Scarfell Pike August 2015

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I love wild camping and any excuse to get away into the hills and I go for it. I’ve just been away with a friend of mine to the Lakes. We caught the train to Windermere and then a bus up to Dungeon Ghyll, from where we set off into the wilds. We camped the night on the side of Scarfell Pike; Bivvying up near an outcrop of trees. The next day we set off up Scarfell Pike and across Bow Fell. In torrential rain and extremely high winds we made our way up the hillside. Scarfell Pike is not quite a mountain being just four meters short of what is required. It is an impressive structure however and demands respect. We decided it was not realistic to summit Scarfell Pike, as the weather had come down too hard so instead headed down the other side of Bow fell into the Wasdale Valley. We camped again there in the valley near the tip of Waswater. The next day setting out for the hike to Dalegarth, a sleepy little village about seven miles across moorland. Arriving there early afternoon, we caught the miniature steam railway from Eskdale to Ravenglass and camped on the beach with a roaring fire. The sunset that night on the beach at Ravenglass was something else.

Portmeirion, Wales

I’ve just come back from a weekend away in Wales. Part of the purpose of the trip was to test my new Canon EOS M. I always take a camera away with me when I’m camping but generally, I err on the side of caution. Not wishing to take any one of my expensive cameras, I’ve always opted for my Olympus Tough, which is more or less indestructible. But I’ve often been disappointed with its poor performance in picture quality. So I have now bought a canon EOS M for taking away specifically on camping trips.

To round off the weekend in Wales, we visited Port Meirion. A miniature Italian village hidden away on the coast of Wales near Porthmadog. We walked around on a particularly dull day – unfortunately. However I was pleased with how it performed. Even in the low light – the images were sharp – the noise was relatively low; when zooming in quite close picture quality is good. The EOS M is an 18 MegaPixel camera, so it should perform well on these point. It needs to be road tested in respect to durability- some of my trip are especially rough and it will need to stand up to potential weather and accidents. So maybe future trips will tell me more. So far I am very satisfied with it’s performance.

These images of Portmeirion are quite stylised; at the moment I am playing around with several new effects trying to create new styles. These were edited in Photoshop from RAW which the EOS M is also capable of shooting in.

Wild Camping West Highland Way, Mull & Iona 2013

The Highlands is an astonishing place which never ceases to amaze me. This summer I went wild camping again in the Highlands. Walking along the West Highland Way from Inversnaid  to Glen Coe starting from a place called Aberfoyle. A brief campout at a place called Stalker Castle and down the coast to Oban then across to Mull and eventually to Iona. Iona is a magical, it still is a christian community and has its roots deeply embedded in Christian mythology as this is where the book of Kells was written.