Workshop Report: Malham July 2013

Posted by on July 15, 2013

Using the hat trick to avoid lens flare

Using the hat trick to avoid lens flare

Hot hot hot was the predicted forecast… and the hottest day of the year so far was delivered! The drive over to Malham was just fantastic, with clear views right over the Dales.

We met as usual at the Lister Arms for the initial meeting to go through a few camera settings and a slideshow of images to get those creative juices flowing. Many thanks have to go to the manager Lisa for putting out a delicious plate of Croissants for us to enjoy. With the cameras ready, we set out towards Janets Foss. Our first stop was at a barn at the entrance to the woods which made for a nice first subject, and to discover where all the setting were. A bit of cloud cover made photographing in the woods a bit easier, looking back from the waterfall, the trees were very green and the beck had a little bit of water flowing through.

The vibrant greens at Janets Foss

The vibrant greens at Janets Foss

 

From the welcome shade of the woods we headed up to the magnificent Gordale Scar. We began inside the scar itself before the sun came round, to be able to capture the moving water as it flows between the rocks. There are lots of shapes to find here and we were able to experiment with shutter speeds to photograph the movement of water.

For lunch we made our back out of the scar along the beck and looked back to the magnificent entrance. This is the best time to photograph Gordale due to its position, and the sun had come round far enough to light up its entrance.

Photographing at Gordale Scar

Photographing at Gordale Scar

The climb to the top was next, and in the heat of the day, we took it slow and steady!! the view at the top was certainly worth the effort. The view to the Scar is amazing but also looking out across the Dales is spectacular. We were able to pick out the many details, from barns to the shapes of dry stone walling and the many greens of the fields from, cut ones to meadows.

Views from the top of the Scar and finding details in the landscape

Views from the top of the Scar and finding details in the landscape

A short walk from the scar we arrive at the lone tree in limestone pavement. A few clouds came across the sky which gave the sky some interest behind the tree itself, and the shadows in the cracks made for great lead in lines.

Photographing a Lone Tree on Limestone Pavement near Malham

Photographing a Lone Tree on Limestone Pavement near Malham

 

Fast approaching the end of the day we made our way to the famous Malham Cove. The views from the top were just spectacular and with the sun getting lower in the sky resulted in some nice shadows in the pavement and softer light on the cove walls. After a short stop at the top, we decided that it would look better from the bottom, so this was the last location for the day, by the quietly flowing beck.

Finishing back at Malham village, we stopped again at the Lister Arms for a well earned beverage and discussed the days events. The images were looking great and we look forward to seeing the results.

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