Landscape Photography and Wildlife Adventure in Northumberland and the Scottish Borders by Adam Karnacz

An epic adventure exploring Northumberland and the Scottish Borders in search of some stunning landscape photography. I also head over to the Farne Islands to see the puffins and capture some wildlife photography.

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In one of my biggest landscape photography blogs yet I head up to Northumberland to visit the Farne Islands and capture some puffins in their seasonal visit to the area. 

The Farne Islands

The day started out in the small seaside town of Seahouses where we picked up one the boat tours run by Serenity Boats. They are friendly and helpful and especially accommodating to photographers. I was with Lyle McCalmont again today, my good friend from Wildscape Photography. We headed over to Inner Farne where Serenity left us on the island to capture our wildlife photography. I had three shots that I wanted to capture, a mixture of portraits and birds in flight. If you are interested in capturing birds in flight I have done a photography tutorial previously on how to do it.

A DJI Mavic Pro Drone???

The boat then returned to Seahouses where the day then became about landscape photography. We had two locations in the plan for the afternoon. The first was a secluded cove where the would be an opportunity to capture a beautiful waterfall and some nice woodland photography. Lyle also brought his DJI Mavic pro along for the journey to add some aerial footage to this video. It was fun to see how to properly fly a drone. 

St Abbs

The next stop was one of the finest spots I have ever been to to capture some landscape photography. We crossed into Scotland to visit the cliffs near the small town of St Abbs. They are staggeringly large and beautiful and I was almost lost for words. They provide a perfect opportunity to capture some stunning landscape photography compositions and I hope that I achieved that. I took three photographs that you can see in the video. The weather was also very kind and held out for a remarkable sunset moment. Most definitely a landscape photography blog to remember.

Landscape Photography - Tough day at the office by Adam Karnacz

Not every day can be perfect. I struggle with high winds, driving rain and unpredictable conditions in this landscape photography vlog. 

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Of to North Yorkshire

In this episode I travel to Sutton Bank in North Yorkshire with the aim of having a more relaxed day of landscape photography. I set out in beautiful conditions that were perfect for some stunning sunset photography. 

Landscape Photography in Spring

The weather has been pretty good to me during the Spring. If one thing is certain though, it's that British weather never fails to disappoint before too long. Even when the forecast is bright, things can change quickly for the worse. That's exactly what happened in this trip. I set off with bright sunshine, warm temperatures and perfect photography conditions. On arrival, an hour up the road, it was grey, cold and wet. Very disappointing. 

Never one to give up, I took off hoping to find a gap in the weather. A landscape photography tutorial may teach about ideal weather or lighting conditions but good photography can be captured in any weather. Often great photography conditions can appear momentarily when the weather turns. You just have to be there to capture it, that's half the challenge with outdoor photography. 

Making the best of your outdoor photography

In what proved to be a very difficult, and slightly unpleasant, day of landscape photography I still managed to create 2-3 strong photographs. After being in these landscapes, the wellbeing always follows the effort of a good walk and it is always worth staying out and persevering. It is one of the simple photography tips and techniques but actually getting up off the sofa and out the door is easier said than done. 

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Landscape Photography - Driving rain, gale force winds, and a race against the clock by Adam Karnacz

Driving rain, gale force winds, and a race against the clock stand in my way of capturing a dramatic sunset in this landscape photography vlog. 

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In this week's landscape photography vlog I head back to North Yorkshire, close to where I grew up, to capture the famous Teesside landmark of Roseberry Topping. 

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Recent landscape photography vlogs have seen me enjoying some pretty good weather. Since I hurt my back, the weather has been really poor. Today I decided to head out and brave the conditions in the hope of some great sunset photography. Sometimes when the weather forecast indicates a slight improvement at the end of the day, it can mean something spectacular. 

Challenges

For this trip I set off late in the day and also got held up in traffic. It created and unintended race against the clock to shoot the photography vlog, capture some images and be in position for the sunset. My aim was to climb up Roseberry Topping, capture a couple of images and be over to a second location in time for some sunset photography. 

