Landscape Photography at Seathwaite Tarn, The Lake District

A week or so a go my mate took me up to Seathwaite tarn, not sure why I’ve never been here before considering how close it is to Coniston old man. I guess the extra bit of a drive has kept me away in the past. Here’s some of the photos I got from the day, you can watch the full day in the behind the scenes video

On the track leading up to the tarn you get views across to the Scafell range, we’ve had a bit of snow in the Lakes recently so the peaks were covered in a white layer. I liked how they stood out against the darker foreground with the clouds rolling over the tops

After photographing Scafell I made my way up to a tree that I scouted out on my first trip up. I wanted to get the Duddon valley into the photo with the lone tree standing out above it. The ground was all rocky with grass covered rocks which gave a nice texture to the foreground.

From the tree I headed up to the tarn. I was hoping that the builders wouldn’t be working today but they were all on the dam so rather than getting a landscape photo. I stood on the dam and got a portrait photo with the wall leading up and around the water with the fells surrounding the tarn.

The main reason I wanted to come back here was to get a photo of the Scafell range so I climbed the fell to the left of the tarn and looked for a composition of the full range that wouldn’t be distracting from the snowy fells. Unfortunately that made for a longer walk back in the dark but that didn’t really matter. I found some rocks to hide behind and waited for the light to change.  The sun kept lighting up patches on the fells highlighting the details.

I’d gotten pretty comfy here and had found that the sheltered area was helping with getting a sharper image so I stayed until the sun went down. The clouds rolled in over the tops too creating a slightly more moody image. I think I prefer the first one but it’s good to compare how quickly the day changes. Not sure if you can tell from the photos but it was bloody freezing here.

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