In my last post I was enthusing about the delights of twilight photography, which is all very well when you’ve got some nice light to work with, but what if it’s a bleak overcast winter’s day with no chance of some nice evening light in the sky? Another of the key ideas we talk about on our workshops is matching the prevailing light to the correct subject matter, and in these conditions the best bet is probably to find a nice waterfall to work with. So, faced with a flat white sky on a recent shoot I headed off to Settle on the south-western edge of the Yorkshire Dales and the nearby Scaleber Force waterfall.
I’d not been to Scaleber Force (or Scaleber Foss as some of the footpath signs now seem to call it) for some time, so I was looking forward to a return visit. A number of smaller cascades run along the beck below the main falls and I headed down there first, looking back along the stream to the mighty cascade.
After spending a bit of time at the lower level, I made my way upstream to the large splash pool below the main falls, experimenting with wider views and cropping the subject a bit more closely.
Although it was the middle of winter, I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of colour in the subject. Up at the top pool in the beck, bright green mosses on rocks made a great lead-in to the main falls. And the leaf litter added a touch of colour below the trees. The diffused light proved perfect for the waterfall and the surrounding mosses and rocks, which would have been too difficult to expose correctly in strong sunlight.
Finally, I used a longer lens to get in really close for a few details of the main falls and the lower cascades, rounding off the visit nicely, before the stroll back to Settle, happy that I’d made the most of the subject and lighting conditions.
If you’d like to join us for some waterfall photography, we have three visits to Aysgarth Falls and West Burton in 2014 to choose from!