2016 has been a great year for me and I have been enjoying my photography; landscapes, weddings, portraits and family shoots. My 1-100 project was started in February and finished just before the end of the year and I am looking forward to producing the book. I have shot some wonderful weddings and parties, families and pets, met some incredible people. The workshops and walking days have been a lot of fun.
Thank you to everyone who made it all possible!
I have put together a list of my favourite landscape image from each month, taken during 2016. It wasn't an easy task as I have so many favourites from the year, most of them were from November when we had the snow! So I decided to choose one from each month. I hope you like my selection.
Happy New Year!
I love photographing the winter, so January is always a good month. The dawn is at a more civilised hour, the sun is low in the sky offering some lovely light and there is often snow and mist. This image was taken at Grasmere, where we had snow, mist and great light.
I had been at home most of the day, but late in the afternoon I decided to visit Castlerigg Stone Circle as there had been some lovely clouds that day, and I do love the stone circle with dramatic clouds. However, while I was there I saw the amazing crepuscular rays over Causey Pike, so I put on the long lens to capture those instead.
During an afternoon walk in the Wythop Woods, I spotted the light filtering through the trees, highlighting this lovely little orange leafed tree.
Buttermere is one of my favourite areas to visit early in the morning and this morning in April did not disappoint at all. There was a light haze in the air and as the sun got higher in the sky it shone through the haze and the shadow of Fleetwith Pike giving us these lovely rays. I love the light in the grass behind the pines giving a line of vivid colour.
The Lakes had a fairly dry few weeks in late spring, so waterfalls were running very slowly. I took a walk to Moss Force at the top of Newlands Valley. The lower falls were trickling. I climbed almost to the top and found this little ledge with a small pool into which the upper part of the falls dropped, before the water makes its way down. It was lined with moss and sheltered from the elements. A dark spot which allowed a long exposure to capture the trickling water against the dark background gave this image a mystical element.
A very early start and a visit to Manesty Woods on Derwentwater. It was a very still and hazy morning. As I was walking around the bay at Otter Island this branch stuck in the water caught my eye. The very soft shoreline, the pale colours and the simple image leaves me feeling very tranquil.
I decided to take an evening walk to Warnscale Bothy to capture the bothy at sunset. As I had my camera gear with me I took the easy route from Honsiter Slate Mine. It was a stunning evening. I reached the bothy and sat for a while with a cup of coffee waiting for the sun to set. Suddenly the rays of light starting filtering through the clouds down into the valley. A moment I was very pleased to have captured.
I woke up early on this August morning and looked out the window. I could see the mist and clouds low around Skiddaw so decided I need to get to the lake. I got myself ready in double quick time to get to the lake shore at Hursthole Point. It was a pastel dawn with low clouds around the fells and being summer the trees and shrubs were very green. I love the contrast of the few bits of vivid green against the blue morning glow.
My friend was visiting, so we made an early start to get to Buttermere for dawn. We drove via Honister, where the pass was full of mist, then down to the lake shore. It was very foggy, but we sat with out coffee and just enjoyed the still and warm morning. As the fog started to lift the pines were revealed with the little white house.
I was leading a group for a photography walk over haystacks. We approached from Gatesgarth Farm, up Warnscale Beck to the bothy, and from there over Haystacks and down via Scarth Gap. There was lovely light that morning and stunning clouds, as we approached the beck the clouds clung to the Haystacks summit leaving it looking very dramatic and ominous.
Choosing my favourite image from November was tough. I had several images I was really pleased with, including Striding Edge at Night, but in the end I settled for Crystal Tips, the reflection of the sunset on the snow capped Skiddaw. The image was taken from Ashness Jetty, where there were several photographers waiting for the sunset, which was spectacular that evening. But for me it was the view behind that caught my eye. The sunset just hightlighting the ridges of Skiddaw, the light covering of snow and the pastel pink sky.
I had wanted to visit Spout Force for a while, but every time I made the trip I couldn't cross the beck, as the water was too high or too powerful. On this day in early December, the beck was running gently and I was able to cross to get to the gorge where the waterfall is. A beautiful rock gorge lined with moss. The waterfall itself is about 40 foot it falls into a pool in its own gorge which ten has a step of a two feet that fans out into a second pool. There was a lot of spray from the powerful water so I was constantly wiping the lens, but a great place to visit, I love the contrast of the white water and the dark rock.