With such terrible weather for the first day’s Lifewear shots in Keswick, we started back in town to try and find some better light to shoot some pick-ups for the Lifewear set. The forecast break in the weather wandered off somewhere over the Irish Sea and completely failed to reach Keswick. By the time the heavy rain stopped and we moved on to the Hill shots we were running short on time. I’d planned to a little spend a bit more time at this waterfall in Thirlmere, but we got what we needed for the Versalite range.
The plan for the Hill shots was to head up above St John’s in the Vale. I love the afternoon/evening light and views up there. We set off in torrential rain under skies like lead with very little daylight in evidence, which didn’t exactly inspire confidence. Very obligingly, the weather gave us our break at exactly the right moment, in exactly the right place. Thanks in no small part to the whole team going into overdrive we got some of the best shots of the season in an incredibly short space of time.
Minutes after the last shot the weather closed in again, the light was gone and the rain started in earnest. We headed back to Keswick, via Castlerigg. Technically there was still some daylight left (somewhere up there) and I wanted to stop at Castlerigg just in case we could squeeze one more shot of the day.
The weather obliged. The rain vanished just as the sun touched the horizon. The shots on the road are among my favourites for their atmosphere. I really wanted to catch that end of day feeling. That happy, exhausted (and slightly damp) feeling coming off the fell and onto that last bit of road that leads back to the carpark at the end of a long days’ walk. One more stile stands between you and well deserved pint in front of a roaring fire…
You can find more images from this shoot here: /portfolios/sprayway_aw14_hill/