Photographing Malhamdale from above Gordale Scar
Photographing Malhamdale from above Gordale Scar

 

Our last photography workshop to Malham and Gordale Scar of the 2014 season didn’t disappoint! Malhamdale rarely does. Each workshop has been totally different due to the changing seasons and weather that has given us some great light for our different stops.

The morning was crisp and clear, not a cloud in the sky as we met at the Lister Arms for refreshments and our morning session of talking about exposure and the elements which make a great landscape photograph.

Upon leaving the Lister arms, it was a completely different day as the clouds came over, which was perfect for our first stop at Janets Foss. The woodland was still looking lush and we were able to go through a few settings and capture the moving water of Gordale Beck using slower shutter speeds.

Checking the histogram at Janets Foss
Checking the histogram at Janets Foss

We left the cover of the woodland and made our way up to Gordale Scar, where little bits of sun were trying to come through, but not so much, therefore we continued to the waterfall. The light was great, but the wind began to pick up (thank goodness for tripods). There was a nice amount of water coming down which provided us with plenty of details to find and photograph.

The rain began to fall, so we took shelter under the huge stone side of  Gordale for a spot of lunch. The rain pretty much stooped by the time we began our climb up to the tops for the view over Malhamdale. The clouds thinned out which cast some fantastic light over the hills into the distance. This is a fantastic stop, which has looked different ever time we visit.

Lone Tripod Over Malhamdale
Lone Tripod Over Malhamdale
Photographing Cloud Formations Over Gordale Scar
Photographing Cloud Formations Over Gordale Scar

From the top of Gordale Scar is a short walk across to the Lone Tree on limestone pavement, where we made a stop which we hadn’t done before as the light was great looking over to the tree with the long grass and stone wall.

Waiting for the Light on the Lone Tree with Grasses
Waiting for the Light on the Lone Tree with Grasses

Back at the lone tree, it was bit windy so we put the ISO speeds up to 400 to try and get some quicker shutter speeds and lowered the tripods to get a sturdy base as possible and avoid too much camera shake.

Capturing the lone tree and limestone pavement
Capturing the lone tree and limestone pavement

From the lone tree we made our way to the top of Malham Cove. The clouds had gathered again which gave us the chance to set up and be patient waiting for the light to break through and light up the foreground. Its a good time to enjoy what is one of the most stunning views in North Yorkshire, and also watch as people make their way over the perilous limestone pavement.

When the light broke through the clouds, it looked fantastic and made for a great shot.

Waiting for Light to Catch the Cove
Waiting for Light to Catch the Cove

From the top of the cove to the base and the last stop of the day. Out of the wind of the tops, the evening light was lovely and subtle over the cove. Its a great stop with the beck coming from the cove and acting as a great lead in line, we even had a chap sat on a rock with his dog, which gave great perspective to the size of the cove.

Evening light at Malham Cove
Evening light at Malham Cove

What a great day, with mixed weather, which gave us some lovely light when it was needed. Its been a fantastic year of workshops at Malham which never disappoints! We have started to add dates for our 2015 season, so if you would like to join us, take a look here Malham Workshops 2015