Ever since I visited Barrowdale with Millican, Fujifilm and a great group of Fujifilm X Photographers I have been longing to get back and explore the area properly. It has been almost two years since my last visit and I was excited to show everyone the natural glory of the Lakeland parks. Arriving on Tuesday midday our first adventure had to be a venture up through Newlands Valley to the waterfall I shot at 4am on a crisp September Saturday morning. In the midsummer sun the waterfall flow wasn’t as enthusiastic as in winter but the views were equally breathtaking in every direction from down the valley to Keswick and on the reverse valley through to Buttermere.
There is a point on the route where you can stop and look down Newlands with the only noise being the sound of the waterfall gently flowing down from the highest point on the mountain range. The view towards Buttermere were a rich, vibrant green and there was very little cloud coverage.
We spent sometime walking in the area (both to get over the semi-scary journey on the narrow roads and also to take in the views), before heading to Buttermere for tea in the same pub where we had enjoyed breakfast during the Freedom Through Photography trip.
Making our way from ‘The Fish’, Buttermere through to Honister Pass meant a quick stop at the edge of the lake to take in the stunning golden sunset across the lakes. We had stopped here before for some long exposure photography but on this occasion the glory of the setting sun took over.
It was about 9pm at this point and yet the light was still too bright to capture any creditable long exposure photographs but I did manage to capture the tree we had visited before, which I know sounds ridiculous but it appeared to be the focal point for the sun.
We did the lake ferry tour and took a rowing trip around the little islands and the views in every direction make the Keswick and Derwentwater the perfect location for photographers.
In the evenings we revisited Friar’s Crag and captured some long exposure images of Derwent Water. The colour of the evening sunset was something to behold each night, whether it was hot and sunny or cooler and wet the view across Derwentwater was breathtaking casting an array of colour.
A trip to Keswick wouldn’t be complete without venturing up Catbells, just a short drive from Barrowdale the range offers stunning views in every single direction whether it be over Derwentwater or across to Newlands Valley. This first image was captured from the base of the mountain on the very edge of Derwentwater.
Catbells isn’t an overly difficult walk but it does include a steep climb and bit of scrambling up rocks, on this occasion the whole family ventured up and it was great to take in the panoramic views every 5-10 minutes as we stopped for breaks.
It was clear and sunny day and I really want to go back and capture Catbells with slightly lower cloud cover to create a sense of drama.
A visit to the Lake District wouldn’t be the same without meeting up with my good friends at Millican bags. I am a massive fan of the company’s designs and philosophy and am also a proud owner of a growing number of their messenger, backpacks and dedicated Fujifilm bags. Millican was set up by husband and wife team Jorrit and Nicky and is based around the philosophy of famous Lake District local Millican Dalton. The team has grown over the last few years and they are now based on one of envious office spaces I have ever seen.
Each of the original Millican bags is named after a local character and personal friend of Nicky and Jorrit, the Fujifilm collaboration bags are no exception aptly named Robert and Christopher and if you haven’t checked out the Millican brand then it really should be your next stop regardless if you own a Fujifilm camera or not! Even after two years of hard use my Christopher bag still looks like new and I leave most of my camera gear in it all year round, my next purchase will be another Christopher in a different colour for my X100S/T kit and I suspect the bags will last longer than the cameras or even I will.
X100T Panoramic Images
No matter what mountain I climb I always use the Fujifilm X100T’s panoramic mode to capture a sweeping panorama of the area. I really love the feature and the resultant jpg file stitched from those captured in the process are excellent quality and suitable for printing. The following are a few examples (including Newlands Valley) that have obviously been cropped for this post.
Places to visit:
Honister Slate Mine