Yorkshire Dales Photography – 17 from Deepdale

Where in the Yorkshire Dales is Deepdale?

Deepdale is long valley in The Yorkshire Dales which borders Whernside and drops into Dentdale, in the western Yorkshire Dales.

Why’ve I not heard of it?

It’s dominated by the near by Dentdale, Deepdale is an offshoot which leads steeply into Kingsdale. Deepdale could easily be confused for Dentdale.

What’s it like?

It’s beautiful – when you enter from the Kingsdale pass, you’ve got Whernside towering over you to the right, then a sweeping, rounded valley greeting you – with the Howgills in the distance, showing you how close Cumbria is. The landscape is green fields lined with trees and hedges, not too many barns compared other dales. The initial drop into the valley is very steep, and there are 2 gates and a cattle grid to navigate.

Any highlights?

Despite mainly being a link between Ingleton and Dent, this valley is well worth a look…

  • fantastic view of Whernside
  • Breathtaking views over the valley – especially from the highest point of the pass
  • Wall and tree patterns all over the valley below
  • Views of the Howgills
  • Faces to west so good for sunsets – not sure about sun rises
  • Lovely waterfall and bridge near the lower gate

Here are some Photos

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22 Yorkshire Dales Photos – Ribblesdale

Where in the Yorkshire Dales is Ribblesdale?

It’s one of the major ones, with a west watershed, that starts at Ribblehead then goes via Settle into East Lancashire – ending up at Preston where it enters the Irish Sea. Most people think of Ribblesdale as a limestone heavy location, with the 3 Peaks all around – Ingleborough to the west, Whernside to the north, and Pen Y Gent to the east.

What’s it like?

It’s one of the big ones really – the most scenic part is between the staggering viaduct at Ribblehead and Settle, winding through Horton in Ribblesdale and Stainforth. There are the river and rail lines following each other all the way, waterfalls and crags all over the place. There’s a huge quarry too – not the best bit really. It’s mainly limestone though – so lots of weathered rock to play with, trees growing in improbable places and those 3 peaks to inspire.

As it flattens out you head down through a flat, pastoral landscape – lots of farms and livestock, the river slowly flowing – great for reflections.

Any highlights?

  • Well the Viaduct at Ribblehead is truly amazing – not only its size, but the location – on a desolate hill far away.
  • Waterfalls – one at Stainforth is pretty impressive
  • Huge lime kilns.
  • Patterns of walls through out the valley create some cool patterns if you get your long lens out
  • Trees, livestock, barns… typical dales fayre

Here are some Photos…

…taken on a bright sunny day, alas most of the dale from Stainforth to through horton was closed due to an accident, so most shots are taken from Little Stainforth and Ribblehead – with the middle chunk missing, I hope the people in the accident are ok. They’re in the “stock” style rather than arty images for fine art prints.

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15 Photos of Kingsdale

Where in the Yorkshire Dales is Kingsdale?

It’s that long valley which goes up the west side of Whernside, in the Yorkshire Dales.

Why’ve I not heard of it?

You’ve probably not heard of it, it’s not one of the main dales – it’s probably counted as part of the Ribblesdale region.

What’s it like?

It climbs steeply from Thornton In Lonsdale, with stunning views of Ingleborough to the right. It then levels off to become a flat-bottomed valley with a stream flowing down the middle. It then steeply climbs to the summit, which affords magnificent views of Whernside to the right, then Deepdale appears in front. It’s a very high pass with up to 4 gates to open

Any highlights?

Part way up you can pop down to Thornton Force – the beautiful 45 foot waterfall at mid point of the ingleton waterfalls walk.

The valley itself is stunning

The stream is often dry, but when flowing you can use it as a great foreground.

Views of Ingleborough at sunset – you’ve got lots of limestone pavements for foreground and the setting sun lights the side of inglebrough you’re looking at, turning it orange.

Here are a few things I’d recommend you take on such a trip:-

Here are some Photos

These were taken on a location rekke – running a workshop in the area and was checking for distances and highlights. They’re more like “stock” shots than fine art – for use in promoting the workshop and maybe sales to local business.

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Lightroom Rescue in under 10 minutes…

Grim Day…

Day 1 of the summer series of workshops and we get a winter night…. in may….

It wasn’t raining too much when  we got to the reservoir, so I showed a couple of new people how to expose using a meter.

Here’s the shot I got – 4 seconds, histogram told me that the sky had not burned (I’d metered from the sky, so was expecting that!).

It was also to show the effect of a polariser on the water and long exposures on the water surface.

So you’d usually just throw these things away and return on a better night… but I thought I’d quickly use lightroom, especially the Grad tools, to see what I could drag out of the RAW file.

Shoot RAW – Always!

Were this shot as a JPG file, you’d definitely best binning it – the vast majority of useful data is thrown away “in camera” so all the enhancements below are impossible..

Unedited RAW File


Exposure and contrast tweaks


Correct verticals


Apply grad to make sky moody


Apply a grad to brighten the land


Optional Vignette – Draw eye to centre of shot


Final shot

So there you go – It’s not going to win any prizes but from a throw away shot you can drag a lot of info out of the RAW to get something with a little interest.

