Lakes Holiday – May 2015

Lake District Landscape Photography Holiday

15th – 18th May 2015

What a FAB time we 6 had in the Lakes again on our Lake District Landscape Photography Holiday where we took over a beautiful house in the Keswick area

Why a house and not B&Bs ??? Three main reasons:

  • on my organised trips you are VERY UNLIKELY to ever eat your paid-for breakfast as we’ll be out shooting;
  • having our own house means we can chat photography all night long in a communal room, something that just isn’t possible in B&Bs; and
  • aside from being so much more flexible its also usually cheaper too 🙂

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So to our Lake District Landscape Photography Holiday story for May 2015, as told by the images and comments inserted along the way. Enjoy…

 

Our route to Keswick took us up the A1 and across the A66. At one point Brough Castle came into view and, for the first time ever, we diverted off the A66 for a look at it, and well worth it it was too 🙂

 

Lake District Landscape Photography Holidays, Workshops & Courses - Brough Castle portrait orientationLake District Landscape Photography Holidays, Workshops & Courses - Brough CastleLake District Landscape Photography Holidays, Workshops & Courses - Brough Castle approach

 

We then continued towards Keswick and immediately went on to Ashness Landing, which was in poor light, traveling up the hill past Surprise View as its known – a magnificent panoramic view over Derwent Water from the cliff edge – and on to Watendlath. It was too windy for the amazing reflections this lake affords on calmer days but its still beautiful nonetheless

 

The ‘rainbow’ effect in this next image is not caused by a mucky lens!!! It is simply refraction of light from high up water droplets in the sky, the spectral arc did appear as a full circle for a few minutes before it faded away

 

Everyone loves a ‘dead tree’ – well photographers do anyway – and this one is one of my favourites; but this time with the added interest of a pair of ducks that popped into shot

 

Still at Watendlath, we then moved downstream to take a peek at the various stages of the falls there. It is of course not always necessary to shoot ‘Landscapes’ with ultra-wide lenses capturing 180 degrees of view, more intimate details can tell the whole story just as well

 

This pool is at the bottom of the series of small falls before the stream moves on flatter for some time through the valley. Its a bit tricky and slippery to get to take this shot

As one of our team found out on Day 2 when he fell in, right up to his chest !!!

But fear not, no camera was hurt in that dunking lol

 

As we moved back to Surprise View my mobile found signal again and texts and missed calls pinged aplenty. It transpired that 3 more attendees were close-by, so we all met up at the FREE car park opposite Ashness Landing. After which, and to avoid car park fees, we set off for the short walk to Lodore Falls, behind the aptly named Lodore Hotel

My version of a ‘short’ walk turned out to be close to a 3 mile round-trip !!! OOPS

Thankfully, it was well worth the walk and while my co-attendees scrambled about for their shots I focused on a much smaller area for mine, and then a few more close-up details for added ‘flavour’. All shot on an 85mm f1.8 btw, not a macroLake District Landscape Photography Holidays, Workshops & Courses - Lodore Falls detail

 

Day 2

Began with a 4:30 a.m. rise to get out for any hint of sunrise at the nearby Castlerigg Stone Circle. The light failed us to an extent, but nonetheless some varied shots were to be had, with sheep & lambs adding interest

Castlerigg Stone Circle is quite wide and not very high, to capture it all in one shot often makes the individual stones appear quite small and it needs a great sky to carry it off. Its another subject where picking out individual stones or creating sets from them makes for far more powerful imagesLake District Landscape Photography Holidays, Workshops & Courses - Castlerigg Stone Circle with lambLake District Landscape Photography Holidays, Workshops & Courses - Castlerigg Stone Circle detailLake District Landscape Photography Holidays, Workshops & Courses - Castlerigg Stone Circle low angle groupingLake District Landscape Photography Holidays, Workshops & Courses - Castlerigg Stone Circle 3 stones

 

Some of the gang getting their knees down – waterproof trousers are a good idea for low down shootingLake District Landscape Photography Holidays, Workshops & Courses - Castlerigg Stone Circle shoot through foreground interestLake District Landscape Photography Holidays, Workshops & Courses - Castlerigg Stone Circle dramatic skiesLake District Landscape Photography Holidays, Workshops & Courses - Castlerigg Stone Circle drama and lamb looking onLake District Landscape Photography Holidays, Workshops & Courses - Castlerigg Stone Circle lambs at play

 

Then it was time to return to Ashness Landing as I knew it’d be in far more favourable light than the previous day’s visit

Some find these symmetrical and long exposure shots a bit cliched, but for me, EVERY time I go here its a MUST-DO type of shot

