Workshop Report – Aysgarth Falls June 2015

Posted by on June 15, 2015

As always, eyes were firmly glued on the weather forecast in the run up to Saturday whilst the sunshine was pouring in the window day after day. But the Met Office was predicting that Saturday was to be torrential rain and thunder storms for the entire day!!

Bags packed the night before with waterproofs, dry bags and umbrellas ready for the impending storm. However the morning was nicely overcast, dry and not a breath of wind… perfect for a days photography of the waterfalls at Aysgarth and West Burton. Even the drive over, it couldn’t be better, but its always best not to count your chickens.

Arriving a little early to West Burton meant we could have a sneak peak at the falls and with the previous dry weather, there was a nice amount of water trickling over, and was going to make a great finale to the day.

Looking out across the valley towards West Burton

Looking out across the valley towards West Burton

We met the group at the ever welcoming Fox and Hounds for teas and coffees and a chat about the fundamentals of landscape photography plus a look at some examples of composition and changing light. Setting out for the day, we are still looking good, nice and dry, overcast and no wind! Over the hill towards Aysgarth we make a stop to look at a barn, which doesn’t quite look right today to photograph, the sky behind was grey and flat so was a good example of when not to take an image. However a little further up the view across the valley was looking good and we got started.

Checking Camera Settings at Lower Aysgarth Falls

Checking Camera Settings at Lower Aysgarth Falls

After the first stop we made our way to Lower Aysgarth Falls which were looking great, again not so much water, so we had lots of shapes and details to play with around the rocks. Believe it or not, but at this point the sun actually came out… unbelievable, which made for some tricky exposures to be able to capture the moving water whilst avoiding clipping of the Histogram. The sun did dip and out of the clouds so timing was everything, and after a while it also made for a great lunch spot.

Photographing at Upper Aysgarth Falls

Photographing at Upper Aysgarth Falls

Up to Upper Aysgarth Falls, there was actually very little water coming over, so the smaller details made for a more interesting subject rather than the whole scene. From here we made our way back down the other side of the river and through a small woodland were we had a bit of fun with intentional camera movement off the tri-pod. Cutting back towards West Burton we made a stop at the field barns which were looking superb, there was lots of colourful Cow Parsley and Buttercups in the foreground and freshly cut fields around the barns. unbelievably we hadn’t had a drop of rain, but the atmosphere was feeling heavy and pre storm, so back to West Burton we went to finish at The Cauldron Falls.

Photographing Water Details at West Burton Falls

Photographing Water Details at West Burton Falls

This was such a superb stop and a great way to finish the day. The level of water, made the falls itself to be a great subject surrounded by the fully leaved trees, but also the smaller details as the river winds it way around the rocks.

Photographing West Burton Waterfall at the End of the Day

Photographing West Burton Waterfall at the End of the Day

Well, we got through the entire day and not a drop of rain, in fact other than the brief spell of sunshine the overcast conditions and low river levels made for some great photography. The Sunday saw the images spring to life through processing and topped the weekend off very nicely.

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