Workshop Report – Aysgarth Falls October 2016

Posted by on October 20, 2016

The 15th October saw our penultimate photography workshop for the 2016 season and what a goodie it was. Driving up towards West Burton it was nice to see that trees were starting to turn into their autumnal colours and even better that the sunlight was diffused by a good covering of cloud and very little wind… perfect.

Photographing in Wensleydale near Aysgarth

Photographing in Wensleydale near Aysgarth

Arriving at the Fox & Hounds pub at West Burton we met the group and began our morning discussions over teas and coffees. We then set out around mid morning and the sun was beginning to break through the clouds, which is always a good test for watching the light change the scene. Crossing the fields towards Aysgarth and our first stop is a sweeping view across the valley. The sunlight dipped in and out of the clouds and made for some lovely side lighting. From here we moved on to the waterfalls and due to the suns position we made a slight change to our usual route and stopped at the Upper Falls first. At this time most of the falls were in open shade so capturing the moving water was absolutely fine.

Photographing at Upper Aysgarth Falls

Photographing at Upper Aysgarth Falls

During the previous week, there had been quite a bit of rain so the falls were nice and full and had a beautiful peaty colour to them. Also with some blue sky above gave some lovely reflections of the water surface.

Photographing at Upper Aysgarth Falls

Photographing at Upper Aysgarth Falls

After a spot of lunch we then made our way to the Lower Aysgarth Falls, which again due to the rainfall were looking pretty full. With the changing light and high water levels it made for good practice looking for the smaller details in the rock patterns and sweeping flow.

Looking for Details at Lower Aysgarth Falls

Looking for Details at Lower Aysgarth Falls

We then took a walk around to the other side of the River Ure and had a brief stop in a small pocket of woodland to play with intentional camera movement. A last view of the River as the evening light was creeping in and we then crossed the fields back towards West Burton. For something a little different we had a short stop at a row of field barns which made for good practice of composition and exposure settings as at this time we were shooting towards the sun.

Having fun with Intentional Camera Movement

Having fun with Intentional Camera Movement

Photographing Field Barns near West Burton

Photographing Field Barns near West Burton

Our final location for the day is the fantastic Cauldron Force at West Burton. The surrounding trees are beginning to change their colour and there is a light covering of leafs on the ground. The water levels are high, and the wind is very light… perfect for some long exposure photography. As the sun drops lower and lower and the view becomes much darker, it doesn’t stop the photography and the results become more and more abstract. Just such a great end to an excellent day.

Rounding off the Day at West Burton Waterfall

Rounding off the Day at West Burton Waterfall

Rounding off the Day at West Burton Waterfall

Rounding off the Day at West Burton Waterfall

On the Sunday we held our processing session in Harrogate and the results were fantastic! Its always interesting to see how a group of photographers capture the same scene in the same light but always have completely different sets of images.

Our next workshop is at Bolton Abbey, ready for the autumnal colours!! if you would like to join us on this workshop, click here.

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