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.
Many of the 15 million visitors to the Lake District come to admire the area’s outstanding natural beauty. Often when they are out exploring the breathtaking landscape, many will attempt to capture their time in the Lakes with a photograph. It is not hard to take a beautiful picture here in the Lakes; the landscape does most of the work, although, often it can be a case of being in the right place at the right time, which isn’t ideal on a fleeting visit to the area.
The new book by Stuart Holmes is in part a guide to the most beautiful places in the area and part guide on how to improve your photography.
After a Foreword by Richard Leafe (Chief Executive of the Lake District National Park), introduction, advice about getting around the area (and the regions unpredictable weather), the book divides the Lake District into six areas of focus. In each area, Stuart has included a range of both popular and lesser known locations as well as a selections of suggested viewpoints for each location. An extensive technical section is referenced throughout with examples accompanied by captioned camera settings.
The book features over 350 inspirational photographs, over 70 of the best photographic locations in the area with hundreds of viewpoints and tips on how to improve your photography with real examples and location advice. Detailed maps, sun compass and equipment tips are also included.
As an amateur photographer with a DSLR camera (usually used on auto mode) this book is the perfect guide and will now be the inspiration for many more adventures in the Lake District and will be accompanying me in my rucksack when going out exploring.
Overall, this is a beautiful and useful book for any outdoor enthusiast. I would also recommend this book regardless of your camera equipment, as Stuart explains “it is better to have a small compact camera in your jacket pocket ready to use than a top of the range DSLR that never comes out of the rucksack.” It will be a handy guidebook if you want to get out and explore the beauty of the Lake District even if you only carry a camera phone or compact camera to take a few snaps along the way.
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We loved the book so much, we are now stocking and selling Photographing The Lake District at Low Wood Bay reception. Guests can purchase this fantastic book for £25.00.