Tree Portrait, Tarn Hows

This portrait is of a tree in the small lake of Tarn Hows in the Lake District. It was a disappointing day otherwise. I was hoping for the tail end of the autumn colour but it had gone already and this is the only shot of the day that I’m happy with.


The warm toning of the black and white conversion comes from Lightroom’s Creamtone preset, which I haven’t used before but may use again.



I found a quiet day during the Christmas rush at the end of November and went out to Grasmere in the Lake District. There had been some snow and the mountain tops looked pretty. Very cold and windy, which made photographing difficult and encouraged me to do the circuit as quickly as I could to keep warm. Starting from Grasmere village I did a circuit starting up to Helm Crag and north and west along the ridge then dropping down into Easedale at it’s head and back along the valley bottom. It’s been a long time since I’ve been up there and I didn’t know how good the views were. Definitely a place for a return visit.

Helvellyn must be one of the most difficult Cumbrian mountains to photograph. From almost every angle it hides itself among other high tops. Some mountains are easily recognisable, some are iconic (think the Matterhorn) but even if you know the Lake District well can you picture Helvellyn in your mind’s eye? I’ll have to keep trying.

Happy Christmas and here’s to the new year

Two Swans
One of my most popular pictures taken in 2017, two swans on the River Lambourn in Berkshire

Happy Christmas for 2017! I haven’t posted anything here for a while for the simple reason that November and December are my busiest months in the year by quite a long way. Doing three markets per week instead of two per month, extra sales through the web, plus all the restocking that’s needed, leave no time for going out taking photos. That’s all finished now and hopefully back to normal. Weather permitting I hope to be back in the hills next week and taking more photographs. Here are some other new things for 2018:

  • Facebook

You can now find me on facebook. I have a page at @artoflandscapephoto on which I’ll be posting updates and news. Please take a look.

  • Market dates

I’ve started adding market dates to my events page on the main site.

  • New pictures available to buy

I’ve been slack at keeping up my galleries page and my Etsy online shop with my latest work, so I’ve started adding new work to Etsy and will continue with that over the coming days and weeks.

  • Photography workshops and tuition

I’m planning to start offering photography workshops and individual tuition at some point in 2018. Not sure when yet but I’m currently trying it out on some willing test subjects. Let me know if you’re interested.

That’s all for now. Good shooting for 2018.