Holiday Book Review: Photographing The Lake District

Here at English Lakes we scour the Internet looking for all things Lake District to share with our guests and followers. When we came across some of Stuart Holmes awe-inspiring Lake District paragliding photography we were hooked! We waited patiently for the release of Stuart’s new book, Photographing the Lake District to feature it in our ‘Holiday Book Review’ blog series.


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Raf’s Lake District Nature Frame

Through our passionate people series with have introduced a range of passionate English Lakes employees! Not only are they passionate about going the extra mile for our guests but the also have many other passions, interests and hobbies. Sometimes the work-life interests coincide and we find ourselves sharing these things with our guests. As a perfect example of this, we’d like to introduce Rafael Garea-Balado, who works as a maintenance engineer at Low Wood Bay.

Our own Dr Doolittle ... Raf with a Bluetit

Our own Dr Doolittle … Raf with a Bluetit

One of my hobbies outside of work is Photography especially landscape, Wildlife/Nature and Travel. This started at an early age spending a lot of time in the Lake District as a child. My craving for the outdoor lifestyle later led me to becoming a Snowboard Instructor and I travelled for many years to stunning countries all over the world, from Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Switzerland, France to name just a few. Along my travels my trusty point and shoot camera was always to hand to document and share my experiences by capturing many of the sights I had seen.

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Inspiring Art – Waterhead hosts Photography Students from Lakes School

Continuing Waterhead’s links with the art world within our local community, it was great to welcome five students from Lakes School who are studying A Level photography giving them an opportunity to experience photography within a commercial setting. 

After a briefing from Lindsay Price, Deputy Manager at Waterhead, the students looked around and chose subject matter that fitted within defined categories such as Landscape, Movement, Surface Pattern, Architectural Features, Collections, Old & New.

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Photos of the Lake District from the International Space Station

Chris Hadfield

Chris Hadfield, currently on the ISS

Canadian astronaut, Chris Hadfield currently on board the International Space Station has tweeted photographs of the Lake District and Morecambe Bay from space!

Commander Chris Hadfield, who is a flight engineer currently on Expedition 34 on board ISS, has gained popularity on Twitter by sharing stunning photography of space. Many of which are his views of Earth as the International Space Station orbits Earth at over 17,000mph. Continue reading

Winter Photography Competition Winner

It seemed like winter came late this year and with snowfall here in the Lake District in January it kicked of our 2012 Winter Photography competition. Like previous competitions we ran it over on our Facebook page and invited anyone to submit their recent snaps of both the Lakes and North Lancashire for the chance to win a Luxury English Lakes break.

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Summer Photography Competition Winner Announced

Over the summer months on the English Lakes Facebook Page we invited entries into our Summer Photography Competition. We asked for a wide selection of entries from the Lake District and Lancashire area and received over 250 entries from people with a wide range of abilities; in total all entries received in excess of 4,000 votes. The judges’ shortlist was created from a public vote to select the top 5 people with the most votes.

The Shortlist

NzlJy9EH Jo-Ann from Cumnock “Sunset view from Low Wood Bay Hotel”

5ohzOXbP Zaneta from London “Friars Crag – Derwentwater”

ALats8um Nicola from Liverpool “Glass Lake! – Ambleside”

McUeB6fY Murray from Manchester “Sunset on the Midland”

YTAPeGzJ Michael from Lancaster “The southern Lakes – end of a beautiful summer’s day.”

 The Winner

The judges selected Michael from Lancaster as the winner for our 2011 Summer Photography Competition. Michael has won a luxury short break for two in one of our 4 star properties. The photograph was taken from the summit of Farleton Fell on the borders of Lancashire and Cumbria in July.

The judges selected the photograph as they liked how the light casts shadows over the patchwork of fields and how the evening haze fades the colours of the distant Lakeland fells. The portrait composition of the photograph frames the landscape and the hot air balloon well which makes for an interesting shot.

The summer photography competition was a huge success and English Lakes would like thank everyone who took part through entering, voting and commenting on the entries. Check back soon for more competitions, and ensure you click the “Like” on our Facebook page to be one of the first to find out about our next competition.