Rayrigg Meadows in Windermere

Rigrigg Meadows is located on the shores of Windermere, just before you get to Bowness. Its a nice walk around through woodland and waterfalls and the water edge itself. you do have to pay for car parking and it can get quite expensive in Windermere, I think it costs about £3 for 2 hours and up to £10 all day. There are also toilets in the car park but you have to pay to access those.

I went here for Sunset and Sunrise on 2 separate days, the Sunset worked out pretty well, however Sunrise didn’t happen and it was too wet and foggy, but it didn’t stop me I still got up early and ventured out as sometimes the risk pays off.

This is a popular place for people during the day and on a night so if you were to come here, maybe sunrise may be better as when I was there it was very busy and I was lucky to get a shot.

Down at the waters edge are two jetties, the jetty to the left is more photogenic as the posts stick up further making for a more interesting image, still, both are photogenic.

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This was the only image I caught on sunset, I needed more clouds for the light to bounce off but it didn’t happen, the colour could have been there but its a shame it didn’t really happen for me, Its an image I didn’t really want to share because it doesn’t really do anything for me, but I felt I needed t show it for location purposes.

The second image is my favourite, the sunrise never happened, it was very moody, and foggy down by the water, I knew as soon as I seen the conditions what type of shot I wanted, and these types of settings I think it needs to be in Black and White.

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Rayrigg Meadows – Windermere, Lake District

In a dull flat setting Black and White always suites, there is no colour, just greys and blacks. In the above image I have tried to pull as much out of the image as possible, and I was able to do this by shooting the image in a RAW format. as you can see it has become very grainy and noisey, but those clouds and fog give the image depth and I love how the jetty looks as if it is going on forever, as if it were a bridge to the unknown.

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This image is exactly the same as the previous, this image was edited using Lightroom CC, where as the other was used using LR and Silver Efex.

There is potential here and it would be a location I would love to come back to, just a shame I didn’t quite get the conditions I was after. I did record a short vlog on this location, you can check it out at the bottom of this post.

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16 Comments

  1. 3rd June 2018 / 4:08 am

    I checked out Lightroom because everyone talks about it but it hasn’t done anything for me so I’m still using either the Photos program that came with my older MacBook or and older Elements program. I think what you got from this photo was all you though, incredible shot, the kind I aspire to. There is a feeling of confident infinity in that it goes on and on but not in despair. I’d blow it up, print it out and frame it.

  2. 3rd June 2018 / 5:05 am

    I think that is a fantastic photo. Black and white was a great choice.

  3. 3rd June 2018 / 5:13 am

    Wow! Fantastic shots. Love the B&W image. What a beautiful spot. I can’t believe I’ve never been to the Lake District. It’s on the bucket list. #MySundayPhoto

  4. 3rd June 2018 / 5:54 am

    The old “I got up early to capture sunset but it didn’t work out” scenario. Oh yes, been there! That said, you defo made the most of a bad situation. That jetty does look eternal and you made the weather conditions work for you. As it happens, I always shoot in RAW format. Only been to the Lakes once and I defo want to return with my camera. #mysundayphoto

  5. 3rd June 2018 / 7:22 am

    Looks like a wonderful location for some landscape photography.

    I’m off to visit here in a few months…hopefully I’ll catch a sunrise.

    Have a great Sunday and thank you for linking up to #MySundayPhoto

  6. 3rd June 2018 / 8:47 am

    These are simply stunning. My favourite is the one in the fog, slightly eerie but very beautiful x

  7. 3rd June 2018 / 1:37 pm

    That’s a fabulous photo, I agree the jetty does seem endless.
    #mysundayphoto

  8. 3rd June 2018 / 1:45 pm

    That’s a great choice for black and white treatment and especially like the poles reflected on the damp walkway #mysundayphoto

  9. 4th June 2018 / 1:37 pm

    Both are fabulous images but I really love how your have captured the texture of the jetty in the 2nd shot and the perspective. #mysundayphoto

  10. 5th June 2018 / 7:22 am

    The composition of the photograph is amazing, it makes you keep wanting to look as the symmetry is so aligned. #MySundayPhoto

  11. 5th June 2018 / 11:13 am

    These are beautiful image. I have never been to Windermere but I have heard it is well worth a trip

    Mollyx

  12. 19th June 2018 / 11:57 am

    A lot of people seem to prefer Lightroom over Photoshop now. It’s interesting to read about your approach.

  13. 20th June 2018 / 10:08 pm

    Love the black and white jetty shot. Beautiful #Adventurecalling

  14. 3rd July 2018 / 11:02 am

    Wow! great photos. Despite not getting the one you wanted at sunset you still managed a beautiful shot. I could quite happily make those jetties my personal quite space for a sunset beer. Thanks for joining us on #adventurecalling we open again for new posts in the morning.

  15. 4th July 2018 / 12:49 pm

    I love the photo, it may not have been what you planned but is still a stunning image. I’m very much a photography novice, but love hearing the stories behind photos and learning how it’s all accomplished. Hopefully next time you get that sunrise shot! Thanks for sharing with us #AdventureCalling

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