Blea Tarn & Tewet Tarn Landscape Photography


continue straight your destination is on the right morning guys I’m in the Lake District this week working so I thought I’d nip
up to Blea Tarn at first like to catch a sunrise now I’m here a good hour before
sunrise, it’s dark as night out there and I thought I’d have the place to myself
it’s freezing cold blowing a gale and the light’s not particularly fantastic
so I really did think I’d have the place to myself but there’s four cars in the
car park another car has just arrived and I can
actually already see head torches down… on the lake on the lake it’s gonna be a good morning
wonder greener cat it’s freezing cold – Judith snow this weekend now we like
that because when the weather is that bad and when it gets that cold in the
winter the lazy people or the more intelligent people stay at home that is
just typical look at that that is a blood red sky and the bow twist round to
where we are nothing isn’t that just typical now there’s a slight problem
when you come to iconic places to photograph it you can call it a problem
that is of course is the chances are you’re likely to meet other
photographers and me being me me being a chatty person you end up setting up grab
it a couple of shots and before you know it you’re standing still drinking coffee
two and a half flower two and a half hours later you put the world to rights
but you haven’t got any work done and that was the case this morning met a
lovely fellow by the way Matthew if you are watching this great to meet you this
morning great chat and hopefully we’ll bump into each other again that’s a good
thing how wonderful is that see photography
landscapes get out there meet nice people you just can’t beat it it’s so obvious what the foreground
interest is it’s so obvious what the background interest is it’s very
difficult to pull yourself away from the position where I’m currently stood
taking the iconic shot but don’t let that put you off
grab it let me very quickly talk you through this particular shot for what
you’re looking at now is the composition unlikely to go for certainly from where
I’m stood at the moment anyway it’s very simple 24 mil I’m gonna do a panoramic
sweep so I’m going to take six images going across the tan portrait mode f11
ISO 100 and I think my shutter speed is something like a tenth of a second so
unfortunately it’s not gonna be very exciting when it comes to the water
you’re just gonna get a still water and there’s a slight breeze as well so we
don’t have that gorgeous reflection get imagine what it’d be like if you turn up
here and that water is flat so it’s a fairly simple composition it’s pretty
much the iconic shot when you get here with the exception of maybe move it
slightly further to the right or moving on the other side of the wall you know
it’ll make sense when you come here what I’m talking about if you’ve never been
here before and if you have been here before you know exactly what I’m talking
about I’ll grab this shot now and then I’ll wander around and see if there’s
any more compositions I can grab I just got so lucky I was just saying
about how how poor or how pants are how neutral this lighting was and as soon as
I started taking a panoramic sweep where to break in the clouds the Sun shone
through and just lit up that mountain in the background just delicious Paul this morning it’s cold this morning
I’m a bleed tan what a fantastic place this is I’ve never been before it is
just fantastic what I will say right off the bat is if you’re new maybe new to
photography and you’re looking for somewhere where you can go that’s
relatively easy to walk relatively easy to find
then I’d I’d say categorically this is the number one place if you have access
obviously to the Lake District if you’re not too many miles away then I come here
blue tan because blue tan is easy to find there’s a big car park in place his
national trust so you have to pay for it so just be warned unless you’re a
National Trust member of course in which case it’s free but it’s literally a five
minute walk from the car park to where I’m stood now which is the iconic place
to come and take pictures you’re likely like it was in my case this morning
you’re likely to be joined by other photographers because this is probably
the most photographed area of the Lake District or certainly one of the most
photographed areas of the Lake District but don’t let that put you off is plenty
of room you’ll meet nice people I’m sounding like as if this is an advert to
actually come here but know right off the bat this is a perfect spot for
landscape photography especially if you knew he’s a question for you what accessory
would you miss the most if it wasn’t in you back know I mentioned earlier on I
don’t have my li 10 stopped filter I broke it unfortunately a couple of weeks
ago when I was in Lewis and Harris and I saw missing I’m so missing I’m I’m
desperate for one this morning I haven’t got one which is really really annoying
but I thought of myself I wonder if there are if there are other accessories
and maybe other people use that they would really miss if they didn’t have it
in the back so there’s a question for you know what accessory
you miss if it wasn’t in your bag comment below enjoy that very very enjoyable morning
and this goes to show sometimes you could just keep it really simple come
away with a nice shot there might well be iconic doesn’t really matter just
been a great morning a fantastic morning for that matter
good call now though I may have already mentioned it let’s get that cow pwe t2 it tan absolutely gorgeous spot
but it’s proven to be a little bit awkward right in the middle of the day
the light is really really bright which restricts us really from shooting from
one angle of the tan looking out obviously away from the Sun it’s nice
because it lights up the mountains in the background but it is proving to be
just a little bit tricky on top of that it’s amazing the weather at the moment
absolutely just it’s delightful to think we’re literally less than two weeks off
Christmas so winter is pretty much knocking on the door I think something
like two 23rd of December is the first official day in the UK of winter I think
so anyway it’s absolutely delightful a little bit chilly but there’s no breeze
in the air and obviously because there’s no breeze in the air that’s why we’ve
got this stunning reflection that’s going on in the town right now every now
and again there’s a little bit of a breeze that whips up and it destroys
that reflection but so far we’ve managed to grab a couple of shots okay so the
composition we’ve pretty much settle for is fence posts leading into the water
bottom right-hand thirds mounted in the background with the reflection of water
is just gorgeous an award-winner it isn’t but a very nice picture it is so my setup for this very
straightforward f11 iso100 and I’m at 80th of a second I’ve got a point nine
filter on the front there to try and bring some of that light down bring some
of that glare down in the sky and that’s it so no ten stop filter very simple
very straightforward and it looks quite nice yep
very happy absolute whirlwind of a trip that’s to
it tan taking care of back to the van a cup of coffee on to the next location you

