Chatsworth House

Last weekend we visited Bakewell Xmas Market, this weekend it was Chatsworth. As none of us like to get there really late when it is busy, we set off to get there just as it opened.
For some reason this meant we had to park so far away we were pretty much in Baslow (the nearest little village) but had to pay for the privilege of parking in Chatsworth – £10!

Chatsworth So we started off our Xmas Market trip by hiking for 809743 years to get there. Once there the Christmas spirit never really hit me. We bought some brownies, cured sausages and a double chocolate scone. kB fancies some churros so we bought some but no one was really bothered about them. Chatsworth

We (me and kB) left the others in the market and went to fly the drone. On the way in (during our voyage from the car park) I’d spied the Chatsworth deer and though that they would be a good target for practice. So off we went.

I spent some time practicing different shots, but my app kept crashing. Apparently it’s pants on Android so when I came home I bought a stand thing so I can connect my iPad to it.

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The weather forecast was nice, the air was still… So naturally it was a drone kind of day 😉

Bird's Eye View I decided to go to Ulley Country Park, and practice a bit more with my drone. There is a nice spot with a few benches on it that made for an ideal seating area and Return to Home point. I flew the highest I’ve flown before, but I am still hesitant about distance away from me. I think the next time that I go out with it I am doing to focus on distance more than height. Ulley Country Park

I’m slowly getting more used to the controls. I’ve gotten used to using the control to control the gimbal head.
I need to pay more attention to exposure though, as most of the shots were over exposed.

Drone footage v2

On Tuesday before work I went out to test the drone again. I got the highest I’ve ever been, but it still wasn’t very high in terms of the drones capabilities. It is definitely going to take some getting used to, and the idea of flying it high and far away is not something I’m feeling too confident with at the minute.

I was watching footage of people flying it over the sea and just watching that made me like hahahahaha nope!

Anyway, the second outing saw me trying to get a bit higher, and focus more on slow, steady movements. I also wanted to practice more in Premier Pro in terms of editing and putting a clip together. I got the sound from http://www.bensound.com

I need to work on everything really, but given that it’s dark when I leave for work, and dark when I get in from work this is quite difficult. Hoping for some still weather at the weekend.

New Drone

I look the look of arial photography, and I’ve been passively researching drones for a while now. As it was Black Friday I had a look around for some offers and found a DJI Spark. It’s not the best drone, but it looks pretty good for it’s price point, so I figured I’d give it a go.

Rother Valley

Once I had wrapped my head around the controllers it was quite fun. I still can’t quite get to grips with looking at my screen, rather than looking at the drone – but I managed to be able to quickly swap between record and shoot modes, and managed to move around using the controller pretty well by my second outing.

The main problems are that I’m either too fast at moving it, or too jerky with it. But this will get better with time!

This is a little video I put together from today’s outings.

The Lake District – Day 4; The Drive Home

Castle Cragg I had a lie in today, I didn’t get up until 730! Hehe The people who own the cottage I stopped in said they had noticed me leaving early every morning; the early bird catches the best light. Not much to report from today, other than the 3 hour drive was uneventful, but I did keep stopping on the way out of Derwent Water to grab shots. Derwent Water

Once I was on the A66 though it was a clear drive home, apart from toilet stops and petrol stops. The Lake District was lovely, and I’m glad I visited.

Derwent Water

The Lake District – Day 3; Aira Force, Ullswater and Castle Cragg

Aira Force Today was the last full day. The weather forecast was a bit pants for it, so I was planning on having a wash out of a day, and was even considering coming home early. Waterfall

However, when I woke up the weather forecast had changed, and it wasn’t supposed to rain until 1pm, so I set off to Honister Pass as I wanted to hike around there.

Waterfall The problem with this plan, was that even though it wasn’t raining there was a lot of low hanging cloud, so I wouldn’t have been able to see much! So I settled on visiting Ullswater and Aira Force waterfall. I was glad that I did when I got there, a nice easy walk along woodlands, with a stream and lots of mini waterfalls along the way. Aira Force

On y way out of Ullswater I decided to visit this boat house to get a shot. Not quite as epic as I had hoped for, but I had to shoot from the road side which wasn’t ideal (And there was no path).

