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

    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, , , Kelly Hall Tarn, Lake District, 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, , Lake District,   

    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 9:19 pm on March 27, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: , Lake District, , photography tuition   

    Better Photos Video 

  • Better Photos Blog 11:39 am on January 21, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: , , Friar's Crag, Keswick, Lake District, 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 6:26 pm on January 3, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: best camera, Chase Jarvis, Lake District, mobile phone photos   

    Use your Best Camera 

    Great to be outdoors today, magnificent snow-covered scenery. I didn’t take my camera but managed to get a few snaps using the camera on my mobile phone.

    Remember: As well-known US photographer Chase Jarvis says (and has written a book about) Your best camera is always the one you have with you, even if it is a mobile phone.

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