#Sheclicks is a social media group on Facebook for female photographers. It has a friendly, informative vibe where we can seek advice or just chat with like-minded people. It's open to anyone who is interested in photography in any form. In addition there are meets organised so that we can take part in shoots and get to know each other face to face.
I have just returned from a week in the Lake District and for once the weather was extremely unreliable. This wasn’t a problem as I don’t like wall to wall hot sunshine, but the rain did make me rethink where to venture with my camera.
Part of our trip around the Italian Lakes involved a visit to Zermatt and the Matterhorn. The coach took us over the Simplon Pass which was very exciting as there had been a fall of snow overnight. There is a restaurant at the summit where we took a pit stop. However, I togged up and spent 20 minutes running around admiring the views and trying to capture the details in the mountains.
Once a year my friend, Liz, and I go on an organised tour and this May we visited the Italian Lakes and the Borromean Islands on Lake Maggiore. We were based in Stresa in a glorious hotel overlooking the Borromean Islands and most evenings we enjoyed aperitifs and nibbles on the balcony. We also visited them all during the course of the tour.
This week I gave the second, and last, presentation of my photographs as President of YPS. It has been a really enjoyable two years and I have been privileged to be President of such a talented group of photographers. It didn’t take me long to decide upon the topics I wanted to show but actually selecting the photographs and putting them into an order that told a logical story took considerably longer.
I have recently returned from a wonderful ‘Tides and Tempests’ workshop with Rachael Talibart on the south coast. Whilst we were there strong gale force winds of 50mph blew in from across the Atlantic and hit the coast at Newhaven. Once I had covered my camera with a huge plastic bag and lens hood I scampered across the shale beach to watch the waves.
I felt the need to head to the hills for the day and my original plan was to visit High Force and to walk round the south side of the falls. However, having given a fair impression of Quasimodo at YPS the evening before this wasn’t a good idea. 2 miles with full camera kit was going to be a struggle so I decided to got to Keld instead and have a waterfall fest.
After a long stretch of boring winter weather the day dawned with some interesting mist and hoar frost on the trees. I spent a while working out which location would provide me with trees that would separate out from the landscape but also provide diminishing layers. Skipwith Common got my vote.
If it is January then I must be in Whitby. It is always my first holiday of the year and one that I enjoy very much. It is always quiet down on the front and on the piers and I am only a five minute drive from the delights of Saltwick Bay.
This year I made two trips to the bay. I, along with a few other togs, visited pre-dawn on Sunday morning and then I returned a couple of days later to explore the area around Saltwick Nab. The light on Sunday morning wasn’t particularity promising but fortunately the sunlight shone through the bank of cloud for a few minutes before rising up out of sight.
I recently met up with Ruth Grindrod for a day’s photography in the Yorkshire Dales. We have chatted on Facebook for a while so it was really nice to actually meet up and for me to show Ruth a few new locations.
I have just returned from a week’s holiday in Northumberland and as usual I spent my days entirely on the coast. As the week progressed the weather deteriorated but once I was togged up in my waterproofs I still ventured forth onto the beach so that I could watch the waves breaking offshore and on the sand.
Having recently joined the RPS Landscape Group I decided to sign up for a day’s shoot on the Wirral Peninsula. We visited three locations; the Perch Rock lighthouse, New Brighton groynes and the West Kirby Marine Lake.
The weather on Arran was extremely variable which meant that apart from rain dodging we were able to enjoy some stunning light offshore. Here are some of my favourite photographs from the week on Arran.
A friend at York Photographic Society kindly wrote on my 2nd hand OS map some of the locations and walks not to be missed on my recent visit to the Isle of Arran. As I was travelling with a good friend who wouldn’t want to stand behind me in the cold whilst I took photographs I usually set off early morning with my camera and returned to the house in time for breakfast.
At the end of August I set off on my annual holiday to Grasmere where I was due to help at Grasmere Sports and then to enjoy a few days with my camera.
A few weeks ago I was asked if I would like to write an article for On Landscape Magazine, a digital magazine for landscape photographers.
I was asked to choose one of my favourite photographs and write about why I like it and how it has influenced my own photography. After some thought I decided to select a coastal photograph that would start a discussion about my love of coastal photography. I found Jenifer Bunnett's photography via Instagram and I loved the variety and scope of her work. The brief was to write about her photo, why I like it and how it relates to my own photography.
The article was published a couple of weeks ago and seems to have been well received. I certainly enjoyed writing it.
To read the article follow the link: https://www.onlandscape.co.uk/2018/08/confluence-by-jenifer-bunnett/
Last weekend I went on a David Speight workshop in the Yorkshire Dales and on Sunday morning we walked up Twistleton Scar and onto Scales Moor to find the eggy erratic. This wasn't as straightforward as you may think as we caught the tail end of Tropical Storm Ernesto which meant the weather was distinctly unpleasant.
I recently completed one of my Bucket List trips on a cruise between Vancouver and Seward (Anchorage) to enable me to visit some of the remote places in Alaska. Cruising is not my holiday of choice but it gave me the opportunity to visit some amazing places which were way beyond my expectations.
On my recent trip to the Rockies I expected to see quite a few glaciers in the area around Lake Louise and along the Icefields Parkway between Banff and Jasper. However, nothing prepared me for the scale and magnificence of the icefield of Glacier Bay, Alaska.
A few people have asked me about the process of applying for the LRPS Distinction and my motivation for doing so. Whilst I had some experience of editing photographs in digital software I was a complete novice when it came to printing and preparing prints for exhibition. I joined York Photographic Society to learn from other members through discussion and feedback via project nights, competitions and exhibitions.