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Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year competition - Good news!
06th March 2018 - 0 comments
I don't enter many photography competitions, but decided to give the Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year a try this round time. It's a little different in that the main category considers a portfolio of images, rather than just a single one which I quite like the idea of.

A while back I found out I was a finalist with five of my images being shortlisted - Three making up a portfolio in the Overall Category final and the other two being shortlisted for the John Muir Award.

Rather unexpectedly (my images never seem to do well in competitions!) I've finished with my portfolio receiving a highly commended in the Overall category. This means the images will sit alongside other successful entries in the 'Official Collection 4 Yearbook' (available, ahem, at all good bookshops) as well being on display at one of the exhibitions taking place during 2018.

So, I've another excellent excuse to head back up to Scotland to have a look around the exhibition and maybe squeeze in a little bit of photography along the way.

I've pulled out the successful images, along with a little description. I've also picked others from my entry - alas, they couldn't all make it through!
cheers, Rod

Overall Category - Highly Commended

Monument, Stac Pollaidh, Inverpolly

A bleak December trip to this stunning landscape had yielded little light to work with. My long suffering partner and I had spent endless hours of darkness in the campervan over the course of a week. When it did get light, the conditions were lacklustre and this morning was no different until a brief burst of stunning light.
Piercing through the small tear in the cloud, the light was, very briefly, outrageous. Then to heap drama upon drama, the cloud moving above Stac Pollaidh momentarily seemed to reach down and almost converge with the summit.

It was one of those 'you couldn't make it up' scenes. I'd picked the wrong moment to be without my trusty tripod, so did my best with hand holding and bumping up the ISO. Ten minutes later it was all over and the sun disappeared for the rest of the trip!

Nikon D810, 85mm lens, f5.6, ISO 800, 1/125, -1.7 exp comp. Contrast adjustments, dodge & burn, tonal adjustments Photoshop & color efex pro.

Rainbow Castle, Ardvreck Castle, Loch Assynt, Sutherland

Driving along the loch, showers were quickly passing through and dappled light was shifting along the mountainside in the healthy breeze. I'd walked to the foot of the castle before realising that I was stood in the wrong place if a rainbow appeared. I can't claim any real powers of vision - we'd been seeing rainbows all morning and there was a good chance that if I waited long enough, one would emerge close by.

So, I backtracked about half a kilometre and framed up a composition with the castle and the shoulder of Quinag behind it. Twenty minutes later and I was treated to a rainbow perfectly framing and illuminating the castle. Result!

Nikon D810, 50mm lens, f8, ISO 400, 1/500. Lee Polariser. Square crop, Contrast adjustments, dodging, tonal adjustments Photoshop & color efex pro.

Shifting seaward, Achnahaird Bay, Coigach peninsula

I love this bay and have visited it four or five times now. I'd got images from here before and knew a good shot was on if the tide and sunrise coincided favourably. Unfortunately, camped up nearby the night before, my companions and myself had over indulged in some rather fine 12 star Metaxa brandy.

When light broke, I had to quickly (but slowly) get myself together and down to the spot I'd scouted out for the shot. The tricky bit was getting the surf pattern I wanted and there was lots of trial and error and this was one of two dozen very similar shots. Job done, it was back to bed with a cup of tea!

Nikon D810, 24mm lens, f14, ISO 100, 2s. 0.9 ND grad. Tripod. Contrast adjustments, tonal adjustments, spot removal Photoshop & color efex pro.

John Muir Award - Shortlisted

Protracted Pier, Traigh Niosaboist, Isle of Harris

A cycle tour of the Outer Hebrides allowed me to travel along at a leisurely pace and stop wherever the mood took me. I'd camped up for the night at this lovely spot and had a wander to think about some compositions. Early next morning, there was a delightful pastel tone to the scene and I had the whole beach to myself and the pontoon/pier stretching out in front of me.

Nikon D700, 18mm lens, f16, ISO 200, 1/8. Tripod. Lee Polariser 0.6 ND grad. Contrast adjustments, tonal adjustments, spot removal Photoshop & color efex pro.

Stac Pollaidh from The Fiddler Sgurr an Fhidhleir, Coigach peninsula, Ullapool

Some images mean much more to the author than they ever can to the viewer. This for me is one of those images. Even reaching the bottom of Sgurr an Fhidhleir takes a fair journey for anyone coming from South of the border (indeed, for many North of the border too). There's then a fair slog by foot from there on in to get up the mountain.

