Earlier in the week I popped up the Motorway (a couple of hours) to the Yorkshire Dales. As the weather was nice we decided to do the Waterfalls Walk at Ingleton. We like the walk and often extend it by walking further up Whernside to explore the scar.
Although I took plenty of shots from beyond the waterfalls walk, I wanted to share an image of one of the falls. I think it’s called Hollybush Spout and is quite difficult to capture because of the trees, which when covered with leaves send the contrast range of the scene sky high. Also, most of this part of the trail is on narrow path where you can’t stop for long. I certainly couldn’t set up a tripod on this occasion because of the number of people around.
What I like about this particular image is the rock face. The winter sun was quite low throughout the day and it’s had a nice warming effect on both the rock and the tree branches.
This image was captured handheld using the Fuji X-T2 and Fuji 18-135mm lens. This lens is fast becoming a firm favourite of mine. Providing you can hold it rock steady it will produce excellent image quality. No, it’s not on a par with the Fuji 50-140 f/2.8 but it’s much smaller. It’s a great walkabout or travel lens.
Hope you have a great weekend and enjoy some photography.
I love this waterfall. It’s called Scalber Force and is just outside of Settle in the Yorkshire Dales. I actually shot this image back in April and in colour it doesn’t look good. But converted to Blakc and White it seems to work ok.
It seems though as if I were there just yesterday. I can’t believe that Summer has been and gone. I think I need to get out more.
I love Friday’s. It’s the one time in the week when I feel that I can justify working on any image that I like in order to share it with people. I don’t need to care if it’s what people want, all that matters is that I like it. That’s an incredibly liberating feeling as a photographer.
Despite this sentiment, I still hope that you like the image. Have a great weekend everyone.
It’s another waterfall image this week I’m afraid. This is one of the falls at Keld in the Yorkshire Dales. The weather wasn’t too kind but it doesn’t usually matter when shooting waterfalls or forests. In fact I like the wet weather for this type of scene as it makes the foliage glow with colour. Much better than the contrasty scene a bright sunny day would create.
I’m afraid I’m late again and having to post this week’s Friday image on a Saturday. I had intended to get everything read for yesterday but by the time I got home it was just too late. Hopefully this image is one that you like and which will make up for the delay.
The image was captured at Malham in the Yorkshire Dales (England) a few weeks back. The waterfall (which looks a little tropical) is called Janet’s Foss and is on the path up to Gordall Scar. I also thought it would be nice to show the starting image below prior to making any adjustments. I think this demonstrates how important post capture editing is to bring out the best in your photography.
Not a long post today but I thought I would share one of the images I have been working on. This is Thornton’s Force in the Yorkshire Dales (UK). A friend and I had visited the Lake District to shoot Landscapes but the rain had come in so we reconsidered our plans. We checked our mobiles and only an hours’ drive away the weather looked much better (don’t you love technology). When we arrived, it was still overcast but at least it wasn’t raining heavily.
For those of you who know the area, this is quite an impressive falls. It is heavily photographed but most images that you see tend to look at the falls directly from the front. Despite this, the point I shot this image from is equally accessible but for some reason few people seem to use it. I’m sure there are lots of images out there already but I quite like this and wanted to share it.
If you have been following my Lightweight Photography blog you might remember a post I made discussing the Achilles Heal of the GX1. At the time I had been out with my 5D and GX1 shooting waterfalls. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to achieve a slow enough speed with the GX1 to create the images I wanted so I ended up shooting most of my work on the 5D that day.
Since this trip I have purchased a Neutral Density filter from Hoya. The filter is of the screw in type as this limits the chance of light leaking in around a filter holder. It’s also quite convenient as my 3 main lenses (9-18mm, 14-45 and 45-200) are all 52mm diameter so I can attach the filter to any of these.
If you look back to the original post you will see there were a few questions asking about the strength of the filter I am using. I thought therefore I would give some additional information in this post.
The first thing I would like to say is that the filter strength is not the important factor here but the shutter speed is. When I shoot waterfalls I usually like to see the blurring of water to emphasise the movement but I still like some detail in the water. Generally speaking I don’t want to turn the water into a mist so keep my shutter speeds in the region of 0.5 to 3 seconds (as a general rule of thumb). The exact speed is based on factors such as my distance from the falls and the volume of water flowing over the fall. Whilst I can often judge this from experience it’s often a good idea to take a few test shots and adjust the speed if necessary.
The strength of the filter I have chosen is 4 stop (16x). In shaded conditions such as where you tend to find waterfalls, this puts me in the right ball park when shooting at between f/7.1 and f/14. I usually shoot at f/5.6 to f/8 as this is where my lenses are at their best so perhaps I could have opted for a 5 stop filter. I can however attach a square filter holder to the end of my lens and insert one of my ND Graduated filters pulled down so that the dark area of the filter covers the entire image area. This can give me an additional 1, 2 or 3 stops of light reduction which is better than having too strong a filter to start with.
I hope this helps a few of you wanting to achieve longer shutter speeds.