Workshop Report: Aysgarth and West Burton June 2014

Posted by on June 16, 2014

Capturing the Lower Aysgarth Falls

Capturing the Lower Aysgarth Falls

In our fourth year of running photography workshops, this was the first time we had run our Aysgarth and West Burton workshop in June. The weather turned out perfect for a spot of moving water photography, very little wind and a nice overcast day giving us diffused light. We met at the always welcoming Fox and Hounds pub in West Burton, for morning coffees and a chat about the five elements which make a great landscape photograph.

Making our way across the fields towards Aysgarth, we had our first stop with a view across the valley, which we don’t ordinarily stop at on our Early spring and autumn workshops, but at this time of year makes for a great view. The fields were being cut giving a patchwork of colour divided up by the drystone walls and the trees were a fresh green. From here we made our way down to the River Ure and the lower Aysgarth Falls.

Nice diffused light to capture the moving water at Lower Aysgarth Falls

Nice diffused light to capture the moving water at Lower Aysgarth Falls

We have had quite a bit of rain over the last week, but the falls were quite low, which gave us great shapes as the water rushes past the rocks. The diffused light enabled us to get long enough exposures to capture the movement of the water. From looking directly at the Lower falls we moved to the top, for more closer and abstract images.

Getting in closer for more abstract images.

Getting in closer for more abstract images.

Approaching lunch time, we made our way up to the main Aysgarth Falls (and if you’re thinking on coming on a future workshop, take note) were treated to cakes by Alex… Thank you very much. After lunch we spent some time at the waterfalls before continuing back along the River Ure to some more shallower rapids, where we could see the bright green moss under the water.

Back across the field towards West Burton, we made a stop at the field barns, which make for a great panoramic, black and whites, plus in the doorway there is some old farm machinery.

Field barns towards West Burton.

Field barns towards West Burton.

Our last location for the day was back at West Burton and the Caldron Falls, a great sweeping amphitheatre with the water fall in the centre. The trees were fresh and green framing the falls perfectly. Being in open shade and in the early evening, we were able to capture the movement of the water as it flowed from the falls and twisted around the rocks.

Back at West Burton and Cauldron Falls

Back at West Burton and Cauldron Falls

A great workshop had by all, and a fantastic time of year to head out to Aysgarth for waterfall photography. The next day we had the processing session and using Photoshop and Lightroom, the images from the day looked fantastic and well worthy to print and frame.

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