Langdale Pikes & Side Pike from Lingmoor Fell

Location: On the path from Blea Tarn House to the top of Lingmoor Fell

Camera Work: ISO 100, Raw(12bit), Focal length 62mm, F/5.3, 1/80sec, Color Mode II

Technique: Andrew & I had driven from Sheffield with the sole intention of walking Lingmoor Fell getting some snapshots and returning to Sheffield that evening. The intention is to return for a longer period - perhaps late Summer.

Post Capture: In Capture NX2

Picture Control: changed in camera default settings to

  • color mode - Mode IIIa
  • sharpening - High
  • Tone Compensation - High Contrast
  • Saturation - enhanced

Quick Fix:

  • exposure compensation -1.0ev
  • contrast 21%
  • highlight protection 28%
  • shadow protection 60%
  • curves adjustment

Crop - mainly to get rid of clipped highlights in the top right (cloud)

Inspiration: I'd never walked Lingmoor Fell before. While Camping at the Langdale National Trust camp site; Side Pike towered above us but the walk didn't ever look much. I was tempted only after seeing some of the photographs of Jon Allison So it was a first visit and I didn't really have much idea of what to expect. But....
The place is gorgeous; covered in heathers that must look amazing in August and with views of the Langdale Pikes, Bowfell, the Crinckles and Coniston. I could spend a week up here. Unfortunately the weather was awful and we had to be back in Sheffield that evening.

Frankly I didn't have to do much walking around to compose shots - they just appeared around every bend and over every raise in the ground. And thanks to the rain and snow the colours of the grass and heather were already saturated. The biggest problem was the sky and light which changed by the second thanks to the very high winds.

Style: almost a snapshot. The scene just appeared!

For more of the Lakes (incl. some of the Lingmoor Fell snapshots) see my Flickr Lake District set at

To investigate the walking route and/or download the route to your GPS follow the link to

Holkham in Winter (February 2009)

Location: Holkham Bay (again)
Ready for Take Off down the Holkham Runway

The first real snow of the winter was supposed to happen today. Unfortunately while the rest of the country had up to 20 inches of snow (the worst in 18 years), Norfolk only had an inch. With all the warning we had over the past week, I had planned to get some unusual photos on the beach and in the woods - Oh well I took off for the beach anyway.

All flights grounded!
The light was awful and the wind was howling and full of sleet. All in all a less than perfect day for taking pictures.

The wind was howling!

I have an enormous dislike of noise of any kind in my photos, so I stuck with ISO 100 for most photos and struggled with low shooting speeds (esp. with the high wind constantly buffeting me). I had to put all my confidence in my VR (vibration reduction) lens to keep my images sharp.

The sand was blown across the beach to cover the new snow on the dunes

The woods behind the dunes
Later in the woods, I had no option but to use ISO 1600 and later during post processing I was surprised to see little or no noise! Could the sub zero temperatures have had something to do with that?
more of the woods
On the way back to the car - soaked and frozen to the core this grey squirrel ran in front of me (just a couple of feet away) and up into the branch of a tree, just above my head. It wasn't in the least bit concerned by my presence. Even as I fumbled to get the camera out of its bag it just kept looking at me. I didn't feel I had much time to get the shot - so I pointed and shot at 1/5 sec. just as it decided to retreat to safer ground! Damn, I wish I'd left the camera on the Automatic program.

Fearless 'Nutty' the grey squirrel


© All rights reserved

Search This Blog