Boat House The weather forecast changed again, and so I set off for the cottage (Via a co-op to get some lunch). I toyed with the idea of Honister Pass again but I could see from my window that the cloud was still pretty low, so I knew it wouldn’t be worth the trip. I decided instead on a hike up Castle Cragg, which is pretty close to where I am staying. This turned out to be quite a nice little walk, even if the views weren’t as good as they could have been because of the weather. Castle Cragg

Glad to be going home tomorrow though now, my toes are sore from all the downhill walking.

At the mouth of the cave

The Lake District – Day 2; Buttermere, Waterfalls and Derwent Water

Derwent Water Today I set my alarm for 645, and decided I would set off early, but not at sunrise. Buttermere

This decision was made on the basis that I wouldn’t be able to see sunrise because of the mountains anyway. When I woke up the sky was a lovely shade of purple/pink, so I was a bit annoyed! Never the less I set off whilst the sun was just below the mountain line and headed for Buttermere; the plan being I would shoot the trees as the sun hit them over the mountain, then walk to Scale Force waterfall.ButtermereWhen I got to Buttermere there were quite a few other photographers there. I set up shop and ended up being there for about an hour. The sun looked promising as it peaked above the mountain, but the higher it got it ended up being hidden behind cloud. Buttermere

At 9am I decided to move on and do the walk to Scale Force. I would rate this walk as “too much bog for the waterfall”. The waterfall itself was a bit disappointing, especially when considering how mucky I got walking to it.

Scale Force I think the most disappointing part of the walk, was the bit where I went up to see the top part of the waterfall. Loads of steep steps, and not a lot there when I got there. However the views over the lake from here were spot on. Buttermere

It was a nice walk (apart from the mud/boggy parts), just not a great waterfall.

Buttermere By this point, I’d walked 40k odd steps and up 300 flights of stairs, and I was getting a bit tired. I stopped it at a cafe at the start/end of the walk and bought a ham and tomato baguette. I’m not sure if I was just mega hungry, or if it genuinely was the best baguette ever, but I really enjoyed it. Derwent Water

I came back to the cottage for an hour and a half, and then went back out to see if I could get on the jetty that I couldn’t get on yesterday.

Derwent Water When I first got there there were loads of photographers around it, so I went off and did my own thing. On my way back there were only 2 photographers left so I joined them and got my shots. Derwent Water

One of the photographers who was there was local and said that the jetty on the other side of the lake is much better, so I’ve had a look and it’s a 20 minute walk from where I am staying so I’ve added that to tomorrows agenda.

Derwent Water Not sure what to do tomorrow, as the weather looks a bit pants on the forecast, but then didn’t look that bad on the BBC forecast on the TV so I guess I will go to the jetty in the morning and play the afternoon by ear. I was supposed to go to Helvellyn, but I don’t much fancy that if it’s chucking it down. I’ve also not managed to get to Ullswater yet either, so I have options. Derwent Water

The Lake District – Day 1; Catbells, Buttermere and Honister Pass

Catbells This morning I got up bright and early, and set off on a three hour drive to the Lake District. Sunset, Honsiter Pass

I arrived at Derwent Water at about 10, and after quickly unpacking and the people who own the accommodation pointing out the best walks I set off to hike up Catbells.

Sunset, Honsiter Pass This is my first solo holiday, and up until setting off up the mountain (It’s only a small one, but it’s still a mountain!) I was starting to regret going on my own. There is something about sharing a view with someone. Sunset, Buttermere

And there is definitely something about not having to carry 10KG of camera equipment, and a tripod, and your lunch and a bottle of water, and your layers all on your own. (Shout out to kB here, as he normally carries my layers, water and tripod!)

Sunset, Honsiter Pass I’m also petty rubbish at steep climbs with uneven steps, and this is what Catbells is at first. Catbells

Once I could see the summit I was fine, and going down it always easier that going up!

Catbells I then went back to the cottage for a bit, and had some lunch. Catbells

Then I set off out to Honister Pass, but I drove here. The sunset itself was a nothing event (too many mountains perhaps), but before the sun set the sky was a lovely colour.

Catbells I finished off by trying to get the a jetty at Derwent Water, but the one closest to where I am staying had about 5 people setting up fairy lights on it, so I left it and came home. Catbells

Pizza and sticky toffee pudding for tea, and I am more than ready for bed!

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