I'd planned a sunset shot from the summit but a shroud of mist refused to shift so I'd positioned myself at the Col where there was the odd glimpse through the mist. I'd spent three hours there and was close to the point of heading down because I was getting very cold. Luckily, the mist parted for a few magical moments and a splash of light on
Beinn an Eoin presented me with a shot. Not what I came for but a delight for me given the energy taken to get it.

Nikon D810, 50mm lens, f8, ISO 100, 1/15, Tripod. Cropped, Contrast adjustments, dodge & burn, tonal adjustments Photoshop & color efex pro.

If you'd be interested in a Photography Tour in Scotland, you can find out some more details here Glencoe Photography Tour - October 2018
The Cumbria Photography and Video Show 2017
10th May 2017 - 0 comments
Once again, I'm thrilled to be involved in delivering The Cumbria Photography and Video Show 2017 at the Rheged centre, Cumbria this coming weekend (13th&14th May)

Last year was the first time that we looked to put on such an event and we had a fantastic response. Buoyed by this, we've put in lots of hard work this year to bring a fantastic programme of speakers, exhibitors and photographers.

On a personal level, I'm really excited about the event and can't wait to catch up with the photography community from across Cumbria, the North of England and the South of Scotland.

See you this weekend!


Pop-Up Photography Exhibition, Glenridding, Ullswater
13th February 2017 - 0 comments
Ok, most of you will know that Glenridding, Ullswater has had a really tough time of it over the past year! The community and businesses there have shown amazing resilience in the face of some incredibly difficult circumstances.

That said, we'd hate for people to forget just what an inspirational special little corner of the lake district this can be. So, I'm putting on a two day 'pop-up photography exhibition' this weekend, 18th & 19th February at Glenridding Village Hall. It's completely free to enter and refreshments will be available. If you're around, pop in and say hi and enjoy some landscape photography images - we'd love to chat with you!

all the best,

Photography Exhibition - Lake District National Park Brockhole centre, Windermere
28th November 2016 - 0 comments
Photography Exhibition at the Lake District National Park Brockhole centre, Windermere.

As well as running photography workshops and courses in the Lake District, it is nice to occasionally get my own work up on display somewhere. So, it was lovely that the Lake District National Park asked me if I'd put on a pop-up exhibition at their visitor centre at Brockhole on Windermere. This rather grand old property has a cracking space in the restaurant annexe for displaying images (photographs, paintings etc).

Working with Fiona, Simon and Cat from the national park, I've managed to get 18 rather nice images (if I do say so myself!) on display. These are all images of the lake district, with half of them being from the recent 'lake district by night' project I undertook with fellow photographer, Jonny Marchant.

So, if you're nearby it's worth dropping in for a look and a bite to eat. The exhibition will be on until early in the New Year.

all the best, Rod

Free exhibition - we did it!
02nd September 2016 - 0 comments
With my fellow photographer Jonny Marchant, we successfully held a FREE exhibition at the moot hall in Keswick, 24th-29th August 2016. The response was fantastic and 1,232 visitors came along to see the Lake District in a completely different light. The opening night was lots of fun - we turned off all the lights and guests viewed the exhibition by head torch!

To see the images from the project, see our gallery pages here

Our aim was to put on a great exhibition in the heart of the Lake District in order to share a familiar and much loved landscape, re-imagined at night. For me, the Lake District takes on a magical quality at night and I'd increasingly become fascinated by and drawn towards the different experience as the familiar becomes unfamiliar. To venture out at night, watching the stars appear and to wear the cloak of solitude that comes with being alone in the dark is to discover another Lake District.

(Film maker, Terry Abraham, Mountaineer, Alan Hinkes and Tim & Sue from The Field Studies Council)

The exhibition amongst other things, helped increase understanding about the landscape and the natural environment. We believe it's also inspired people to get out and access the landscape which is at the heart of the images produced during the project.

Now the main exhibition has concluded, I'm looking to develop a programme of pop-up exhibitions around Cumbria and the Lake District. In particular, I'd like to visit those communities that have been affected by the flooding.

It would also be great to provide activities that help reconnect adults, children and families with something that is increasingly receding in our society - the experience of night time. Spending time outside, experiencing the sights and sounds of night time in the Lake District.

