Minor legal update

Posted: January 9, 2012 by tallbloke in Legal, Photography

I spoke with a stateside lawyer this evening.

Blencathra Dawn - Copyright Tallbloke

He says I have a  valid complaint and has taken on the case.

Things are moving forward.

Please try to  restrict comments to a critique of my photography – Thanks.

  1. Otter says:

    Please tell me there is a hiking trail up there!

  2. tallbloke says:

    It’s a wonderful mountain to climb. The most exciting approach is via Sharp Edge. This is a narrow arete which has claimed many lives over the years. I was up on it one december with a relatively inexperienced partner who bottled it halfway across. I had to warm his hands up with an emergency handwarmer pack and tote him off to safety.

    We enjoyed several beers and laughs in the Horse and Farrier later after gaining the summit via another route.

  3. Green Sand says:

    And at the top we have blue sky!

    It is always there, if you are open enough to see it!

  4. tallbloke says:

    Blue skies are good. Here’s one I took recently with a group of students on top of Cat Bells. Blencathra is in the background just above Martin’s raised fist.

  5. adolfogiurfa says:

    Quite a compensation of any problems those landscapes you are lucky to enjoy.

  6. Aussie says:

    wonderful scenery. I hope one day to have the opportunity to travel but will not be able to climb the mountain.

  7. tallbloke says:

    Adolfo: A trip to the English Lake District is always a cathartic experience for me in the original Greek sense of the word. I have well over a thousand photos from there. Some taken at crazy angles dangling off cliffs. 🙂

  8. Anything is possible says:

    That takes me back – climbed Blencathra many moons ago, and when we got to Scales Tarn, a debate broke out amongst us as to whether or not we should ascend the rest of the way via Sharp Edge.

    One look at your photo, coupled with the memories of a blizzard breaking out when we reached the summit confirms we came to the right decision – NOT!

    Democracy does work – sometimes.. (:-

  9. tallbloke says:

    Aussie: The Lake District is very accommodating for people with limitations in movement. There are many services available to get you out and about. Hope you can make the trip sometime.


  10. tallbloke says:

    Anything is possible: Anything is possible


  11. Peter Crawford says:

    Hello Roger, are you related to the late IanTattersall or the very much alive Paul Tattersall ?

    @ Aussie – there are usually ways and means up any British mountain with a little help from your friends. Though there are a few in Scotland that are a bit bowel-loosening. Sgurr Nan Gillean on Skye springs to mind.

    The pic of Blencathra is ace TB.

  12. When photographing scenery with sharp contrasts, you need to set your exposure centred on the medium darkness, not the bright landscape.

    Unlike the human eye which adapts to brightness depending on which part of the perspective has your attention, the camera and the photograph don’t.

    Which brings me to my newest spanner in the works:

  13. colliemum says:

    Breathtaking – the photo and the scenery! I like the framing by the trees.

    The variety, beauty and yes, grandeur, of the landscapes in our small Isles never fails to fill me with amazement an awe.
    This is England – and then there is Scotland, from the borders to the Highlands.
    And then there’s Wales, from Snowdonia and the awesome Tryfan to the Preselis.

    And that’s only the hills and mountains … there’s all the coast and the islands.

    See, that’s why I simply cannot understand why climate scientists based in England are apparently incapable of setting a foot outside their labs, unless it’s into a cab to the airport, to take them to Bali, Cancun, etc …

  14. tallbloke says:

    Hi Bernd, it’s true my old olympus E410 doesn’t have the biggest dynamic range, so I have to be creative with composition. The dark foreground was a deliberate contrast with the pink edged clouds in the early morning sky. The eye is lifted to the sunlight on the mountain, and the heart wants to follow, up out of the brooding dark woodland to the soaring heights of the open fellside.

    It’s a kind of metaphor for the human need for clarity and openness.

  15. tallbloke says:

    Colliemum: Absolutely! We lost out on trip we’d planned to Norway and the Tatra mountains in Poland two summers ago, when the icelandic ash cloud grounded our outbound flight. We caught a train to Penzance and walked around the Cornish coast path for two weeks in beautiful weather. Heaven!

    I’ll break out the pics when we have dealt with the returned lappys.

  16. tallbloke says:


    I will be related to them somewhere along the line, all the Tattersalls ultimately come from a single marriage in Tattershall, Lincolnshire. The family is most prolific in Lancashire, after they established themselves there in medieval times. Robert de Tattershall was Sheriff of Lancaster under king John in 1199.

    I started writing this page years ago, and need to make more time for it.

  17. Paul Matthews says:

    I’m trying to figure out where it’s taken from. Somewhere near Castlerigg or the slopes of Latrigg?

    [Reply] Castlerigg Manor, well spotted!

  18. Tom Forrester-Paton says:

    Your photographic choices were entirely correct. The result is a “painterly” sacrifice of the foreground and capture of the fall of light on the distant hillside/clouds. Lovely pic.

    By the way, I grew up in Bradford and was for a while (58-60) at Bradford Grammar School with a guy called Paul Hudson. Since I started following the climate stoush (Nov 09) I have wondered whether he was related to the BBC weather guy of the same name. Are you in any kind of contact? I suspect you have wide areas of shared interest!

  19. tallbloke says:

    Thanks Tom and welcome.

    Undoubtedly Paul and I share interests, but hes ‘no’bbut a lad’ as we say in Yorkshire – he can’t be old enough to have attended school in 1960!

    He’s in our ‘Hall of Fame’

  20. tallbloke says:

    I’ve put a visits counter on the left sidebar near the top. We should top half a million sometime today.

