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Lake District

This Easter, we made the trip up to the Lake District from Nottingham.

It was the first time for both of us, so we didn't really know where to go. Eventually we decided to visit Coniston, and attempt the Old Man of Coniston on Saturday. On Sunday, we took the trip north and made our way to the Bowderstone before heading back home  in the evening.

I was utterly blown away by the beautiful landscapes up there, and I can't wait to go back. 

Archie

Skiing in Flaine

For the last week I have been skiing in the Flaine region of the Alps. I've never taken my DSLR up onto the mountain with me on previous trips, so it was fun to try and get a few action/landscape shots. There's nothing too 'out-there' in this set, but since all the stunt parks were closed, there wasn't a whole lot else to shoot.

 

Nottingham Christmas Market

The Nottingham Christmas market is on at the moment, full of good food, fun games, and cold bodies. I went down yesterday evening and took some photos of some of the stalls, and the fair rides that are available. Well worth an hour or so to walk around and find yourself some nice grub. I can also recommend the tasty mulled wine at the bar in the centre. 

You can find the event site on the Nottingham City Council.

Archie

Eton Fives Nationals at Eton College

I came down to this event on a whim to take part in the group stages, and then cover the final rounds of the main competition in the afternoon/evening. 

Capturing the expressions on people's faces can really make a photo 'pop', and I think this is one of the most overlooked aspects in sport photography, which so often focuses purely on the action. Fives is a really awkward sport to shoot in that respect, because almost all of the action takes place in the front half of the court, and behind a protruding 'buttress' on the left hand side.

Nevertheless, I have been shooting at fives events for several years now, and I have come to learn a few tricks, and a few good angles to get the best pictures.

I'm really happy about how these photos convey the speed, concentration and desire of the athletes that took part. Fives is an absolutely fantastic game, and I can recommend anyone that is interested in giving it a go, to find a court (there are several dotted around in London and the South East if you are interested).

Archie