It’s some while since I last visited the Lakes. I figured, the only real way to photograph them was to join a group of like minded saddos, also eager to peel back the bedsheets before having had a proper opportunity to inspect the inside of the eyelids. It might seem crazy to the average snapper but you’re not going to capture those ealy morning hues amd mists if you leave it much later in the summer months. Also, I don’t know the local area and could ill afford to waste time. A short trip isn’t going to be enough time to research the surrounding countryside and I needed some guidance here so I enlisted onto a landscape photographic workshop. Our guide and mentor was Landscape Photographer of the Year, Mark Littlejohn. Mark has a wealth of knowledge of this area. apart from this, he gave me a whole new way of looking at subjects such as forests and landscapes. It doesn’t bring the pennies in for me, but being out in the countryside gives me a way to break free from the shackles of deadlines and the pressures of work. Creating nice images of what I enjoy looking at is a bonus. Knowing how to get the best from what I’m looking at is an added bonus. Mark was simply superb. Whilst I may have been taking pictures for a living for 33 years, I am in no way comparible to someone like Mark with a wealth of knowledge of a subject and area I know little about.
Looking at each individual compostition, I have learnt how to take a lot more into consideration. Sometimes, we look at a picture and just go wow – that looks amazing! we aren’t necessarily sure why, but by disecting a landscape into different elements it starts to become clear. We can all learn more, not least of all me. I now have a set of photos from the Lake District I can be proud of but could I do it on my own next time? Probably not. Technically, maybe but I still lack one fundemental necessity – local knowledge of the area.
You can see my gallery ‘Hidden Lakes’ by clicking here
If you’d like to look at some of Mark’s amazing landscapes, click here