I have been planning a trip to the lakes for some time now, especially wanting to explore the North West part of the district, in and around Buttermerere and Borrowdale. Also making a specific date at the end of October to catch autumn in full swing.
I decided to set my tent up in a campsite in Buttermere called Sykes farm. A basic but popular site but with stunning views. Needless to say I almost had the whole site to myself as the season had come to an end.
This year the Autumn colours where dazzling due to the especially mild weather, making the forests and woodlands bathed in a feast of bronze, gold, light brown and a splash of green here and there.
I love autumn (or fall to our American cousins). and the Lake District is one of the best places to witness the full turn of the season.
Most of my work will be at low level without walking up too many mountains. I wanted to concentrate on the lakes and ancient woodlands whilst trying to convey the essence of what makes this part of the Lakes District such a beautiful place during this time of year.
Having the place to yourself first thing in the morning and witnessing a glorious sunrise when it is calm and quiet is something you just cant beat. Also as it was the end of the holiday season it was remarkably as to the amount of people that where around. The Lake District was designated a National Park in 1951, but was first highlighted as a tourist destination by Thomas West in 1778 in his "Guide to the Lake District". Since then over 15 million people visit every year,making it one of the UK's favorite holiday and recreational destinations.
The equipment that I took on the trip was my Gitzo Series 3 Mountaineer tripod, the camera Canon 5Dsr and also my new Arca Swiss P0 ball head. The lenses used are a Canon 16-35 f4 is, The superbly sharp Canon Tse 24mm mk2 a Canon Tse 17mm. ( Both tilt and shift lenses) and a Canon24-70 mk1 f2 and lastly a canon 70-200 f4, (which I shall be upgrading soon). Also a varied selection of Lee Filters.
I wanted to make comparisons on the equipment and to see what worked best for future trips. Even though I love my tilt and shift lenses, as they are sharp and I like using the tilt and shift modes. I have come to the conclusion that the 16-35 f4 is a beautifully sharp lens and versatile. the amount of walking that I do. Also taking into account the weight factors involved I shall just be taking just two lenses in future,and considering the amount of walking that I do my back will be a lot happier. So In future it will be just the 16-35 and 70-200.
This has been my first major trip to the Lakes and I hope that I am able to do it justice, with more trips planned in the future my aim is to gain more experience and knowledge of this beautiful,wild and truly romantic place.