Friday Image No.031

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View from Yewbarrow
View from Yewbarrow

Regular readers will have noticed that I didn’t post a Friday image last weekend. That’s because I was on my way to the Lake District (the Wasdale area to be precise) for a long weekend of walking and taking photographs.

The image above is from the Saturday walk up Yewbarrow (again to be more precise it was a scramble up and down due to my route) and is taken from just below the summit looking towards Pillar in the distance. It’s one of the most scenic destinations in the Lake District and for any overseas visitors to the UK you should make it one of your destinations. And for anyone wondering what Yewbarrow looks like here you go.

Yewbarrow in the Lake District
Yewbarrow in the Lake District

I hope you like the image and have a great weekend.

8 thoughts on “Friday Image No.031

    John Marsh said:
    August 29, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    Excellent photo. Looks like you used all those essential skills for this shot. As one who lives in the U.S, in mid-west Wisconsin, these areas of England must be a real treat to shoot as, for me, I would have to travel a thousand miles to see this topography. One in the U.S. would never guess that this is in England. As a curiosity question, what is the meaning of the word “Yewbarrow”, or what does it signify?
    Thanks, John

      thelightweightphotographer responded:
      August 29, 2014 at 7:29 pm

      Thanks John,
      I’m pleased you like the image. I am literally just running off an A2 print of the picture.
      It’s funny that I sometimes find myself travelling to the US as a treat to photograph the Landscape there.
      Most of the Lake District area has hills like these although Wasdale is probably the most photogenic (in my view). Apparently they are some of the oldest hills in the world and at one time were higher than Everest. I guess all the rain in the area has worn them away. The area has been heavily glaciated in the last ice age and is a favourite location for geography school trips (it seems like yesterday).
      I’m afraid I don’t know the origin of the name although one is suggested in this entry on Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yewbarrow). To me it means lots of cuts and grazes.
      All the best
      Robin

    Stephen Almond said:
    August 29, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    Robin, two great pictures – I’m particularly impressed by the black & white picture.

    Questions:

    Which camera?
    Lens focal length?
    How close were you to the foreground rocks?

    Thanks.

      thelightweightphotographer responded:
      August 29, 2014 at 8:37 pm

      Thanks Stephen.
      To answer your questions, the colour image was shot on a Sony NEX5 some years back and I don’t have the image data easily available. The black and white image was captured on the Olympus OMD EM5 using the Olympus 12-40mm lens set to 12mm, f/8.0 and 1/250 second shutter speed. I must have been quite close to the rocks given this is a 12mm lens. I would guess 1.5m away. I remember focussing on the end of the second rock which seemed to give the right depth of field. I also used a 0.6 ND graduated filter on the sky. The A2 print looks superb.

    benrowef64 said:
    August 30, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    Really nice work, the colour is my favorite of the two, mainly because of the way the light is playing with the colours.

      thelightweightphotographer responded:
      August 30, 2014 at 3:56 pm

      Thank you. The colour one was taken as a storm was clearing and it was quite late in the day. The black and white was shot in the middle of the day in summer and whilst visibility and the clouds were good, the light was a little too harsh for colour work.

    Larry-Wendy Burke said:
    September 1, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Wow ! what can I say other than fantastic, and it printed A2. We have just purchased our M5 and find your work a great inspiration for us, over the weekend we went to Whitby, Wendy pulled the short Straw with the E3 and power pack, while I got to use the M5, the difference in weight is just, well all I can say is you need a Sherpa and Pack horse to carry it up all the stairs to the church & Abby lol
    Larry & Wendy

      thelightweightphotographer responded:
      September 1, 2014 at 7:36 pm

      I’m sure you won’t look back now you have invested in the EM5. I’m sure you will already know but be sure to get good lenses. Some people write off the Micro 43 camera as being poor quality but most of the complaints I have heard have come from people who use a poor quality lens and expect it to perform wonders.

      How strange that you were in Whitby at the Weekend. I was there on Sunday trying out some comparison shots with a new camera. There are going to be some interesting blog posts in the near future on this so stay tuned. And thanks for the positive feedback on my work.
      Robin

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