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  • Better Photos Blog 4:41 pm on July 3, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: Buttermere, Cumbria, , ,   

    Buttermere in the Lake District 

    Photographing Buttermere

    Buttermere Reflections

    Photograph of Buttermere

    Buttermere is a beautiful Lake District mere surrounded by mountains. The village of Buttermere and the lake itself are very popular with tourists, so if you want to photograph the lake an early start is required to avoid the crowds.

    The pines at the south-east corner of the lake have been photographed by thousands of people. The view of Buttermere pines from the roadside has become a ‘classic image’ but many other parts of the lake shore offer interesting view points and features. It’s worth exploring with your camera. A level path enables you to make an easy circuit of the lake.

    The above photograph was taken from the shore looking across the water towards the pines and Lambing Knott. I liked the reflection of the sweeping drystone wall.

    Location info:

    There are car parks in Buttermere village and at Gatesgarth Farm. Grid reference of the location from which this photograph was taken: NY 185 152.

  • Better Photos Blog 6:57 am on June 21, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: Coniston, Cumbria, , Kelly Hall Tarn, , Torver   

    Kelly Hall Tarn, Coniston 

    Kelly Hall Tarn, Torver Common, Lake District

    Kelly Hall Tarn near Coniston

    I discovered this beautiful little tarn when I was researching my book Waterside Walks in Cumbria and the Lake District. One of the walks in the book passes beside it.

    A ‘tarn’ is a mountain lake or pool, formed in a hollow excavated by a glacier. The word is derived from the Old Norse word tjörn meaning pond. It is a commonly used term for lakes and pools in the mountainous areas of Cumbria.

    Kelly Hall Tarn is a particularly attractive example and is located on Torver Back Common near Coniston, in the Lake District. You can frame the tarn with a backdrop of spectacular mountains, which include ‘The Old Man of Coniston’.

    Location info: From Coniston, Cumbria follow the A593 to Torver. Turn left onto the A5084 and travel for 0.7 miles until you reach a garage at Beckstones. Park opposite the garage and walk up the track and onto the Common. The tarn is a short walk away. Grid Reference: SD 288 932.

  • Better Photos Blog 5:13 pm on April 18, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: Crummock water, Cumbria, ,   

    Photographing Crummock Water 

    Crummock Water in the Lake District

    Location info:

    Crummock Water is located next to Buttermere. Follow the B5289 from Cockermouth or Keswick. Grid Reference of the location in the video: NY 160 198. The area is known as Fletcher Field. You can park next to the road and walk down to the lake shore.

  • Better Photos Blog 1:44 pm on April 16, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: Allonby, Coast, Cumbria, , Solway   

    Photography along the Cumbrian Coastline. 

    Allonby in Cumbria.

    This is a short video clip (using my phone) from the beach at Allonby in Cumbria. Allonby is a small village, located on the Cumbrian coast, north of Maryport. It’s a good location for photography and a place to capture some great sunset shots.

    Allonby is busy over the summer months but the surrounding areas get few visitors. There are miles of sandy beaches where you can find solitude and enjoy taking photographs.

    Location info:

    Allonby is located north of Maryport in Cumbria. From Maryport, follow the B5300 along the coast until you reach the village. There are free parking areas dotted along the coastline from south of the village up to Silloth.

  • Better Photos Blog 7:52 am on March 31, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: , Cumbria,   

    Caldbeck, Cumbria – a great place to take photographs 

    River at Caldbeck, Cumbria

    Looking for a fabulous place to explore with your camera, that’s away from the hustle and bustle? Then head for Calbeck, Cumbria.

    Caldbeck is a traditional Cumbrian village located just outside the northern edge of the Lake District National Park. There’s a wide variety of interesting subjects to photograph. Caldbeck Common offers wild, sweeping views; there’s a village green with a pond; the cottages are ‘chocolate box pretty’ and the river has attractive rapids and waterfalls.

    Location fact file: There is a public car park in the centre of the village, next to the river. Grid ref: 322 398. You can explore the village and surrounding area from here.

  • Better Photos Blog 9:01 am on February 28, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: aperture priority, , , Cumbria, , ,   

    BBC Radio Cumbria interview on Friday, 26th February, 2010 

    I was interviewed again on Friday, 26th February at the BBC Radio Cumbria studios. This time, I talk about aperture settings, shooting in burst mode and discuss a favourite photography location in the Lake District, Cumbria.

    The interview can be listened to again using the BBC iPlayer. Press start and move the slider to 1 hour into the show. (It will be available for a few more weeks.)

    You can hear my interview on BBC Radio Cumbria by following this link:


  • Better Photos Blog 11:39 am on January 21, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: Cumbria, , Friar's Crag, Keswick, , photo locations, , Theatre by the Lake   

    View across frozen Derwentwater, Lake District 

    I took this photograph last week when Derwentwater in the UK Lake District was frozen over. It was a bright, sunny morning and the views were spectacular.

    Frozen Derwentwater, Lake District, UK

    Frozen Derwentwater

    It’s taken from near Friar’s Crag, an attractive viewpoint which overlooks the lake with views across to the popular peak of Cat Bells. It is a short walk from Theatre by the Lake in Keswick. The water level was low, so I could get low down for this shot and show the boulders in the foreground.

    This area is a good place to photograph at any time of year but get there early to avoid jostling with other photographers and sight seers. On sunny mornings, the peaks are lit with a beautiful warm glow, making them even more photogenic.

    Location fact file: Friar’s Crag, Derwentwater. Grid Reference: NY 263 222. Park on the pay and display near Theatre by the Lake in Keswick. Walk down towards the lake and past the boats and jetties. Continue walking along the path that runs parallel to the lake for around 5 minutes. Friar’s Crag is a rocky knoll on the lake shore.

  • Better Photos Blog 4:17 pm on January 3, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: Bassenthwaite, Cumbria, , Dodd, Lake District Info,   

    Alpine Scenery in the Lake District, UK 

    This is a short video clip showing the views from the top of a small peak called Dodd, which is located near Lake Bassenthwaite.

    It was taken using my Nokia 97 mobile phone earlier today. I just wanted to share the alpine scenery with you.

    Location info:

    Dodd is a 502 metre high peak located near Lake Bassenthwaite in the UK Lake District. It’s summit can be reached by parking just off the A591 at Mirehouse, on the car park next to the Old Mill Tearoom (grid ref: NY 235 281). Walk up through the woods following Skill Beck. Red Squirrels can be seen in the woods and Ospreys nest there in summer.

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