Freelance Photographer
Durham, UK

Posts Tagged ‘Lake District’

Scafell Pike walk

Monday, October 14th, 2013

I recently posted a new fellwalk: Scafell Pike and Scafell from Wasdale – Piers Gill and Foxes Tarn.  I decided to take my point-and-shoot camera with me to keep the weight I was carrying as low as possible.  The photos won’t make gallery prints, but you can still enjoy the fantastic views from the Fellwalk page linked above.  One of my favourite shots of the day was this high contrast view up Lingmell Beck.

Up Lingmell Beck towards Sty Head and Great End

Up Lingmell Beck towards Sty Head and Great End

Stockghyll Force

Monday, May 27th, 2013

Another stag weekend, another visit to the Lake District!  I’ll never complain, I’m always happy to get over to Cumbria whatever the reason.  We had a bit of unplanned time on the Saturday morning and as the weather forecast was not promising a decent sunrise, I decided to head for Stockghyll Force, which was a short walk from our cottage in Ambleside.

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Buttermere walk – High Stile Ridge

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

After a bit of an hiatus, I’ve just finished updating a fellwalk entry – High Stile ridge from Gatesgarth (anticlockwise) – and adding photos from that walk to the 2012 Fellwalks (2) gallery.  Enjoy these for now, I’m hoping to be back with more soon.

New gallery added

Monday, May 14th, 2012

A quick update announcing a new gallery – Birds – along with the pictures from April’s successful “Coot Shoot“, now available to purchase.

Also the details from a recent Lake District fellwalk around Coldale have been added and some of the photos added to the 2012 Fellwalks gallery.

Panoramas

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

In my earlier post, Derwent Water from Keswick, I mentioned visiting the viewpoint in Castlehead Wood.  While I was there, I made a sequence of images to create a panorama but when it came to stitching it together, I struggled with the software I was using and was disappointed with the result, particularly eliminating the “seams” or joins.  Recently, I made a useful discovery which changed that… (more…)

Derwentwater from Keswick

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

The Kewsick and Derwentwater area is among the most popular destinations for visitors to the Lake District.  Being picturesque, they are also popular with photographers and they are significant to me because of my childhood holidays.  So on my visit to the Lake District earlier this year, I really wanted to try to get a sunset shot from around Keswick.  In the event, the weather didn’t do what I was hoping but I still got a shot and explored some of the area.  The details are shared inside…

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Mid-Year Review

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

Back in January, rather than set myself resolutions I decided on some photography goals to aim for this year.  As we’ve just passed the mid-year point I though it was a good time to reflect on what I hoped to achieve and what more I need to do.  More after the jump… (more…)

The Perfect Camera Bag for Fellwalking – part 3

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Following my search for a camera bag to carry my SLR on fellwalks, I recently tried my system on a trip to the Lakes and I’m delighted to conclude that it was a qualified success.  More after the link…

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New PC for Photo Processing

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Sorry I’ve been short on posts lately, my attention’s been divided between some building work (and the resulting decorating) at home and the arrival of a new PC.  I previously talked about adding life to my old PC by clearing out shots that I didn’t need to keep and that certainly spun it out for a few months.  But lately Windows XP has developed a problem with one of the processes that’s caused it to grind to a halt on too many occasions.  It may well be repairable by reinstalling XP, but I came to the conclusion that the computer’s had a good life (about 8 or 9 years) and any investment of time and/or money in trying to keep it going any longer was probably going to just suck up valuable resources without any significant long-term benefit and that it was time to bite the bullet and order a new one.

The new machine is well-stocked, with a 15.6 inch B+RGLED screen, Inte Core i5 processor, 6GB RAM, 750GB 7,200rpm hard disk, Windows 7 and plenty of connectivity including HDMI and USB 3.0.  No matter how good a computer is, there’s always an amount of setting up you need to do to get it how you want it – installing software (“Now, where did I put that licence key? Oh yes, carefully filed with all the others…”) and transferring data (“I didn’t realise I had that much in there”).  Of  course, when you’ve got a new toy to play with you just want to get on with it and dive in!  But I’ve been good, I’ve been restrained and I’ve got everything set up how I want it first.  Well, more or less ;-)

Yesterday I processed my first set of pictures which were ones from the Trossachs, hopefully to be included on some websites of the area soon.  I was really impressed with how blisteringly fast the new machine is!  I’m also enjoying exploring the features of Capture One v6 Pro which is a significant upgrade from the previous version I was using.

As well as adding a few more images to the galleries from recent shoots, I’m hoping to get some shots from a session in the Lake District in a couple of weeks.  My biggest hope is that we get decent weather on the fells and the chance of some sunset / sunrise pics.  More to come…

Resolution?

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

The New Year’s variety, rather than pixel count…that’s a whole different topic.

Before I get started, apologies for the hiatus.  There have been some other events going on over the last couple of months which have meant that writing for the blog has had to take a back seat – nothing sinister, just more important.  The result is that this post is a bit later than I would have liked, but it’s still relevant to me, and hopefully to you too. (more…)

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