If you're interested in becoming involved or hosting an event, please drop me a message through the contact page.

The Lake District by Night Exhibition was kindly supported by Allerdale Borough Council, Friends of the Lake District, Natural England and the Keswick Brewing Company. We are very grateful to them for helping us deliver this project.

Thank you so much to everyone who supported us with our 'Kick-starter' project. We wouldn't have got where we have without your invaluable contribution. Here's a list of all our backers:

Abigail Link, Acorn Bank, Ali Wilson, Amanda Strong, Andrew Leaney, Andrew Rouse, Andrew Shepherd, Angelo Borrillo, Anja Phoenix, Brenda, Brian Thompson, Bryce Kirby, Charles & Kimmie Paxton, Charlotte Dossing, Chris Davies, Christine Jackson, Christine Cox, Claire Pillar, Dan Bloomer, David Watson, Ed & Pipa Tallis, Ed Birch, Edward Wray, Edwin, Emily Macaulay, Fiona Ferguson, Folake Abass, Francesca Scott, Gareth Wheeler, Gill, Ginny Murphy, Heather Griffin, Helen and John Croxford, Helen Bennett, Helen Boyd, James Green, Jane Carlisle Bellerby, Jen Heath, Joe Cann/Helen Dunham, John Dawson, Jonny's Mum, Karen Mitchell, Karen O'Connor, Karen Watson, Kate Hannon, Kate Hurr, Kate Wilson, Lee & Anna Salmon, Liam Hoad, Lisa Elwen, Liz Newport, Liza Marchant, Louise Lightfoot, Mark Littlejohn, Matt Ward, Melanie Reynard, Nick Powley, Mike & Nicky Johnson, Neil Davidson, Nick Pearson, Oli Blomfield, Paul Stafford, Pauline Ireland, Peter Whelpdale, Phil Davidson, Polly Bridges, Robin May, Rod's Mum and Dad, Sally Seed, Sara Renwick, Scott Davenport, Stephanie Flanigan, Stephanie Wheeler, Steve Clews, Stuart Cherry, Tim Marchant, Tomasz Kapel, Tony O'Hare, Valerie Evans, Valerie Wilson, Vicky Ward.

Thank you all!!!
Chance to Host a "Lake District by Night" image!
10th August 2016 - 0 comments

As the 'Lake District by Night' exhibition draws closer (Moot Hall, Keswick from the 25th August) things are really starting to get exciting!

We've already had great support from Allerdale BC, Friends of the Lake District and Keswick brewery and plenty of media coverage courtesy of Elsworth Communications.

But we want as many businesses and venues in and around Keswick to benefit so we're inviting a limited number to play host to one of our project images.

You'll become part of a large Lake District by Night 'picture hunt' encouraging visitors to our main exhibition to explore the area and visit you.
Deadline to join is August 15th so don't delay.

If you're interested in hosting an image, please drop us an email or give us a call. tel 07982 421699

The Cumbria Photography Show - In association with Rod Ireland Photography
29th April 2016 - 0 comments

I'm thrilled to be involved in the development of this exciting new event. As well as a large display of photographers images we've got some great equipment & photography service exhibitors attending.

To top it off, we've managed to secure some first class speakers and excellent photography films and I'm sure that this combination will make this a great event.

See you there!
Kickstarter Crowdfunding project - be part of it!
11th April 2016 - 0 comments
Exciting news - along with fellow photographer Jonny Marchant, we're looking to put on free to the public, week long photography exhibition.

To help fund this free exibition were running a crowdfunding project on Kickstarter - see the video for details.

The great thing about being a Kickstarter project backer is that you get a chance to help make something happen, at the same time in recognition of your contribution, there are different levels of rewards.

You can back this worthy project from just £1 - If you love Cumbria and the Lake District, please support us and make this happen!

many thanks, Rod
'Love Landscape' - Thanks for coming!
30th October 2015 - 0 comments
A big thank you to everyone who was able to come along and see the 'Love Landscape' exhibition last weekend including many fellow photographers - I always appreciate your support and constructive comments, though the 2014 landscape photographer of the year, Mark Littlejohn managed to upstage me by autographing a book someone brought along on the off chance of bumping into him! - Cheers Mark ;-)

Once again I was amazed at the number of people who came along(we reckon about 350 over the two days) and I was even more amazed that I managed to talk the whole way through without losing my voice!

