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Workshop Report – Aysgarth October 2021

Its been two years since our last workshop visit to Aysgarth, so we were very much looking forward to getting back to some photography at the waterfalls. Forecast was set to be perfect for the day being overcast with little to no wind.

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. All warmed through and ready to go, we head out over the fields towards Aysgarth Falls.

Our first stop is to take a look at field barn framed by two trees. It’s a good chance to look at the camera settings with a static subject and get things set up. The light when we arrived was quite challenging and there was drizzle in the air, but when this cleared and the light changed, it was a very different scene and just goes to show that a little patience can bring great rewards.

We then made our way over the hill and dropped down to Aysgarth Falls. We started at the Lower Falls. The water level was very low, and there wasn’t much peat in the water, so looked almost crystal clear. The light was perfect and there were plenty of subjects to photograph from the smaller details to the falls as a whole with the trees as a backdrop. I had noticed that although the Autumn colours were beginning to come through, it wasn’t quite as colourful as past years around the same time.

After a spot of lunch we had a second stop at the Lower Falls, from a different viewpoint. Again it’s quite noticeable how late the colour of the leaves are turning.

We then head up to the main Aysgarth Falls, and the water levels are very low. Its 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.

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 go through 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, overcast conditions and really long exposures…. perfect. We stay and shoot till it gets dark 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!

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