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Landscape Photography | Wild Camping in the Lake District

I meet up with Gary Gough to climb to the top of a mountain and do some wild camping in this landscape photography vlog.

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Having a day out shooting landscape photography is good for the soul and almost always improves  your wellbeing, especially in the Lake District. Going out alone is great. More recently though I have found I can get a new sense of perspective when taking photographs with a friend. That’s exactly what Gary Gough and I did today. 

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The Lake District is an incredible place to take photographs. Sunsets are not always easy though because as the sun sets, the mountains cast very large shadows over the landscape and unless you’re up high, it’s going to be a struggle. Being up high at sunset though means you’re in for a dark and lonely walk down. Unless you wild camp that is. Wild camping is not strictly allowed in the Lake District but it’s a fairly common practice and will not upset anyone if you are respectful. Eg don’t light a fire, take all rubbish away, set up late and leave early etc. Obvious things. 

Once you are set though we are rewarded with the ability to capture a sunset, and the following sunrise with relative ease. If the weather is good, it will be something special when waking up to a mountain vista with no one else around. Magical.

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In this video Gary and I hiked to the to the top of Great End where we spent the night. The conditions were amazing and the view is undoubtedly one of the finest in the UK. Despite this the Photography conditions were challenging because a mist in the air was catching all the light and removing all the detail from the shadow areas. However once the sun started to dip behind the cloud I managed to get a few images.

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I took some really average pictures | Landscape Photography Vlog

We all have bad days with landscape photography. Compositions aren’t right, the light doesn’t play ball and we make mistakes. I travel all the way to Wast Water in the Lake District to have a day just like this.

Landscape Photography is like golf. It is a detailed past time full of intricacy, fun, exercise and constant frustration. You do something that feels right but then the ball slices off a million miles to the right. You work hard and you get better and better but it never feels like you have mastered it. Frustration and annoyance come almost as often as total satisfaction. The thing is, we keep coming back for more.

At the start of this day I was cosy in my office and did not want to leave. The weather was poor, I was warm and the motivation to get outdoors to take some photographs was pretty low. Thankfully I managed to get myself out and drove the 3.5 hours to Wast Water in the Lake District. However, when I got there I was tired from the drive and the stresses of living with children who do not sleep. The weather was also very grey. The cold grey weather is seriously getting me down, especially as we now near May.

The day consisted of me struggling with composition, feeling disconnected from the images and the landscape and generally not performing to my usual standards. I think you can see this in the video. I still climbed up a mountain and the views were great. I got the usual boost to my wellbeing but when I got home I was bitterly disappointed with the two images I captured. It still produced an interesting video, giving some insight into when it goes wrong for a photographer. Landscape photography is a wave of ups and downs. I need to get up again asap. A period of nice sunny weather, with beautiful sunsets, will seriously help me.

Landscape Photography in the Snow - Winter in North Yorkshire

Snow is the the theme of this landscape photography vlog. I travel to Roseberry Topping in North Yorkshire to make the most of some winter conditions and talk about how I capture landscapes in the snow.

Snow Challenges

Landscape photography in the snow can present some genuine challenges. Firstly the cold causes problems and in this shoot pretty much all my gear stopped functioning by the end of the day. It seems obvious to say, but snow is wet. It just doesn’t feel wet when it is falling out of the sky. The snow had been falling on me, my gear and my bag all day and, by the end, everything was wet to the core.

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Technical Challenges

Secondly there are the technical challenges to shooting in snow. This mainly comes in the form of exposure and white balance. When shooting in the snow the highlights created by the light reflecting off the snow can really confuse the camera’s meter. Putting your camera into manual mode is a must. Using the LCD and Histogram in Liveview will then help you get in right place with exposure. I always shoot in RAW which gives me a large amount of adjustment to exposure in post-production. With white balance, cameras often tend to capture snow with a very blue tint. You see this a lot on TV and it can be used purposefully to add to the cold feeling of the scene. However, have you ever seen blue snow? Again, shooting in RAW provides full control of white balance in post production and I always aim to bring my images to match the scene I visualised at the time ie with white snow. In the last shot of the day the snow had a slightly yellow, orange warm glow to it when it was bathed in the evening sun.

Location, Location, Location

In the video I also talk about shooting from the same location on numerous occasions. I am often asked how I find locations and do I run out of places to shoot. I am a big fan of returning to the same place and capturing an image of it over and over again. Capturing a scene in the different seasons, in different weather, in different light will produce very different photographs and the one you make on the 15th time of asking might be the one that really pops and gains attention.

Happy New Year

Finally I’d just like to wish you a very happy new year. I hope good things happen to you in 2018 and I look forward to running into you out in the landscape. Thank you so much for subscribing, watching, commenting and sharing. It means a lot.

Panoramic Landscape Photography with the Canon 24mm TS-E Mark II lens

The Canon 24mm TS-E Mark II tilt shift lens can be used to capture some stunning panoramas free from distortion. I travel to the LakeDistrict again to put it to good use in this landscape photography vlog. 

