Dunmail Raise. All in all it was an excellent morning of photography and I am thinking of adding Thirlmere to my list of workshops for winter 2021.
I spent the afternoon in the office editing the video that I shot on Saturday evening at Derwent Water with Julian Baird. Normally everything would be ready to go by now but with so much on my plate I am have to cut things a little finer than I would like.
I am pleased with the video which I think has a very strong story element to it. This is the sort of content that I like to produce; videos that show the reality of landscape photography for the majority of us.
Today was a very busy day for me with 1-2-1s in the morning and the afternoon.
I started at Derwent Water with Ron Mitchell. The flat lighting and breezy conditions made photography difficult but we soldiered and I feel that Ron did very well given the conditions.
Normally on a midweek morning shoot such as this we would have have the place to ourselves. However, on this occasion we were joined by 2 other photographers including Kris Brown who I have bumped into once before at Castlerigg Stone Circle (a far more popular location). I take this as evidence that the Lake District is far busier this year than it would normally be.
After Derwent Water I had just enough time to pop home and respond to some emails before heading out again. This time I was meeting Bill Spencer at Elterwater.
Bill and I have worked together before and it was wonderful to see him again. He has a very different approach to photography to most people that I have worked with, much preferring to take his time exploring a relatively small area looking for more intimate compositions.
In contrast to this morning’s session we had some wonderful light. Bill was happy for me to join in and so we teamed up, shooting handheld, hunting for shots together. It was for me an extremely enjoyable afternoon.
We parted with plans to do it again at some point before the end of the year. I am looking forward to it already.
No 1-2-1s today. Instead I was at Haweswater to shoot a commission.
I have been commissioned to capture an image of the Rigg on the Haweswater Reservoir. The full story behind the commission will be revealed in a video due out soon.
For once luck was on my side. Conditions were as good as I have seen for a long time at Haweswater and I was pleased with the images that I got.
My old mate Tom Maple is up for the weekend and this morning we visited High Wray Bay on Windermere.
Tom has appeared in a few of my videos but this time we thought we’d try something a little different. Normally I would film Tom but this time I packed him off with my spare vlogging camera and set him the challenge of filming himself.
You can see how he got on in my next video due out on Tuesday 20th October.
Tom and I were at Rydal Water this morning for a workshop. We are considering running workshops together in the future and are keen to see how we might work together.
I took the lead roll. This involves leading the group from location to location and pointing out the dos and don’ts for each composition that I had prepared in advance. I also make sure that I was on hand to answer any questions that might arise.
Tom took a much more hands on approach (I never shoot myself when on workshops) exploring each scene for himself and sharing his own thoughts with the group.
I feel that this approach worked really well and I am keen to explore it further.
I was back at Rydal Water again this morning, this time for a 1-2-1 with Charles Connor. Charles has had a few Skype sessions with me in recent months but this was the first time that we have met in person.
It was another wonderful morning for photography. The bright, overcast conditions provided both interest in the sky and enough contrast to life the superb autumn colours.
Best of all it remained still for most of the morning, the wind finally picking up and killing the reflections at 11:30 as we made our way back to the car.