BMC Lancs Guide out

In August 2016 the BMC Lancs Guide was released, I’d done a lot of climbing action photography for this, and was very pleased that nearly 40 of my images were chosen. Many thanks to all the patient climbers who allowed me to photograph their efforts. I visited many Lancs venues I’d not been to before, and enjoyed some great days out. Here are some of my favourite images.

Helen Boothman on Pendulum Swing, Blackstone Edge

Helen Boothman on Z Crack, Cow's Mouth

Helen Boothman on Tarot Wall, Witches

Dave Mann on Gauntlet Route, E3, Ousels Nest

Jim Rogers on Red Wall Direct, Egerton, E1 5b

Alex Barber on The Fireman's Slippery Pole, HVS, Thorn Crag

Emily Huzzard on Mohammed, Denham

Alex and Emily on Sportos, Stronstrey Bank, with the village cri

Alison Athroll on Peel Off, Witches

Alex Barber on Shriek of Baghdad, Farleton

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Gareth Williams on Daytona Wall, Cow's Mouth

Cape Wrath Trail – South

A year or so ago, I learned of the Cape Wrath Trail. To quote walkhighlands.co.uk, this is  “a long distance walk from Fort William to the northwesternmost point of mainland Britain, Cape Wrath. It is a superb route for very experienced long-distance backpackers, passing through magnificent wild landscapes for most of the route“. The more I read about it, the more I wanted to do it. After careful research and testing of gear, and lots of training walks with a heavy pack, I drove up to Fort William the end of May 2016. Limitations of time meant that I intended to do the route in two halves, and this trip was to do the southern half. It was to take 7 days. Here are some images from this walk, I’ve placed them in order. Conditions were mostly superb. I saw no rain, little cloud, and the bogs and deep river crossings which can make the trail tricky were completely absent. There was also enough wind to keep the midges away!

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Day 1 – Walking down the side of Loch Linnhe, early morning sunlight filtering through the trees.

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Day 1 – small lochan in Cona Glen.

Cape Wrath Trail Day 2 - Glenfinnan to Glenn Dessary

Day 2 – heading towards the bealach at the top of Glen Finnan

Cape Wrath Trail Day 2 - Glenfinnan to Glenn Dessary

Day 2 – wild camp by Lochan A’Mhaim

Cape Wrath Trail Day 3 - Glen Dessary to Barisdale

Day 3 – rickety bridge near Carnoch

Cape Wrath Trail Day 3 - Glen Dessary to Barisdale

Day 3 – descending to Barisdale from Mam Unndalain

Cape Wrath Trail Day 4 - Barisdale to Kinlochhourn

Day 4 – Ladhar Bheinn from the path to Kinlochhourn

Cape Wrath Trail Day 4 - Barisdale to Kinlochhourn

Day 4- looking west up Loch Hourn, Isle of Skye in the distance.

Cape Wrath Trail Day 5 - Kinlochhourn to Morvich

Day 5 – a rare cloudy morning, brightened up later. The Forcan ridge as I headed up to yet another bealach. Crossed a lot of bealachs on this trip!

Cape Wrath Trail Day 5 - Kinlochhourn to Morvich

Day 5 – from the bealach, looking down along Glen Shiel.

Cape Wrath Trail Day 5 - Kinlochhourn to Morvich

Day 5 – the ridge looking N from Meallan Odhar

Cape Wrath Trail Day 6 - Morvich to Maol Bhuidhe

Day 6 – early morning in Strath Croe, heading up to the Falls of Glomach.

Cape Wrath Trail Day 6 - Morvich to Maol Bhuidhe

Day 6 – herd of Deer near Iron Lodge

Cape Wrath Trail Day 6 - Morvich to Maol Bhuidhe

Day 6 – my lodgings for the night, I was sole resident of the wonderfully situated and very isolated Maol Bhuidhe bothy

Cape Wrath Trail Day 7 - Maol Bhuidhe to Achnashellach

Day 7 – if you want to photograph summer sunrises in Scotland, you have to get up at stupid o’clock. It can, however, be worth it….

Cape Wrath Trail Day 7 - Maol Bhuidhe to Achnashellach

Day 7 – sun rising at Maol Bhuidhe bothy

In summary, an absolutely wonderful walk in perfect conditions. I am already planning a return visit to do the northern half!

Low Lying Mist

Drove over the Snake Pass on Saturday and as I passed the Ladybower Reservoir, noticed low lying mist on the water, backlit by the early morning sun. Parked up and popped down to the waters edge for some photos –

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Just hanging around….

….to quote the Stranglers. Been doing quite a bit of rock climbing photography in Aug / Sept for the upcoming BMC Peak Limestone North guide. Here’s a couple of sample pictures of Emily climbing on Moat Buttress in lower Cheedale.

Emily on Alfloat in the Moat

Emily on Alfloat in the Moat

Emily on Alfloat in the Moat

Emily on Alfloat in the Moat – 2

“Now how on earth does he take those shots?” you might be wondering…or not…well I’m going to tell you anyway. Good rock climbing shots usually need the subjects face in view, and ideally all 4 limbs, which means they need to be taken from above. At Moat Buttress this means fixing a rope up an adjacent route (thanks Al!) and then me jumaring up the rope to a good viewpoint (memo to self. need to get better at jumaring – that was hard work!) . Anyway, here’s a shot Al took of me in position and at work…

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Hanging around on Moat Buttress. Thanks to Al Barber for the pic, and for getting the rope up there for me to ascend.

 

Cheedale Reflections

Out on a rock climbing photoshoot last Sunday, there is something about the steep sided valley of Cheedale and the patches of tranquil water that creates mysterious and beautiful reflections.

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Cheedale Reflections

Lakes sept 2014

A short break in the Lake District (thanks to our daughters), wonderful weather and a very nice hotel. A few images –

Night sky from Windermere Lodore Falls South End of Derwent Water South End of Derwent Water II Not a good morning for spiders Otter Island, Derwent Water Looking south down Derwent Water

Hollingworth Clough

Been pretty busy lately, not much time for photography. However I managed to get a free morning to go for a photo walk round Hollingworth Clough, on the western slopes of Kinder Scout. Fairly flat light for the most part, which meant I could concentrate on shots of the heather. It was slightly past its best, but I could still find clumps that were well worth spending some time on.

Heather at Hollingworth Clough

Heather and Hey Brows

Heather and Lone Tree

Browsing through the archives

I’ve been enjoying the On Landscape videos on Youtube which cover use of Lightroom for Landscape Photography, and picked up several really useful tips. Armed with this new knowledge you then think to yourself “I have several images I wasn’t really happy with but now know how to process better”. Such as the attached…

Sunset, Crackington Haven, Cornwall

 

 

 

 

 

Ladybower Reservoir, Mists

Some trials with ICM

In search of some exercise and fresh air, we went on one of our favourite walks down lower Monsal Dale, in the peak district. It had been very rainy, and the day involved much finding of driest ways around large patches of deep mud. Light was flat – little sun to be seen – so I decided to experiment with some ICM (Intentional Camera Movement) shots. These are some of the results.

Zooming in on rushes

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Autumn Maple

We have a lovely small maple in the corner of our garden and it’s just now reaching peak colour. In the mornings the sun catches the top of the tree and the colours glow, yesterday there was a heavy dew and I wondered out with my camera and macro lens. This was the result. _K5D4791

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