WALKING WITH LIGHT

By the start of the summer of 2020 I had concluded that equine photography was not going to happen which frustrated me greatly, but looking at the bigger picture and how the pandemic has affected people across the globe, it quickly refocused my mind.

Despite the impact of the pandemic in relation to my equine photography, I decided to to use this year to try out some new lighting ideas using minimum equipment. So, every time Fran and I went walking, I would take the kit below, it’s been a personal project really, I just wanted to see what I could do I with limited kit, in relation to location lighting.

Godox AD200

Godox AD-S2

Godox EC200

Godox H200R

Manfrotto Nano Pole Stand

Manfrotto Tilt Flash Shoe

MagMod Creative Gels Set

Sometimes I leave Godox H200R and the Godox EC200 at home, but the images displayed in this blog are all taken using the kit listed above.

Most weekends we go walking in either the Peak district or in Nidderdale although with some of the lockdown restrictions we have had some mini local adventures too.

In September we decided to drive up into Cumbria for a few days break in the camper can to visit Eden Valley, I had heard about two places that interested me called Lacy’s Cave and Coombs Wood.

Lacy’s Caves are a series of 5 chambers in the red sandstone cliff of River Eden, just north of Little Salkeld, Cumbria, England, near Nunnery, at grid reference NY564383. They are named after Lieutenant-Colonel Samuel Lacy of Salkeld Hall, who commissioned their carving in the 18th century. The true purpose as to why the caves were carved remains unknown. However, the caves were used by Lacy for entertaining guests and the area was originally planted with ornamental gardens.

The length of the walk is 7km (4.5 miles) and the loop takes in Little Salkeld, Lacy’s Caves, St Michael’s Church, Long Meg stone circle, Little Salkeld a water mill and takes about 3 hours. You can download a PDF of the walk Here

We also went to Coombs Wood to look for the rock carvings and the carved poem, but were unable to locate them, although the river level was probably too high to gain access to the area where they are. So, we will have to return again sometime.

Closer to home there is a place we often visit on the outskirts of Sheffield called Warncliffe Crags. From Finkle Street you can walk along part of the old railway track through mixed woodland or take one of the tracks or paths along the edge of the crags and heath land, the area is very diverse and despite being close to Sheffield, it can feel like you are miles away.

 Practicing outdoor portrait ideas with Fran, using just one very portable lighting setup, mixing hard and ambient light

In October Fran & I were lucky to get away to the Breckon Beacons, we spent a week on the Brec and Mon Canal, I took the same lighting kit with me and created these images.

This year I have purchased a Godox AD300 pro to replace my old Godox 360, so in 2021 I plan on testing the AD300 pro together with some Godox mount modifiers I have purchased during 2020. I think the Godox AD300 pro is going to be a really versatile location lighting setup as it had more power than just one AD200, but the form factor of the AD300 is like a lens, so easily transportable

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