I've just returned from a week in the Lake District National Park. Unlike last year, which was a trip dedicated to photography, this year's trip was a family holiday. However, the presence of my family is never one to stop me from making photographs.
This was the best week I have had in the Lake District as we enjoyed some great weather although we also endured a little not so great weather too. Despite my best laid plans though, I only had one opportunity to use my large format camera which was during dawn at Blea Tarn.
The weather actually allowed for a second early start with this camera but I was thwarted by an embarrassing oversight the day before which left me with no fuel in the car until the local filling station opened by which time the best light had long gone.
I did haul my large format kit up Cat Bells for the second year running only for the weather to follow the exact same pattern it did last year; sun as we set off and cloud by the time we reached the top although with a much stronger wind this time. I didn't even remove my rucksack from my back. That picture of Newlands Valley I started last year remains unfinished business for now.
The Panasonic GF1 proved to be the perfect camera for the trip and didn't miss a beat, even after tumbling out of the back of the car. There was no messing about with different lenses (I've found the 20mm pancake lens and my legs are all I need) and without the need for a tripod or for peering into a tiny viewfinder (except when the sun is too bright) it's just perfect for photographing the landscape while out walking. My only accessories were three neutral density filters and holder plus the electronic viewfinder which makes for a wonderfully light kit bag.
I will no doubt be posting images from my trip in this blog over the coming weeks so watch this space and my latest work gallery.
While I was away autumn proper seems to have finally arrived in the southwest so it's back to Dartmoor next week before the leaves drop.