Bidean Nam Bian's snowy top

Aonach Eagach in pictures

As I wrote I might, I traversed the Aonach Eagach ridge in Glen Coe on Saturday.

We were on the ridge it in ideal conditions and it was every bit as exposed, long and committing (there are no escape routes once you’re on it) as expected. I was glad to be travelling with a group of experienced friendly scramblers whom I know and trust a great deal, with great visibility.

Here are some photos:

The ridge ahead
The ridge ahead (path sticks to the ridge)
The Aonach Eagach requires a good head for heights
The Aonach Eagach requires a good head for heights
Giving advice...
Giving advice…
Up up up up!
Up up up up!
Looking back along the ridge - can you see the path?
Looking back along the ridge – can you see the path?
Pose for a photo here?
Pose for a photo here?
People taking the highly unpleasant and unwise 900m scree descent from Sgorr nam Fiannaidh to the road
People taking the highly unpleasant and unwise 900m scree descent from Sgorr nam Fiannaidh to the road
Looking down over Glencoe...
Looking down over Glencoe…

Which is best? My 20 favourite photos of 2013.

Last year, I did a round up of my favourite photos of 2012, this is my roundup of my favourite photos of 2013.

In 2013, I took just over 18,000 photos, with the vast majority (and all of my favourites from this year) being on my Canon 5D mkII, with either a 50mm f1.8 lens or a 24-105mm f4 lens.

Which do you think is best?

A very young programmer, Manchester Raspberry Pi Jam, Feb 2013
A very young programmer, Manchester Raspberry Pi Jam
Looking up Low Pike, Lake District, UK
Looking up Low Pike, Lake District
A sticky ascent up Beinn Eighe, Torridon, Scotland, March 2013
A sticky ascent up Beinn Eighe, Torridon, Scotland
Search & Rescue Helicopter, Stuc a Choire Dhuibh Bhig, Torridon, Scotland
Search & Rescue Helicopter, Stuc a Choire Dhuibh Bhig, Torridon, Scotland
Climbing Beinn Alligin, Torridon, with Loch Maree in the background, Scotland, UK
Climbing Beinn Alligin, Torridon, with Loch Maree in the background, Scotland
Avoiding mud, Buttermere, Lake District
Avoiding mud, Buttermere, Lake District
Scale Force, Buttermere, Lake District
Scale Force, Buttermere, Lake District
Scrambling up Haystacks above Buttermere, Lake District, UK
Scrambling up Haystacks above Buttermere, Lake District
Buttermere, Lake District
Buttermere, Lake District
Aeoniums,  St.. Agnes,  Isles of Scilly, UK
Aeoniums, St.. Agnes, Isles of Scilly
Troytown Beach, St.. Agnes,  Isles of Scilly, UK
Troytown Beach, St.. Agnes, Isles of Scilly
Jiptik Valley, Batken Province, Kyrgyzstan
Jiptik Valley, Batken Province, Kyrgyzstan
Mountains by night, Jiptik Valley, Batken Province, Kyrgyzstan
Mountains by night, Jiptik Valley, Batken Province, Kyrgyzstan
Camping in Jiptik Valley, Batken Province, Kyrgyzstan
Camping in Jiptik Valley, Batken Province, Kyrgyzstan
Unclimbed mountains by night, Jiptik Valley, Batken Province, Kyrgyzstan
Unclimbed mountains by night, Jiptik Valley, Batken Province, Kyrgyzstan
Shepherds tend to their flock, Near Karavshin, Batken Province, Kyrgyzstan, October 2013
Shepherds tend to their flock, Near Karavshin, Batken Province, Kyrgyzstan,
A Seal, San Francisco, USA
A Seal, San Francisco, USA
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco at Dusk, November 2013
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco at Dusk
Zhelyo grapples with a tough hold, Manchester Climbing Centre, Manchester, UK
Zhelyo grapples with a tough hold, Manchester Climbing Centre
A misty boxing day walk, Winchester, UK
A misty boxing day walk, Winchester

A photostory: Bowfell and Crinkle Crags from Langdale

A walk up The Band to Bowfell via Climbers Traverse, then Crinkle Crags via Bad Step, descending back to Dungeon Ghyll.

