Every time I think of a road trip, I think of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ song ‘Road Tripping’ ‘ which starts with:

Road tripping’ with my two favourite allies

Fully loaded we got snacks and supplies

Paints a happy picture, right? My two favourite allies for a road trip are of course my man, and his cabriolet. While in the Lake District we did some exploring with the car, which just seems to be made for the British hills and hollow roads. And of course we made enough stops for me to shoot  a few pictures. We encountered some of nice cloudy skies, and a lot of gorgeous sceneries…

Around Derwent Water:

Driving West of Derwent Water / M240 with Summilux 1:.4/50mm
Shores of Derwent Water / M240 with Tele-Elmarit 1:2.8/90mm
Looking down on Derwent Water / M240 with Summilux 1:.4/50mm

The Struggle, from Ambleside to Kirkstone Pass:

The Struggle / M240 with Tele-Elmarit 1:2.8/90mm
My two favourite allies / M240 with Tele-Elmarit 1:2.8/90mm
The Struggle / M240 with Tele-Elmarit 1:2.8/90mm
The Struggle / M240 with Tele-Elmarit 1:2.8/90mm

View from Latrigg (just north of Keswick):

Car Park at Latrigg Viewpoint / M240 with Tele-Elmarit 1:2.8/90mm
Latrigg Viewpoint looking at Derwent Water / M240 with Summilux 1:.4/50mm (panorama of 6 images)
Latrigg Viewpoint / M240 with Tele-Elmarit 1:2.8/90mm
Latrigg Viewpoint / M240 with Summicron 1:2.0/35mm ASPH
Latrigg Viewpoint / M240 with Summicron 1:2.0/35mm ASPH
Latrigg Viewpoint / M240 with Tele-Elmarit 1:2.8/90mm
Latrigg Viewpoint / M2 with Summilux 1:.4/50mm and Kodak Portra 400
Latrigg Viewpoint / M2 with Summilux 1:.4/50mm and Kodak Portra 400
Latrigg Viewpoint / M2 with Tele-Elmarit 1:2.8/90mm and Kodak Portra 400

The last one is a bit sad, it was taken during our drive to the boat, the last morning in the Lake District. There were very beautiful views which I could not photograph as there was no room at all to stop the car. When we finally found a place to stop the sun had gone and the view was less spectacular, but still very nice. Somehow the colors came out different than I expected from Portra, but it makes the image a bit more moody matching my feelings as we were leaving the Lakes.

Somewhere along the A591 / M2 with Summilux 1:.4/50mm and Kodak Portra 400

I had some trouble with Portra 400 this week, somehow it doesn’t suit the english weather. I also shot Ektar, which came out more to my liking, but I am saving those for a different post. But I do find it remarkable that a high-speed film works better in very bright environments like Greece, while a low-speed film like Ektar works miracles in low-light conditions like Dutch winters. Just saying…

Thanks for reading!

2 thoughts on “Road Tripping In The Lake District

  1. Great pictures and story, Aukje. Beautiful!

    A small thought on your final comment about Portra/Ektar vs. the wheather:
    Portra is a low contrast/low saturation film. Used in low contrast conditions it will get a bit dull. Ektar is a high contrast/high saturation film. This works better in low contrast conditions as it will give more “punch” to the pictures.

    1. Thanks for your kind words! And thanks for adding the note on Portra vs Ektar, makes sense like this.

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