On the last trip I was with a couple of friends and our goal was to hike the Old Man of Coniston, with a grade 3 scramble on the way up on Dow Crag. For this trip I’m setting up base camp at Windermere Youth Hostel. I’ve booked camping space for two nights and have access to the facilities in the hostel. So I can cook in the kitchens and use the toilets and showers.
I’m taking it relatively easy with the hiking, I’ve got a couple of locations in mind for shots, they aren’t too far out of the way for me to hike to. I’ll be taking my time at each location, looking for solid compositions and hopefully great natural light. Even if the weather isn’t great I do have some shots in mind where the bad weather would create some great interest in the shots.
My Kit List…
As well as all my camping gear I’ll be taking my D800 body, tripod, filters and three lenses. My first is a 24-85mm lens, it’s not ultra wide but will be wide enough for the shots I want. Then I’ll be taking a 70-300mm lens and a 50mm prime so I have a few options for framing shots at different focal lengths. The 50mm prime I always carry if I can, I love that lens!
Filters wise, my Lee 100mm reverse graduated ND and a couple of graduated ND filters will be getting packed. I’ll also be taking a 10 stop ND filter for long exposure shots and a polarising filter too. That should give me enough hardware to play around with. Lastly, my trusty remote shutter will be coming with me too.
Inspiration for shots…
I’ve been looking at a lot of shots from around Lake Windermere and seen some great photos. Wherever possible I want to try and put my own spin on some of the more popular locations, but I also want to find some shots from less trodden areas. I want to pick out scenes and subjects that haven’t been photographed as much as the usual cliched and done to death shots. The cliches are cliches because they work though, so I might end up with one or two.
I’m hoping for some early morning mist on the lake, some nice sunrise and sunset shots and also some black and white shots too. If the weather is kind to me, then that’s great. If not I can work around that and hopefully take advantage of the bad weather for some moody shots.
If I do manage to get some decent shots, they will be available to purchase in the shop section of my website, as solid wood framed or unframed prints or on canvas.