Wednesday, 26 August 2015

2016 Northern Heights Calendar .....preorder now!!!!

The proofs for the 2106 Northern Heights calendar are just back from the printers and are looking pretty good.

Here's a couple of images to whet your appetite, .....and you can now preorder your copy by going to the online shop at www.escape2thewild.co.uk .....£12.50 inc postage


The 2016 cover shot  is of Low Force in Teesdale
A favourite view of the Scafells from Three Tarns
And of course Wasdale and the Wasdale Screes

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Jim on "Grit Attack" ..Brimham........."aving a 'mare"

Having declared that there weren't enough videos on You Tube of climbers struggling, Jim lived to eat his works......

Martin on Grit Attack...Brimham



"Grit Attack"  (HVS)  ,,,,,,,,   Cracked Buttress, Brimham Rocks 2015

Brimham Rocks ......Climbing with Martin and JIm



Taking images of rock climbers is easy, but finding a good view point that avoids the usual head or bum shot isn't.  Brimham is a great place to get some images with plenty of spectator points and places to sit and watch from a safe distance.





Thursday, 25 June 2015

Tuesday 16th June..........Iconic waterfalls

With the weather set for another settled day, I planned to do a long trip round three of our most iconic waterfalls in the North of England, Wainwath in Swaledale, Low Force in Teesdale, and Ashness Bridge in Borrowdale.
The Lower section of Low Force 
The upper section of Low Force

The upper section of Low Force 

Wainwath falls nr Keld

Ashness Bridge

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Friday 12th June.....Borrowdale

A weekend of climbing and photography in Borrowdale,......


This image is a stitch of 8 images, after averaging the exposure and setting the camera onto manual its important to make sure that you stay as level as possible and make sure that each image overlaps the next by about one third.  The images are all shot in raw then converted to tiffs in "Lightroom5" before being exported to PS for stitching and resizing. Once stitched the image is then taken back into LR for the usual adjustments, and is then ready for export to wherever its required.

As the camera rotates the perspective alters quite dramatically, so once its layers have been flattened this is altered by pulling the corners into position and making the image more realistic.

Camera........Canon 6d
Lens............Canon 24mmTS
Filters..........Lee 0.6 hard grad, polarizer
ISO.............100
Shutter.........0.4 sec
Aperture......f9

Friday, 22 May 2015

20th May...Shepherds Crag Climbing

A great day out with Paddy doing the classic climbs Little Chamonix and Troutdale Pinnacle








20th May......Ashness Bridge, Borrowdale

After a great day climbing on Shepherds Crag I took the opportunity to grab a couple of classic shots of Ashness Bridge as the sun went down.



The contrast between the foreground and the distant hills was quite high so I used 2 ND grads to try and balance things out.
An exposure of 0.8 secs at f7.1  was as close as I could get with the exposure and with a small amount of tilt on the superb Canon TS24mm lens to take care of the depth of field all I had to do was press the shutter.

Friday, 8 May 2015

7th May...red squirrels

Today I had the privilege of taking some wildlife images with one of the countrys' top wildlife photographers and getting some great tips along the way.  It was quite an eye opener when it turned out I'd taken about 200 images (most of which were rubbish) and he'd only pressed the shutter about 10 times!!










Wednesday, 6 May 2015

3rd May.....Wasdale

Being a bank holiday the weather was true to form and was a mix of sun, rain and gales, even a touch of sleat on the summits!!!
This can sometimes mean the shots can be more interesting as the clouds and sunlight combine to give some lovely contrast on the mountains...
Canon 6d with ts24mm, polarizer and 0.3 Lee hard grad
Mosedale and Yewborrow
Canon 6d with 24-70mm, polarizer and 0.3 Lee hard grad
Ennerdale from Beckhead
Canon 6d with 24-70mm, polarizer and 0.3 Lee hard grad
Great Gable from the Corridor Route

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

9th-10th April.......Ben Nevis climbing

Two Superb Days on the Ben

Castle Ridge
Over the last 4 years I've been winter climbing in Scotland 5 times and each time the weather has been "Full Scottish" I've been out in whiteouts, blizzards, hail, rain, sleet and snow.......but this time the weather gods took pity on me and we were rewarded with perfect conditions, I think I deserved this one!

Day 1:  saw us on Castle Ridge, no need for crampons on this one, a superb route, not too technical but with the odd airy belay to add to the excitement, we saw that there was still plenty of ice high up and made plans climb higher the next day.

Day 2:  an early start from the North Face car park to try and avoid any of the falling ice that would inevitably be coming down from high on the mountain as the sun did its work paid off. Only as we passed under Tower Ridge did a few bits of ice come whizzing past our ears...we didn't hang around long!!  After a long plod up the steep frozen snow we reach the base of the first pitch of Good Friday Climb (III).   The pitch is straight forward and takes you up a wide gully to the belay at base of the main pitch.  Pitch 2 is superb, 50m of near vertical water ice which could be done in 2 pitches if need be, but Ken lead all the way in great style and made short work of it.  We finished the climb by traversing across onto the final pitch of Indicator Wall which means you top out right onto the summit trig point, which is a great anchor for the belay!! and a grandstand finish..

Thanks to Ken Applegate (mountain guide) for being great company on this trip


Ken on Castle Ridge
Early sun on the lower slopes of Observatory Gully
the final approach to Good Friday Climb 
Belay below the superb 2nd pitch

Belay below the superb 2nd pitch

Ken leading the the superb 2nd pitch
Tower Ridge from Indicator Wall
Ken on the final pitch of Indicator Wall 

Ken Applegate on the slopes of Observatory Gully

Ken Applegate 


Ken Applegate an PH on the summit

6th April.........Kentmere from Haweswater


Despite the fact that it was the May bank holiday, careful route choice meant that we avoided the crowds that would inevitably be ticking off the popular routes on such a gloriously sunny day.  After parking at Haweswater we made our way onto the fell tops and meandered around looking for some good view points from which to take some big mountain images. We arrived at the summit of Ill Bell and with sun starting to get lower in the sky the light was bound to improve as the evening progressed, with the TS24mm and a 0.6 soft grad on the 6d I knocked out a couple of shots.
A great day to out, and a couple of images that might make it into next years calendar, what could be better....

Haweswater in the morning light


North from Ill Bell over Foswick to Thornthwaite Beacon