Roseberry Topping

Despite the challenges the day ended with a spectacular image of Roseberry Topping. The iconic hill and surrounding landscape were bathed in golden light for a few moments as the sun found a gap between the clouds. I took my moment, having already composed, and created a photograph that I am proud of. Great reward for a challenging day of shooting.

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Landscape Photography - Q&A by Adam Karnacz

I answer some landscape photography questions and a few personal ones too.

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In this slightly unplanned video I sit down and answer some of the most frequently asked questions that I receive. There are landscape photography related questions and a few related to more personal matters.

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Landscape Photography - ND Grads vs Bracketing by Adam Karnacz

Which is best? ND Graduated filters or bracketing. I head to a remote reservoir in Yorkshire to test out both landscape photography techniques.

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In this video I aim to find out if using physical ND grads is better than using the bracketing or HDR technique. 

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It is an issue I have been thinking about for a while. Partly because I often see photographers running workshops and convincing beginners that they need ND grad filters and then selling them a nice set of Lee Filters. In many cases people are people misled and I do not believe they are required thanks to the ability to use the bracketing technique. 

This is not really a tutorial of how to use bracketing or ND grads but I do have other videos on the channel that will help you out. See the links in the video. I have been using bracketing for the last few years and have increasingly not bothered with the ND Grads. However I felt it was not time to test out this photography technique and see if it was true.

Bracketing is not cheating

Many people seem to think that bracketing and/or HDR photography is cheating. They make claims like you should, ‘get it right in camera’. I do not buy into this. Ansel Adams said there are three parts to making a photograph. Firstly, it requires your visualisation of the scene and capturing it in the camera. The second part is the post-processing, the darkroom in his day and, usually in Lightroom today. Thirdly is the print. There is no such thing as an unprocessed image. A raw file is simply a digital negative that requires the addition of some processing to make it into anything other than a lifeless, flat image. If you shoot jpeg then the camera is doing the post-processing for you by adding contrast, saturation and sharpness. We only get into realms of cheating when we start to actually adjust the landscape itself, with techniques like cloning and patching etc. Post-processing therefore, is an equal part of the artistic process and bracketing and HDR are included within this.

ND Graduated filters

There is nothing wrong with using Graduated Filters. If you choose to use them after some experience of creating landscape photography then I fully respect that. Personally though I believe they no longer serve a purpose. Given there significant cost, it is always worth people trying bracketing first. Even a single image, with a modern day camera like the Canon 5D Mark IV, will often contain so much dynamic range that using a software ND grad will be just as effective as the physical filter. Once you add in the bracketing technique of shooting multiple shots (usually 3) with difference exposures it makes the physical filter redundant.

Pros and Cons

There are pros and cons to using ND Grads. The pro’s are that you can get more right in the camera and be able to see, at the time of shooting, something closer to your final image. The cons are greater. They are a faff to use, they are expensive and take up more room in your bag. Bracketing on the other hand is done with no additional cost, it is easy and gives much greater control of exposure in post-processing.

Whilst the test in the video is made by looking at only one image it has only served to confirm my beliefs that physical ND grads are not required. If you choose to use them then I totally appreciate that but bracketing is definitely worth a try. It is not cheating. Processing of bracketed shots can be done using HDR or layer masking and both can work very well in the right situation. 

Mountain Views and Getting Back to Basics - Landscape Photography Vlog by Adam Karnacz

Back to Basics

Stunning sunset photography, mountain views, and a visit to the Lake District all feature in this landscape photography vlog that sees me get back to basics.

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In this Landscape photography vlog I recover from the recent challenges and get back to basics with a trip to the English Lake District. I climb a mountain, live in hope of the right weather and capture some stunning sunset photography. 

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Days when you capture your best landscape photography are rare. It provides frustrations and anguish on a regular basis but when things go right, it is very very special. You have the composition, the light comes good and you shoot an image to be proud of. It is because this does not happen every day that it becomes so special. All the struggles and learning suddenly become worth it.

Long Spring Evenings

Making the most of the longer Spring days I headed across to the Lake District late in the day to climb Wall Crag overlooking Derwent Water. What a landscape photography tutorial often ignores is that climbing up mountains and hills is not easy for many people. I am included in this at the moment due to dreadful fitness. I stated a long time ago that I would address this problem. I haven't yet. I must.

