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October 2020 and the very first visit to the Lakes this year due to you know what...

It was so good to get back up here again as I've really missed it, the Autumn colours are just starting to turn and even though it poured down for a large part of the day it didn't matter.

This was our first stop off point on this day and the water levels in the lake were absolutely perfect for this, the last time I came here you couldn't even see the old jetty beneath the water, the timing on this was really lucky too as pretty much as soon as I had got this shot it started to rain...

Huge thanks to Mike Tonge too for letting me borrow his cable release to get this portrait version, seeing as mine was playing up, that's now been whizzed into the bin...

Anyway, great to be back, and a couple more images to come.

The new little boathouse on the opposite side of the water is a welcome new feature.

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This is the last one I'll post from here and probably my favourite one.

The lighting up here this day was nothing short of incredible with a passing storm front it was changing dramatically minute by minute from really dark to really light, dappled light, and pretty much everything inbetween including driving wind, rain, and hail.

Snow covered Blaven at the rear, and the snow covered peak to the fore would completely vanish for long periods before reappearing looking dramatic as ever.

This shot was a case of setting up the shot, waiting and watching for the best conditions to (maybe) appear where you could at least see everything.
This was the resulting image with all the peaks illuminated, the house, and the foreground rocks underneath a really powerful sky, in a location like this it's very tempting to just snap away but waiting can often be far more productive.

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Into September now and I still haven't been back to the Lake District since C19 kicked off, I guess I'm just builing up a appetite for it... I decided on the spare of the moment without even bothering to check the weather to book a few days in Snowdonia, I fiugred that even if the weather went dreary I could just head to Dinorwic Quarry and embrace the gloom as it often looks great in wet and dramatic weather....

I'd never really got anything I liked from this location before and hadn't planned to shoot it on this trip, but the B&B was only 5 minutes away, the conditions looked good the night before, and I'd also get my breakfast before a day in the hills so I talked myself into it...

As it happens I'm glad I did as this is to date the best image I've got from here, definitely worth crouching down in the water and getting a soaked backside for anyway!

The eruption of light over the tops of Dinorwic was great but quiet brief, the hardest part of getting this shot was getting the tree as still as possible during the exposure as you can see by the water movement it was (annoyingly) fairly windy, a couple of grads on for the sky was giving me around a second and then just had to stare at the tree to wish it to keep still.

For anyone like minded who is wondering, the Breakfast was great :-) even with a wet backside.


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I've been after this shot for a good while now, timing was always going to be the key here along with when I was free, I'd planned to shoot it a week before this but the warm weather meant all the roads were heavily congested into the area with people heading for beaches....

This is the result of about 4-6 weeks weather watching, and this evening was the first night where it was going to be dry, not much wind, and where the (right height) tide, and Sunset were all pretty much aligned.

The high tide at under 7m was low enough not to swallow the entire hull of the boat so it was all systems go! Mike Tonge, and Mike Muddyboots decided to join me for an evenings shooting as well which was great.

I've been panicking a bit as the wrecked boat is due to be removed so this night was possibly my best or only chance at getting what I wanted, I ended up with 3 shots that I'm really happy with, so it's job done for this one.

Having been marooned since November 2019, Beached Yacht, 'Celestial Dawn' rests on her side at Lytham, on the Lancashire Coast..

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Somehow I've managed to miss uploading all my images from 3 trips to this fantastic abandoned slate Quarry in North Wales, I'm not sure how but here's one from my first visit up here.

More of an afternoon exploration and scouting trip really than a planned shoot but some really dramatic weather and light breaks made it ideal for this scene with the focal point top Quarry building lit up, and lower levels lit for great detail standing out from the dark and foreboding Mount Snowdon to the rear.

I'd tried to get across to the buildings on the other side but failed as the written guide I had was back at my B&B and the route I tried to take was far too dangerous, being on my own I saw sense and called it a day for that trip.

I did eventually get over to the other side via a really long and very enjoyable walk where I got to explore pretty much all of the quarry, when I looked back from the other side at the route I had first tried to take I thought I must have been mad , the need to explore almost taking over any sensible thoughts of a safe route to take.

I'll upload more images from here, and hoping to go for another few visits soon, it's been too long, can't believe this is nearly 2 years ago.

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