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Photography review of 2016

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Another year has come to a close and so I have an opportunity to review this year’s photographs.

Compared to recent years 2016 has been slightly frustrating from a photography point of view. The website has needed quite a big overhaul and that’s taken up a lot of my time. Thankfully most of that work is complete now so I can now reap the benefits.

I’ve also been forced into working for other people for a bit to help pay off some bills – yak! At least the bank manager is happier now and a return to freedom is on the horizon. It can’t come soon enough!

In light of these handicaps when looking back over this year’s photographs I have to be quite chuffed. Limiting myself to just five favourites wasn’t easy and that’s a good sign. I had set a limit of five though so some culling had to be done to produce the following list. And here they are, in chronological order, not order of preference.

Bluebells in Robin Hood’s Howl woods

Cumbria is not half as good for bluebell woodland as Yorkshire. Therefore in spring I tend to head to God’s Own County when bluebells are in flower, more often than not to Middleton Woods near Ilkley.

On this particular day out to Robin Hoods Howl in spring I was after some photos of the ramsons that abound in this coppiced woodland. I hadn’t been to this corner of the North York Moors for many years and managed to bag quite a few pictures of the wild garlic. However it was this photo of a small patch of bluebells that turned out to be my favourite.

Panoramic Scafell Pike sunset view

Whereas I might not have done as much wild camping in 2016 as I’d have liked, the camping I have done has been excellent. And it has resulted in many photographs!

Before this wild camping trip on Great End I hadn’t got a single photo of Scafell Pike that I was really happy with. This night out soon fixed that!

After a sweltering climb up Great End’s I was treated to both a gorgeous sunset and sunrise from my tent on the summit. The above panoramic photo of the Scafell Pike massif at sunset was just about my favourite from the adventure.

Borrowdale from Ruddy Gill

Buoyed by the previous night’s photographic exploits on the summit of Great End, I was awake enough on the way down to get this photo looking down towards Borrowdale from the head of Ruddy Gill. The Lake District does seem to have a number of viewpoints like this, where recognisable features are aligned perfectly for a photo. Castle Crag and King’s How, the ‘Jaws of Borrowdale’, can clearly be seen.

Great Gable from Innominate Tarn

Another very memorable wild camp was at Innominate Tarn on Haystacks. I’d camped there many times before but not returned with any photos that did the place justice. Well, after camping at Innominate Tarn in autumn I managed to get rid of that jinx.

To only include one photo from this stormy night out is pretty harsh but rules are rules. With that in mind I have to limit my selection to this one: Scafell Pike seen between Great Gable and Kirk Fell. The storm clouds rolling in as the last light of the day turns the fells red nicely finishes it off. As the following night almost did to me!

Cravendale from Rylstone Cross

And where better to finish the year off but in Yorkshire? The Yorkshire Dales to be precise. A changeable and blustery day out on Rylstone Fell didn’t promise much. The views from the nearby Cracoe War Memorial were nothing to warrant getting my camera out. Fortunately the weather cleared for a few minutes while I took a break at Rylstone Cross to produce this photo. I could for see for miles, to the Ribblesdale peaks and beyond!

I used to have another version of this view on my site but this one is much better, much more colourful. I’d like to think thats due to me getting better at this photography lark and I’m sure it is. I will admit to being a bit lucky too though.

Here’s hoping for more improvements and good fortune in 2017.

Photography review of 2016 was last modified: February 1st, 2020 by Gavin Dronfield

Further reading:

  • Bluebells and ramsons in Robin Hoods Howl
    May 2016 : Springtime in Robin Hoods Howl, a coppiced beech woodland in the North York Moors carpeted in ramsons.

  • Great End wild camp in summer
    June 2016 : A climb from Seathwaite Farm in Borrowdale to the summit of Great End for a night’s wild camping.

  • Haystacks wild camp at Innominate Tarn
    October 2016 : A stormy night of wild camping in thunder and lightening at Innominate Tarn on Haystacks.

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