I fell in love with Wast Water in days when I had hair, for me it has a timeless beauty. Now, please don’t get me wrong I love the lake District as whole but I am beguiled by this ethereal location.
Personally, I am not one who simply shoots during the golden hour because I see the moods this great place presents throughout the day and never tire of capturing them.
The ‘triumvirate’ of Yewbarrow, Great gable and Lingmell, bounded by Middle Fell to the left and the massive Screes to the right, present itself like an arena. You are invited to watch nature produce its own show for you.
It also provides the Parks authority with its logo and of course it is now Britains favourite view, that can and does attract the throngs during holiday times. You would expect that its easy to be able to ‘slip’ away and find somewhere to shoot, its a big place and I never shoot the usual vista.
On this occasion I was using my Fujifilm X Pro1 and seeing how it coped with the low light. Usually, my work is carried out on the Canon 5D Mark III but I love the mirrorless Fujifilm as it feel like an old fashioned film camera. I shoot with the X-Pro1 as if it was film and I love the feeling of actually setting the cameras functions and being able to present it as a photograph. I like the idea of minimal processing which is something I teach on my workshops, I love spending time out on the fells and NOT sat in front at a computer.
I am not a fan of HDR too so wanted to see how far the real dynamic range of the camera coped. This was taken at first light and although I used the 18-55 lens it was at full compression in order to ‘pull’ the island nearer to the viewer. It is some three miles from Gable. I also have one of my Lee Seven5 0.6 filters on too. The shutter speed added to the ‘drag’ on the water which I like. As the sun rose, I took this image of Gables first light in winter. Its a great place to take photographs, you won’t be disappointed.
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About Mark Gilligan
Whilst Mark cites Wast Water as his favourite place, he loves working all across the lakes. His 1-1 workshops, book and magazine work ensures that he gets as much time as he can out on the fells. Whatever the weather!” Mark was shortlisted Times Landscape Photographer of the Year.