Autumn is probably my favourite time to visit the Lake District - having said that I can't remember a time when I have not been excited and satisfied with the seasons visual delights in the Lakes.
Having had a wonderful spectacle in my last photography workshop there in mid September when we were blessed with mists, sunshine and wonderful overcast tones it was hard to believe that 8 weeks later we could improve on those conditions. However those extra 8 weeks proved to provide a fresh and different mix of conditions for students to practise, learn and make some stunning photographs.
We started the photographic workshop at Rydal Water and were blessed with some idyllic still conditions that provided some excellent reflections. Following on from lunch we went onto Grasmere and enjoyed the great contrasts of the silver birch that looked stunning with the deep brown rich beach leaves that surrounded their base from the beach growth.
It seems to have become a custom on my lake district landscape workshops to get students into the water and this trip was no different - other than James had not brought his wellies so bravely rolled up his trousers and and went barefoot into the icy water.
As the sunset quickly the mist rose steadily across Grasmere providing some iconic reflections and atmospheric conditions
A pre-breakfast shoot on Sunday morning took us to closeby Bassenthwaite where we enjoyed some great light and mist as the sun rose.
Post breakfast we visited one of my favourite spots in the Lake District, Blea Tarn is a beautiful small tarn of water surrounded by gorgeous tones in the grasses and fells that really create some dramatic light and colour. The conditions were again great for reflections but also for making images that captured the more subtle tones of Autumn.
After a refuelling stop at the Dungeon Ghyll and the best homemade current cake you can could imagine we went onto Derwent to finish the day with a sunset shoot.
Monday we took on the challenge of Castlerigg stone circle before breakfast before heading off to Ullswater and Martindale.
The Lake District never disappoints, and whatever conditions the beautiful scenery always provides so many opportunities to make photographs. Sometimes they are the classic vista's and other times we can look for something different and develop our creative intention further.
My students were great company, willing to work hard, challenge and develop techniques and composition to not just create a photo but importantly learn how to use the light, subjects and framing to create something to be proud of.
My next Lake District landscape workshop is Feb 2015, why not join me for the weekend or just 1 of the days to experience and learn with me in this national treasure of a location.