PR Shoot – Andy Green


Photographer “Directs” the Director

Andy Green of “Video Advert” spends his days directing and creating promotional videos for businesses around the UK – so the “directorial boot” was certainly on the other foot for our PR shoot. Used to showing people how to present and perform, Andy now was in front of the camera and, like me, obviously was far more at home behind it!

BiY Associates Working Together


A fellow BiY Associate, we met at their HQ, Carwood Park and used the atrium and grounds as our backdrop. Starting off with a white background in a meeting room, then gradually progressing around using a sofa, stairs and the cool brushed steel banisters, we got some great “business” shots.

Take the Studio Outside


Andy’s an “outdoors” kinda guy, so we headed out into the freezing Carrwood gardens (there was still about 4 inches of snow on the grass) and created some dramatic shots with brooding skies along with lots of “nature friendly” backgrounds.

By this stage we were having fun, all the earlier reservations had gone and ideas were flowing – got some great shots in the bright spring sun (which is technically quite challenging to light).

Most of the shots Andy chose were outside – once you are relaxed and enjoying the shoot, the photos become far more engaging and we see the “real you”.


The shots speak for themselves really – a mixture of looks which can be used for every conceivable business purpose, from the reasonably serious “suited” shots, to the cool “sat on the stairs” look, the Outdoors Guy look to the “Chilling on a sofa”.

The lighting we used will make the shots stand out where ever they are used – be that on Linked IN, or in a flyer campaign, an article in a trade magazine or whatever Andy chooses to do with them.

It’s hard to emphasise power great photos of yourself add to your business presence…. until you get great shots of your own… then you’ll “get it”.

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Yorkshire Photo Locations – 5 Great Dales


5 Dales – Perfect Yorkshire Photo Locations

I’d been in Northumberland for a few days and had nothing major planned for the last day, so journey back to Leeds became a 10 hour epic, taking in 5 great Yorkshire Photo Locations, rather than 2 hours down the A1(M).

I’m obsessed with Yorkshire Dales pass roads, the tiny roads which straddle the moors between each of the dales. So when I spotted one linking Teesdale with Arkengarthdale, I struck a path from the A1 at Durham to Barnard Castle in Teesdale.

Weardale… kinda


Technically I only skirted Weardale, the dale the Wear river flows through – and didn’t really get any photos there, unless Raby Castle is in Weardale? That was an unexpected treat actually – it’s a very intact looking building, the kind of look from those Crusader era movies.


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From there I carried on to Teesdale, stopping in Barnard Castle to capture Egglestone Abbey – a small ruin high above the tees. Its free to enter and park, so worth a quick visit if you’re passing on the near by A66. From there you can get a view across to the Bowes Museum, which must have been transplanted from france – looks like a chateau, not a museum!

So to find the new pass – the one linking Barnard Castle to Reeth. Happily, it is sign posted on the A66, so pulled off and set off up the narrow, twisty road – stopping at a ravine with a high bridge in. For a tiny, inconsequential road, it’s a hell of a structure, at least 60, if not 100 feet above the stream below. Very hard to get a clean shot of the bridge from the river banks due to trees… so got a few narrow angle shots. Also, there’s a weir with fish counter about 100 yards upstream.

So off up the hill, the road starts to get steeper till you get to some proper hair-pin bends which get you above the tree line – well to a place where they farm fir trees. They’d been harvested recently, leaving a desolate landscape in their wake.






Once over the pass, you’re gradually lowered into the best-named dale… Arkengarthdale. It’s a steep sided offshoot of Swaledale with a little village at the foot of the pass. Very dramatic stuff to drive through. Turning right you have an 8-mile trip to Tan Hill, the highest pub in the land at over 1700 feet up. The road there is steep at first, then very flat when you hit the top – the most surreal part looking across to the right to see trucks and cars flying past on the distant A66. I stopped for a few shots with the 70-200 when seeing sheep, but other than that, it’s a bit of a photo-op-free few miles.

Then at Tan Hill take the road to keld, this is your trip into Swaledale.

On the way down I found a waterfall from a previous trip and used the 10-stop ND filter to create some smooth water shots – then went walking downstream, via a bog which soaked my leg upto the knee when I sank. Found another waterfall with lovely bowl like surroundings.



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At the foot of the Tan Hill road, turn left towards Keld. There are loads of great views on the way – pull over, shoot, carry on. I popped into Keld to check out some waterfalls I’d heard of. This was lovely – about 1/4 mile out of the village and you’re there – though you’ve a steep path to navigate. It was incredibly bright so was far from ideal, but with a 10-stop filter and polariser, managed to get about 5 shots of each waterfall. Some nice bubble circles too, a bonus of long exposures.

Once into Swaledale proper, you go through Thwaite and Muker on your way west. If you’re into passes, there’s a great one just after Muker which has the steepest ascent of all the passes – with stupidly severe switch backs before it mellows out. Towards the top of this, you are greeted with a beautiful grey cliff to the right of a ravine – one of the grandest scenes in the dale. Then you’re over the top and enter….