Stunning Mountain View

When i made to the top I was welcomed with a stunning view. I played around with several compositions and settled on one that included some of the crag in foreground. One of my favourite landscape photography techniques is to use bracketing instead of ND grad filters. I prefer this for a number of reasons, and will be making a video about this soon, but it ensures I don't miss the big sunset moment.

It turned into an incredible day with a feeling of wellbeing that is difficult to match. I also captured an image I am proud of. Hit the link above to buy a limited edition print of the work.

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Landscape Photography Vlog - Bluebells, infrared and dog wee troubles by Adam Karnacz

My troubles continue as a dog does a wee on my bag whilst shooting some infrared photography. I also capture some woodland bluebells in this landscape photography vlog.

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 I travel to Hardcastle Crags in West Yorkshire in today’sepisode in search of some Spring time bluebells. Having not been to the areabefore I was again going to have to work fast to find the right composition,making the most of the available morning light. I also visit Gibson’s Mill, aniconic mill that has been the subject of several other photographers over the years.

Infrared Photography  

I also set out with the intention of shooting some infrared photography. If you have not tried this before I have an infrared landscapephotography tutorial that should be able to help you out. It can be shot usingany normal DSLR with the addition of a Hoya R72 infrared filter. I intend toshoot some infrared related vlogs in the coming weeks as it is best shot duringthe middle of the day when the sun is at it’s brightest. This means you cankeep shooting all day long making best use of the light.

Photography Challenges

Sadly today things did not going according to plan. Havingtravelled to my second location of the day I was set up when a dog ran towards thecamera that was dangerously close to cnal. I rushed to protect it but the dogran over to my bag and decided to mark it with it’s scent. See the video forthe full rant but the owners reaction was underwhelming and meant I had to shutthe shoot down to clean my F-stop Sukha bag.

These things are sent to challenge us though and shooting landscapephotography is very rarely easy. I am hoping for things to start going my wayagain soon though.

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Landscape Photography - Struggling through a shoot and finding a sunset by Adam Karnacz

I grind it out through a strange mood and a difficult shoot on this landscape photography vlog. I travel to Arnside and Silverdale and end the day with a stunning 

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Following the publication of a recent video I have had a few comments from other landscape vloggers saying that I make this look easy. I promise you it is not. Shooting footage and stills at the same time is hard. With so much to think about it is tough to get it right on every occasion. On this trip I was extremely tired and feeling a little low and it meant mistakes started to creep into my work.

This was not the end of the world though and pushing through and creating something is always better than sitting at home feeling sorry for yourself and creating nothing. Despite the errors, like forgetting filters, missing shots, some questionable video focus and others; I did mange to capture a couple of good shots and two great time lapses. Feeding the footage into the editing room also produced a good video so it a good lesson that you should never give up. I'm glad I didn't.  

Arnside and Silverdale

Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty really lives up to its name. There is some stunning coast line to see and a really interesting expanse of sand that only gets to see the sea during very high tides. It makes the area around Morecambe Bay particularly dangerous with sirens and numerous signs in place to keeps people safe. It also makes for some interesting photography. I captured one shot of the vast expanse of sand with some beautiful golden light shining of the salty residue on the surface of the clay like sand. It made for a really inserting contrast of tones. 

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Landscape Photography Vlog – Loving it in the Lake District by Adam Karnacz

Lake District Landscape Photography

I travel to Rydal Water in the Lake District in this landscape photography vlog. There are stunning views from the top of Loughrigg Fell and some changeable lighting conditions.

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The Lake District

I am utterly convinced that the Lake District is one of the most beautiful places in the world. It can have a full years worth of weather in one day and photography conditions to match. It would be easy to spend the rest of your life capturing the scenes it has to offer. I am very aware I am lucky to have it on my door step. I definitely do not take all the amazing photography compositions it provides for granted. Having spent 10 years in London, with limited landscape photography, I am now making up for lost time.