The way up - The Band
The way up – The Band
Starting out on the walk
Starting out on the walk
Pike o Stickle from the valley floor
Pike o Stickle from the valley floor
Crinkle Crags
Crinkle Crags
On the way up The Band - Pike o Stickle
On the way up The Band – Pike o Stickle
Bowfell Climber's traverse
Bowfell Climber’s traverse
Bowfell from three tarns...
Bowfell from three tarns…
Descending the bad step on Crinkle Crags
Descending the bad step on Crinkle Crags
Langdale from Crinkle Crags
Langdale from Crinkle Crags
The bad step on Crinkle Crags
The bad step on Crinkle Crags
Langdale from the descentf rom Crinkle Crags
Langdale from the descentf rom Crinkle Crags

We parked at the National Trust car park at the Old Dungeon Ghyll.
More about The Lake District on Wikivoyage.

I shot with a Canon 5D mkII with a 50mm f1.8.

All photos are “Copyright Tim Dobson 2013″, and are licenced under Creative Commons BY-SA 3.0. Please attribute “Tim Dobson / tdobson.net” wherever you use them.

Portraits: Bess

One thing about taking photos of people, is that there’s quite a lot to consider, and one of the most central is the feelings of the person you’re taking the photograph of. If the person being photographed doesn’t like the photo, posting it say, on this blog, might be a good way to make myself unpopular. As most of my photos are candid shots, rather than with models whom might be persuaded to sign release forms, you’ll almost never see me post portraits of people here.

Landscapes.. and Animals however, aren’t so lucky!

Bess, the awesome staffie that is also my family’s dog, who also happens to be a really good friend of mine, recently posed for this shot at Christmas. She doesn’t look too happy, but I thought the photo worked really well.

Bess
Bess

(In an ideal world, the background would be less cluttered)

2012: A year in photos

This year, across 4 different Cameras, I’ve taken just over 20,000 photos.

That’s a lot of photos, and I thought it might be nice to share some of my favourite photos of 2012.

Borrodale from Catbells
Borrodale from Catbells
Approaching a summit, near Ben Lawers, Scotland
Approaching a summit, near Ben Lawers, Scotland
Winter Hiking, near Ben Lawers, Scotland
Winter Hiking, near Ben Lawers, Scotland
Approaching An Stuc, Scotland
Approaching An Stuc, Scotland
Climbing Eagle Crag, Lake District
Climbing Eagle Crag, Lake District
Borrodale, from Eagle Crag, Lake District
Borrodale, from Eagle Crag, Lake District
Ominus screen glare
Ominus screen glare
The Aurora, Northern Sweden
The Aurora, Northern Sweden
Abiskojaure, Northern Sweden
Abiskojaure, Northern Sweden
Reindeer, Northern Sweden
Reindeer, Northern Sweden
Sunset near Allejaurestugorna, Northern Sweden
Sunset near Allejaurestugorna, Northern Sweden
En-route from Unna Allakas, Northern Sweden
En-route from Unna Allakas, Northern Sweden
A puppy explores, near Brod, Kosovo
A puppy explores, near Brod, Kosovo
In the mountrains, Near Brod, Kosovo
In the mountrains, Near Brod, Kosovo
EMFCamp - first UK hacker camp, UK
EMFCamp - first UK hacker camp, UK
A family in Marrakech, Morocco
A family in Marrakech, Morocco
Toubkal basecamp by moonlight, Morocco
Toubkal basecamp by moonlight, Morocco
A Lizard, Morocco
A Lizard, Morocco
Koutoubia Mosque, Morocco
Koutoubia Mosque, Morocco
Looking out over a flooded Ogwen Valley, Snowdonia
Looking out over a flooded Ogwen Valley, Snowdonia
Observing the world, Bidian nam Bian, Glen Coe, Scotland
Observing the world, Bidian nam Bian, Glen Coe, Scotland
Stob Coire Sgreamhach, from The Lost Valley, Glen Coe, Scotland
Stob Coire Sgreamhach, from The Lost Valley, Glen Coe, Scotland
The Baltic Sea, Estonia
The Baltic Sea, Estonia
Crib Goch, a route up Snowdon, Snowdonia, Wales
Crib Goch, a route up Snowdon, Snowdonia, Wales

