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Hello and happy Autumn from the Lake District. It's been a funny old autumn for photography in the Lake District up to now. We had a few cool mornings a while back but it was only really last week that much started to happen - colour, chasing early morning fog around the lake district and Eden Valley. The weather hasn't been great and a lack of sunlight means colours have been subdued.

Ps - here's a free Guide to Autumn Photography

I've just started to pull together a few pictures from what I've taken so far and things are looking pretty decent.

I'm out leading an Autumn Photography tour next week and have got fingers, legs and toes crossed for some decent conditions for the week to come. There's still lots to see out there people!

Cheers, Rod
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03/11/2017
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The Cumbria Photography and Video Show 2017
10th May 2017
In: Exhibition News

Once again, I'm thrilled to be involved in delivering The Cumbria Photography and Video Show 2017 at the Rheged centre, Cumbria this coming weekend (13th&14th May)

http://rheged-email.com/45AU-112X-B0PV1K9B1/cr.aspx

Last year was the first time that we looked to put on such an event and we had a fantastic response. Buoyed by this, we've put in lots of hard work this year to bring a fantastic programme of speakers, exhibitors and photographers.

On a personal level, I'm really excited about the event and can't wait to catch up with the photography community from across Cumbria, the North of England and the South of Scotland.

See you this weekend!

Rod
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LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY BEYOND THE LAKE DISTRICT
Taking a quick break from Photography workshops and tours in the Lake District is always a double edged sword. I get nervous once outside the boundaries of Cumbria into the big unknown! This trip to Snowdonia was a little different though as I'd spent four years there during my early twenties when I went to University in Bangor.

A rude introduction to mountains came when a friend led me on a walk up Tryfan - the first mountain I'd ever walked up, and what a mountain! Reflecting back, that was a pivotal day in my life and influenced many decisions I've since made, ultimately leading to me living where I live and doing what I do to this day.

The weather for the week was mixed and I had a few locations I wanted to explore again, but I was keen to go back to the quarries and industrial landscapes I'd paid scant attention to all those years ago. Now, with my photographers observational awareness heightened, going back with a camera and the sole purpose of taking photos would be an interesting exploration.

As always, I feel like I barely had chance to scratch the surface of the location I visited - so many subjects to indulge in, so little time. However, I've already edited a number of my favourite shots from the trip and have made a commitment to memory to return quickly - another trip in autumn might be on the cards!

Anyway, here's a few edits from the trip - I hope you find them interesting . Do let me know what you think!

cheers, Rod
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22/03/2017
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Taking a break from delivering photography courses and landscape workshops generally means me heading off for a trip somewhere, even if it's winter. This can sometimes be pretty tough going being cold, dark or wet. When it's all three of those things together, things get dispiriting to put it mildly. When it's like that for the nearly two weeks and your living in a camper van, it can just be plain miserable!

Knowing that there were 17 hours of darkness each day, combined with a pretty stinking weather forecast wasn't enough to put me and my better half off our planned trip up to the north of Scotland over Christmas and New Year. With a very loose plan, off we drove off on Christmas eve, stopping off around Edinburgh for a couple of days before making our way up to Sutherland.

When we pencilled the trip in the diary, we were picturing snow, ice, maybe even some nice clear skies for those northern lights - basically, everything a landscape photographer could want from a trip. Unfortunately, the weather forecasts were pretty much spot on and what we got was cloud, rain and gale force winds!

We persevered though and were lucky enough to get a few tantalising glimpses of Scotland putting on a spectacular show for us. Inverpolly and Assynt gave us about one hour of decent light over about 6 days - but for the brief time when it was present, it was perfectly packaged. On the journey back south, we had a lovely evening in Torridon and a cracking day in the Snow above loch Maree.

So next time you're in despair, give it a fair crack of the whip and you never know, that little bit of magic might be waiting just around the corner for you.
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30/01/2017
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Photography article published in "Cumbria" magazine

As well as running photography courses in Cumbria and the Lake District, I can now lay claim to officially being a published author! John Manning at the 'Cumbria' magazine kindly asked me if I fancied writing an article on aurora hunting in Cumbria.

It's a while since I've sat down and really thought about writing something properly so it was a bit of a challenge. However, with a dictionary at my side and spell checker switched on, it all went quite smoothly! No doubt my old English teacher will be in complete shock at this turn of events!!!

The article is out in the December edition of "Cumbria" - Lakelands favourite magazine if you fancy a read.

all the best, Rod

http://www.rodireland.co.uk/
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01/12/2016
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Photography Exhibition at the Lake District National Park Brockhole centre, Windermere.

As well as running photography workshops and courses in the Lake District, it is nice to occasionally get my own work up on display somewhere. So, it was lovely that the Lake District National Park asked me if I'd put on a pop-up exhibition at their visitor centre at Brockhole on Windermere. This rather grand old property has a cracking space in the restaurant annexe for displaying images (photographs, paintings etc).

Working with Fiona, Simon and Cat from the national park, I've managed to get 18 rather nice images (if I do say so myself!) on display. These are all images of the lake district, with half of them being from the recent 'lake district by night' project I undertook with fellow photographer, Jonny Marchant.

So, if you're nearby it's worth dropping in for a look and a bite to eat. The exhibition will be on until early in the New Year.

all the best, Rod
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28/11/2016
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A favourite Lake district photography location!

A great thing about the Lake District is the many different photography locations available. Some areas are 'overdone' (queues of photographers lining up!) yet many others are beautifully peaceful.

Recently during some fantastic autumn weather, I decided to visit Martindale, a favourite nearby spot. Travelling along the quieter road on the south side of Ullswater, you reach Howtown with its steamer pier and the close by, 'Waternook' which is situated at the foot of Hallin fell (www.waternookonullswater.com - if you're after a special holiday retreat this place is stunning!).

I stopped at the top of the hause (pass) and made my way up the fell as I knew there was a temperature inversion that I'd climb above. I was treated to this rather fantastic scene which will stay in my minds eye for a good while to come.

Later, I moved further into the valley and had a walk into lonely Bannerdale to watch and listen to the red deer rut. The reward? Another 'keeper'! I suppose the 'moral' of the tale is don't just visit the honey pots, but try to explore other areas too!

take care, Rod
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21/11/2016
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If you have any questions, please drop me a message at http://www.rodireland.co.uk/
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Photgraphers - It's a shot in the dark!


Tomorrow marks the autumn equinox in the Northern Hemisphere (and I don't just mean north of the Watford gap!)

So what? Well, it means that very soon our nightime will be longer than daytime and cuddling up on the sofa watching the telly will be the order of the day. Photographers across our half of the globe are collectively saying - "Oh no, it's time to put the camera away until spring!"

If you're not quite ready for that then why not extend your photography season and learn how to take pictures at night? I've been doing this a long time and it's great fun. Admittedly, it's trickier than daytime but with a bit of tuition you'll be up and running in no time and night images can be absolutely out of this world!

If you fancy learning it for yourself, check out the details here Low Light/Night Photography Workshop At only £65, it's definately not a shot in the dark! Cheers,

Rod
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