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  • Went to the same spot in October but I was on the other side of the fence and got the sunset instead of morning.

  • Hi Gary as usual I really enjoy your vlogs. Paul Compton saw that clip of us when we met at Derwent and now I'm meeting up with him down yer in Dorset on the 27th. Think I would miss my Lee Filters Landscape Polariser the most. Have a great Christmas mate.

  • Great images Gary and loved my visit there last July. Think I would miss my big stopper the most too as I love long exposure images

  • Only visited Blea once and the light was rubbish but what a great location it is. The accessory I think I would most miss is my Peak Design Capture V3 clip. I like to have my camera handy and not have to go into my bag every time I want to grab a quick shot and using a camera strap while wearing a rucksack was a real pain. Just having it handy and ready to grab makes my photography a lot more fun

  • Accessory I would miss would be my thermask flask 🙂

  • water bottle, car keys. blower ball.

  • Guess who went too Blea Tarn last night lol 😂

  • Gary,

    Delicious, indeed!

    Maybe ol' Santy will bring a big stopper down the chimney, I pine mournfully when I'm missing a tool. In the old days of commercial shooting the one thing that stopped the shoot was a defective (or misplaced) sync-cord for the strobes, oh, the humanity… I think, similar to your experience, the lack of the desired filter ranks high on the "harshing-my-mellow" angst.

    I failed to send holiday-season cards this year. I'm irresponsible. Next year, pal, I'll send you two!

    Merry Christmas my brother from another mother,
    Mike

  • my accessory is my mate, really miss him when he is not about, he is part and parcel of the duo. Have a nice Christmas and a better new year, Phil

  • …Always a pleasure Gary. The b&w later into the video really caught my eye personally. In answer to your question on what would I miss the most in my bag would go something like this. The Nisi Filter system which has never been in my bag! ( You can blame Paul G. for this! ) I plan to slowly build this filter system up as money allows. The 100% optical glass is what has me sold on it. Like you, I will start with a 10 stop & 0.9 grad to begin with, along with a polarizer that I know you don't use & to great effect too. Shortly thereafter, I will add a 6 & 3 stop, for those small mountain streams with waterfalls I so love shooting.
    Wishing you & your loved ones a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year Gary…
    Bill… 🙂

  • Merry Christmas Garry….. thanks for showing your vids this year ….. regards Fred

  • Thnx for sharring Gary. Happy days.

