Saturday, 4 July 2015
Tuesday, 14 April 2015
I have long been tasked with getting a shot of a pheasant for my fiancee. She has an unwavering adoration for these majestic birds, which I can appreciate to some extent, as the colour of their plumage is pretty special. I managed to bag a shot at the bottom of Catbells in the Lake District. Later that weekend, I managed to get pretty close to a partridge as well.
Monday, 13 April 2015
Usually when heading into Borrowdale from Keswick, I would make a bee-line for the landing jetty at Ashness. Descending from Catbells however provided me with the chance to explore the western side of Derwent Water. Littered with more jetties at Brandlehow, and a good footpath, it was great to take the opportunity to explore some compositions that I had not shot before
The most accessible walk in the Lakes, suitable for children and grandmothers, a wise man once wrote. The forecast was hideous, predicting a 100% chance of heavy rain. Mother Nature decided to mix things up a little though, and although the cloud was pretty hefty, the frequent breaks in the whiteout offered amazing glimpses of the surrounding peaks. Catbells was not a strenuous walk at all, but kicked off a great 4 day weekend.
Friday, 10 April 2015
Willances Leap is a well known viewpoint on the outskirts of Richmond. I had only been up there a couple of times previously, but decided it may be worth a look for sunrise. The sun rose a little too far north to make the composition work really well, but it was good to try out a few compositions for a future trip back.
An early start recently took me to Oliver Duckett, a folly connected to Aske Hall on the outskirts of Richmond. I had intended shooting some star trails, but there was more cloud in the sky than was forecast. However, all was not lost, as there were a nice range of tones in the sky, and the textures of the cloud seemed to work well on long exposure shots.
Tuesday, 31 March 2015
An evening jaunt under some clear skies took me to the Castle In Richmond. Once 11pm had passed, the lights on the keep were turned off, and allowed for some long exposures to draw out the smooth lighting from the moon. The light pollution from town gives a golden glow to the keep, which I quite like, and in a strange way, is reminiscent of the temple at Amritsar.
Monday, 30 March 2015
An exciting evening jaunt with a friend saw us tracking down a Temple, which is seemingly one of the few un-photographed treasures in the country. Barely a photo exists of this building, and then it seems though the last time it was photographed was in the late 70s. I can't say too much about its location, but it is a fantastic building, and the clear North Yorkshire skies did us proud.
This angle of Durham has got Autumn written all over it. Even in summer, when the trees are fully laden with leaves, I think this will make a much more pleasant shot. Nevertheless, as it was only the second time I had visited Durham, and the first time with my camera. I thought it worthwhile to try my hand at this oft-captured scene.
Took a hefty drive up the road on Saturday to catch the Border Counties Rally. Unfortunately, under the close scrutiny of the MSA, the second stage was cancelled due to some quads on the stage. However, the next stage at Elibank, near Innerleithen more than made up for the disappointment of the cancellation. With the sun out, and dry surfaces, the natural amphitheatre of the stage made for a thoroughly enjoyable afternoons rallying.