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.
Throughout the day, my phone kept pinging with Aurora alerts, but as I gazed through the window, the gloomy grey skies did nothing to brighten my spirits. After a discussion that evening, a friend and I decided to throw caution to the wind, after careful scrutiny of the cloud forecast for the North of England. A trip across the A66 did not offer us much encouragement, as the cloud layer was still pretty hefty and showed no signs of abating. We initially landed at Castlerigg Stone Circle, but decided to move on to seek a break in the cloud. Targetting Derwent Water, we made it to the waters edge, with the cloud illuminated strongly by the light pollution from Keswick. As we set about firing some test shots, the cloud appeared to be clearing, and a faint touch of green was visible in the west.
Quickly setting the camera to sequential release, I stood back and watched the cloud slowly dissipate, to reveal an unforgettable display of dancing light and colour in the night sky. While the strongest part of the storm lasted for a mere 20 minutes, it felt like an age, and will be one of those experience that lasts with me for the rest of my life.
Saturday, 14 March 2015
While waiting for a Steam Train that never arrived in Mallerstangdale, I happened across a particularly interesting waterfall, which did not seem to have been named on the O/S map. The requisite wet foot syndrome soon followed, as I was using a Samyang 14mm f2.8, which required a closer position to the falls to compose the shot as I had wanted.
One of my favourite rallies in the UK, yet one that usually goes hand in hand with bad weather. A trip across the Pennines with a couple of friends took us to the Grizedale stages, which can offer some fantastic views in the right conditions, but unfortunately a thick blanket of cloud shrouded the fells.