My last visit to the Lakes was in January so it was good to get back, especially as we are now in the Spring with the slightly better weather and longer days. On this trip I visited Rydal Water and climbed Loughrigg Fell. The walk goes past Rydal caves providing an interesting twist on the normal landscape photography.

Rydal Water

The day ended back at Rydal water with some beautiful golden light. The weather did not play out exactly as I would have liked but was still an excellent day. New lessons learned, new moments experienced and another fantastic boost to my wellbeing.

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Landscape Photography - Sunset in the Yorkshire Dales by adamkarnacz@me.com

Landscape Photography at Grimwith Reservoir

I visit Grimwith Reservoir in the Yorkshire Dales in this landscape photography vlog. There are panoramas, sunsets and some beautiful golden light.

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Getting out and taking pictures of beautiful scenes is one of life's great pleasures. You can sit at home and watch a landscape photography tutorial but there is simply no substitute to getting off your backside and heading into the great outdoors. It is always a learning experience. Since creating these vlogs I have been going out more than ever and my recent learnings have been around the anticipation of how the weather and the light will develop as the day progresses. There is obviously a massive element of luck when it comes to the weather but every little observation and bit of experience you gather will add to your overall expertise.

Documenting the journey

It has been an interesting experience documenting my work in this way. The story of my day is all built around the images. Without the photographs there is no vlog (although I will be vlogging some of my other business activities at some point). This adds extra pressure to capture good images with the weekly video deadline ever looming. In the past I would often go out and return home empty handed when the weather did not play ball or my composition was not quite right. Now though, I am simply putting everything out - the good, the bad and the ugly. It has been fascinating seeing the reaction.

People clearly value truth and honesty and I am laying myself bare for all to see. However on several occasions people have loved the images. I simply would not have published previously. Whilst people are often quick to praise, the analytics afforded by social media really helps to back up this feedback. Enjoy the process, create the work, put it out and let people decide what they like. Trust in your talents and do not waste time criticising yourself.

Grimwith Reservoir

Grimwith Reservoir is the largest body of water in the Yorkshire Dales and was extended to it's current size in the early 1980's. It is now a beautiful location and important area for some of the local bird life. It is also a particularly remote and unforgiving landscape and high winds are the norm. On this occasion though the sun was out and made for a very pleasant Spring walk.

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Landscape Photography - Chasing the light along Hadrian’s Wall by adamkarnacz@me.com

Chasing the golden light

I travel to the famous Roman Wall in this landscape photography vlog to capture some long exposures and beautiful golden light.

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Hadiran’s Wall is an excellent destination for landscape photography. There are numerous compositions waiting to be photographed. One such image is the Sycamore Tree made famous by the film Robin Hood Prince of Thieves. I use some long exposure photography to really make the best of a popular composition.

Although the weather for the day started out well it became very changeable as the day progressed. This resulted in some frantic moments as I chased the light along the wall to make best use of the golden colour in the right composition.

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Landscape Photography - Early starts and stunning sunrises by adamkarnacz@me.com

A Stunning Birthday Sunrise

An insanely early start on my birthday pays off with some amazing light and a stunning sunrise in this landscape photography vlog.

Getting up early to shoot landscape photography is never easy. Some days though, when you are rewarded with an incredible sunrise, it all becomes worth it. Then comes the hard work of making the the most of the available light.

Sunrise photography can often be harder than capturing a sunset. Shooting sunsets affords the luxury of watching the light develop, providing time to get into the right location and compose a shot. Sunrises on the other hand often develop quickly as the sun comes up. Composing the shot in relative darkness provides it’s own challenges as you have to predict how things will look once they are bathed in sunlight.

Filey, North Yorkshire

In this vlog I get up very early and travel to Filey on the East coast of England. My aim is to capture some beautiful seascape photography that makes the most of the stunning sunrise. Coastal images lend themselves perfectly to sunrise and sunset shots as the sea and water reflect all the colour and increase the impact of your image. I find a nice composition at Filey Brigg. To learn more about composition you can check out some of my best landscape photography tutorials on the channel.

Now that Spring has hit I also wanted to tell that story, using one of the classic signs of Spring, the daffodil. Happily there was a good number of daffodills growing on Filey Brigg so I composed a couple of images to try and make the best of these beautiful flowers.

