Aysgarth Summer Workshop
June 4, 2022
Aysgarth Falls and West Burton are areas of outstanding natural beauty found in Wensleydale, which is part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Set among forests and farmland, Aysgarth Falls are a one-mile stretch of cascading waterfalls carved out by the River Ure and are quite spectacular in any weather. On our Aysgarth Summer Workshop we find an abundance of photographic opportunities and our circular walk takes us through many contrasting scenes with varied subjects.
After an initial briefing and refreshments, our tour begins at West Burton village in the Walden Valley, which is home to the beautiful Cauldron Falls that was once immortalized by the artist Turner during his tour of the North of England. We will attempt to do the same using the medium of photography, before continuing through farmland to Aysgarth.
Once we arrive at Aysgarth you soon see why it has been used in television programmes and movies such as Robin Hood Prince of Thieves! Carved out over several thousand years, the long stretch of falls give us plenty with which to practice our exposure skills and find out how small changes to camera settings can make a dramatic difference to the final image.
We make our way back to West Burton via a different route, coming across some old barns which offer the epitome of a rural Yorkshire scene.
Post Processing Session (Optional)
For a photographer, typically only around 20 per cent of your time is spent taking the actual pictures and the rest is devoted to post processing at a computer screen. It is a vastly important part of great photography and knowing a few tricks can transform your well-composed and exposed images into visually stunning works of fine art. As a supplement to your day’s workshop, we welcome you to join us the following day for an afternoon discussion and presentation of how to boost your images using Lightroom and Photoshop. The session is held in the centre of Harrogate and we invite you to bring along your favourite images from the workshop for helpful feedback by Sam and Mark. There is a small additional charge of £35 for this session.
For an overview of what we offer on all of our workshops, including the post-processing session, take a look at our About page. Each workshop is restricted to a maximum of six participants with two tutors on hand throughout, giving plenty of time for one to one tuition. If you have any questions, please visit our FAQs page!
Aysgarth Summer Workshop at a Glance
|Highlights:||Aysgarth Falls, Cauldron Force (or West Burton Waterfall)|
|Approximate walking time:||3 hours|
|Difficulty:||Easy – just a few Wensleydale undulations to negotiate!|
|Notes:||Please be aware that in places around the waterfalls it can be very slippery when wet.|