  • My tripod can't do without

  • Very nice photos as usual Gary, Always look forward to getting a notification for your vlogs. Happy Christmas to you and your family.

  • Think I'd miss my cleaning cloth Gary, great vlog and images bud 💪

  • Gary, great work. Skiddaw and (part) Blencathra. My profile picture background.

  • If it was as cold as you say, I would miss "me woolly hat". and of course my lee polariser. Merry Christmas to you & your good lady, dogie and family.

  • When you replace your 10 stopper try the lee ir range very impressed

  • Really nice video again Gary! Love the b&w stuff very much. The accessory i would miss is a second battery or even in the worst case the memory card. Merry chrismas!

  • Have a Happy Christmas and a Good New Year

  • Yet another good one Gary! Every time I've visited Blea Tarn the weather has been cold wet and miserable so I've renamed it Bleak Tarn. The one thing that I wouldn't have been able to manage without on my last few trips has been a collection of cleaning cloths.
    Hope you and your good lady have a great Christmas and I'm now intrigued as to what might be new in 2019, whatever it is count me in!!😊

  • Great video, Gary, and some lovely images. The accessory I would miss the most? Hard choice between my Lee big stopper and the polariser. Probably the latter. Happy Christmas to you and yours.

  • Really nice Pano at Blea, Gary. It's a favourite low level location of mine, I visit it a lot on my wider travels round the Lake District.
    My polariser would be one of my most missed items in my bag. And I would really miss my dogs if they weren't by my side.

  • Great vlog gary, merry xmas and happy new year. I would seriously miss my polariser filters, i have several depending on the size of lenses. O' and the misses, she always tells me what I've missed or " it's better over here", annoying but I'd miss her .

  • Beautiful photos!

  • Nice stuff Gary. Merry Xmas.

  • Great video Gary, as always.
    what accessory would i miss most? Anything to do with the Lee filter system. I hope Father Christmas brings you a 10 stop and a new drone, I really miss the footage you take with the drone, I know they are expensive but in my humble opinion you produce the best on YouTube. Thank you for all the videos and the Facebook page.
    Merry Christmas to you and all your family

  • Very friendly the description in German. I think your videos are extremely good. You are my Inspirator when it comes to landscape photography. You Englishmen have the landscape in front of the door, you just have to go outside. If you were here, where I live, you too would starve to death. That's why I like to see your videos, which are interesting and encouraging for me. You're not exaggerating, Iceland, Hawaii or New Zealand. You do not need a special camera or lens, you just do it. You gave me the kick to go out and do it again and I got better. Also in this fucking area. Thank you. What is your dog doing? Merry xmas and happy new year.

  • A good cup combined with a good chat can make for a great time. Merry Christmas & Happy Festivus. Oh, afraid Festivus is a U.S. thing only? Happy holiDAZE to all.

  • Nice vlog Gary< Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, like Peter I would miss my polariser the most.

  • just watched the whole vlog brilliantly done i dont think i could manage with out a l bracket now loved the tewet tarn with skiddaw is it ?

  • Spare batteries!!

  • Happy christmas Gary. carry on the good work – i enjoy your videos.

  • I really enjoy your channel Gary. Thanks for sharing and looking forward to more in 2019. Merry Christmas!

  • Would miss the Lee Circular Polarizer most of all.

  • Hi Gary, yet another fab video. I would miss my CPL. Thanks for putting up your videos and have a great Christmas and a happy new year.

  • You're freezing your nuts off, in one degree temperatures and I'm watching your vlog with no shirt on, in mid twenties temperature. And we're both enjoying the experience; aren't human beings flexible?
    Thanks for all the top vlogs and pics in 2018.
    Mike in Oz

  • Hi Gary- Great Video– I would miss my polarizer if I did not hae it. I use it a lot especially Spring through fall.