We also managed to donate £200 to Askham village hall from the sale of coffee & cakes (many thanks to those who made cakes for the weekend).

There were lots of really nice comments about the work. Photography is often a lonely, solitary pursuit and you never know whether your work is going in the right direction until you stick your head above the parapet and let others scrutinise it, so thanks for all the conversations.

In response to a few queries raised:

1)You're right, I didn't use ISO 31 on one of my shots, that was a typo. It was ISO 32 (may reconsider displaying technical data after that one!)

2) Yes, I thought the use of a polariser was necessary on the Blea Tarn reflection shot. My work is fairly classical and I tend to process towards the subtle end of the scale. That said I'm not particularly wedded to the notion of literal representations being the only valid option. Sometimes I throw off the shackles and increase saturation in the scene :-)

3) Well done Andrew Leaney on spotting that my displayed picture of 'Beneath' was orientated differently to that on the greetings cards produced. I made a last minute, creative director decision to hand the image portrait rather than landscape. I do have moments of spontaneity!

4) The 'bright bits of grass' on the Moonlight on Mardale Shot weren't me getting too excited in Photoshop, simply areas where my head torch lingered when I was 'painting with light'. A real nod there to the 'in-camera' fraternity.

I think that covers everything! Joking aside, I never stop learning from conversations with other photographers and artists, so keep them coming.

All the prints ordered at the exhibition have now been processed and these will be going out to customers in the next 10 days or so.

Big thanks again, Rod & Pauline

A date for your diaries:
25th - 29th August 2016 - 'Lake District by Night' Photography Exhibition
Moot Hall, Keswick (Rod Ireland and Jonny Marchant)
"Love Landscape" - Photography Exhibition
08th October 2015 - 0 comments
Hi all,

it's October again and time to hold my regular local exhibition.
This time, I've decided to produce a collection of landscape images captured over the last year, selected as my personal favourites.

The famous guidebook writer, Alfred Wainwright, described Askham as “Westmorland’s prettiest village” and I believe the village and surrounding areas provide a diversity and richness that presents infinite opportunities for landscape lovers and photographers.

I want to exhibit a collection of images representative of the love and affection I have for the landscape around me and hope to communicate this with those seeing my work".

There is free entry to the exhibition to be held at Askham Village Hall, Askham, CA10 2PF on Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th October 2015, open 10.30am to 5.00pm each day.
Donations and profits from refreshments will go to the village hall.

If you're around, it'd be great to see you there!

All the best, Rod

Cumbria Life Home and Garden Show 2015 - Rheged
22nd February 2015 - 0 comments
We're looking forward to the Cumbria Life Home and Garden Show 2015 which takes place at the Rheged centre, Penrith next weekend 28th Feb/1st March. We'll have a stand at the event and will be displaying some of our newest landscape images. We've got some traditionally framed pictures, as well as canvas prints and Chromalux panels which are a really fresh way to display work.

Also hoping for a delivery on time of a new piece which has been two years in the making! I've worked on a panorama of Keswick and Derwentwater which manages to capture an incredible level of detail, at night, in moonlight, with snow capped mountains. Waiting for the right conditions has been frustrating to say the least. Anyway Fingers crossed on the courier delivery!

As well as images for the home, we're also there to talk about commercial work we're able to undertake. With a growing list of clients from producut producers to holiday accomodation providers, we're able to offer a local service at competive prices with customer service that's second to none.

Anyway - if you're around at the weekend, why not pop in and have a look!

all the best

'Summit to Sea' exhibition - A big thank you!
31st October 2014 - 0 comments

Well, another exhibition over and a bit of time to recover from what I find a pretty intense experience. It was brilliant to see so many people and talk non-stop about photography, the only problem being you hear lots of ideas and start thinking about the next project!

The one gripe I've had with the transition from film to digital is that today, too many images can stay locked away, forgotten about on a hard drive / disk somewhere. I'm not immune from this and putting on an exhibition can be very rewarding in that you get to see your images complete their journey.

Surely, there can be no doubt that despite the plethora of viewing mediums available today, a photographic print stands alone as the ultimate tangible output of the creative photographic process? Getting to see your own work in this format comes as a heady relief from countless hours of viewing images on the back of a camera, computer screen, phone, tablet..........