360 Degree Views

Of course, there are also some 360 degree views, all the way around!

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Landscape Photography - Quick woodland shoot and a channel update by adamkarnacz@me.com

Woodland Photography

I head to a local area to do some woodland photography and explore a nice little composition. There is also a quick update about the channel.

Woodland photography is full of contradictions. On the one hand you need great light to find the golden rays coming through the trees. On the other hand, thanks to the canopy, you can capture great images in the middle of the day or even when it is completely overcast. Also, you can capture great images in any weather because the trees protect from the wind and the rain meaning you are more likely to go out. On the other hand, prefect weather can take it to the next level. Those foggy mornings when the atmosphere of the wood is incredible and you can use the fog to isolate a single tree in your foreground.

So many days in my youth were spent in the woods, building dens, riding bikes and going on long walks. There was a very large wood on the doorstep and looked at it everyday for the first 16 years of my life. Strangely though I have not done much woodland photography in my time. Maybe this was because I took the woods for granted.

Compositions in familiar places

In this video I head out to some local woods I am very familiar with today. My mission is to find a nice little composition, essentially out of nothing, and really make it work. This is the beauty of landscape photography. There are always new compositions to find, even in place that are very familiar. Local landscapes can also be revisited over and over again, in any weather, at any time of the year until the images is perfected.

Most of us do not live on the doorstep of places like the Lake District. Landscape photography is not just about the big epic vistas though. Focusing down onto something smaller and something more intimate can still produce beautiful photographs and really tell the story of your area.

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There is also some news about the First Man Photography channel. As the channel continues to grow I am working harder than ever to produce consistently high standard videos that people really want to see. This means more landscape photography vlogs, more real world reviews and vlogs covering macro and wildlife photography. With the current time I have available I can only sustain this by dropping to one video per week. New videos will now go up at 6pm on Sundays. There will still be additional videos now and again but I am not guaranteeing it every week. Be assured that I am working harder than ever to grow the channel and produce consistent and quality videos .

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Seascapes, sunsets and isolation - Landscape Photography Vlog by adamkarnacz@me.com

Spurn Point Vlog

I travel to Spurn Point in this landscape photography vlog. An amazing and isolated location that provides some stunning seascape and sunset photography opportunities.

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Remote Landscape Photography

When we are trying to capture our best landscape photography it often means travelling to remote and inaccessible locations. Spurn Point is one such place. It is a thin strip of land out on the East Yorkshire coast of the UK that juts out into the Humber estuary. It is full of military history and is an amazing yet strange place. In part due to its isolation and the weather conditions it must often be faced with. It is also an important wildlife sanctuary run by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.

East coast seascape sunsets

It is also one of the very few places on the East coast of the UK where you can capture some decent seascape sunset photography. I headed out with a good weather forecast for golden hour and stopped off on route at the Humber bridge, one of the worlds longest suspension bridges. I had a little composition in mind for the bridge whilst I was still test out the 11mm wide angle prime lens.

Spurn Point is accessed only on foot by a causeway where a road used to stand. It was washed away by the rising sea levels during a storm several years ago. Crossing the causeway adds an element of drama to the day and you risk being cut off by the high tide.

Landscape photography wise my aim was to tell the story of Spurn Point. Capturing some beautiful seascapes and picking up a signature sunset shot at the end of the day with some beautiful colour in the sky was my plan. However proceedings were more difficult than I had anticipated and the feeling of isolation out there in the sea created an unnerving feeling.

In the end it was a successful landscape photography trip and I came away with 2-3 images that I am very happy with.

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Striving for the killer shot - Landscape Photography Vlog by adamkarnacz@me.com

Landscape photography vlog in the North York Moors

I go out hunting for a killer sunset photograph in this landscape photography vlog.

In this landscape photography video blog I travel to the North York Moors to capture a big sunset photograph for the day. When heading out in this capacity you are always at the total mercy of the weather and how the end of the day will play out. Amazing sunsets are not common so photographing that special moment includes an element of luck. To get the killer shot you still need to have a good composition, an artistic idea of what you want to achieve and actually physically being in the right place at the right time. You will not capture amazing images sitting on your sofa.

