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Seeing as Winter is rapidly approaching I thought I'd post this one up from earlier in the year, it's looking increasingly unlikely I'll be going to Iceland in the Winter again this coming year with everything that's currently going on, I can't even get out to travel and shoot much in this Country let alone abroad until things change... but I guess most of us are in the same boat for now...

This was shot at sunrise at Jokusarlon on the South East Coast of Iceland, there was a tinny little window of opportunity where the sun was going to be visible due to the very heavy clouds, so when it popped it's head over the horizon you had to be ready...

The ice to the rear is acting as a great light splitter, projecting the warm light towards the main Ice Berg as if it was a red carpet (well OK orange....) for it's arrival onto the black sands.

Even though it was this year, this seems like an absolute age away now!

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This is a location I've been meaning to do for some time now but for one reason and other just didn't get around to doing it, seeing as we were now allowed to go back to the Lakes again (now revoked again...) few of us finding ourselves free decided to have a ride up here and this place was on the agenda.

Contrary to the weather forecast it decided to pour down at the time we had planned to visit so we got a good soaking walking here and shooting for the first 45 minutes or so until it cleared up and we got sporadic bursts of light.

I really liked this spot which has plenty of possibilities but it isn't the easiest place to walk about or set up, a big thanks to Mike Tonge for bringing his golfing umbrella and holding it over me while it was still raining, a massive help in this location! I just need to find a way to stop my specs from steaming up at the same time now.... !

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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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