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

Derwent Water

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

Aira Force

One of the great things about the Lake District, is that it holds a whole host of new waterfalls for me to explore. This is one of the most shot locations in the Lakes, but one that I hadn't visited before.

Ullswater Murk

On my first of three trips over to the Lake District over Easter weekend, my first stop was Ullswater, for a quick long exposure (if there is such a thing).
The light was particularly flat, which was a shame, as the water would have offered up some quite good reflections.

Sunrise at Willances Leap

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.

Oliver Duckett at Moonset

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.