It’s a long way north – the last one in Yorkshire too – famous for it’s steep, narrow valley and 1000+ barns. Towards to the top of the valley is pretty steep, so full of waterfalls – and we’ll show you several of these, along with some great views over the barns.
What we’ll see
(Note that this is a suggested route – it may vary on the day with weather, experience of the delegates and what people want to do)
Swaledale is the most northerly of the Yorkshire Dales, the one that Alfred Wainwright of Lake District walking books Fame described as the finest of all the Dales and has a beautiful selection of waterfalls for the first part of the day around the Keld area.
We start at the furthest point from Leeds, Wainwath Waterfall, it is very accessible and has on Road parking just next to it. The waterfall itself is lovely and it’s a great place for us to show you some techniques for photographing moving water.
Just nearby there are another two, larger waterfalls which we walk to. These offer different challenges and composition opportunities.
Next we headed down to the village of keld where we park and have a spot of packed lunch before walking down to a few more waterfalls. The area is generally known as Kisdon Waterfalls. We have a few classic waterfall shapes here, also the river carves its way through some rocks and steps. It is fantastic for both wide angle shots of the whole area but also for creative close-up images with your long lenses.
We then drive back towards buttertubs pass, pausing on the way to capture a few images of Barns near to keld. We go over the stunning pass, enjoying views down the Valley from a high viewpoint. You will be amazed how many barns there are.
On the other side of the Valley we’ll see the distant mountain called Ingleborough which makes a lovely photograph backdrop.
Depending on the weather and time, we will head towards either Semerwater or Cotter Force to end the day.
Semerwater is a big Lake and is great for sunset photographs when the weather looks like we’ll get some nice colours.
Cotter Force is a Lovely Waterfall which we can shoot if the weather isn’t so great as it doesn’t really need a good sunset for us to make photos of it.
The beauty of a waterfalls workshop is we can make great photographs, even if the weather is poor. In fact a dull, overcast day means we can get longer shutter speeds and blurry water photos more easily.
There is not a lot of walking, although the path down to kisdon force is fairly steep. There is no rush. You can rest as often as you like on the way back up it!
What you’ll learn…
All abilities welcome on this day out
Skills we’ll help with are:-
- shooting landscapes
- use of filters – ND grads, 10 stop filters and Polarisers
- manual exposure – metering etc
- 1-2-1 time with each delegate