Lake district Photography
It would be hard with words alone to describe the attraction of the Lake District. It would also be wrong to assume it is only enjoyed by photographers and fell walkers. The Lake District is loved by everyone who visits, and cherished by the lucky few who live in the National Park. My Lake District photographs stir memories of happy times, and prompt frequent returns. The photographs below show a few of my favourite Lake District locations, but more than that each photograph also brings bad vivid memories of the moment and the joy of being there and enjoying the Lake District landscape, and enjoyment felt being able to take these photographs.
Buttermere Lake District National Park Photographs
Both of these photographs were taken only minutes apart, the changing light in the Lake District never ceases to impress me and delivers some truly spectacular photographs. The first image taken moments before the suns rays rose above the fells shows a cool tranquil and slightly moody landscape. I like the symmetry created by the reflection of the trees and landscape receding into the mist. The gravel bed of the shallow lake adds a strong base to the photograph. Moments later the shore line is photographed illuminated by the first warm blanket of sunlight burning the mist away away revealing a richly coloured landscape. Moving further back from the lakeside the warm browns, oranges, and pinks are picked up in the foreground of the photograph adding texture and interest to the image. No two mornings are the same. And it is always a pleasure to return to familiar locations in the Lake District to photograph the same landscape under different conditions.
Ashness Bridge Lake District National Park Photographs
Photographs of the Lake District National Park can be found every where. It is a popular location with photographers. The difficulty lies in making your photographs of these popular iconic locations stand out from all the others. As a Landscape Photographer it is important for me to stamp my own style on a photograph. I am not afraid of visiting the well worn tracks and taking images such as this photograph of Ashiness Bridge. In this photograph I have taken a low viewpoint, selected black and white and set a slow shutter speed to add a little more interest to the photograph. The composition of the photograph is helped by standing in the middle of the beck, using the the flow of water to lead your eye through the photo to the bridge. Purchasing Lake District photographs from independent photographers such as Brian Northmore Photography allows the collector to find photos that have greater individuality than mass produced canvases gracing the large homeware stores.
Castlerigg Stone Circle
The Lake District is well known amongst photographers for the quality of light. Both of these photographs taken at Castlerigg Stone circle demonstrate this. Taken at opposite end of the day and looking in opposite directions. The photograph of the whole stone circle demonstrate the spectacular skies that can be presented with the rapidly changing lighting conditions caused by the Lake Districts constantly changing and varied weather conditions. In this photograph the stormy sky adds to the mood of the image, and the stone circle is defined by the strong lighting clearly describing the circle against the dark backdrop of the fell sides. The second image is an early morning photograph taken at the same Lake District location, but shows a smaller inner circle known as the sanctuary. The early morning light adds to the recession in the distant fells and the warm directional lighting add form and pick out the texture in the stones. Just two examples of the power the light has on Lake District Photographs.
Aira Force Waterfall
The Lake District as it name suggests is covered in water! Not all of it in lakes. There are some great photographs of waterfalls to be taken and Aira Force has to be one of the most dramatic. This photograph does not fully convey the death and darkness from the bottom of this gorge where the Aira beck can be seen cascading down below the bridge at the top of the photo. by careful control of shadow and highlight, and further manipulation of the green tones - and effect only possible with monochrome photography the detail and variation in the folliage is also captured adding interest to what otherwise would be a very dark image. The Photograph was not easy to capture the spray from the torrent of water had to be constantly wiped from the lens, the camera wrapped in protective cover.
I hope these images have given you a small insight into the photography within the Lake District National park. Maybe your inspired to visit and take some yourself? to see a larger selection of images please visit my online Lake District photography gallery and shop
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