It happens to me every so often. At night I get an itch to photograph something beautiful and decide to wake up at some horribly early hour and drive to the location in which this beautiful thing resides. In this case, the horribly early hour was 3:30am and the beautiful thing was Seven Sisters in Eastbourne. Called so because the cliffs comprise seven distinct peaks, or heads, this landmark site has drawn visitors, including myself forever.
I have tried on numerous occasions to capture this image and have always failed. Either by the time I got from East Grinstead to Eastbourne the skies had gone grey, or the light wasn’t in the right position. And I’d say on this occasion everything fell into place perfectly and I was able to capture an image from this vantage point and with the right lighting conditions.
I can’t really imagine a better image being produced from that same location, however, perhaps later in the year the sun would be a bit further to the right, illuminating the cliffs, sky and foreground a little bit more. However, I quite like the intense, moody atmosphere that the darkness gives.
I highly recommend Seven Sisters during sunrise to any photography enthusiast, or nature buff.
A few weeks ago we were lucky enough to get a bit of snow and I was lucky enough to go out and enjoy myself for the day. My brother and sister-in-law came by and brought their dog Monte with them. We drove all over the area looking for fun places to drive and take photos.
The next day I went out with a photographer friend of mine, Sam Wordie, and we took some photos of the forest. She took some of me and I took some of her. It’s always good to have friends as photographers as they can take free photos to post on my website, blog, etc.
I haven’t had the opportunity to photograph much of England in the snow and this gave me a little preview of just how beautiful it is when it’s white outside.
Last week I went up to Cumbria to photograph the lakes and surrounding areas for Chartfords.com. Chartfords is a leading online gallery that also gives you something extra. You can make money by simply buying art. Buy one piece of art and you could make up to 5 times what you paid. It’s actually a brilliant program. But anyway, I’m not here to sell you on it. I’m here to tell you about my photo shoot up in the Lake District.
I had been planning this trip for weeks, but the weather never seemed to cooperate. I have learned since that the Lake District has its own micro-climate and there is no weather service on Earth that can accurately predict what is going to happen in the Lake District. On Wednesday, my father-in-law and I decided to take our chances. He is from that area and pretty much assured me that we’d have at least a little bit of good light. And he was right.
On our way up there I was sure that we’d have rain and dark heavy clouds, but almost as soon as we entered the South Lakes the weather cleared into this awesome cloudy/sunny/rainy/moody mix. It was wild. We took several shots driving around the lakes and decided to hit Ashness Bridge for sunset. And although the sunset wasn’t remarkable, the moody clouds make a great image. Paired with a little bit of sunlight on the mountaintops and I think I nailed it.
The next morning, and it shouldn’t even really be called morning at 4:45am, we set out to find some other views of Skiddaw mountain. And I think the images turned out very well.
The Lake District is an awesome place. It is unlike anything I’ve seen before. The heavy clouds and spits of sun that peak through are like something out of The Lords of the Rings. I’m looking forward to going back up in winter and see what can happen when there’s snow on the ground.
All images can be purchased by going to Chartfords.com.