I'm putting 'Summit to Sea' images together in a new gallery to make viewing easier. Alas, unable to stand still for too long, my attentions have already turned to a photographic collaboration with the very talented photographer, Jonny Marchant ( We've a working title of 'Lake District, by night' and are currently solidifying our ideas around this topic. Coming from distinctively different photographic backgrounds, this promises to be a challenging but exhilarating enterprise, hopefully with images to match but more of that in another post!

In the meanwhile, just another big thank you to all the people who were able to come along and support the exhibition, your input and comments are as ever, warmly welcomed.

I'm now off to check the exhibition print orders which have literally just arrived!
Photography Exhibition - 25th & 26th Oct, Lake District
17th October 2014 - 0 comments
We're putting on a special two day photography exhibition on the 25th & 26th October 2014 at Askham Village Hall, close to Ullswater in the Lake District. If you're up here for the half term why not pop in and have a look?

It's free entry and there'll be a range of cakes for sale to go with your cup of tea or coffee. We'll have some prints available as well as a wide range of greetings cards just in time for Christmas!

See you there, Rod

Rheged Mountain Landscape Photography
09th May 2014 - 0 comments
We're looking forward to the Mountain Landscape Photography event this weekend. If you're around, drop in and have a chat with us - there's lots of things going on!

Photography exhibition - Askham, People & Place
26th October 2013 - 0 comments
Photography Exhibition - “Askham – People and Place”

A unique collection of photographs, portraying the lives of those who work, live and play in this charming village as well as capturing the beautiful landscapes around the area.

The famous guidebook writer, Alfred Wainwright, described Askham as “Westmorland’s prettiest village” and Rod says, “the village and surrounding areas provide a diversity and richness that presents infinite opportunities for landscape lovers and photographers”.

There are two distinct sets of images on display. Firstly, the ‘People’ images are taken in a social documentary style which provides a candid glimpse into the lives of the people of Askham. “Doing this wouldn’t have been possible without the goodwill and help of those who kindly agreed to be photographed as part of the project, so a big thank you to them” said Rod. The second set of images are landscapes, ranging from shots of the village itself, through to the fells rising above it.

All the exhibition images have been taken in the past couple of years but Rod sees this as just the start of a longer project; “by holding up a mirror, I want to help us reflect and consider what makes Askham a special place; at the same time I want to produce an on-going social record of the locality that can be looked back upon in the years to come”.

Free entry to the exhibition to be held at Askham Village Hall, Askham, CA10 2PF on Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th October 2013, open 11.00am to 5.00pm each day. Refreshments available and Landscape images can be purchased at the event.
Gallery Launch Party Success!
03rd December 2012 - 0 comments
Gallery Launch Party Success!

We had a great launch party at the Stuart Broadhurst gallery on Saturday night despite the cold weather and the ice!

We had over 60 people through the door on the night and short work was made of the 10 litres of mulled wine and around 70 minced pies (we think the -5c outside temperature may have made people thirsty and hungry for winter treats!).

A very big thanks to everyone who supported us and it was great to see lots of new people as well as old friends. Happy Christmas and have a great New Year.

Gallery open day and launch party
11th November 2012 - 0 comments
Gallery open day and launch party

Rod Ireland Landscape Photography exhibition at the Stuart Broadhurst Gallery, Askham, Lake District

I’ve been chatting today with Stu and Mara Broadhurst, to finalise arrangements for the opening day at their gallery on Saturday the 1st December.

All of the various contributors will be available throughout the open day to discuss their work and answer any questions, then at 6pm we’re having the ‘official’ launch party with lashings of mince pies and mulled wine (it will be December after all!). So, if you’re into Landscape photography, ceramics, stoneware, handmade jewelry, oil paintings, line drawings and a host of other Objet d’art come down and have a look.

It will be great to catch up with friends old and new in what is turning out to be a really great venue.

I spent a couple of hours down there today to produce some images of the gallery as well as some shots of Stu at work creating his ceramic and stoneware masterpieces.

Stuart throwing a pot (c)Rod Ireland

Stuart Broadhurst Teapot, Image (c) Rod Ireland

Stuart Broadhurst Teapot, Image (c) Rod Ireland

So, if you’re still scratching your head come the 1st December about what Christmas presents you need to get, pop in and say hello and pick up something memorable and unique for those special people in your life.

Rod Ireland Photography @The Stuart Broadhurst Gallery, Askham, Penrith, CA102PG (10 minutes from Ullswater)