About Dales Photos

Using the gallery: To get the full impact of the images on this web site it is best viewed on a large screen – laptops or desk tops are best. It works on small mobile devices but they don’t provide the size – size does matter…
I’m currently populating this site as it’s a newer version. More to come so check back.
On small devices – If you go to a specific gallery and click an image it will open the viewer – from here you can select your favourite and click “view full size”. This will open it in a new tab and at full size.

If you would like to use or buy any of the photos contact me and we can work something out.
Copyright – I have spent a lot of time and effort gathering these images and my equipment and fuel costs… so I’d appreciate you not just nicking them – especially for commercial use. Photos are owned by someone somewhere and it’s up to them how they want them used. It has happened and is still happening with my photos…

Camera used: Mostly a Cannon EOS 450D using a sigma 18 – 200 mm lens (and will be using a sigma 1.4 – 5.8 DC HSM 10 – 20 mm wide angle) + a Sony cybershot for quickies… no real special settings.
You may think in some cases I have enhanced the image colours – not the case, all I ever do is maybe add a little contrast to bring details out and crop off some dead parts. These are the real thing, reasonably untampered with…

It’s the image…
Here in The Dales if you point your camera in just about any direction you’ll get a  pretty shot – up, down, straight – because in just about any direction it’s beautiful. So that’s easy – and very boring… All you get is one pretty image after another. (fair enough).

The shot  I’m looking for is “interesting” and “beautiful” (beautifully interesting). Something that is different and impressive… a bit out of the ordinary.  Beyond the beauty of the place… a little remarkable occurrence that in many cases I have never seen again – well it doesn’t repeat anyway.

I’m very lucky that I live here and can wonder out when the light is interesting. The forms (landscape) never changes but the lighting changes every minute of every day. That makes it a complete constantly  changing living scene all the time.
I live seasonally – not daily or monthly… living 1000feet up on the side of a Dales hill makes it happen.
If you look just once for a short fleeting moment – you don’t really get what I’m after…
Repeatedly spending time in a place is a luxury – but it’s in doing that you see the transformations changes in seasons, weather and light brings.
This leads to having a series of images, often of the same place (form or landscape), but in very different conditions.
I think this is well demonstrated by looking at the Buttertubs,  mist and clouds categories…. same place with totally different effects. (If I hadn’t titled them you may not have spotted they are the same place.)

I know it’s a cliche but – in the words of William Henry Davies…

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.

No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.

A poor life this is if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

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