There will be times when your landscape photography trips end without bagging a killer shot, in fact, probably most times. These occasions should still be viewed as positive. Focus on the learning that has taken place, the fresh air and experience you have benefitted from and you will likely still come home with a decent image in the can.

Invest in your photography

I have talked before about investing in your photography. Committing your time to heading out to capture landscape photographs is a big part of that. If you accept in advance that you may only capture a killer shot once every few times you head out, then we can define this as success. One good image in a day is a success. When the trips and the years start adding up, your portfolio of great landscape images will follow suit.

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Landscape Photography - scouting and planning High Cup Nick by adamkarnacz@me.com

Photography Reconnaissance

I get caught in more dreadful weather and drop my camera in a muddy beck when I travel to High Cup Nick in the English Pennines to scout and plan some landscape photography.

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Planning Landscape Photography

Planning is a vital part of landscape photography. Planning often sounds boring but when your job is to scout out a beautiful location, like High Cup Nick in the Pennines, then it is thrilling. High Cup Nick is a canyon in Cumbria that was forged out thousands of years ago by a glacier and provides an excellent scene for photography.

The weather forecast for the day was not great but that was not to prevent me getting out. I have not visited High Cup Nick before so I decided to use the day to scout out some locations for the future. My aim was to find some compositions that would be perfect when the weather was better and the sun was in the right place. I could then return at the right time of year to capture some beautiful landscape photography.

A new lens

I am also testing out a new super wide angle lens that has not been released yet. I am not able to talk about it too much but manage to capture a couple of images.

On reaching the top of High Cup Nick the weather changed for the worse and the wind, rain and cold arrived. This made the main shot of the day impossible but I turned it to my advantage and captured a couple of moody black and white landscapes.

Another brilliant day of landscape photography and some locations in the bank for future use.

Landscape Photography - Mountain Weather and Changing Plans by adamkarnacz@me.com

Landscape Photography in the mountains.

I trek to the the top of Haystacks in the Lake District and am reminded the weather can change very quickly in the mountains. Landscape photography vlog.

I am back from the Isle of Mull. It was a great trip but I am glad to be home. When it comes to landscape photography, for me at the moment, that means the Lake District.

Buttermere in the Lake District

Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful parts of the Lake District is the area around Buttermere lake. It is locked by mountains on all sides which creates a beautiful and dramatic landscape. Unlike some places, as you begin to climb, the possible compositions get better and better with a huge variety of images available. There are Tarns, mountains, and craggy rocks that have witnessed the ages pass and are waiting to have their story told.

My day started in the First Man Photography studio and, following a drive, I found myself in a very sunny and stunning landscape. After capturing my first couple of images of the day, and hiking to the top, the weather changed on me fast. This can happen in the mountains and is something you should always be prepared for. You need the right gear, the right fitness and the right experience. It is always advisable to go in company with a friend too because things can become dangerous. A map and compass is also vital because it is easy to lose the path when the weather turns, especially in fog.

Great landscape photography can be captured in any weather though. Often as the weather is turning you can capture some amazingly dramatic images. I had found a nice composition with a tarn backed by mountains where I was more sheltered from the wind. A long exposure shot ensured I grabbed my signature shot of the day.

Plans change

My plan for the day changed about three or four times as I reacted to the weather and changing light conditions. At the end of the day I did not make it back to the Lake to capture the sunset shot I had planned. I got lost and the wind made the going very difficult so I ran out of time. I still managed to find a reasonable composition for the end of the day although the colour in the sky did not appear as I had hoped.

A tough day, but a great day. Just another day in the life of a landscape photographer.

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Isle of Mull Part 3

In this landscape photography vlog I travel to the Isle of Mull in search of some big scenes and a sunset to conclude my epic trip. I also fall into a bog.

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Landscape photography in Mull

In the video I spend my last epic day in the Isle of Mull shooting landscape photography. Today I go in search of some huge landscapes to really tell the story of the island.

