Talks, Workshops and Commissions

As I sit down to write this brief news piece, I am literally dashing from one place to another. So far October has literally flown by as I found myself bouncing between, Cumbria, Northumberland, Snowdonia and Cheshire.

Not a complaint just an observation.

One thing that you cant help but notice is how beautiful the landscape is that we are privileged to witness.

At present, the rich autumnal colours are beginning to show themselves but I still feel that, like last year, they will not really explode until the final week in October.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the Durham Photographic Society for the warmest of welcomes a couple of weeks back. It was a pleasure to meet you all. I look forward to my return trip back up there in 2018 when a 'triple' event is being organised.

Snowdonia was fun and rekindled a lot of memories as we virtually lived there throughout the 80's and 90's.

A day trip up to Cwm Idwal with my wife Irene and our youngest son Rob had us talking about 'the old days'. I went for a cover shoot on a bright but blustery day and it proved very productive.

Irene and Rob with Tryfan magnificent in the background. The wind was near to gale force with winds reaching 54mph. There are times I am glad I am bald.....

Irene and Rob with Tryfan magnificent in the background. The wind was near to gale force with winds reaching 54mph. There are times I am glad I am bald.....

Other than that it is my 'normal' work that dictates and I am now back off to Cumbria for a week and a half of non stop workshops.

Last week I had three fabulous days on a 1-1workshop with only a smattering of the wet stuff but it dropped itself over the Duddon Valley just as Paul and I were arriving and his photographs that afternoon were very special as the 'god light' punched through the darkness that had descended.

This was taken on my iphone but you get the idea!

This was taken on my iphone but you get the idea!

We managed to shoot a sunset and a sunrise but to be honest the light didn't materialise in the way it could do. Still we returned to the Strands Inn after our early morning trip to a welcome pot of coffee and a plate full of toast

Later on we moved over to Birker Fell and then Devoke Water. Lunch was taken sat on the back of my car looking over towards a now rain affected Scafell.

Paul weighing up options by Devoke Water

Paul weighing up options by Devoke Water

The following day we went to Ennerdale and then over to Buttermere. Although the winds were still gusting, the water levels had dropped significantly from the previous week. Amazing how quickly the landscape recovers.

Sour Milk Ghyll, Buttermere. The week before the area where Paul is stood was 4' deep  as it was in spate

Sour Milk Ghyll, Buttermere. The week before the area where Paul is stood was 4' deep  as it was in spate

Awesome sight!

This 'twisty turny' weather has a habit of 'chucking up' great light displays for us.

I hope you catch a few soon. I back off up the road....