Staying near Ambleside we ventured out down to the nearby river to catch some views of this special time of year.
The old adage “In bad light, shoot tight” ran true on this occasion, and it’s also pretty much the perfect weather for shooting rivers, woods and water falls – as the general global illumination (from an overcast day) gives everything a neutral base and you’re not trying to control harsh shadows or over exposed reflections. A circular polariser did all the work along the river, acting as a makeshift ND and also helping to reduce reflections from water and foliage.
At the time of writing the above image has been shortlisted in a Major worldwide Photography Competition – fingers crossed!
You can’t come to the lakes without visiting Buttermere. It’s such a stunning place in any season, it also has a superb circular footpath around it so it’s worth taking a day out to discover all of the views available.
The Lakes is one of (many thankfully) the strongholds of the native Red Squirrels in Britain, and there’s a cracking forest site near Bassenthwaite where they put out food to help these little guys out.
It’s lovely to see these cute little mammals up close, and I recommend anyone to go and see them!
There was plenty of sheep around the Lakes (goes without saying) and some good bird life, but weather was a bit rubbish so this token Pheasant will have to do…
Only other places around were a nice walk up the falls at Aira Force which gave some good views and also at Wastwater, it’s always a lovely and peaceful place.
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