Waiting for the Light to Break Through the Clouds at Gordale Scar
Waiting for the Light to Break Through the Clouds at Gordale Scar

The weather is a typical british discussion, and we like to talk about it at great length! Its not been the best summer Yorkshire has seen for consistent sunshine or even dry spells, but for photography, the changing light and often dramatic cloud cover has made our workshops really interesting.

Our trip this month to Malham was one of these interesting days. The group met at the always welcoming Lister Arms for teas and coffees and a discussion and slideshow of the five elements which make a great landscape photograph. A dry but dramatic sky awaited us outside as we made our way up to Janets Foss. The woodland is still looking fresh and although the previous week had been rather wet, the waterfall was a nice level to capture some moving water shots.

Rain doesn't stop photography play at Gordale Scar
Rain doesn’t stop photography play at Gordale Scar

Light rain began to fall as we made our way towards Gordale Scar and gradually got heavier as we arrived at the impressive cove. We made the decision to have a spot of lunch under the overhanging rocks in the hope for the rain to subside soon. The dry skies eventually came and gave us the welcome break and diffused light for great conditions to capture the many waterfalls in the Scar.

Photographing Moving Water Details under Overcast Skies at Gordale Scar
Photographing Moving Water Details under Overcast Skies at Gordale Scar

From inside the cove we headed out and stopped for the impressive view back towards the scar. The changing light and occasional splashes of sunshine made for some impressive shots and really showed how patience is a great lesson in photography.

Awaiting the changing light at Gordale Scar
Awaiting the changing light at Gordale Scar

From the bottom we climbed up the hill to the panoramic view over Malhamdale and into Gordale Scar. In every direction there was a new subject and a keen eye for the changing light and quick reactions made for some superb images.

Photographing Malhamdale towards Pendle Hill
Photographing Malhamdale towards Pendle Hill

Onwards to the lone tree, the gloomy clouds passed over once more, but after a short wait the clouds broke slightly to give the sky shape which will make for some great black and white images.

At the lone tree and limestone pavement
At the lone tree and limestone pavement

On route to Malham cove, the clouds were really starting to break and the view from the top of the cove was perfect. The side lit cove and dramatic sky was ideal, and the view from below the cove was equally superb. What a great workshop and the british summer made it all the more interesting!!

Superb light and views at the top of Malham Cove
Superb light and views at the top of Malham Cove
Evening light at Malham Cove
Evening light at Malham Cove

The group met on the Sunday where we got the images on the big screen and went through the processing techniques using Photoshop and Lightroom. The results were great and just shows how a “bad” weather day is sometimes the “best” day for photography

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