The Lake District in Cumbria in the north of England is one of the most photographed places, certainly in the UK. This collection is split into the focus areas below where I have based my work to date.
Before we go down to the water, here are selection of images from the Lake District National Park focusing on the peaks, perculiarly named 'Fells' in this area.
Ullswater is the second largest lake in the Lake District, the ribbon shaped lake is nearly ten miles in length and was formed by glaciers in the last ice age.
The mountain shadows reflect on the opposing bank as the sun sinks.
Ullswater from Howtown on the south side of the lake. This image is 'framed' by the pier at the 'outward bound' outdoor activity centre which is one of two such sites that are situated on the banks of Ullswater. An early morning shot, this one is a 100 second exposure.
Morning Mirror - An autumn storm in the distance but strangely still on Ullswater. The rain certainly hit on the drive home though.
45 minutes before dawn on Ullswater from Glencoyne Bay near Glenridding in the English Lake District.
Dead calm at Ullswater meaning I could take this minute long photo of the lake with the reeds in the foreground which did not move at all. Sunrise is over the horizon in the distance but diffused light is predominant in this image.
A spring morning, the wind is absent near the Steamer Pier at Pooley Bridge.
The low clouds appear to shoot down tendrils which reflect the warm glow of the sun about to rise.
The calmest of mornings at Glencoyne Bay on Ullswater, mean that the giveaway signs of the season are present underneath the clear water.
Early season snow in the Lake District contrasts with the warm Autumn colours which have not finished their display.
The reflections of the hills create the illusion of an arrow pointing to the end of the lake as the setting sun reflects from the opposite side of Ullswater.
Chocolate Dawn - Taken near Pooley Bridge on Ullswater, this spring shot emphasizes the browns an oranges of the sunrise over the very still lake.
Mid March at Ullswater on a morning where you get that rare combination of almost stillness and the clouds moving fast above. This near 5 minute exposure shows the sun heralding it's appearance which is as yet half an hour away.
This is Ullswater at 8pm at the end of April with a near cloudless sky and dead calm lake. The fiery oranges are reflecting the setting sun behind us on the opposite bank
This long exposure of Ullswater as evening approaches has a distinct cold and metallic look as the sun fights to make an impact through the moving clouds.
Dramatic Sunrises do not always materialise at Ullswater but the place always gives off a unique feel regardless of the weather. The cairn at the top of Hallin Fell can be seen on the left in this March image.
March, the snow is still present after recent downpours in the Lake District, but all is calm and a sense of optimism is present with the special sky on this morning at Ullswater. A minute long exposure.
Ullswater looking towards the opposite bank with some handily placed rocks setting off this dawn image 40 second autumn dawn image. This image looks warmer than it was.
Glencoyne Bay at Ullswater as the sun sets, In the foreground is a lone tree growing in the shallows, almost looking like a designed art installation.
A tree stump in the foreground introduces this evening image of Ullswater looking towards Glenridding at the end of the lake in the distance.
Transient Tints - One of those moments where the light plays on the land in a way that only lasts for a few second. This is a dawn shot taken near Pooley Bridge.
One of the famous Ullswater steamers at Pooley Bridge Pier on a cloudy evening in this long exposure shot.
A play on words for the title of this long focal length long exposure looking north up Ullswater. Not only are the three slopes of central to the image - but it also reminds me of the temperature while taking it.
The orange of the sun gives way to a royal blue over a still Ullswater.
Early Morning at a quiet spot on the edge of Ullswater near Pooley Bridge in the English Lake District. The old fixings dotted around this part of the world lend much.
Thirlmere is technically not a lake, but a reservoir - but is no less beautiful for it. It holds the water supply for the city of Manchester one hundred miles away.
The light is low early in the morning at Thirlmere. The grass however appeared almost flourescent.
Thirlmere, on a cold spring morning, is dressed by the warm colours of the trees.
A cold early spring morning in March at Thirlmere, Not a breath of wind as the few clouds there are caress the top of Hellvellyn on the opposite bank.
Early morning as the sun has already risen on the opposing bank of Thirlmere but is hidden behind the fells.
Wispy clouds slide across the sky on this cold spring morning at Thirlmere with absolutely no wind.
Sun and cloud do battle just after sunrise at the lake which holds Manchester's water.
Dawn at the lake edge at Thirlmere after a night of relentless rain.
A bitter November morning, the colours were not inspiring so this one is monochome. One of the famous fells, Helvellyn, is on the opposite side of Thirlmere. An interesting, if small cuaseway is in the foreground with some isolated trees growing out in the lake.
Derwent Water is a small lake of 3 miles in length with the picturesque town of Keswick bordering it's northern shores.It is surrounded by forrested hillside and old jetties.
A still Derwent Water taken in a nearly 8 minute exposure at dawn in November.
Three minutes a short time before dawn at a motionless Derwent Water.
Derwent Water from above at Watendlath Tarn, Keswick can be seen on the far side of the lake. Bassenthswaite Lake is also beyond Keswick in the distance.
One sail boat is all that interrupts the smooth a remarkably calm Derwent Water.
Crisp reflections at the water's edge of Derwent Water
The September afternoon sun breaks through the clouds above Derwent Water, appearing throw a spotlight on the lake.
A simple of composition of a Autumn stripped tree and the afternoon sun staining through the cloudy sky.
One of the many rustic jetties dotted around Derwent Water. Keswick is in the background.
Driftwood on the lake shore is in the foreground on this image of Derwent Water looking north towards Keswick.
A late morning exposure of over five minutes overlooking Derwent Water from where the boats launch at Keswick in the English Lake District
One of my personal favourites, not the easiest to get to but there are peaceful rewards aplenty. Taking it's name from the adjacent village this lake is surrounded by fells of considerable size, for the UK at least.
This fell dominates the far side of Buttermere opposite the village of the same name.
The golden tinge that seems always present at Buttermere shows in this lakes edge view.
A high contrast scene of a stray tree in the still lake with Fleetwith Pike in the background.
The much photographed Buttermere Pines, in Monochrome.
Early spring on a cloudy day where one of the many streams into Buttermere joins the lake,
A black and white image of the sunlight playing with the land in the forest leading down to the Buttermere lake shore on a sunny spring day.
A smooth veneer to this image of rock reflecting both sun and shade that are anything but smooth.
The patterns in the clouds seems to be trying to tell their own story here as they appear to be reaching to get over the fells.
Spring and the sun is out at Buttermere. This image shows what few clouds there are painting a pattern in the sky in this 40 second exposure.
There are a number of these fences disappearing into the lake at various points. They seem tailor made for us photographers, Any other usage is not obvious.