My photography isn't just about photographing people and special moments of a lifetime - occasionally I like to get out and about and photograph landscapes.
Every year, Andrea my wife asks me what I want for my birthday - and the answer is always something photography related! So this year I decided to choose a photography workshop in the Lake District - thats two of my favourite things 1|) Photography and 2) The Lakes.
Now I've followed Phil Buckle on his Facebook page and website for a while now as I admire his work. Obviously photographing weddings and people, I know the technical aspects of photography and how to use my camera, and so the aim of attending the workshop was to get inside Phils head (not literally!), to see what he see's and how he see's it - as its easy to visit a location and walk straight past what could be a cracking photograph opportunity. Another reason was to visit some new locations, as even though I've spent many hours, no weeks in the Lake District, theres always somewhere new to visit.
Landscape photography, in my opinion is best either first thing in the morning for a sunrise, or last night at night/early evening, for a sunset. For this reason I decided to attend one of Phils workshops on 1st April - mainly due to timing - its out of the peak wedding season, and the weather shouldn't be too wintery.
After photographing a wedding the day before, Myself and Andrea arrived in Keswick on the Friday -the day before Phils workshop. We often stay in a B&B right in the centre as we did this time too. The weather forecast for the following morning changed everytime I looked on my phone app. Would it rain, or would we get a decent sunrise.....
I woke up the following morning, all set for the workshop.... to rain bouncing off the B&B window....Ahh well, this is the Lakes, what did I expect - something needs to keep the Lakes topped up! I crept down the stairs trying not to wake the other guests or Andrea, and was greeted by the rain.
Driving through the rain and mist, I met Phil at his meeting point near Buttermere, shortly followed by Ruth and John and we made our way to the first location, the Lone Tree. With no chance of seeing a sunrise, Phil made us look around for a decent shot before even getting the gear out. Something most of us never do, we just get the gear out and setup.
After deciding on my shot, with me stood half in and half out of the Lake I setup the tripod, camera, lens and ND filters. The surroundings changed, with clouds appearing, disappearing every few minutes. Magical to see!
I love the blueness of the sky in the early morning, with the clouds hiding some of the background. ND filters used on most shots here to remove the rain droplets in the water.
45 mins or so later, with the rain still falling the scene changed completely. With little colour in the sky, opted for a mono conversion on this one.
Walking back we took a line of trees from the other side of the lake, capturing the reflections.
We then made our way to the Sentinels, a popular spot with photographers! Again, the every changing scene meant every photo, and each shutter press was different.
As the others headed off to capture different viewpoints, I had to take these :)
After a quick stop to dry off and grab some lunch in Phils camper van, we arrived at Crummock Water, only a few minutes drive from Buttermere.
Having visited Crummock many times in the past, Phil pointed out some interesting opportunities - many of which I have missed in the past.The island for one, see how within a few minutes the colours change (and the birds moved on).
These two photographs below were taken 25 minutes apart. Its always worth having around at any location.
Moving slightly around the coastline, and onto the next location complete with moody sky, perched on the rocks below.
and even further around the coastline, what looks like you could be in the Savannah! I love the sunlight on the reeds.
and the final location of the day, on the walk back to the van.
Despite the rain, as you can see it did eventually stop whilst at Crummock, I had a fantastic day as did the others. Phil has some great local knowledge of the area and his tips and tricks really did make a difference.
I thoroughly recommend his workshops either click on the links at the top of this post, or click here to go to his website
Thanks again Phil, see you soon!
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