70-200: Return to the Lake District

This weekend I found myself back in Ambleside, where I spent three fantastic years studying Outdoor Education in the heart of the Lake District, and where I met my wife.  Although I was there for non-photographic purposes, it didn’t seem right not to take the camera along.

Although a 70-200mm lens isn’t the first choice of landscape tools for most people, it does allow you to avoid taken certain clichéd shots, and look for photographs that may not otherwise take. I’d forgotten the therapeutic effect of simply watching the interplay between the shadows and the relief of Loughrigg on a day of broken cloud.


The lens picked out all the details admirably, with no hint of chromatic abberations spoiling the finer nuances. And because it’s a fast telephoto, I was able to ignore the usual rules of landscape photography: namely the one where everything should be in focus throughout the shot.

I’m still undecided on how well the following shot works, but the Rhododendrons around the Victorian college buildings were too striking a feature to pass up.


Similarly, the view from the stairwell of the inn we stayed in was textbook Lake District: sash windows; condensation on the inside; rain on the outside, and a vantage point for one of the nicest churches in the country.

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