A Photographer’s Ramblings: Scout Scar
There are few more stunning views to be enjoyed in the southern Lake District than that on Scout Scar, a dramatic limestone escarpment, just west of Kendal.
My first photo is more about the viewpoint than the view. I like the fact that there are some tiny people in the distance giving the nicely lit foreground scale. With a nearby car park and fairly flat top, it’s very accessible.
Don’t ignore the beauty of the sky, especially if it’s a sunny day with back-lit fluffy clouds! This is looking south down the Lythe Valley.
The next couple of views shows how much of a difference camera angle can make.
Having snapped the ‘obvious’ view, I dropped down to give the foreground some attention. From the same spot, I get a very different image making the wild flowers in the foreground a focal point, adding depth and the picture tells more of a story.
The flowers inspired me to take a closer look at the ground and I then took a sequence of shots showing how one photo developed into another….
I held the camera right at ground level pointing up to give a ‘worm’s view’! Then I decided to include the sun in the shot (not really good for the camera, but I decided to take the risk!). The result, I think, is quite a dramatic unusual shot showing flower, striking sky and the sun.
My final shot is the same photo, cropped and switched to black & white with a touch of contrast added. It illustrates that it’s often possible to find a ‘photo within a photo‘. I’m not normally a fan of black & white landscape views as most of nature is a celebration of colour to me, but each to their own.
Back to colour for my final shot celebrating the beauty of the top of Scout Scar. If you haven’t been you should go; the perfect Lake District picnic spot!
More Photographer’s Ramblings coming soon!