The light is ALWAYS different, the water levels change dramatically too as do the shades of the far banks throughout the year, the clouds are ALWAYS different

This is MY 30 sec exposure shot, no-one else can take the same shot at the same time so no-one will EVER get the same shot as you or I did, so its not something I’ll ever tire of

Nor, in my capacity as a Photography Judge for the Yorkshire Photographic Union, will I ever mark down a great shot simply as I’ve seen something like it before. A great shot is simply that – a great shotLake District Landscape Photography Holidays, Workshops & Courses - Ashness Landing long exposureLake District Landscape Photography Holidays, Workshops & Courses - Ashness Landing long exposure black & whiteLake District Landscape Photography Holidays, Workshops & Courses - Ashness Landing long exposure with dramaLake District Landscape Photography Holidays, Workshops & Courses - Ashness Landing long exposure nearby tree

 

Then it was back up the hill as a full group to Watendlath, this time I went to shoot only details of the stages of the waterfalls

 

And on the way back down – yep I did it – I took a shot of Ashness Bridge – well, you just have to lolLake District Landscape Photography Holidays, Workshops & Courses - Ashness Bridge in May

 

After a break our next stop was some way away at Rydal Water. While I love this smaller lake too it, for me, only really works in certain weather patterns and early in the morning. Its ideal early with calm waters and mist, so on this occasion we simply went for a walk around the whole lake; finding a glorious display of Bluebells along the way. Here proving that if the ‘big’ things aren’t performing photographically then you can still shoot some lovely shots of the ‘small’ things that make up a Landscape

 

Shooting across the lake I deliberately wanted people in these next two to give a sense of scale, they would be easy to clone out if you didn’t want them in yoursLake District Landscape Photography Holidays, Workshops & Courses - Rydal Water across the lakeLake District Landscape Photography Holidays, Workshops & Courses - Rydal Water across the lake backlit trees

 

Day 3

Possibly my favourite lake – Crummock Water – and also possibly one of the most overlooked by photographers, and I have no idea whyLake District Landscape Photography Holidays, Workshops & Courses - Crummock Water dramaLake District Landscape Photography Holidays, Workshops & Courses - Crummock Water drama with hint of sunLake District Landscape Photography Holidays, Workshops & Courses - Crummock Water drama at the weirLake District Landscape Photography Holidays, Workshops & Courses - Crummock Water drama from a low angle

 

Strange things always seem to be happening in the Lakes, and here, while shooting on a very quiet morning with only a few other photographers and dog-walkers about, along comes dozens of runners doing a 50km run !!!

Yep – I did say 50km – that’s about 31 miles on ‘old money’ – and they can still look happy doing it – NUTTERS !!! lol

 

This next stop, after coffee, sausage sarnies and cake, was at the opposite end of Buttermere to the famous Buttermere Trees. We were aiming for the almost as famous “lone tree’ but access was denied due to nesting, so we found something else to shoot instead. In this first shot you can actually see the famous Buttermere Trees and the tiny white blob to the right of the tree near its base is the white & red boathouseLake District Landscape Photography Holidays, Workshops & Courses - Buttermere TreeLake District Landscape Photography Holidays, Workshops & Courses - Buttermere low angle

 

Day 4

Now only myself and Lee were left as everyone else had headed home the night before or this morning. Not that I blame them as the closest of them had traveled over 200 miles, with our long distance winner a massive 340 miles from Southampton !!!

It was also raining at first, but, undaunted, Lee & I had a walk around the banks of Ullswater before lunch at a pub in Pooley Bridge. There Lee realised he’d left some kit at the house so we headed back to pick it up and only then did I spot this magnificent tree at then end of the road to the house we’d stayed in for 3 nights !!!

So, kit retrieved, we parked up and took a stroll to view this tree. It was poorly lit with total overcast heavy clouds – not a shot to be had

At times like this there’s only one thing you can do – wait a bit – and it all changes – cue blue sky, fluffy white clouds and Sun hitting exactly where I wanted it to

 

Heading off towards the A66 and home we diverted for a last hour to another of my favourite spots at Glendridding on Ullswater; and once again the Sun ‘popped’ exactly where and how I wanted it to

 

The perfect end to a near perfect and highly enjoyable Lake District Landscape Photography Holiday – wanna join me for my next one ???

If so, see below these next two images and register your interest – I’d love to show you around some of my fav places and get you shooting & loving the Lakes as I do – cheers 🙂Lake District Landscape Photography Holidays, Workshops & Courses - Ullswater at GlenriddingLake District Landscape Photography Holidays, Workshops & Courses - Ullswater at Glenridding backlit

 

 

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