January’s Malham Workshop 2017
We always run a landscape workshop at Malham in January fo those who’ve got a new camera for Xmas and want to learn how to take great countryside shots in the best area of the dales.
It’s also pretty close to Leeds and Bradford, so not far to travel.
This year we had pretty grim weather, not raining all the time, but a lot of grey skies and the occasional shower.
A Slight Deviation
So when it’s grey and wet, you need a Plan B destination, for this one it was the stunning Scalebar Force, about 8 miles from Malham in the Settle direction.
Here I firstly taught the group about manual exposure – how using spot metering and a hand, can get the right exposure for most scenes! They’d never seen the technique before, so that was great.
Then we descended to the waterfall and got the shots you see here. These were my demo shots – just to show them a few ideas. I’ve got about 1000 shots of this waterfall…. so just packed the camera away and helped each delegate individually.
They’re all taken on the 5D Mark 4 with a 16-35F4 L and polariser
Here is a detail shot of the far side of the waterfall – used a longer lens to get this.
Road to Malham
After Scalebar, we headed over the Kirkby Malham road, stopping to get a few shots of the highland cattle by the road.
Just before Malham itself we stopped by the roadside to go over the metering methods again, and show them a few composition ideas. Here we have lead lines from the bottom left walls – they lead the eye to the cliff which is off centre (kinda the rule of thirds. This was taken with the 70-200mm lens.
Next we headed down to Gordale Scar – a few hadn’t seen this before, so it definitely got a WOW as we entered!
Above the main waterfall is this hole – always looks great with the stream pouring thorugh
On the way back to the cars, we got a few shots of the greens in the stream – you can see just how grey it was, note that this has been processed a LOT to get that sky detail… and has suffered a lot with halos on the sky line.
Next down to the lovely Janet’s Foss – this is around 15 feet tall and very pretty.
At the end, we were going to the famous tree on Malham Rakes, but the weather up there was horrendous – I did ask the group if they wanted to do it – but it was a resounding “no chance”. For once, I think it wasn’t worth it – the weather would have soaked the cameras and all the photos would have water spots on them.
Last Blast of Light
On the way back down from the Rakes, we got 10 minutes of warm light – really diffused through all the clouds and distant rain. We pulled over and got a few shots – all with Long Lenses.