Saturday, 18 February 2012

Catch Up

Mark's recent updates reminded me that I hadn't updated this blog myself for quite a while, so here's a few pictures taken in the period since we did Three Shires last September.

We were back in Cumbria for a friend's wedding at the end of September and it just so happened to be on the same day as the Scafell Pike Race. Many thanks to Andy Holden for taking this shot.
This was taken at the finish (I converted to B&W due to messing up the exposure!). Just my type of race this one; very low key.
October half term we headed up to Kettlewell in Yorkshire for the Great Whernside Fell Race. Another of my favourite short races and again quite low key.
Before the start; just gather at the base of a big hill then run straight to the top and back down again.

The runners heading up the hill.
Thanks to Dave and Eileen Woodhead for taking pictures.
The day after Boxing Day we headed back up North for a week, this was taken on Winter Hill where I went for a run before we drove up to Wasdale. Conditions weren't really suitable for good pictures with the mist and rain.
This was a long exposure photo I took at dusk.
Sunset on New Year's Day looking from near Lank Rigg by Ennerdale. It was a lovely afternoon with the mist coming in over the trees.
Before leaving for home I went with my eldest lad up towards Scafell to take some more pictures. This is looking over to Wasdale Head and the Mosedale Valley.
Back to where I usually train, the day before going back to work after New Year. I got caught in the rain you can see approaching. Notice the lack of hills in Hertfordshire!
This was taken just last weekend while I was on my long run, the snow has all gone now.
Another one from last weekend, fantastic running in the snow.

Apart from entering Ben Nevis again I haven't made any other plans for this year yet. I'd like to do something special for my 40th year but so far I haven't decided what that will be.


  1. You've got some lovely pictures there, Chris. Wasdale Head lit up in that patch of sunlight from that break in the clouds is amazing. How do you get the clouds to stand out so dramatically in the next picture?

    1. Thanks Nick. The ones took over the Christmas and New Year holidays were shot using an ultra-wide angle lens that I rented (they cost around £550 new!) attached to a Nikon DSLR, it was great for landscapes and big skies.

      You can still get really good shots though if your camera can shoot in RAW rather than JPEG as long as you expose for the sky not the ground then optionally post-process using some sort of High Dynamic Range software (Photoshop can do this but there is free software that can do it too). What I find tricky when doing this is not causing the picture to look 'over-processed', the Ennerdale one in these suffers from this the most.

      I hope this helps!

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  2. GIMP is a good tool if your after a full featured software package. Plenty of online tutorials too

  3. Lovely photos. The tree in the snowfield is a cracker.