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Last week I used the Canon 24mm TS-E Mark II lens in London to capture some cityscape images free from distortion. The tilt shift lens can also be used to capture some beautiful panoramas free from the normal distortion created when you rotate a lens around a fixed axis (ie on your tripod). This is achieved simply by using the shift function. By shifting the lens left to right you can capture five overlapping images that stitch together in Lightroom absolutely perfectly. We get used to looking at panoramas and we get used to the distortion, sometimes it even benefits the image. However when you see a panorama shot with a tilt shift lens they have an extra element of quality. Even a feeling that you are standing in the scene yourself.

Panorama Photography

I am a very big fan of panorama photography. They are big and impressive and the files generated in Lightroom are large and detailed. There is a problem though. They do not share well on screen; and therefore on social media. To get the whole width of the image in, the height has to be reduced and you end up with the image looking much smaller than a normal 3x2 or 16x9. Screens are not designed to display panoramas. The only way to truly appreciate them is to print them and see them in person. When printing landscape photography, I am a true believer in bigger is better.

Winter in the Lake District

For the shoot I managed to get up early again and head over to the Lake District for what turned out to be an absolutely stunning morning.I wanted a more accessible day with locations close to the car so picked out spots at Tewet Tarn, Castlerigg Stone Circle and Bassenthwaite Lake. I have been asked a few time now to provide a guide and GPS details for the locations and vlogs I have done. Please let me know if this is something you would be interested in. It will take a lot of work, so I will not be able to offer it for free, but I was thinking somewhere in the region of £5 per guide. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Cityscape Photography in London with a Tilt-Shift Lens

I am in London shooting some cityscape photography and use the very special Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II tilt shift lens to capture some images with nice straight lines.

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It has been a been a while since I have a had a decent opportunity to shoot in London. This week I carved out some time so decided to hire the Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II tilt shift lens for the occasion. Tilt shift lenses are perfect for using with landscape photography, especially cityscapes where the shift function corrects the perspective distortion normally suffered by wide angle lenses. This distortion causes buildings, particularly those at the edge of the frame, to angle in towards the centre of the frame.

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The Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II tilt shift can also be used to capture some excellent panoramas but that is the theme of next weeks video.

London Baby!!

I truly believe that London is one of the greatest cities in the world and provides some great opportunities for landscape photography. The cityscape of London is steeped in history and impressive buildings and skylines exist in every direction, especially down by the river Thames.

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The Plan

I started the day with a very clear vision of the images I wanted to achieve. I aimed to shoot North to South across the river making several iconic structures my subject, including the Shard and Tower Bridge. These have been photographed many times so I was aiming to elevate my images. Firstly by ensuring nice straight lines with the tilt shift lens and second by creating and interesting and ethereal feel using long exposure photography. I purchased a 16 stop ND filter for the occasion to achieve exposure times of around 6 minutes.

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An Emotional Day

I ended the day on the Greenwich peninsula to shoot across the river towards the bank buildings of Canary Wharf. Overall it was a superb day where I got back in touch with London, a city where I lived for ten years and know very well. The day was actually quite emotional for me as I walked around and remembered all the history I have tied up in the place. I was also very happy with the images I captured using the Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II tilt shift and was a nice break from my usually landscape photography shoots in the mountains.

Landscape Photography - Sunset in the Yorkshire Dales

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

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

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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Striving for the killer shot - Landscape Photography Vlog

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 - Mountain Weather and Changing Plans

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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Landscape Photography Vlog - Isle of Mull Part 2

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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Landscape Photography - Sunrise and Long Exposures

Landscape photography vlog at Flamborough Head in Yorkshire.

In this landscape photography vlog we head out at the crack of dawn to capture the sunrise and some amazing long exposure photography.

In this photography video blog I travel to Flamborough Head cliffs in North Yorkshire in search of some great landscape photography, a sunrise and some long exposures. My plan is to get up early, film the vlog, capture the images and create some time lapse videos.

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Landscape Photography Vlog - Ullswater and St Sunday Crag

A landscape photography vlog in the Lake District.

Vlog No. 7. In this landscape photography video blog I travel to the English Lake District again in search of the perfect sunset photograph.

When shooting landscape photography, planning is vital. I have spoken about this before but it is especially important with sunset photography. Finding the right spot with the sun in the right place is what can make the difference. Trekking out into the mountains ensures you will be achieving a unique shot that very few, if any, others have. You also need a little luck on your side that the weather will play along, especially in the Lake District.

I was also out to really put the Canon 5D mark IV through it’s paces for my upcoming review. The early indications are very impressive.

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Overcome disappointment, face your fear and capture great photos

A landscape photography vlog in the Lake District. 

A landscape photography vlog in the Lake District.

In this photography video blog I travel to the English Lake District in search of some great landscape photography. My plan is to climb a mountain, film a tutorial, capture some landscapes and film some time lapses.

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