Landscape and Wildlife Photography - Cumbria.
My Name is Patrick Neaves
I have always loved the wild places.
Dense woodland, wide open stretches of moorland, high mountains, fast-flowing rivers or boggy sourland.
I prefer winter. I love the changing of the year - but winter is the time I love the most. The feel of the fell-side as it sleeps under snow, becks and falls freeze over and the earth is still.
Walk in the dark. Under the bright stars, sensing the unseen mass of the surrounding hills to watch dawn break across the landscape - filling a blank, white canvas with drama and colour only to pass and fade away.
Photography is light. Light is fickle. It can pass in an instant, throwing shafts of brightness across the land or emerge slowly from the dark, extraordinary colours spreading through the clouds and reflecting in water or snow.
The majority of my photographs are taken around the far eastern fells of Cumbria - Haweswater, Ullswater and the fells inbetween. This is the area I know and love and hope that I am able to capture at its best.
My interest in wildlife photography really started in spring 2018 when I purchased a Sigma 150-600mm C Lens. Suddenly, birds and animals that were once small spots in the frame, filled the image with detail, clarity and personality.
Far more important than collecting expensive gear is to learn about the behaviour of the species and find a suitable location in which to observe them. Then it’s all about patience. Waiting. Watching. Learning.
Many trips are failures - many are just uncomfortable, cold, wet and disheartening - but the rewards; when the bird perches almost next to you or the animal you have been wanting to photograph wanders into the right spot, in the right light, the adrenalin rush for those few moments as the shutter fires is an addiction that is hard to break.