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Workshop Report – Aysgarth Falls, March 2022

We have officially kicked off the 2022 workshop season with our Aysgarth Falls tour. As I remember previous years we have been through every type or weather in March, including the only workshop we have cancelled due to snow!! This year couldn’t of been more different with bright sunshine, sunburnt faces and clear blue skies. Lovely to walk in and view the glorious Yorkshire countryside, but very difficult to capture the waterfalls!

We met with the group at the welcoming Fox & Hounds in West Burton and enjoyed teas & coffees whilst we went through the 5 elements that make a great landscape photograph. After polishing off the biscuits, we head out over the fields towards Aysgarth Falls.

Our first stop was to take a look at field barn situated on the side of a steep slope and backed by huge trees. It’s a good chance to look at the camera settings with a static subject and get everything set up. We usually pick a spot from behind a wall to frame the barn, but today the light was quite challenging so we picked a different angle to make use of the front lit subject.

We then made our way over the hill and dropped down to Aysgarth Falls. We started at the Lower Falls where the water level was very low indeed. The light again was difficult to be able to capture the scene as a whole so we had to look closer at subjects in open shade.

After a spot of lunch we had a second stop at the Lower Falls, from a different viewpoint.

We then head up to the main Aysgarth Falls, and the water levels are very low here. As it was a beautiful day, it was also quite busy with visitors making it a challenge to find an area to photograph. It’s a nice stop and again the smaller details of the waterfalls look great using a longer lens.

Making our way down the other side of the river, we get to the wide section with multiple falls and the low water level make for some fantastic subjects. We have quite a few areas in open shade making capturing the moving water much easier.

Away from the falls we then make our way across fields back towards West Burton. We have a quick stop at a field barn that has sweeping views behind and also go through the principles of how to take a double exposure ready for processing.

Our last stop of the day was back at West Burton Falls which looked just superb!! low water levels, no wind, all in open shade and really long exposures…. perfect. We stay and shoot till we are photoed out before ending the day and heading home.

On the Sunday we held our processing session in Knaresborough and the images on the big screen looked fantastic!

If you would like to join us on a future workshop, take a look at our upcoming events HERE

2 thoughts on “Workshop Report – Aysgarth Falls, March 2022

  1. Thank you both for a great day, I learn so much and really enjoyed myself. Best wishes Michelle xx

    1. Thanks Michelle – glad you enjoyed it!

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