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It’s a long drop down into Askrig, and the hills around you change constantly – the one on the left start off looking very stepped before you see it change completely as you get towards the bottom of the valley. The views up Wensleydale are amazing.

At this point hunger was winning, so over to Hawes for fish and chips, which never fail to impress.

Now to probably the highest pass in the dales, going from Hawes to Buckden, via Oughtershaw. it’s a long, desolate run with a steep ascent from the foot in Gayle. Gayle is worth a stop, it’s got 2 lovely waterfalls and a ford going through the top of the village.

As you steeply rise up the side of the hill, Wensleydale disappears and you quickly hit the summit. There’s a broken wall on either side of the road. Pause here, get out and have a look around – you’ll see Ingleborough looming large, and deep in a hollow, Semerwater, Yorkshire’s largest lake looking like a puddle in the distance.

Following this road you go through several distinct stages, moorland, steep descents, long flat bottomed valleys, river edged roads till you steeply descend to Hubberholme in….




By this stage, I was fading photographically, 10AM start and it was now 6PM – so other than the odd pit stop to capture the delightful Kettlewell and a few barns on the way. Wharfdale is an enigma. It is stunningly beautiful, yet elusive to capture. I’ve driven through it, stopped and walked along paths, down to the river, and have yet to find that “wow” shot. You have Kilnsey Crag of course, that’s impressive with it’s ever-dark overhanging cliff. The wharf is shallow and fast running, with pebbles abound, and bridges offering themselves as focal points. I’m sure there will be a place to get the ideal view and will keep going back over and over till I find it.

When you hit Grassington, you can choose to follow the Wharf through Burnsall or head off over to Skipton and Airedale. I went the former, the lower Wharfdale is a different beast to the upper – wide and grassy, Simon’s Seat looking over it, Bolton Abbey and Burnsall both look amazing towards dusk. Stopping again to get a few shots of the valley and its long shadows. There’s a weird viaduct/aqueduct which pops up now and then – I spotted this and Captured the last shots of the trip…


So there you go – a 2ish hour blast down the A1M to Leeds, or a 10 hour epic detour through the hills and dales of Yorkshire… the choice is yours, and if its a half decent day, take the latter – you’ll not regret it!

Yorkshire Photo Locations – Cow and Calf

Bah T’at

Most people go Bah T’at on Ilkley Moor, subject of this Yorkshire Photo Locations post, these days – except the climbers in their helmets. The Cow and Calf is an outcrop of rock on Ilkley Moor, the Cow being a large rock, the calf being an boulder which stands a few feet away from the Cow. I guess that’s the reason for the name!

Photographic potential?

Well the main things are…

  • Wonderful vista over Wharfdale
  • Intricate rock carvings from upto 150 years ago
  • People shots

The rocks are pretty high up so you get a great view to Addinham on the left right down to Almscliffe Cragg on the right. At sunset it can be spectacular, during the day, it’s great for black and white shots

The carvings are great, the older ones seem calligraphic, the more modern less so – but it is a great history of the place. They are mainly on the Cow, though you can see them on neighbouring rocks.

People – these usually break down to shooting climbers ascending the quarry and silhouettes of couples looking over the vista – these look great with dramatic skies. Take your long lens and you should get a few opportunities to get all 3.

Bright Sunny Day

All these shots were taken on a bright bank holiday monday, just to give you a flavour of the place

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Yorkshire Photo Locations – West Burton Force

Wensleydale’s Easy Access Waterfall

Looking for an easy to shoot Yorkshire Photo Location? You can park and look at this waterfall from the car… it’s that easy to see!

A real gem of a waterfall, like another great Yorkshire Photo Location, High Force, it cascades over a large fault in the rock. It creates this lovely surrounding which is an ideal accompaniment to the cascading water.

Look under the bridge

There’s also a very pretty waterfall under the foot bridge, this is rarely accessible unless you’ve got wellies on – though when the water levels are low, you can clamber below the bridge and grab a few shots.

Super Slow Shutter

These shots were taken on a daytime meet with friends, so to get a longer shutter I used a ND3.0 filter and polariser, taking the exposure times up to 30 seconds – just gives the whole scene a slightly surreal feel.

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Yorkshire Dales Photo Locations – Swaledale

The Best of the Lot?

Well A.Wainwright of Lakeland fame thought Swaldale to be the best, and I’m inclined to agree. It’s a narrow, steep sided valley with over 1000 barns, the lovely Ure flowing in the valley bottom and many amazing vista points if you get off the main road and venture higher.

The shots in this blog were all taken on 5th May 2013 and show you Swaledale taken with a 70-200 mm lens, far different to the more usual ultra-wide lenses.

Long Lens for Sunny Days

With the longer lens, you can pick out patterns in the walls, patches of light as they pass and generally pull out detail in the landscape.

Wider lenses work better at sunset, when you’re taking in colourful skies as well as the lovely landscapes. But on this particular day, we were shooting in the mid to late afternoon.

The landscape also lends itself to black and white images, where the walls and trees darkly contrast to the brighter fields – by upping the Yellow and Green sliders in your mono converter.

Anyway – here are a few shots to give you an idea of the location – lots of walls and barns….

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