• Cumbrian Spring

      Most of my friends already know that I don’t manage to get up for a dawn shoot very often…I can think of three or four times is all. Last week I was lecturing in Cumbria and a photo-friend, who lives in the area, offered to spend time with me photographing the northern lakes. No surprise that it was almost 12 noon by the time I was ready to leave Cockermouth. All things considered, we were very lucky, with some lovely mild weather (for March) and calm waters on Buttermere and Crummock Water. The Buttermere pines are a favourite subject for many photographers but it is probably 20 years since…

  • Shooting into the Sun

    We’ve had some clear sunny skies during the last week or so but from our house I can never see a sunset, because the sun goes down behind a hill way before it sets. So I’ve taken to going up even higher, or going around the hill, where I can to shoot against the setting sun and use flare to reduce the contrast and romanticise the picture. This suggests a question “can shooting into the sun damage the digital SLR camera sensor?”. There is much advice on the web but it is hard to find the definitive answer and it is all a matter of degree. The sun’s brightness can vary…

  • The Pennine Way at Millstone Edge, Standedge

    I was pleased, yesterday, when the postie brought me a package. It turned out not to be a birthday present, but instead was the Pentax 16-50 DA* lens, which had packed in at Whitby in November and has been about three months away for repair. The repair cost an arm and a leg and included a new motor, so I was keen to try it out and make sure everything was working fine. Luckily, this morning was fine and sunny. We decided that we would go out for lunch to the Church Inn near Saddleworth Church before going for a walk with cameras. My husband likes the beer at the Church…

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