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Atop Helm Craig

It’s hard to take a bad picture in the lake district, to be honest. If you just point your camera at something, you’ll have a beautifully green, mountainous shot complete with ferns, cottages, lakes and wildlife galore.

This picture was taken on a 2 day trip in Grasmere, where I did an 80-mile ride on one day, and a walk up Helm Craig the next. I’ll always remember this picture because it’s a bittersweet moment.

The walk, on which this photo was taken, was the maiden voyage for my new tripod and ND filters, which I had just spent a lot of money on and was keen to try them out. My plan was to mount my camera, slap on an ND filter, take a looooong exposure and be left with a gorgeously exposed image but with smoothy, silky flowing clouds up above.

What actually happened, after several 30 seconds, 50 seconds, 2-minute or 10-minute exposures, was that all of them either looked shite, were too dark, too bright, or just right but with virtually no cloud movement. Absolutely none of the photos I took of this scene with my DSLR were even remotely good, unfortunately.

I quickly snapped this picture on my Nexus 6P phone, whilst waiting for my long exposures, just so I’d have a picture to add to my Strava activity.

It reminds me of a popular quote in the photography community, which is:

The best camera is the one you’ve got on you

Unknown.

Location:
Grasmere, UK

Camera:
Nexus 6P

Shutter speed:
1/5000

Aperture:
f2

Focal length:
4.6mm