June had been a poor month photographically, physically and for managing time with a pup to keep on the straight and narrow. July, having actually shot fewer images, felt much more satisfactory that the previous month though!
July was a busy month for taking pictures of Finn as he grows (bloody quickly), but I also managed a couple of wanders out with the camera and witness some of mother nature being damn impressive in the form of noctilucent clouds.
The early hours of the 1st, as I climbed the stairs for some shut eye, a bright horizon caught me by surprise – some noctilucent clouds were swelling on this crystal clear night. As it had been a few years since I last shot them, going out into the garden for an hour with camera and tripod was a no-brainer.
Having not been far from home with the camera for some time, looking back at my images and these blogs I’ve continually gone back to Alnwick Castle – mainly because its only 6 miles away, and July was no different. This time though I tried to incorporate the Percy Lion that sits at the midpoint of the bridge over the River Aln, and do my own take of the regular commercial looking view that sells Alnwick and the Castle as a must visit location if you’re here on holiday. It took a few edits, but I’m pretty happy with one image in particular, and it is my favourite of the month!
Its always nice when those who you know from the online world come by your home area, and this month it was wonderful to finally meet Verity Milligan. A fab landscape photographer and lovely lovely person. Also with her was Rich (J) Jones, who I’m just beginning to follow and appreciate his varied skills. Anita (Nicholson) set everything up for us all to meet at Dunstanburgh at 3:30am. Naturally, when making the effort to get up, the sun didn’t, and so only grey skies reigned. It was really good to spend a few hours chatting though!
The end of July marks the time when 3 years ago I made one my favourite and successful images (Faltering Under the Fury), from basically my back door. 3 years to the day, just as the last red of sunset again lit a clouded sky I headed out to repeat the shot, and promptly missed the last of the colour! I persevered though and still came away with an image, just not what I was intending!
I met up with Alan (Leightley) at Budle Bay for another wander along the shore as the tide retreated, and again Alan brought the colour for sunset! A really nice still, peaceful evening with the cameras chatting about the photographic world (…according to Twitter and Facebook anyway).
Here are July’s selected images…
I obviously can’t ignore the elephant in the room that is/was my book, Landscape Editions: Volume Twelve – “Intentional” which has already sold out! I’ll do more about the book and the process in the future. But thanks to everyone who bought one, the response has been amazing to me!
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