Photographing Sprinkling Tarn

This blog is intended to give a little more information about my recent landscape shoot & walk to Sprinkling Tarn in Borrowdale whereby I recorded the video below.

My route started at Seathwaite and headed up towards Sprinkling Tarn, which is approximately 2.5 miles away. The walk then continues around to Styhead Tarn and loops back down to the footpath back to Seathwaite.

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When I go on a long walk in the Lake District (more than 1 mile) with the aim of taking some landscape photographs I have a standard kit list. Below you can see an image of the contents of my bag. These items go in my bag as standard, regardless of the time of year and conditions, of course more kit is added if needed, but never taken away.


              • 1 – Zeiss Distagon t* 21mm
              • 2 – Canon 70-200L f4 (I also take a Canon 24-70, which was used to take the above photo)
              • 3 – Canon 5D MK III
              • 4 – Selection of Filters including Lee, Hi-Tech & Heliopan
              • 5 – Lightweight Carbon Fiber Tripod
              • 6 – Headtorch (It’s almost always dark before or after landscape photography)
              • 7 – GPS (I have this as a precaution only. Its like a warm blanket)
              • 8 – Waterproofs (This is England)
              • 9 – Hat & Gloves
              • 10 – Map, Compass & Whistle
              • 11 – Multitool
              • 12 – Shutter Release Cable
              • 13 – Lens Cleaning Kit
              • 14 – Dry Bag (In case things get torrential)
              • 15 – First Aid Kit

Always pack plenty of water, a few snacks and make sure you tell somebody where you are going.


Canon 5D MK III | Zeiss 21mm | f7.1 | 30 Sec | Lee Little Stopper | 0.6 NDS | Circular Polarizer
Canon 5D MK III | Zeiss 21mm | f7.1 | 30 Sec | Lee Little Stopper | 0.6 NDS | Circular Polarizer

This is the only image from my walk. On an evening shoot it’s not unusual for me to only come away with one photograph, or at least a few images of one location. I always find it is best to concentrate on getting the best out of one scene.