A fantastic week in the Lake District

I spent another week with Lakeland Photographic Holidays (LPH) at the end of February/beginning of March. The weather was really quite good – it was only on the first day that we changed our plans, and as this change meant a visit to Threlkeld Mining Museum, I was more than happy! On that first day we also went to Crummock Water, on the Tuesday we visit Haweswater (superb weather, but not that many different subjects), Wednesday was a visit to the coast, on Thursday I went to Watendlath, and on the last day we visited Loughrigg Tarn. Both Haweswater and Loughrigg were new to me, and the more familiar sites were just as inspiring as usual. Many thanks again to John and Gail Gravett of LPH, and all the other participants on the workshop, for a most enjoyable time.

I used the Olympus E-P3 except on the visit to the coast, when the GH2 was brought into service. Nearly all the images were taken using the Olympus 14-150mm or the Panasonic 14-140mm lenses, which are both versatile and good performers. The 24mm Olympus and 35mm macro were used a handful of times.

I’ve now put together the slide show of the week, and also put a collection of images on my web site – pick the ‘Newer Galleries’ section on the right of this home page, then pick landscape, if you want to see them. Next up is a Blurb book of the images – I was going to try producing this using the new ‘Book’ module of Lightroom 4, but not only is it apparently more limited than using Booksmart, but I don’t find it as easy to use, and ideed it doesn’t seem to work properly for me (images disappear).

A visit to Focus last Monday (5th March) was quite interesting, though it proved impossible to get to see, let alone handle, the new Nikon D800. Actually I wasn’t that interested in it anyway, but I did get to try, briefly, the new Olympus OM-D. This is smaller than I expected, and the ‘prism bump’ isn’t as noticeable in the flesh as it looks in photographs.

About Mike Hessey

I'm a BOF (Boring Old Fellow) and MOS (Miserable Old Soul) whose main interests are photography, cycling, walking and computers. Regrettably recent problems with my legs, back and heart have reduced the cycling and walking.
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