  • Another great vlog Gary. Keep up the good work, season greetings & all the best for the new year. What would i miss if it wasn't in my bag? my Sandwich.

  • Great vlog gary, awesome images in a fantastic place, certainly would miss my cable release, always in the bag. Have a great christmas

  • I don't really have accessories … I've wished I had a tripod with me from time to time or the other lens.

  • Happy Christmas Gary. I’d miss my Q Ball Rocket Blower the most, I now have one for each bag to make sure I always have one with me. Must get up to the lakes one day.

  • Another great video Gary. Love the images. I think I would miss my remote shutter release.
    Like to thank you for all your videos this year. They have been an inspiration, and as I’ve mentioned before your St Monans Pier video, got me off my backside, and lead me to go out travelling further afield and I would say definitely improved my photography.
    Have a great Christmas and New Year and looking forward to more great videos.

  • I love your photography, thank you for sharing! Merry Christmas Gary!

  • Lovely images again Gary! Merry Christmas to you and your family – enjoy! Thanks for all the very entertaining and informative vlogs in 2018 – I would miss my L bracket the most – it makes camera operation so much easier. Cheers

  • I'd miss me Camera lol

  • It is delicious.

  • I was thinking tripod, but then….

    I recently chose four landscape photographs for an exhibition. Three were hand held, by choice.

    I will shoot almost anything with almost anything, but having gear choice constrained by memory failure is annoying.

  • I know it's a matter of personal preference, but why turn a beautiful scene with lots of gorgeous color into a black & white photo?
    Makes no sense to me.

  • Have a merry Christmas and a happy new year Gary

  • Another great video Gary. Have a great holiday season. I would miss first my cable release even though many use the 2 sec timer and my polariser second. (hot cup of coffee would be third)

  • Great video Gary as always. Perhaps Santa will be nice and bring you a new shiny 10 stop LOL!! Loved the images and looking forward to 2019. Have a great Xmas!!

  • Thanks for the entertaining vlogs this year Gary. Have a great christmas and I hope Santa brings you a new 10 stop filter. Look forward to what you have instore for 2019.

  • Merry Christmas Gary

  • Just Brill Gary,bit of an abrupt ending,enjoyed it though. A merry Christmas and a happy new year to you and all your family,look forward to more vlogs in the new year🍺👍

  • Great stuff as always Gary. Blea tarn is on my to do list! Did tewit tarn in the snow last year. Accessory I'd miss most I think would be my cable release so many shots longer than 30s my camera hasn't got built in bulb timer.

  • Hello Gary, I would really miss my Lee 3 stop neutral density soft graduated filter to hold back the strong light in the sky. It goes everywhere with me!

  • Great content as ever Gary

  • Top vlog Gary. Loved the mono at the end of the episode from Tewet. Gloves, always pack gloves as I get freezing hands – even in summer at times..lol Merry Christmas from the South Wales valleys mister.

  • Another great vlog Gary. I would definitely miss my 17-40L and also my L bracket. Great locations and I have never been to either – now on the list! Keep up the good work – and have a great Christmas!

  • Another great vlog to sit back and enjoy. That mono at Tewet looked really good.

  • Thanks for another great video Gary , hope next year is as good as this , many thanks ,

  • Merry Christmas and happy new year

  • Great Video again Gary, what would I miss, it would be the medium grads, saved a few situations, Merry Christmas.

  • Cracking video as usual and some stunning images I hope you
    and your family have a very happy Christmas.

  • My remote shutter release. Merry/Happy Christmas!

  • Another winning vlog, happy Christmas Gary.

