After what was one of the hottest weeks Yorkshire has seen for quite some time, Saturday arrived and the forecast was quite the opposite!! The morning was looking absolutely fine, it was the afternoon that predicted some thundery downpours.
We met the group in the morning at the ever welcoming Lister Arms to go over some fundamentals of exposure and a guide to what makes a great landscape photograph. Although the sun was shining and the village was celebrating its annual Safari, where large model animals are dotted around the buildings and gardens, we departed armed with waterproofs and umbrellas!
Across the fields we arrived to the woods at Janets Foss, and as our workshop at this time of year is directed at, the Wild Garlic was looking great! Our first stop is at the waterfall itself and although it was in open shade the sun had come out full beam, and lit up the woodland floor which made for some tricky lighting situations.
Leaving the woodland we make our way up to Gordale Scar, and almost on cue the darker clouds do begin to bubble up and the wind picks up too. However, still dry, we start to look for interesting subjects around the falls and large looming rock faces. Due to the dry weeks leading up to the workshop, the water levels were quite low, but there were plenty of subjects to seek out.
The light was certainly starting to change now, so leaving the inside of the scar we made our way out to have a brief lunch stop before the rain was due to arrive. Dark clouds gathered above and the umbrellas came out! This did make the light quite flat but the clouds in the distance looked really quite amazing.
A break from the first downpour we decide to make a run for the tops and climb up above the scar. Arriving at the top and wow, the rain came down, the heaviest we have ever seen on a workshop. Making for an outcrop of rocks and crouching under the umbrellas like a shield wall, we ride out the storm and thunder for around 20 minuets before it stopped, and the light after was breathtaking!!! 360 views across the stunning Yorkshire Dales was utterly amazing, and from a photography perspective, you had to think fast to watch as the light broke around different places every moment.
Watching the clouds billow up again in the distance it was about time we crossed over to the lone tree on limestone pavement. Again with the odd shower we captured the tree with some interesting cloud formations behind. Although the light was fairly flat on the tree itself, it had the potential for some lovely black and white images.
Approaching the end of the day we finish off at Malham Cove, starting at the top to capture the famous landmark plus smaller details of the limestone pavement. The light was getting particularly dark again, so we made our way to the bottom of the cove to photograph both the cove and some moving water before heading back to Malham.
What an amazing day, and although we saw some of the heaviest rain, we also saw some of the most fantastic light!! Just goes to show that a bad weather day will often produce some of the most amazing images. We certainly saw this on the Sunday when we ran the post processing session in Harrogate!
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