On my last visit at our little stream on the edge of our village I found that the Wild Garlic bloom still needed at least a week to reach its peak. Saturday evening the forecast said overcast with patches of sun. I decided to head out. I planned if it was sunnier I was going to shoot close-ups and if there was mostly overcast I would take intimate landscape shots.
We bought some vouchers a couple of month ago for Ullswater Steamers so it was obvious that we visited the lake. It took about an hour and a half to drive to the northern shore of the lake. After leaving the car in a car park we walked to the pier of Pooley Bridge. Our plan was to get off the boat at Howtown pier which sits approximately in the middle of the lake. From here to Glenridding along the lakeshore one of the most beautiful walks of the Lake District was promised. Of course my camera was ready for action...
I've been quiet for a while now. It's been mostly because of the recent heatwave in the UK. In June and July I don't really go walking in the morning as the sunrise is too early. But for an evening walk the temperature was always too hot. Beside this all the vegetation literally dried out so there is not much green tones left except the leaves on the trees. Fortunately this is holiday time and we planned this year to visit the Lake District. I was really looking forward to it and it did not disappoint us.
So far my longest lens for landscape was the Zeiss Sonnar 55mm F1.8 in my bag. Recently I often found myself in situations where I wanted just an intimate crop in the frame and 55mm proved to be not long enough on the Sony A7II. For full frame E-mount there is no budget tele-zoom option. Either you buy one of the FE 70-200mm versions or the FE 70-300mm. I consider the 100-400mm GM too heavy for myself. All these lenses cost a fortune and I don't want to spend that much. Fortunately adapting Canon lenses to Sony bodies is relatively easy and there are lot of different auto focus adapters available. I picked the Canon version of the highly regarded Tamron SP 70-300mm F4-5.6 VC USD lens used from eBay and a Viltrox EF-NEX IV auto focus adapter.
Recently it rained a lot, the walkways got really muddy. That's why I haven't been on a walk for a while now. But I definitely wanted to capture the autumn colours. The last weekend was just perfect for photography. I still didn't go for a morning walk but I've been to some really nice places.