Taken on a camera phone, the following photo proves that it’s the subject, not an expensive camera, which makes the picture.

UK's most scenic train journey - from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh
UK's most scenic train journey - from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh
Looking out through the cloud, Glyders, Snowdonia, Wales
Looking out through the cloud, Glyders, Snowdonia, Wales
Grange and Derwent Water, Borrodale, from Catbells, Lake District, UK
Grange and Derwent Water, Borrodale, from Catbells, Lake District, UK
Helvellyn and Castycam, Lake District, UK
Helvellyn and Castycam, Lake District, UK
Silhouetted against the sky
Silhouetted against the sky
Grasmere,, Lake District, UK
Grasmere,, Lake District, UK

Morocco: In Photos

Whilst climbing Toubkal may not have been that strenuous, Morocco was an awesome and I saw a lot of amazing things and met some amazing people.

Whilst I was there, I shot over 2300 photos on my SLR. Here’s a few photos I took:

Koutoubia Mosque at dusk...
Koutoubia Mosque at dusk...
Into the mountains...
Into the mountains...
Loading a mule
Loading a mule
Basecamp by moonlight
Basecamp by moonlight
Look up!
Look up!
As you do...
As you do...

Catbells, Maiden Moor and High Spy from Grange

Several weeks ago I went on a walk with UMHC, up Catbells, Maiden Moor and High Spy from Grange:

Hike up Catbells
Hike up Catbells (Open Street Map CC-BY-SA)Skiddaw, Derwent Water and Keswick

I’ve been up Catbells before – in fact my first ever walk with the club was up Catbells from Keswick, but this time, we were dropped off at Grange and walked along the valley before ascending the hillside.

The weather was lovely – warm, clear and a surprising amount was on display for those who knew what to look for. Skiddaw, Blencathra, Derwent Water, Keswick were all laid out below us. The peaks of the mountains were lightly dusted in snow, yet at our height, it was ice free and actually reasonable warm.

It was at this point that my camera’s zoom lens really came into it’s own with me being able to get wonderful shots of scenery that one rarely sees from the other side of the valley and almost never sees in sunlight. There’s something quite magical about being able to look around, recognise and name so many peaks from such a low vantage point.

Helvellyn
Helvellyn

Outlined against the sky
Outlined against the sky

Grange from above
Grange from above

The walk was relaxed yet with people who also wanted plenty of time to stop and admire the views. I think this is the first time that I’ve really just thought “wow” when looking at Lake District landscape.

Ultimately, we descended before Dalehead and followed the stream back into Borrodale, where we followed the river up to Seatoller where the coach was waiting for us.

Peace at last!

Woop woop!

After almost two years of procrastination I’ve finally managed to take myself on a real holiday to the Isles of Scilly, St. Agnes to be exact.

Here’s some quick photos.

Boat near St. Agnes, Isles of Scilly
Boat near St. Agnes, Isles of Scilly

Boat near Tresco, Isles of Scilly
Boat near Tresco, Isles of Scilly

Bishop's Rock Lighthouse, Isles of Scilly
Bishop's Rock Lighthouse, Isles of Scilly

Rocky Sunset Silhouette, St. Agnes, Isles of Scilly
Rocky Sunset Silhouette, St. Agnes, Isles of Scilly

St. Agnes and Gurgh's spit and beach
St. Agnes and Gurgh's spit and beach

All the full resolution snaps can be found in my flickr stream or you can just look through some of my favourites. :)