This week, I took a few days out to spend some time walking in the Yorkshire Dales. I say I took some time out, but I always like to take a camera with me for some photography. You never know what great landscapes you will find as was the case with my first day near to the town of Settle.
My first walk was a short 8-mile circuit that I devised by studying the OS map. Although I knew some the start of the walk, most of it was new to me. After walking the first couple of miles I noticed the day was feeling easier than usual. This was despite most of the walk having been uphill and often quite steep at times.
I also noticed a great view of the surrounding landscape and decided to stop to take a photo. That’s when I realised, I didn’t have my camera gear with me. For some reason that I still can’t figure out, I had left everything in the boot of my car.
Faced with walking back down the hill for a couple of miles to rescue my camera I decided to press on and instead use my iPhone.
Unfortunately, my iPhone lens is too wide and to my mind, creates the wrong perspective for this landscape. Dramatic hills feel diminished, and I find the strong colours in the images garish, although they do convert well to black and white.
But what I did discover is a great strength of the iPhone when you move in close and low to a subject. It becomes easy to capture great depth of field and give an image drama. This following shot is probably one of my favourites from these few days, even though I remembered my camera on subsequent walks.
Please don’t ask about any settings. I just pointed my phone and snapped.
I hope you like the image and have a great weekend.