Twice a year I meet up with a group of old friends and we walk the fells and climb the peaks of the Lake District in Cumbria. The landscape is truly awe inspiring and despite travelling through many countries around the world I have yet to find any where that comes close to the beauty and ruggedness of this part of England. I always carry a compact digital camera with me when out walking and below are a selection of images taken over the last 10 years.
I attended a one day workshop, run by the legendary British landscape photographer Joe Cornish a couple of years ago. Joe started the day by saying he could no longer make a living solely from taking pictures of the landscape. He now supplements his income by teaching. Digital technology lies behind this. Years ago landscape photographers could rely on print sales and sales of stock images to make a good salary. Stock image prices over the last 5 or so years have crashed due to the massive growth in supply. No longer do you need to spend thousands on equipment to obtain great pictures. The advancement of post production software has also helped more people produce stunning imagery. Image librairies are inundated with submissions and hence the price has fallen.
Landscape photography remains a passion of mine and I only wish I had more time to commit to it.
As mentioned above all the pictures below have been taken on digital complacts then processed through Lightroom and Photoshop.
All images copyright Matthew Priestley Photography Ltd.