Coed Brenin Enduro 2014

Coed Brenin Enduro 2014

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Kendal Mountain Festival 2014 - lots to learn!

I had a day off mid-week which fitted in nicely with a day out in Kendal and I went to 2 photo/film workshops. Great fun, the 3 hour workshop on sound production blew my mind - so much to learn!

Learnt loads and enjoyed the day immensely, but the biggest thing for me was actually learning what depth of field (DOF) is and how to use it! 

Shallow DOF - leaves in focus, background blurred
To every other photographer in the world I'm guessing this is very basic, but I didn't really understand it or how it can be achieved until today. I could achieve a similar affect in some of my photographs before, but I was cheating and relied upon luck. So pleased, here are a couple of (boring) photographs to prove it!!

Deeper DOF, leaves still in focus, but so is background (well nearly!)
I also went to 'The Best of KMF' on Sunday night, and the best film in the selection I saw was 'Valley Uprising' - amazing film about the history of climbing in Yosemite.  Here's the trailer:

Also the biggest release this year that sadly I didn't catch was Jeff Lowe's Metanoia, a documentary about the life and climbs of the legendary US alpinist, who is sadly now terminally ill and was flown over to the Kendal festival by Lowe Alpine for the films release. Jeff's climbing piece de resistance was on the North Face of the Eiger. Climbed in 1991, and still unrepeated, Metanoia – graded VII, 5.10, M6, A4 – is the hub of this biographical documentary.

Here' a trailer, I hope I get to see it soon:

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