Winter in Swaledale – Part 1

Frozen waterfalls, iced over bridges, snow covered barns, clear blue winter skies, morning mists, trees and  walls etched in the white snow. Our first Winter in Upper Swaledale is here …

Barn & Tree, Keld, Swaledale | Sony RX1rII
Thwaite, Swaledale | Sony RX1rII
Ivelet Bridge, Swaledale | Sony RX1rII
Encroaching Ice, Kisdon Force, Swaledale | Sony RX1rII
Ice Patterns, Kisdon Force, Swaledale | Sony RX1rII
Kisdon Force, Swaledale | Sony RX1rII
Dinner Time Swaledale Fashion, Angram, Swaledale | Sony RX1rII
Kisdon Force, Swaledale | Sony RX1rII
Barns near Muker, Swaledale | Sony RX1rII
Path to Kisdon Force, Swaledale | Sony RX1rII
Follow the contours, Angram, Swaledale | Sony RX1rII
Morning Mist, Angram, Swaledale | Sony RX1rII
Field Barn, near Muker, Swaledale | Sony RX1rII
East Gill Force, Keld, Swaledale | Sony RX1rII
Late afternoon Winter, Muker, Swaledale | Sony RX1rII
After the Storm, Birkdale Common, Swaledale | Sigma SD Quattro H
Room with a View, Birkdale Common, Swaledale | Sony RX1rII

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Des Res in a Stunning Location

In 2018 we plan to run a number of photography days, taking people out to unique and interesting locations around Swaledale that provide scope to practice their technical and compositional skills. I’d passed this des res old railway van a couple of times recently and when the rain finally stopped this afternoon, went back with the hope of interesting skies. It looks perfect!







Shooting Notes

All shots taken with the Sigma SD Quattro H and post processed in SPP and Lightroom.

Discovering Muker, 1950 Restored

A recently re-discovered print of Muker, measuring 6 feet by 3 feet, found in Reeth Memorial Hall, and dating to circa 1950, one year before electricity came to the village and four years before the creation of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Considering its age it’s in remarkable condition. Who took remains a mystery but whoever it was, had a fine eye, a fine camera and a fine set of muscles to carry it!

Muker, Swaledale, circa 1950 Original

And hopefully the restored version below, now on sale to generate funds for Muker Village Hall, does the original photographer justice.

Muker, Swaledale, circa 1950 Restored



Discovering Muker – Wild Flower Meadows

The Muker wild flower meadows are beginning to come into their own in early June, which for me means a desperate search for interesting angles and compositions.  The image below is my favourite hand held “sketch” so far and I’ll head out early tomorrow with a tripod and (hopefully) interesting light.


The meadows are an inspiration for artists and photographers alike, with the vibrant colours of Buttercups, Clover and Crane’s-bill, scattered all around, broken by the staight lines of dry stone walls and field barns.


The Sigma DP0 Quattro is fast becoming my camera of choice for the meadows; its wide lens capturing immense foreground and its colour rendition and tonal rage showing the wild flows at their best, whether in colour or monochrome.


Muker Monochrome – Year of Discovery

Our new life in Muker, Swaledale at the Old School, provides the opportunity to explore the countryside around, understand the light,  read the weather, revisit scenes as the seasons pass, judge the moods, and develop a feel for the landscape with an intimacy I’ve never had the opportunity to do before. I’m sure it will take a year or two before I have a portfolio worthy of the landscape, but  discovery is my favourite part of the process, and the process has begun.


Track to Muker | Sony RX1rII
Neighbours | Sony RX1rII
On the path to Thwaite | Sony RX1rII