lined up on the limestone pavement
lined up on the limestone pavement

As ever the weather was up to its unpredictable behavior as it has been all summer as we watched with bated breath in the run up to last weekends workshop at Ribblehead. It turned out that we were lucky (and relieved) to see that Saturday was to be the only clear day in-between rain. This forecast was true to form, and the sun was out in force, if not (and dare I say it) a little too much.

We met with the group at the very excellent Station Inn pub, home to the ‘Loo with a view’ overlooking the Ribblehead viaduct with a warm welcome from the landlord. Over coffee and teas we had the pleasure to welcome back three past workshoppers who had been on a tour with us before, plus new friends ready for the day.

To begin the day, we had a quick look at the viaduct in the morning sun, which was nice but gave us the opportunity to describe the importance of time of day, as we could predict where the sun would be late afternoon and towards sunset. This taken on board we set off for Twisleton Scar end, which is down towards Ingleton. Before climbing up to the scar we took a look down at Thornton Force. This is a very impressive waterfall surrounded by rocks and trees, sadly because the weather was so bright, this made it a difficult subject to photograph, particularly as the waterfall itself was in shade and the surrounding rocks were in sun, so exposure was a tricky choice. This made for good practice, because you had to think about the subject more and perhaps pick smaller areas to photograph, rather than the whole subject.

After lunch we had a look at the smaller waterfalls above Thornton Force, where the gentle curve of the river makes for an equally nice subject, before beginning the accent to the Scar.

Above Thornton Force
Mark and Rob sharing a joke above Thornton Force

Once on the top our first stop was at the limestone pavement, which looks towards the imposing peak of Inglebourgh. This is such a beautiful location, which is well worth repeat visits for any photographer. The straight lead in lines of the foreground take the viewer off into the distance where one of the three peaks stands proudly.

Limestone pavement and Inglebourgh
Limestone pavement and Inglebourgh

Again the sun shone brightly, but there were just a few clouds in the sky to offer depth to the composition. From here we moved onto the Standing Stone (also referred to by a few of the group as the ‘dinosaur egg’). This is a great place to practice techniques and see how different lenses affect perspective – making the stone either look small against the backdrop of either Inglebourgh or Whernside or huge taking up most of the frame above the horizon.

Standing Stone looking towards Whernside
Standing Stone looking towards Whernside
Spot the photographer
Spot the photographer

Keeping a sharp eye on the time and how the sun was dropping we moved onto another limestone pavement which has a lone tree standing in the middle. Quite a typical shot, but one worth capturing for the portfolio. Once we had finished on Twisleton Scar we made our way back to Ribblehead Viaduct for what we hoped would be a nice sunset. The location we chose was a little way from the road on some limestone pavement which led the eye towards the viaduct with Whernside on the right and in the distance Inglebourgh.

The sun set at 7:06pm and we were all set up to observe how the sky would change. The best view turned out to be over Whernside where the clouds broke a little and shot out fingers of light over the peak. But also looking over to Inglebourgh, the subtle light broke through to give an orangey glow. About 20 mins after the sun had gone, with cold hands we made our way back to the comfort of the pub for a well earned swift half of Wainwright before the journey home.

Throughout the day the group were able to battle through the bright sunshine to produce some lovely images, which we very much look forward to seeing on the big screen.

Sunset at Ribblehead
Sunset at Ribblehead