You Can’t Just Turn it Off

After a very busy few days I am able to take a well earned break. But you can’t just stop being a photographer can you!

The cairn on the summit of Hartsop Dodd

Monday 27th July 2020

It was another typical summers day here in the Lake District today; high winds and heavy rain.

So it was another day in the office catching up with all of those admin tasks that have been on my to-do list for too long.

Tuesday 28th

Because of the bad weather we have been having I didn’t have a video to post this evening. I was forced to head out in less than ideal conditions.

I decided to climb Ashstead Fell  overlooking the ‘other Borrowdale’ which was added to the national park when the boundaries were extended in 2016.

Filming was difficult as was the photography and the video wasn’t my best. Sometimes the quality suffers when I try to stick to the schedule that I have set for myself.

The Borrowdale from Ashstead Fell
The view of the ‘other Borrowdale’ from Ashstead Fell – not a bad shot given the challenging conditions.

Wednesday 29th

Troutbeck was my destination this morning to film the latest video in my series from the far eastern fells. I climbed up the Tongue in Troutbeck Tongue, the lowest of the Wainwright fells in this area.

As is often the case I wasn’t sure what the subject of the video was going to be until I arrived. After a few minutes exploring the area before the sun had risen I had an idea.

There was lots of opportunities to create flow in my images by placing two prominent subjects on opposing thirds. So that became the subject of the video.

Sometimes that is just the way these things work out.

The summit of the Tongue in Troutbeck Park
Looking up towards Wansfell Pike from the Tongue in Troutbeck Park.

Thursday 30th

Made my way to Thirlmere this morning to meet up with my friend Huw Alban. We had planned to meet at 09:00 and then to climb Raven Crag together.

I arrived at 05:00 because I wanted to film a video about long exposures before meeting Huw. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t playing ball and it was raining heavily. I took the opportunity to have a nap in the car.

When I awoke 45 minutes later it was still raining. Not wanting to waste my early start I decided to try to film a video about photography in the rain. I am not sure if it will work but you have to try these things.

It was still raining when Huw arrived so we sat in our respective cars and chatted about photography and YouTube for an hour or so. I am looking forward to seeing him again when he is back later in the year.

Heavy rain at the Thirlmere Reservoir
Something a little different – it was fun trying to photograph Thirlmere in the rain

Friday 31st

Up early again this morning for the 4th day in a row. This time I made the 427m climb to the summit of Hartsop Dodd.

I was hoping to be able to shoot a video but it was just too windy so I chose to concentrate on the photography.

As the sun peaked above the fells to the east I had a brief period of lovely golden light. It only lasted for a few minutes but it was well worth the early start and hour long climb to the summit.

The cairn on the summit of Hartsop Dodd
The view from the summit of Hartsop Dodd – the light only lasted for a few minutes but it was well worth the climb

Saturday 1st August

Today was Mrs Sale’s birthday.

We have friends staying with us for the weekend and so I am taking a short break from photography. I have been working really hard recently so I am looking forward to a short rest.

Sunday 2nd

Even though I am supposed to be having the weekend off I just can’t ‘stop’ being a photographer.

We popped out for some much needed fresh air after yesterday’s birthday celebrations and I managed to smuggle my camera out with me. Even though it is now my job photography is also still my hobby. I wonder how long that will last.

The monument on Beacon Hill near Orton Scar
Even when I am supposed to be talking some time off I still get twitchy if I haven’t taken any photos.

4 thoughts on “You Can’t Just Turn it Off”

  1. Chris, please relate my belated birthday regards to Mrs. Sale. From the earlier postings, it sounds like a challenging week. However, you made the most of it. Great Images under difficult conditions. Thanks again for the webinar. Super to see your favorite places and revisit photos from earlier postings. Great tips as well.

    1. Hi John – thank you for the belated birthday greetings, I have passed them on to Helen. So glad that you enjoyed the webinar, next month I think it will be black and white photography. Hope you are well and I look forward to our next Skype session.

  2. Another good and productive week sir! May I wish Mrs Sale a belated Birthday and hope that she was able to have a good Birthday weekend. Having been with you and witnessed the rain on Thursday I am very interested to see how you coped combining the falling wet stuff with some photography so I am really hoping that the recorded material does work. Thoroughly enjoyed the rule of thirds video by the way – have you ever considered an educational series of videos that could be sold as a package? Your style and approach to creating this type of content I’m sure would appeal to those that are keen to learn but struggle with the basics. All the best fella. Do get some sleep chap 🙂

    1. Thanks Huw – Mrs Sale had a wonderful weekend, I have passed on your birthday greetings. I have considered educational videos; I might produce something for my website rather than releasing it on my YouTube channel. You always give me something to think about… 🙂 It was wonderful to meet you last week. I hope we get to hang out more in the future.

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