Hanging out in Hampton.

You know those places you can't believe you've never been? And then you go? I seem to be making a bit of a habit of that of late. 

This weekend's family and camera trip (I really do need a theme for that...) was Hampton Court, which certainly fulfilled the criteria for history high jinks for the Nipper and loads of lovely photogenic stuff for Dad.

The weather was a bit mixed so I didn't get some of the light I would have liked, but the inner areas of the house threw up some great interior shots. As per usual the low light superstar Sony 35 f1.4 held firm indoors and when I need to get wide the Zeiss 25mm came into its own.

We didn't see everything at Hampton (didn't have time for its legendary maze) but it's worth a visit - however, we did feel it's a bit spendy: probably priced for the poor old tourist.

Anyway - on with the pics!

Swallows and Amazons - a trip to The Lakes.

What. A. Place.

In all my 42 years, I can't quite see why it's taken me this long to make the trip North up to Cumbria, but a week in Keswick might just have made it leap into my top 5 places in the UK. 

If nothing else (apart from the scenery, people and things to see) from a photographer's POV I spent a good part of a week with the A7RII stuck to my face going 'Wow'.  Around every corner was an amazing view which blew you away. Can you get my general state of impressed-ness?

Keswick itself was a lovely little town and a great base to explore. The fact we had a decent chip and shop 2 minutes walk from us helped and if we needed emergency walking boots (this did happen) then the 500+ branches of Mountain Warehouse, Blacks etc were always on hand - or foot.

One of my happy moments was realising that Derwentwater (included in the images below) was used as a location for The Force Awakens. #geek

Top tip if you're going: make sure you're a National Trust member. You'll save a fortune.