You have reached the video page.. You will find listed below various outdoor videos that I have done over the years. I will, hopefully, start to get a bit better at making them, but as you only become proficient through practice, and I don’t practice enough it could be a while before Hollywood comes a-knockin’! The more recent films are at the top.
NORTHERN SOUL OUTDOORS
EPISODE 1 – CAVES & WATERFALLS
On one of the earlier videos of the Northern Soul Magazine meet up in Manchester I was asked if I could contribute to the magazine. My limited offering is outdoors related stuff and this is the first of several short episodes in which I hope to show the glories of the Northern landscape along with a small circular walk.
This first episode takes in the small market town of Settle and we visit Scaleber Force and force the limestone caves of Attermire Cave and Victoria Cave.
Northern Soul Magazine Meet at Manchester Cathedral – July 2017
This vlog is slightly different from my usual style where I am to be generally found in the Great Outdoors either walking or taking photographs. I had been invited to a meet up that Northern Soul magazine was having for their contributors at Manchester Cathedral in conjunction with Canal St, and with canapés provided by Grain & Grape (all with a northern theme to them) and drinks provided by Alston Bar & Beef.
Cathy Crabb also read a couple of her superb poems, which had everybody snorting with laughter and plans were also revealed for the Northern Soul 2018 Awards which will be held in November.
24 Hours Photo Shoot in Lake District and Yorkshire Dales
This is a film about an impromptu, after work journey up to the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District. The weather had been great, it was Friday and the weekend was here so I gave Pete Rowbottom a call and we got out to some great locations for sunrise and sunset.
Nikon DSLR Photography in The Lake District – (Hardknott, Eskdale and Wasdale) – Part 2
Ramble and Roast No. 1 via Two Brooks Valley
This is a short video for the Ramble & Roast event which was put on by my local pub, The Pack Horse Inn. The event starts at the pub, goes on a short circular local walk and finishes back at the pub with a roast dinner – and a few pints.
Nikon DSLR Photography in The Lake District (Clappersgate, Langdale & Dale Head Farm) – Part 1
I recently spent a few days up in the Lake District where I joined Brad Eide and Barb, two friends who were over from the US on holiday. We were also joined by Pete Rowbottom, another enthusiastic photographer and over a couple of days we did a bit of a tour of the Lakes taking in several locations for photography.
Landscape Photography in the Yorkshire Dales
This is a medium length walk from Chapel Le Dale and heading up onto the limestone plateau above Twistleton Scar. The walk was about 7 miles and formed a circuit with some great photo opportunities along the way.
Grasmere Sunrise (Here’s hopin’) – November 2017
Last week I was up at “Stupid O’Clock” and took an early morning drive to Grasmere. There had been a break in the wet weather predicted and I thought I would try to make the most of it by grabbing some reflections shots and a sunrise. The plans of Mice and Men eh?
Horton in Ribblesdale – Saturday 1st July 2017
Like the other videos contained on this page, this was again done in the “run & gun” style without a tripod to steady the shots. Well, a tripod was used for a timelapse sequence which would be a very difficult thing to do holding the video camera. This was filmed in Horton in Ribblesdale and followed a circular walk of around 6 miles by the flanks of Pen Y Ghent and along the Pennine Way. It takes in some fabulous geological features such as Hunt Pot and Hull Pot.
Langdale – Saturday 1st April 2017
This video was done at the beginning of April 2017 and was done with a view to how quick I could turnaround a film. It was filmed without use of a camera tripod (except for the timelapse clips and a couple of others where we stopped to eat) to try and speed up the production process, as setting up a tripod for every shot on a film really ruins the rhythm of a walk. Steve and Nick, two of my oldest friends feature in it, and it is the first time I have been out with Nick in a long, long time.
We start at the Sticklebarn in Great Langdale and do a circuit up and around Pavey Ark
A Wet Weekend Camping in Langdale & Keswick
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th March 2017
This video was done at the end of March 2017. My pal Chris and myself were supposed to be going on a wild camp above Grasmere, but the weather was atrocious, so we decided to confine ourselves to to the National Trust campsite in Langdale. The poor weather even started to affect the video cameras which were well covered to protect them from rain. I do hope the next time we go, the weather is better.
Coniston – November 1992
This video was taken in November 1992 and it is a two day adventure above Coniston. It was filmed with Tim and Nick, two friends, and at that time, also work colleagues.
We set off early on a Saturday morning and drove up to Torver, which is south of Coniston. As Tim owned a caravan at the time, we stayed in that. On the Saturday we ascended Coniston Old Man, and in the evening went for some food at The Old Church House Inn. We expected a few beers and plenty of homely grub, but we actually got was a group of raucous students playing some kind of drinking game where the phrase “Mr Chairman” was shouted out too many times.
On the Sunday we went and climbed Wetherlam, and then returned to the caravan to make our way home. It was filmed with a Panasonic NV-MC10 camcorder, which I paid £900 for in 1989 – (that is equivalent to £2,180 as of 2017). I still have the camcorder in its case, and it still works! Although I’ll stick with my modern HD Panasonic’s as the quality is far better, and they are much lighter too.
Langdale – November 1992
This is a video I put together back in Winter 1992. It was a walk in the Langdales starting at the car park near Stickle Barn. I undertook the walk with two friends and work colleagues (as they were at the time). Nick is the taller one in the cerise Berghaus jacket, and he is largely responsible for introducing me to the delights of the great outdoors – we are heading out again soon. We started by going up Stickle Ghyll, past Stickle Tarn and up Jack’s Rake where I almost fell off near the top – Tim grabbed me and saved the day! We then headed across the summits to Angle Tarn and then down the bridlepath at the side of Rossett Gill into Mickleden and walked along the valley bottom until we got back to Stickle Barn. It was filmed with a Panasonic NV-MC10 camcorder, which I paid £900 for in 1989 – (that is equivalent to £2,180 as of 2017). I still have the camcorder in its case, and it still works! Although I’ll stick with my modern HD Panasonic’s as the quality is far better, and they are much lighter too.