Enjoying the Photos

June 5, 2018

I really am an average photographer but walking the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District so regularly over the years has improved me immeasurably.

Great Coum looking to the Howgills

There is only so much that the written word can do when describing what a walk is like, factual details and hopefully a flavour is all that can be done. However a few photos add more than just the flesh on to the descriptions, they create the character of the walk. All of a sudden anyone can picture what the terrain will be like, the views and some of the sites that are on it. Photos create excitement and anticipation.

In developing the Where2walk website I have been fortunate with having good quality photography for two main reasons.

Angletarn

Primarily the use of digital has completely changed the way an amateur can take and present photos, aside from the quality itself now it is possible to snap away as many shots as necessary without having to pay for each individual one to be developed – don’t like them now just hit delete! In the last few years the quality of camera photography has improved the ease of taking photography yet further.

The second major advantage I have is being able to pick the days I walk, not a luxury the majority have and not the luxury I used to have! Now however I can pick the day which looks best and head out to the hills in the reasonable knowledge that the weather will be good. In addition the more that you walk the better the eye becomes for that shot, the best view or the best light which so enhances any photo.

On the Howgills

However I am still no professional. Aside from the fact I have not the patience to wait for the perfect shot whilst on a walk I have not the ability (or patience) to manipulate the photo once at home. I have an on line photo package called Paint Shop Pro from which I can manipulate it a little but at a fairly basic level. My friend Wayne Dentith is a professional and a quick look at his photos shows quite clearly the difference his after shoot manipulation on photoshop makes. There is still a difference between a good amateur and a professional.

One think I do use Paint Shop Pro for is to build the sketch maps on the website. It is easy to use a layering system to build this up starting with a base layer O/S map for accuracy.

Dove Crag

I have taken all the photos on the Where2walk website. Initially I used a pocket sized Panasonic Lumix 28mm wide angle lens with a 10* optical zoom but I cracked the lens on this (dropped it on a stone!!) and replaced it with a more stable Panasonic FZ40 with a 24* optical zoom. In recent years though I have found the Panasonic a little bulky to carry about, particularly on shorter walks without a pack, so have taken to using my Samsung phone.

What I find is that the quality of lens can be over ridden by the lights and angle of the day. However the poor quality zoom and ‘hand shake’ is a problem.

Near Skinningrove

Sometimes the days are so superb, the light perfect and the scenery outstanding that it is just a privilege to be walking and taking photos. Over the years I have a number of favourite days and I have included them below. More often than not the sun is lower in the sky Maybe it was October in the case of the Lakes (a favourite time) or a late summer evening in the Dales.  The other day I was out under the limestone scars near Askrigg and took the shot at the top – we can all do it!

Some of my favourite series of photos are included in the walks below.

For a list of my ‘Best of…’ blogs just follow this link

Enjoy the walks

Jonathan

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