My Top 3 Landscape Photography Locations in the Lake District

The Lake District is without any doubt one of the most photogenic locations in England and popular among photographers. The best time for landscape photography is very early in the morning and just when sun starts to set.

If you want to get it right and not have to get up painfully early, I suggest you visit the Lake District in the autumn. You get lovely colours and with a bit of luck some great angry skies. The sun is out by 7am and sets shortly after 4pm. That gives you enough time to get there and back home in a reasonable time. Still, landscape is about devotion. You need to plan your journey so you get there before the sun is out and that meant in our case, getting up at 4am as we set off from Manchester.

What to pack for landscape photography trip? A tripod is a must, especially if you want to photograph rivers using long exposures. Also, be careful of taking all your pictures with a wide angle lens. It may distort the look of mountains and those gorgeous mountains will look like nothing on your photographs. The best for me was F 1.4 fixed lens that kept everything in proportion and worked great with poor light conditions.  You also need to pack wet weather gear and a cover for your camera and lenses in case it starts to rain (it did rain about 10 times during our visit just in one day). Also landscape photography is about remote locations and not many restaurants around, so pack a sandwich.

The first location we went to was Castlerigg Stone Circle which is located in the North Lake District, east of Keswick. The mist lingered in the valley that morning and to my surprise we were not the only people there, but we met some other devoted landscape photographers with their tripods all set up and their sandwiches equally as damp as mine.

Castlerigg Stone Circle

Afterwards we set off for Derwentwater. This is a very popular place where you can sometimes see ten tripods lined up in a row and you are not surprised why, it is a gorgeous location with loads of different photographic possibilities such as bays, boats, boathouses, piers, small wild animals… all on the backdrop of gorgeous mountains. When you are done with your pictures at the lake, take your car along B5289 up the mountains and after 10 minutes drive you will get to the much photographed Ashness Bridge. As a backdrop there is Derwentwater, Whinlatter and Skiddaw. This was also a place where I saw hundreds of sheep actually moving from field to field and to a city person like me it was a great experience to see such a mass of beautiful animals running around me.Derwentwater

We finished our trip and on the way home to Manchester we visited Ullswater. The view is gorgeous as there are trees in the foreground and great mountains in the background which creates a great composition.Ullswater

 

You may think that all these places have been photographed millions of times and you are right, but the beautiful thing is that nature is constantly changing so much, that you will always capture them differently and great shots are almost guaranteed. Here are some more photographs for you to enjoy.7Q2A7825 7Q2A7840 7Q2A7857 Castlerigg Stone Circle 7Q2A7980 7Q2A7929-2 7Q2A7942-2 7Q2A7977 7Q2A7999 Derwentwater Derwentwater 7Q2A8064-2 7Q2A8072-2 7Q2A8125

 

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