Cumbria, Snowdonia and Provence.....

The month of May flew by and I can't recall stopping throughout it. thats not a complaint but an accurate observation.

Whilst I had a great time meeting new people on my workshops, it was also a week when my wife and I were taking a holiday.

Irene had booked us in for a week in Provence and it did not disappoint.

This was  our first real foray into France and it won't be our last.

Fuji kindly asked me to document my time there as I was using the X pro 2 as an all round camera and that blog will be appearing via their good selves soon.

I will keep you posted.

We experienced weather in the mid to high 80's whilst there and returned to the UK in rain. Shorts and sandals were not the wisest choice as we walked down the aircraft steps.

Contrasts eh ha ha.......

However it did buck up and the day after arriving home I was back on the road again to my 'other home' in Western Cumbria to engage in a series of workshops.

As soon as I got back I took a slight detour and spent a fantastic day in Snowdonia. After my talk at Mold Camera Club earlier this year, I received several request to run workshops for different people and one of them, Hilary Denison had bought and X pro 1 and wanted me to show her it's full potential. I am pleased to say she was delighted with the results.

Hilary getting the most from her X Pro 1

Hilary getting the most from her X Pro 1

I love Snowdonia and after meeting at the Moel Siabod Cafe in Capel Curig we headed on out to Lyn Ogwen in the shadow of the magnificent Tryfan. A cracking day and I look forward to seeing her and her husband later on in the year.

If you have never been to the area then its a must and so is the cafe. I know Nick Livesey and John Rowell who are part of the Soul of Snowdonia gallery that is there and I would urge you to go and look at their magnificent work.

I then returned to Cumbria and the Keswick area and spent a productive and enjoyable day around the shores of Derwent Water with Anthony who was trying landscape photography for the first time.

Anthony lining up his shot.

Anthony lining up his shot.

He loved it and produced a number of superb images to take home. Another highlight of the day was the entrepreneurial Crow that swooped down and deftly took part of my packed lunch from the side of my camera bag as I was distracted teaching Anthony!

I have to applaud its skill. It then sat looking at me, mocking from around 40' as it invited his friends to come along and enjoy 'my feast'.....ha ha ha

Never a dull moment.

I recently delivered a blog to BERGHAUS regarding 'adventure and photographing nearer home' and you can read it here .

Today I am preparing for my next trip up to the Lakes and will be out and about on the Western side.  

Heres hoping for interesting weather......