Lumsdale Falls in Derbyshire was a place I headed on a beautiful sunny winters day. You can find it here. Not a long drive for me but does take time due to its location. I actually parked in the village of Tansley and walked along the valley to Lumsdale. There are a few parking spaces close to the falls.
As you walk up the path to the falls you come across the most spectacular section first though the path down to them is treacherous when wet. It is not worth the risk unless your photo nutcase. You do get a good view from the main path. The day that I went the flow of water was very good and it was fairly clear. It had been raining heavily a few days before and a lot of the heavy color had gone from the water. My 10 stop nd filter was used to get the effects on the water. The exposure was 20 seconds.
As you walk up the path there are the ruins of an old mill that worked from the flow of the water. You also come across a small second section of falls which are very pretty. You just have to love the sound of running water, it always gives a buzz. It also makes me feel calm and relaxed.
The top part of the falls is just beautiful. You could sit here and watch the water all day. Again I used the 10 stop nd filter and an exposure of 20 seconds. These long exposures give you a lovely smooth effect on the water. I don’t like the frozen look that fast exposures give but it is each to there own. You make up your own mind for preference.
Bronte country near Haworth is one place that should inspire your creativity. Some of the worlds greatest literature was written and inspired by this area. Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte certainly left their mark on the literary world. A map of the area is here.
I wanted to make a good walk so parked up in Howarth and walked to the falls. There are places to park nearer if you don’t want to walk too far. There are plenty of tourist attractions in Howarth about the Bronte family. My main focus was to get to the waterfalls.
The walk takes you through the village, along a path at the side of the
road. After about a mile you join a track. It’s a good walking track. You follow the path past the Lower Laithe reservoir, across beautiful moorland to the falls. It is classed as an area on outstanding natural beauty. You can see why when you look at the views.
When you arrive at South Dean Beck there is small bridge. This is known as the Bronte bridge. It was rebuilt a few years ago after being destroyed by flash floods.
The fist image is of the small falls to the left as you approach the bridge. The water cascades down the beck. I used a long exposure on the shot to get that smooth feeling in the water.
The falls themselves are not spectacular but in beautiful surroundings. The second shot is another long exposure shot. It gave me that smooth water with the sky reflected in the water. It does the image a great feeling of depth to the image.
Be inspired and pay this area a visit, you won’t be disappointed.
Carding Mill Valley in Shropshire is run by the National trust. The Shropshire hills are lovely for walkers. Beautiful heather clad rolling hills. When you arrive you park by the stream.
The path up the valley is rocky so be careful walking. The walk follows the stream up the valley. As you walk up you will see the small but pretty Lightspout waterfall. It’s a lovely place to take a break. Just be a little careful climbing down to it. There are plenty of big rocks to sit and have a drink from your flask.
From the waterfall you can carry on walking up the valley taking a route to the right or to the left. Either way will take you to the hill tops. There is a big circular route to follow. The walking is fairly easy though obviously you are climbing up.
On a good day the scenery is amazing as you follow the route along the top of the hills. It is worth stopping a couple of times to take in the views.
As you follow the path round it will take you back to the valley past the waterfall. When you get back to the valley there is a cafe waiting for you. Something I like to take advantage of.
The main photo shows the stream that you follow up the valley. I set the camera to f22 to give a large depth of field. You must get as much in focus as possible on a shot like this. Having something to lead the eye and give depth to an image. The stream does this perfectly.
Pick a lovely day and you will have great experience. Go get some great images.
The Cauldron Falls at West Burton in Wensleydale, North Yorkshire are very easy to reach. You drive into a small village and park by the green. Be sensible and thoughtful with your parking. North Yorkshire has an abundance of impressive waterfalls and you would need a good holiday here to get round them all.
The falls are part of the Walden Beck which flows down to the River Ure near Aysgarth.
To get to the falls just walk down through the village along a short path and you reach the falls.
You reach an old stone bridge first. If the water isn’t flowing too heavy and you are careful you can get down to water level to photograph. It is lovely setting with the waterfall stepped down. There is a narrow ledge to put the tripod on if you like long exposures. It is always my preference with water and worth the time it takes. It is an idyllic setting so there should be no rush to leave.
