New year, new site

UPDATE: I’ve added a subascription form to the bottom of the main blog page to allow you to follow the new blog. You’ll get an email whenever I add a new blog post.

I’ll be moving hosting providers soon and one of the casualties of the move will be this blog. I have a new blog as part of the new site but this one won’t be kept going. As this is a WordPress site and the new one isn’t, I think it means that if you use the WordPress Reader to view the blogs you subscribe to, you won’t see the new one.

It’s a shame I have to do this, as I suspect some (many? most?) of you may not come across to the new site, which would be sad. I have to do it though. The new host, Wix.com, has much better features and it means I can combine the main site and blog under a single URL.

I’ve also used this to revamp my branding. Marketing really isn’t my strength but I’ve made a big effort to try and come up with a more professional image which I’ll adopt across social media and also on my market stall, so I hope that works well.

To get the new site going I’ve added some blog posts with new photos from trips I’ve made recently. There’s some pretty good shots there, if I say so myself. I hope you’ll come over and take a look. This URL will continue but my main site URL – artoflandscape.co.uk – will migrate to the new host. For the moment it’s still on the free domain, which is:

https://artoflandscapephot.wixsite.com/mysite

It was a happy christmas -Coniston Old Man

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During a very grey and largely wet Christmas week staying in the Lake District we did have one beautiful day which just happened to be Christmas day. Instead of opening presents and pigging out on chocolates and roast dinner we got up early and did a wonderful walk up Coniston Old Man and around to Dow Crag. As well as being a lovely mountain walk I had some good winter light to get some nice shots. Continue reading

New year’s eve wander

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Well happy new year to you. My new year will be largely taken up with restocking after a bumper set of Christmas markets and starting to think about moving house, which means decluttering, DIY and such like to make our current house look as desirable and saleable as possible. Hopefully I’ll still have time for some photography in between.

In the meantime here are a few shots I took on a local wander around the back lanes where I live on new year’s eve. I put my Olympus OMD-EM10 into JPEG mode and black and white, just to see what would happen. As usual when I do such things I was surprised that I got several quite nice shots.

Torver grey

Finally deciding it was time to move on from my obsession with Holme Fell I tried a new area for the first time. Driving north alongside Coniston Water in the Lake District I had several times thought it was worth a look and today was the day. Just to have a look. The weather wasn’t promising and I didn’t know the area well. Continue reading

First shots with my new lens

Langdale Pikes
Langdale Pikes

This was the first day’s shooting with my new Panasonic lens for my Olympus OMD-EM10 and I was excited by it. Also the first time I’ve been able to try using my Lee neutral density graduated filters with the Olympus and I was interested to see how that would work ( here’s how it worked) .

The weather turned out fantastically well and I went back to my current-favourite place – Holme Fell again. I hope you’re not bored with shots of the Langdale Pikes and Fairfield.

The sunset was glorious, though lacking any clouds to add drama, but the larch trees were lit up in flame. After the sun had gone I kept shooting to get some of the lovely mauve colours on the landscape.

Fairfield and Helvellyn
Fairfield and Helvellyn

I’m impressed by the quality of the new lens. Better than my Pentax, more consistent than the old Olympus lens I had on the OMD. Not bad for £80. I also took some shots with the Pentax, which have quite a different look to them though whether you’ll notice is doubtful.