Lakeland Festival of Light
The weekend of 4th May 2019 saw the Lakeland Festival of light where hundreds of people ( in fact they recon 2,000 people attended) take place. It’s an amazing sight to see where lots of people wear head torches and walk up Catbells which is situated overlooking Derwentwater at Keswick. They do this in the evening whilst its still light, then they make a human line up the ridge line of Catbells and once dark they illuminate their head torches. This is all done in aid of various charities, this years charity was Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Dogs. I met up with my good friend and very established professional photographer Gary Gough. We had decided to climb up Latrigg Fell which is on the opposite side of Derwentwater to Catballs to hopefully catch some great images of the event whilst overlooking Keswick.
Whist up in the Lakes we had decided to spend the night up there and go for an early sunrise photo of the iconic backlit trees at Buttermere. After Catbells we set off over Honister Pass to find a layby where we parked up for the evening, Gary had his van with all the home comforts so Sausage Butties and the odd can of beer sufficed for a late supper as it was knocking on towards midnight. Early start it was for the sunrise, in fact i think we were up at 5.00 am. We had not parked far from the location we wanted and when we got there the conditions were looking fantastic. Buttermere was like a still pond, the reflections of the mountains in the lake were amazing, just a case of waiting for the sun and the light to appear over the tops of the mountains. We were not disappointed, in fact i think i got one of my best photos of the year so far. A 5 shot pano stitched together. You can see the events of the trip as Gary who is a YouTube Vlogger recorded the mornings activities for his Youtube channel.
Bluebells at Fishgarth Woods
After some breakfast we then set off for the south Lakes, headed back down towards Ambleside and a lovely little woods called ” Fishgarth Woods”. The Bluebells were look so vibrant and colourful the whole woodland looked amazing. Yet with so much to photograph i found myself struggling to actually get a decent composition. Shooting in woodland i find difficult as it tends to be very busy in the context that there is to much going on in the scene. Managed to get a couple of photos but a trip back there is definitely needed next year. Again Gary’s Vlog gives you a good idea of the day.