Just past the bridge is the Cauldron waterfall, it isn’t big but is quite impressive and picturesque.
As always with all waterfalls they are better after some rain. You can get round the back of the fall if the flow isn’t too heavy and you proceed with care.
If you follow the road down next to Walden Beck there a plenty of spots to stop and photograph.
For the technical among you I am looking at getting a external mic for my Nikon to add some short videos to the blog. I will add how I go with this in the future. From what I have read the internal mics are just not up to the job. As a result I am at the moment I am studying reviews and studying the technical details of what is required.
On a lovely autumn day I decided to do some walking at Keld in Swaledale. When I say walking I mean it fits around the photography. I did some research and came up with a lovely walk taking in a few waterfalls. This area of Swaledale has many to choose from. The walk that I chose is here. I didn’t take in the last falls Kisdon. The photography takes a lot longer than the 10 mins they allow at each fall. I will visit this another day.
The first falls that I visited was Hoggarth’s leap. A lovely multi tiered waterfall.
It has a large pool in front of it. It is a little limited on where you can photograph from. Definitely worth a visit though. From here I walked down to Catrake falls. These falls are spectacular but not very good for photography. You cannot get to the bottom of them and the photographs from the top are too limited. Maybe there is a different route here and I will look into it for when I go back.
I will move onto the last part of my walk which is East Gill force. I have done this for reason. You will find out why very soon. The image that I have chosen is where the beck joins the river Swale. It is a beautiful spot which is framed by trees. I have added two walking poles to my kit and were much needed walking down the path to this fall. I have found the walking poles an invaluable part of my kit. After the accident I had a while ago they will remain part of my kit.
Visiting Wain Wath Force was the middle section of the walk. The reason for leaving until the end was that I wanted to leave the image to make it the largest image. It is such well known waterfall. The water flow was quite small. It is set in such spectacular scenery. It is a must if you are in this area of the country. I love the colors of the autumn trees. I have used a 30 second exposure at f22 on the shot to get the smooth look to the water.
Go out into the countryside and see a wonderful world. Go photograph it.
Back for another visit to do some walking in Padley gorge in the Peak district. Just a place I love to visit. Any time of year it is just beautiful. The times that I love best is when the sun is shining through. When the sun shines it gives a beautiful dappled light effect.
It is quite a dark place as there are a lot of trees blocking out the sun. When the sun comes out it just turns magical. As it is quite dark I was carrying my tripod with me. It is needed if you want high quality images.
When I park at the road side I usually walk down the left bank looking downstream. On the way back I cross over a bridge and walk back up the right bank of the stream. It just gives a different of the terrain.
As I walked down Padley gorge I spotted this scene. I set up the tripod and fitted the camera. I try always to use 100 iso for the best quality images.
The technical details for those interested are the camera was set to f22 with a shutter speed of 1.5 seconds. The focus was on the rocks on the nearest part of the falls. There is good focus through the image.
Dappled sunlight gives a great depth to an image. It gives an image a 3 dimensional effect. The effects and colors on the water vary greatly. The flow of the stream through the image leads your eye through the image.
What matters most with any image is that it holds your interest. This has that magical feel of the light that I saw on the day.
There are many beautiful parts of the Peak district. I believe That Padley gorge is one of the best. Go visit and take some beautiful images.
One lovely day I took a drive to photograph Janets Foss, Malham, Yorkshire. Malham is a rather lovely village in the Yorkshire dales. You can park either in the village or drive up towards Goredale scar and park at the side of the road. Wherever you choose to park, there is a path to follow close to Goredale beck. From either way you will reach Janets Foss.
Foss is used in the UK to mean force but is a Nordic word meaning waterfall. Guess this comes from the times we were overrun by the Vikings.
It is a steady walk but I would recommend a good pair of walking boots. When you reach the waterfall there are limited places to view from. You get more viewpoints if take the footwear off and go paddling. Ok if you don’t mind very cold water. On a busy day it can be difficult to get a people free photograph. Choose a quiet time if possible. As always with waterfalls it is best to go after rain so you have a good flow of water. It is definitely worth a visit if you are in the area. It is not too far a walk to Goredale scar from here.