  • Was at Blea Tarn yesterday (Xmas eve). Went because I don’t know the Lakes that well so wanted somewhere easy to get to without too much of a walk. When driving up I noticed a cloud inversion over Windermere that would have looked really good if I had known where to go. Even on Xmas Eve there were at least 4 other photographers there before me, but it is good to chat to people who share a similar passion. Weather was clear with a light frost, and a mirror reflection in the tarn. A lovely place to be for sunrise. Wish I had known about Tewet Tarn, as there appeared to be cloud inversions everywhere. Stopped at Elter Water; some great reflections but couldn’t find a good place to capture the mist hanging over the water. Thanks for all your posts over the year; very inspiring. Here’s to a good 2019

  • Polarizing filter

  • Photos look fantastic ❤

  • Fantastic as usual I have not been to blea Tarn yet may just have to push myself haha. Great images Gary and like the mono to colour effect

  • Another superb video, Gary. I wish I had a 10-stopper, but I need to save for a good filter system. On Saturday afternoon, I went to photograph a landscape overlooking the Hudson River and George Washington Bridge from a height in northern Manhattan, but then discovered I had left my polarising filter at home. The glare from the river was too much. I had planned to take maybe 10 frames and stack and blend them to create a long-exposure effect on the water, which I have done quite successfully before as a substitute for using an ND filter and doing it properly. The golden hour light, clouds and sky were wonderful and would have got even better in blue hour. I couldn’t stay for that, unfortunately. But I just couldn’t do anything about the glare, so I really missed that polarising filter. Instead, I turned my attention to the wildlife and photographed a red-bellied woodpecker and a grey squirrel gathering nuts for Christmas. Somebody had left a pile of peanuts in their shells on the wall to attract the squirrels and birds and I took three and placed them on the wall about 8 feet in front of my camera and set my exposure and focus and didn’t have to wait long before one came along – so the squirrel was slightly staged, but at least I didn’t come away empty-handed. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

  • Lovely video Gary. Thanks.

  • Great video Gary! Im just like you, I start chatting to other photographers and before I know It Im missing the perfect conditions 😁 its always great to meet like minded people though isnt it.. Really enjoyed your friendly style of vlogging. You got some great shots. I thoughrly look forward to enjoying more of your content from now on 👍

  • Gary, the black and white images are stunning! Because most of us live in a world of color, sometimes b&w makes you see things so differently you are almost stunned by the simplicity. Great stuff!

  • Excellent as usual Gary. Looking forward to getting out myself more in 2019.

  • Hi Gary, always enjoyable to see you out there, Happy new year when it comes, thanks

  • Just catching up with YT videos today so hope Santa brought you a 10 stopper! Have a good new year and looking forward to more of your great vlogs in 2019

  • I'd miss my gimbal head. I can't hand hold my big lens. Maybe I should just work out a bit more

  • Obvious I know, but I'd miss my tripod! 😉 Seriously though; my polariser. Loved the B&W of Blea Tarn with the foreground rocks and fence forming a lovely triangle.

  • Well done mate great trip have an awesome 2019.

  • Hello, Gary, 
    Thank you so much for taking this with you. 
    Thanks for your videos and I wish you a great healthy 2019. 
    Best regards from Germany 
    Maik

  • Lovely stuff as always, Gary. First shot was my favourite. Just love the black and white. Hope you had a great Christmas and all the very best for the new year

  • You missed a shot! With that rock out in the water you should have run out, climbed on the rock and had the picture taken. With your red coat you would have been perfect!

  • Another excellent video, Gary. The item I'd most miss – my polariser. Most filters you can do a work-around, but the polariser is, I think, the key thing for landscapes.

  • Hip flask.

  • Love your positivity! Nice images too!

  • Wish I could make it but I'm about 6,000 miles away!! 🙂

  • Great video and pics, fantastic reflection at tewet tarn.
    Like you think I'd miss my ten stop filter, but I think you were missing your gloves just as much 😀😀.
    Happy new year to you, looking forward to seeing more videos from over the coming year.
    Many thanks
    John

  • Need me some new Gary videos! Hope you’re well, miss your content!

  • Great work Garry loved the B&W of Tewet Tarn

  • If I ever make it to the Lakes district that will be my first stop! Great photos Gary!

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