Live and Dangerous!

I couldn’t have had a bigger contrast between my usual peaceful landscape photography and these shots from the Under 18 Talent Showcase at the Old Courts in Wigan. The Showcase event kicked off the Wigan Arts Festival in some style on Thursday night with a five act line up of local acts. My plan was…

Local Landscapes

It isnt always necessary to travel to our beautiful national parks in order to find a landscape worth photographing. With an open mind, the right lighting and a bit of imagination it is possible to find interesting images almost anywhere. My home town of Wigan doesn’t top anyones’ list of beauty spots to visit, but step…

Running around…

Photography probably isn’t the fist thing that enters your mind when you think of energetic and tiring activities. Gym work, running races or cycling maybe, but Photography? Surely all that exercises is your finger as you click the shutter button? I’m typing this blog update with aching thighs, a sore back and creaking joints after…

On a Lakeland Trail

A complete departure from my landscape pursuits this weekend with job in Cartmel photographing the runners at the Lakeland Trails races. The area may be famous for its sticky Toffee Pudding, but amongst trail runners it’s famous for its sticky muddy trails! After several days of heavy rain the course lived up to its reputation with…

Stormy Weather

I haven’t been able to get to my usual hunting grounds in Cumbria recently hence the lack of updates. Apart from some experimental, creative photography, (more of which later), I have managed to capture little of interest for the past couple of weeks. Storm Doris kept me indoors last week but having seen the spectacular…

Langdale Sunrise

A combination of work commitments and dreary weather meant the photo stocks were beginning to run short of material over the past week or so. Its sometimes good to take a break from shooting in order to catch up on processing the fruits of previous labour, but having worked my way through my archives digging…

Loughrigg Round Up

With a few gigabyte of images still to work my way through the poor weather may have been a blessing in disguise this weekend. For the first time in a while I wasn’t able to get out and about adding more images to the queue waiting to be processed, and actually had some time to sift…

Colour v Black & White

I’m still working my way through a trove of images from my dawn raid on the Lakes last weekend and having some trouble deciding on the final treatment for a couple of shots. As the sun rose that morning the colours over Lake Windermere became more vibrant by the second. This produced some glorious images,…

Dawn Raid!

If this spectacular winter weather continues I’m going to need a new alarm app for my phone. For the second week running my mobile failed to go off leaving me scrambling for kit and heading north at breakneck pace in order to catch a forecast fabulous sunrise in the Lake District. The plan had been…

Reflections

Winter hasn’t really happened yet in the UK.  I was lucky to catch a smattering of snow on some of the Lakeland summits last weekend, but we haven’t yet experienced sustained sub-zero temperatures or those pretty blankets of white across the landscape that make such attractive photographs. With a the forecast offering leaden skies and drizzle…

Derwentwater Dawn

  The forecast promised clear skies, low wind speeds and a dollop of sunshine around Keswick for Saturday morning. This usually means ideal conditions for a good sunrise over water and helped decide my location for a weekend of photo-hunting. It had also been over a fortnight since I had feasted my eyes on the delights of the…

Lake of Dreams

It seems like I have spent the past two weeks trawling through my image archives making the best of previously undeveloped pictures rather then getting out and about actually photographing stuff. The weather has been generally appalling with little in the way of obvious opportunities. The met office forecast some pretty lacklustre sleet showers for this…