  21. colliemum says:

    tallbloke – Cornwall is not to be despised, but you really ought to plan a walking tour in Wales.

    There’s the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path which gets you into all the places famous for their geology and palaeontology (see the outstanding book on Trilobites by Richard Fortey), with seals and dolphins thrown in for good measure, and the Preselis right next to that, Carn Meini of Stonehenge fame just a short drive away (then you climb!).
    There are the Black Mountains, playgrounds of the SAS.
    There’s North Wales with Snowdonia and Harlech down to the coast, there is the Lleyn peninsula heaving with hill forts and beaches – I better stop, I’m not working fro the Welsh Tourist Board!

  22. Vuk says:

    Come to Montenegro to climb a real mountain, even kids do it.

  23. Roger Andrews says:

    Here’s a picture of our local mountain

    Not recommended for climbing,

  24. tallbloke says:

    Vuk: Fabulous, limestone is a scramblers delight. The most exhilerating limestone ridge scramble I’ve done is the Bernia ridge on the Costa Blanca.

  25. tallbloke says:

    Roger A: Looks like a bit of a slog. Good chance of being able to brew up on the summit though…

  26. Vuk says:

    Got one of those too

  27. John Silver says:

    Bernd Felsche:

    If the photographer thinks that the exposure is correct, then the exposure is correct. Period.
    Artistic license and such.

  28. Roger Andrews says:


    You may not have to wait for the summit to get brewed up.

    For those interested in volcanoes, Volcan del Fuego is one of the UN’s 16 “decade” volcanoes, i.e those that have the potential for explosive eruptions and which are close to population centers. Up until recently Fuego was puffing regularly, but over the last few years it’s built up a lava dome inside the crater that overtops the crater rim by about 50m, and now the lava dome has stopped growing and the volcano has quit puffing. Don’t know whether this is 🙂 or 😦

  29. tallbloke says:

    Roger A: Keep a fast car well fueled

  30. Roger Andrews says:


    You’ve gone over 5K, I see. Congratulations.

  31. Roger Andrews says:

    Sorry, 500K. never was very good at zeroes.

  32. tallbloke says:

    That sounds like the right sort of round number. 😉

  33. Tenuc says:

    500,000+ viewers – Well done Rog and Tim, and the rest of the mob who contribute and a big thank for all the time and effort put into making Tallbloke’s Talkshop such a big success… 😎

  34. Aussie says:


    if and when I do get to see England, I hope that it will include the Lakes District :)…. actually, I am hoping that it will include some of Scotland, especially Fife which is the home of some of my ancestors :)…. However, I fear that such a trip will involve a lot of train travel……. my husband is into model trains and that usually means train trips.

  35. Alexander K says:

    Bloody lovely painterly eye you have, Rog.
    As a Kiwi artist with Yorkshire and Scots roots, I spent the last decade wandering the UK with camera and sketchbook and wouldn’t swap the time spent for ‘all the tea in China’. Teaching Art in UK high schools (comprehensives) is an experience best forgotten now I’m home again in Aotearoa, though!

  36. Pete H says:

    “Tattersall later whinged on his own blog that “an Englishman’s home is his castle”

    So you really do have a stake in a castle!



  37. tallbloke says:

    Aussie: Train travel is much the best way to get to Scotland. Even better, fly via Schiphol and hop straight into Edinburgh or Aberdeen Airport.

    Scotland is like the Lake District X 2 in vertical scale and X 100 in area.

    Peter, visit Tattershall castle if you get the chance. The old family seat is awesome. 😉

  38. Pete H says:

    LOL, Spent many a happy hour fishing the River Witham right close by. On the right day the bream shoals were huge and the local pub very accommodating when the fish did not show!

  39. Aussie says:


    1. Are the Tattersalls in the UK related to the family behind Tattersalls (which provides lotteries tickets and started in Tasmania) here in Australia?

    2. My cup arrived today :). Thank you

  40. Aussie says:

    Since this is like an open thread, I want to comment here about the local weather conditions here in Oz. Yesterday we had a morning temperature of 0C which is 32F in the middle of summer!! This morning it reached 6C….. and yet the warmists are continuing to make silly claims like winter will never be the same… do these guys ever look out the window?

  41. tallbloke says:

    Aussie, you’re on the south coast? Where?

    Tattersall’s are big in horse racing in Oz. They have members only viewing rings where the horses parade round before races at some courses. The family which started the lottery business (George Adams) are not related to Richard Tattersall who started the famous bloodstock auctioneer house in London UK, but there is the famous Tattersalls Club which he frequented. I don’t know the history of how he came to use the name or the origin of the club.

  42. Aussie says:

    Roger, I am not on the South Coast :), but in Canberra.

    I was born in Melbourne, Victoria, and at the age of 22 when I married, I have lived in other parts of Australia, as well as having a stint in Ohio in the USA. I have lived in Sydney as well as Townsville and Canberra. Hopefully by the end of this year we will have found and purchased a property on the Central Coast and moved out of Canberra.

    Here it is, the middle of summer and we have had 0C or 32F one morning, and then this morning it was 6C which would be around 40F. This is not good for the arthritis!!

  43. Aussie says:

    It looks like George Adams was somehow associated with the Tattersall’s Club. Since I was a Victorian I grew up with Tattersalls and their lotteries. The tickets were always quite cheap to purchase, and Lotto has always been the big draw.

    BTW I am not a real gambler, and I do not even play the pokies despite having a club just around the corner….. (that is a bit of a stretch but it is close to where I live!!)