any advice for a shoot in the Lake district


pink

Link Posted 18/11/2016 - 09:17
Landscape photography is a new beast to me.

I'm planning a weekend in the Lake's next weekend.
I have my camera bag packed and warm/waterproof cloths packed and wellies bought ., apps loaded on to my phone also map and compass bought but I'm a bit confused as where to stand(or should I say what direction to point my camera in) to make the most of a sunrise.

I'm staying in Keswick and should arrive around 3.00 pm on Friday and leaving on Monday about midday.

I'm thinking of driving to the north-west side of Keswick or even Bleaberry feil and point camera towards thirlmere in a south eastly direction

Pink
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kh1234567890

Link Posted 18/11/2016 - 09:47
You could always nip up to Castlerigg for a bit of mysterious foreground. Best of luck with actually being able to see the sun this time of the year though ...
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pink

Link Posted 18/11/2016 - 09:59
If it anything like this week in the midlands cold clear mornings and wonderful soft orange side lighting. today is clear and blue sky's but we are talking the lake's forecast for next week is rain snow with some bright sky's Sunday I will concentrate around Derwentwater with Monday morning around the stones me thinks.



Pink
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pink

Link Posted 18/11/2016 - 10:12
I've been planning this trip since August watching vidio's like this and looking at images of landscapes just to deconstruct images

like time of day
where is the sun shining
what do I like about the image & why do I like the image
lines into the image
foreground

why do we use grads and ND but more important how to use them

Like I thought a grad was just to bring out the detail in the clouds/sky but no
you use a grad to balance the bright areas out by seeing the exposure difference between sky and foreground then compensate the difference in exposure. so if the sky is four stops brighter the a four stop grad is required ( meter for the foreground and then meter for the sky.

I've been just guessing before now but not any more


Pink
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pink

Link Posted 18/11/2016 - 10:13
opps no link here it is
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hadVFtCbysM

watched just for locations
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pink

Link Posted 18/11/2016 - 10:20
Here is my hero Joe Cornish
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5dTSN0dvN0

two minuets into the video he give advice about metering

pink
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CMW

Link Posted 18/11/2016 - 12:13
As inspiration, have a look at Stuart Holmes's Photographing the Lake District (2014). Kh's suggestion of Castlerigg Stone Circle is a good one. Or (if you're driving) Ullswater is within reach and offers a host of opportunities..
Regards, Christopher

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cardiffgareth

Link Posted 18/11/2016 - 12:16
Take a look on the map locally to where you'll be staying to get some idea of the local area. Then hit Flickr with these locations to see what others have shot. That'll give you an idea what it looks like at different times of the day and if they're more of a sunrise location or sunset. Once you have that then hit your apps so see what time the sunset/sunrise is and what direction the sun will be going up/down. Cross reference that with Google earth and then you'll know A) the location B) when to shoot it at it's best C) the time of sunrise/sunset and D) where the sun will be in relation to the subject i.e. Jetty etc.

Yeah, the ND grad balances the bright sky with the darker foreground so you're right, it retains detail in the sky by darkening it down so you don't then have a blown out sky
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SteveF

Link Posted 18/11/2016 - 13:09
Use The Photographer's Ephemeris (available as an app) for timing/direction of sun and moon rises and sets for your proposed locations.

Wishing you good light.

pink

Link Posted 18/11/2016 - 14:24
thank you all
Yes it's all about light in the end.
I've got The Photographer's Ephemeris and some other sun apps the only think is they will not work with out internet or phone signal so it's map and the sun location drawn on a map with compass.

I am right in thinking waterfalls are best recorded and high sun so there is less reflections on the water (cp lee filter is on it's way) should be here at the weekend amazon prime don't you just love it.

Pink
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pink

Link Posted 18/11/2016 - 16:31
CMW
thank you for the book recommendation just bought it arriving tomorrow

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kh1234567890

Link Posted 18/11/2016 - 17:14
It looks pretty miserable up there now though.
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pink

Link Posted 18/11/2016 - 18:12
kh thank you so much for the web cam link I will be glued to it all week.

going up in the attic for fishing umbrella lol

Pink
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pink

Link Posted 18/11/2016 - 18:25
going to copy that link to my phone,ipad and laptop
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RobL

Link Posted 19/11/2016 - 08:28
I liked the Joe Cornish link; set of Lee Filters hard grad + soft grad + ND filters? Hmm. I don't know about other models but on the K-1 the green button gives a meter reading in manual mode which I use 80% of the time, really useful. Incidentally there is a K-1 review in Outdoor Photography this month highlighting Interval Composite Drive mode, which combines exposures over a period of time using the same setting (not like HDR) Effectively this does a very similar job to an ND filter in smoothing out water movement, must try it sometime.
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