The image itself I would have preferred to be slightly different but will go back at a quieter time to get it just as I want. I prefer a longer exposure than I could get this day. The light was difficult as it was quite contrasty. There was dappled sunlight coming through the trees. I did a little work on it Lightroom to get detail in the shadows. The exposure was 1.5 seconds at f22. Obviously the camera was on the travel tripod and weighted by my camera bag.
Go out and photograph, there is beautiful world out there.
One of my favorite places to visit is Aysgarth falls in North Yorkshire. When you arrive there are two possibilities for parking. One is near the pub as you arrive at the village. From the park you can walk down the hill to the falls. Your other option is to drive down the hill over the river Ure to the national parks car park. Whichever park you use easily leads you to a well defined path along by the falls. The path is probably best described as gently undulating and fairly easy walking. You do have to be careful if you go off the path, which was my undoing. I slipped on a rock and fell backwards hurting my back and I have been suffering from sciatica since the visit. Ouch!!!
I do tend to visit Aysgarth after heavy rain for two reasons. The first is obviously there is more water flowing though there is usually a good flow at most times. The second and most important reason is that it does add color to the water. The falls are split into the upper falls, mid falls and the lower falls. The mid falls for photography purposes are too limited for access. There are plenty opportunities for something different with the upper and lower falls.
Not everyone likes the effect that long exposures give you on water. It can look a little like plastic. I love the effect but whether you use it is your choice. Photographing fast flowing water with color in it can look very messy. The long exposure gives you more distinct, cleaner colored lines. Here I used a 10 stop neutral density filter and had an exposure of 15 seconds at f22. The best thing you can do is try different ways and see what you like.
Being of the older generation I tend not to keep up with the latest gadget technology. My photographs are processed on my desktop pc. When I travel I have tended to use to use a laptop but as this was coming to the end of its life I started looking for a new one. Someone mentioned to me that one of the latest tablets may do what I needed. Obviously when travelling this would make life easier. The main reason for it was just to process some RAW files whilst away and put them onto social media. I would leave the bulk of work for when I got home.
After looking at the possibilities I purchased the latest ipad pro. Obviously it could connect via the cameras wi-fi. Using the Nikon WMU app I could view the images I had on the camera and download a couple to process. I have downloaded the Lightroom app to work on the images. It also has the added bonus that when out photographing I can check the images as they are taken. This is such a bonus to me as much of my work is based around long exposures and I can check them easily and quickly. A much better way to work than looking at the back of the camera. The tablet goes with me everywhere now and I wouldn’t be without it.
Enough of the technical side its images that matter. I recently visited one of my favorite spots for photography, Padley gorge in the Peak district in Derbyshire. A beautiful afternoon with dappled sunlight coming through the trees. A lovely walk through the trees and I settled on a couple of spots to photograph. One where I could do close ups of the water flowing round the rocks but the one chosen for here is from a bit further back. It shows more of the flow of the stream flowing through the rocks with an amzing range of colors.
The question of what fine art photography is has no easy answer. There is no universal meaning to what it means and we all have our own view. To my mind it is something that the photographer creates in their mind. The image should be pre-visualized or visualized when taking the image. Some people will see the image in black and white or sepia or vary the scene in color, it is a personal thing. The image should have some artistic or aesthetic quality to it.
As I have moved more into the world of landscape photography my work has moved more to long exposure photography. The effects that this has on water and clouds really appeals to me and gives me the feeling that I want in my photographs. One person recently commented on my images that they were mysterious and dreamy. Maybe that is a reflection on me and the way I see the world. For all the ugliness in the world I do like to see the beautiful side of it. As people say, I live in my own world most of the time, this is probably correct but its a happier place than the real world.
The image that I have added was taken at Betws Y Coed in Wales. It is taken using my 10 stop neutral density filter to give me a long exposure. The exposure was 30 seconds at f22 with the camera set at 100 ISO. Hopefully it has given that dreamy quality that I like to the image. If you are taking fine art based images then do not be afraid to experiment. Find out what your equipment is capable of, it will allow you more opportunities to be creative. You will be amazed at what some equipment allows you to create. The best advice that I can give is to learn to use your camera in manual and keep an open mind.