There is something very special about Autumn in the Lake District. This was taken on a stroll around Rydal Water. I spent over an hour just sat watching the fog roll around and the scene change. It was so peaceful. What could be better.
ME AND MY FAMILY
The one time I went to Chatsworth in Autumn 2012 it was foggy, very foggy. I had hoped to catch some of the amazing autumn colours there. Sometimes the lack of great light means you concentrate more on the composition. I spent 30 minutes moving a few metres to get the trees exactly where I wanted them.
This is one of my favourite images over the last few years and it didn’t just happen by accident. I had driven past the tree hundreds of times and always thought that it would make a great image but the conditions were never quite right for the shot I wanted.
It was one really cold morning in January when I finally took this image. The sun on this particular morning looked fantastic as there was just enough mist to create a ‘sun ball’ effect. I then realised as the sun was rising that there was a chance to grab the moment when the tree was hugging the sun as if it was trying to keep warm.
Sometimes the best photos are not planned - this certainly wasn't. I was on my way home and then all of a sudden there was an amazing golden glow. Luckily I knew I was only five minutes away from this location so I could take advantage of the conditions.
It was a case of jump out, check basic settings, point and shoot. I didn’t have time to use a tripod and instead I used a wall to good effect.
Winter Fire and Snow
I decided to take a detour on the way to work to see if I could get some winter sunrise photos for this exhibition. This was about 20 minutes before sunrise - an amazing glow!
It is tempting to lighten the foreground when post processing but I wanted to reflect the contrast between the fiery sky and cold hillside. This is an accurate reflection of what I saw.
Twisted Tree of Gummer's How
The Lake District is where my photography all started and Gummer's How has a place in my heart as I did so much B&W photography. I loved this tree and the parallel symmetry it creates with Lake Windermere.
These are a set of trees that I have visited and photographed many times. I was waiting for the right conditions right at the end of Autumn and got lucky this day.
Last Rays - Cape Cornwall
I have to be honest and say this was pure luck! I had gone to Cape Cornwall to photograph the sunset and gave up! Then when I was leaving in the car I say an amazing golden colour. Quickly stopping, I jumped out and had the perfect composition. Just press the shutter and done.
Flowing to Buttermere
This was taken on a wild camp in the Lake District above Buttermere on Haystacks. The evening was spectacular and the video I shot to accompany this image is still my favourite. I tried to use the shadow line to create a strong diagonal and powerful composition.
Windy! That best sums up this trip. I had travelled to Stanage Edge to photograph the heather at sunset but that was proving very difficult. So I decided to incorporate the movement of the grasses into the image. The trick was to get a long enough shutter speed so that I had sufficient movement and blurring effect whilst ensuring the camera didn’t move in the wind. A sturdy tripod that was well anchored helped. I also liked the way the wispy tufts of grass held the golden tones of the setting sun.
SUNRISE OVER THE GREAT RIDGE
The Great Ridge stretches two miles from Mam Tor to Lose Hill and has amazing 360 degree views. Sunrise is often spectacular on the ridge from Mam Tor.
From a previous visit I knew exactly where I wanted to position myself and achieved the perfect combination of no wind, mist in the two valleys and a silver lining in the clouds for the sun to break through.
Morning Sun Rays
This was one of my first morning trips up Bosley Cloud and I had hoped to get a glimpse of early autumn colours. There was a slight temperature inversion and the mist that hung in the valley created amazing rays of light. I accentuated them by using a medium zoom lens.
The cliffs at Flamborough are stunning. In this image I wanted to show the contrast between the grasses, cliffs and flat calm sea.
The heather is for me a sign that summer is coming to an end and Autumn is about to start. It is probably one of the most exciting times to be up on the moorlands of the Peak District. This simple composition reminds me of the very typical weather that we get around this time of year.