The day started well and conditions were still but a little cloudy. The first shot of the day was of an unbelievable road that is sandwiched between a mountain and the sea. It provides an imposing scene. I climbed up a little way to get the composition I wanted. It would be a scary place if the weather was bad.

Next up, Lyle and I, rescued a couple of nice ladies who had broken down. I forgot to film it though so I apologise for that. A quick water fall shot and we were moving on to capture the big sunset shot of the day.

The day, and entire trip, ended in a truly incredible landscape. I shot several compositions and captured a beautiful time lapse. I nearly fell entirely into a bog before capturing a huge scene after the sun had gone down.

The whole trip was amazing and I have made some very good memories and created some images that I am proud of.

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Landscape Photography Vlog - Isle of Mull Part 2 by adamkarnacz@me.com

Part two of my landscape photography trip to the Isle of Mull.

I go out walking to get in touch with landscape and capture a beautiful sunset.

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In this Landscape photography vlog I am again in the Isle of Mull. After yesterday’s scouting mission, jumping in and out of the car, I go walking and bring things back to basics. I capture two good photographs in the first few moments after leaving the house and end the day with some beautiful sunset photography.

When shooting an image I find my artistic vision comes from getting to know the landscape and gaining an understanding of it. Difficult to do in the car; a walk can be the perfect antidote. Join me on my day shooting some landscape photography.

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Landscapes and Wildlife Photography on the Isle of Mull by adamkarnacz@me.com

A First Man landscape and wildlife photography vlog.

We travel to the Isle of Mull to capture some stunning landscape and wildlife photography and go in search of wild Otters.

This is the first episode of my landscape photography vlogs coming from the Isle of Mull on the West coast of Scotland.

The day started extremely early. I had booked us onto a 2pm ferry so we could arrive whilst it's was still light and potentially capture a sunset photograph on the first day.

The Isle of Mull

The Isle of Mull is high up in the Northern hemisphere. The days are very short in January with only about 8 hours of daylight. This meant maximising the daylight, shooting all day and then enjoying the long evenings. On this occasion I was travelling with my good friend Lyle McCalmont. Evenings spent post processing the day's bounties with the odd glass of wine are something to relish. Especially whilst reliving old times with the spark from some great music.

After a smooth journey and a particularly smooth ferry crossing we arrived on the Isle of Mull. Our accommodation was called Suide Farm Cottages and was about a 45 minute drive from the ferry port. On arrival there we drove straight past and headed for the village of Fionnphort, the most westerly tip of Mull. The sunset Sky never arrived but I ended the day capturing a worthy time lapse.

Day 2 - Hunting Otters

Day 2 began with some unexpected but welcome black and white landscape photography shot from out the back of the house. The addition of a very long lens and some contrast really cut through the haze.

We then got back in the car and went in search of some wildlife photography featuring the Wild Otters, buzzards and Highland Cows (not strictly wildlife). We stopped on a number of occasions to absorb the sheer enormity of the island. It is both brutal and unforgiving and the picture of the lone tree seemed to sum that up.

It took time to get into position to capture the Otters. Thankfully Lyles experience with wildlife photography and the animals meant it was not too long before I started understand how to spot them and understand some of their behaviour. Wildlife photography requires patience, commitment and slight obsession. Lyle has this and drives him to get the shot. This includes crawling through the sea to get low enough to capture a killer image.

We decided to work together so he got the still shot and I filmed the video. Using the 400mm lens with the Canon 5D Mark IV, the 4K features meant I did not have to get a close because I knew I could crop in to 1080p. Sucess followed shortly after and included one of best Otter shots I have ever seen coming from Lyle. I was also chuffed with my footage.

Sunset Phototgraphy

The day ended around the other side of the Loch with the planned landscape photograph of the day. The beaches around Mull are rocky and full of seaweed and make finding good foreground interest challenging. I explored around and found the composition I was looking for as the sun started to light the mountains and create some beautiful colours in the sky. This was changing fast though. I shot a 4 minute long exposure to capture as much of it as possible and introduce some interesting movement to the scene.

The day was fantastic but challenging. The island provided so many photo opportunities that narrowing down and focusing on a few shots became difficult. Especially considering the limited hours of daylight.

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