109 Photos - Sep 26, 2011
Photo: Beech Trunks

Taken on the same day as Swirling Leaves these beautiful beech trees by the path in Strid Wood provided a natural composition against the fast flowing water of the River Wharfe.

Canon EOS 5D, 24-105mm at 50mm, ISO 100, 2s at f22Photo: Cottonwood, Davis Gulch

Continuing the autumnal theme, here's an old film image taken on a workshop trip on a houseboat on Lake Powell with fellow landscape photographer Nigel Turner. One of my favourite autumn images, I loved the striking shape of this cottonwood, photographed on my first visit to Davis Gulch. I returned a few years later hoping to re-capture this image on large-format, but sadly the broken trunk had by then completely collapsed into the stream bed below.

Pentax 67, 150mm, Fuji Velvia 50, 1/2s at f16Photo: Cow Canyon

Another from the film archive, this amazing formation at Cow Canyon was captured on the same workshop trip as 'Cottonwood, Davis Gulch'. The houseboat was moored in the bay nearby and we took the small boat into the canyon and hiked up to this viewpoint. Taken in the late morning, harsh sunlight was falling on a sandstone cliff behind the viewpoint, bathing the whole scene in soft pink reflected light and adding a glow to the tamarisk bushes in the foreground.

Pentax 67, 105mm, Fuji Velvia 50, 1/2s at f16Photo: Waterfall, How Stean Gorge

This almost abstract composition caught my eye during a stroll through How Stean Gorge in Nidderdale, Yorkshire.

Canon EOS 5D, 25-105mm at 105mm, ISO 100, 6s at f22Photo: Walden Beck

During an autumn shoot at West Burton Waterfall in Wensleydale, I noticed the zig-zag shape of this tiny waterfall at my feet when I was photographing the main falls, and it made a great subject in itself.

Canon EOS 5D, 24-105mm at 50mm, ISO 100, 3.2s at f22Photo: Waterfall and Fallen Tree

I loved the natural composition of the fallen tree with this beautiful little waterfall in Scaleber Beck just below Scaleber Force near Settle in the Yorkshire Dales.

Canon EOS 5D, 24-105mm, ISO 100, 0.7s at f22Photo: 'Ivy Scar in Spring' from the 'Dales Light' series of limited edition printsPhoto: #MyTownTuesday

Knaresborough

I just saw the +Eric Leslie My Town Tuesday theme so I thought I'd post my early autumn shot of the railway viaduct over the River Nidd here in Knaresborough - it's a classic Yorkshire view! And just a minute's walk from my house.

This was actually the first image I made with a newly acquired Canon 5D back in 2005. I photographed also the viaduct with a sheet of Velvia 5x4 Quickload using my Deardorff 45 Special at the time. I was really impressed with the 5D then and that was the last time I used the large format camera...

Canon EOS 5D, 24-105mm, ISO 100, 1/6s at f16.Photo: #TreeTuesday

The Backlit Maple

When I lived in Bath I used to visit Westonbirt Arboretum every October for the lovely autumnal colours. The Backlit Maple is generally set as a photographic challenge every year, and it's quite tricky to get a good shot as it's rather dark under the canopy of leaves and the clearing behind the tree gives strong backlighting, so on a bright sunny day the light is far too harsh and contrasty. This shot was taken in soft diffused light, with a touch of mist hanging in the treetops which gave the perfect light for the subject.

If you're in south-west England it's well worth a visit this autumn! Weekdays are best for photography as it gets very busy at weekends.

Deardorff 45 Special, Schneider Symmar-S 210mm, Fuji Velvia 50, 1s at f22Photo: Pine Forest in Autumn

Here's a brand new image taken last week whilst on a recce through Strid Wood near Bolton Abbey in Wharfedale for the upcoming autumn workshops I'm doing with +sam oakes. There are tinges of autumn colour around but it's still predominantly green, so things are looking good for the end of October. As we were walking back through the woods the tall trunks in this pine plantation over the wall caught my eye so I made some abstract images using camera movement. I love the way this simplifies the landscape, concentrating the eye on colour and shape.

Canon EOS 5D, 24-105mm, ISO 200, 1/4s at f13Photo: #ThirstyThursdayPics

Padre Bay and Gunsight Butte, Lake Powell

I did a number of workshop trips run by Nigel Turner (well worth a look at http://www.nigelturnerphotography.com) from the mid 90s to early 2000s and returned a few more times to explore some of the locations in more depth. This was one such occasion when I visited with another UK photographer David Smith and we met up with Nigel and a 4WD vehicle, and explored Romana Mesa and this stunning viewpoint over Lake Powell.

Deardorff 45 Special, Schneider Super Angulon 90mm, Fuji Velvia 50, 1/8s at f45Photo: #FallFriday

Ristikallio

One summer when I was working in Helsinki I flew up to Kuusamo to explore Oulanka National Park for the weekend. I had read in the Lonely Planet guide that there was a beautiful river gorge at Ristikallio and it was worth hiking along part of the Karhunkierros trail to see it, though I'd not found any photographs of it in advance so didn't know what to expect. I hiked out without the huge Deardorff I was using at the time, expecting to return in the autumn if it was worth it. It was heavy going over swamps and a tight twisty trail with lots of exposed tree roots and, being the height of summer, I was half bitten to death by mosquitoes by the time I got there. By the time I walked up to this viewpoint I was also half hoping it would be awful so I didn't have to come back! But it was magnificent, so I knew at once I'd have to make the autumn trip. It was worth it, and of course there were no mosquitoes by then...

Deardorff 45 Special, Schneider Super Angulon 90mm, Fuji Velvia 50, 1s at f32Photo: Ripples on the River Wharfe

I prefer to shoot autumn leaves in diffused light to make the most of the colours, so when the sun came out on a visit to Strid Wood one year I was on the lookout for alternative subjects. This abstract of ripples in the river was just the thing, with a hint of colour from sunlight on the leaves reflected in the water.

This version was shot at a fast shutter speed to create this effect...

Canon EOS 5D, 24-105mm at 105mm, 1/1000s at f4Photo: Ripples on the River Wharfe II

Just as a comparison, here's a slow shutter speed version of the Ripples on the River Wharfe' image posted earlier. A totally different effect, and I'm not sure which one I prefer!

Canon EOS 5D, 24-105mm at 105mm, 0.4s at f16Photo: #SunsetSaturday

Whitby Sunset

My inspiration for my Seascapes series of images has been contemporary seascape painting rather than photography. I love the simplicity of images which are just made up of layers of blue - sea and sky punctuated by clouds and waves and the light interacting with these elements. Working digitally and experimenting with camera movement along with the movement of the waves I have tried to create similar images of the sea photographically. The camera settings became less important than usual in this process, with the speed and shape of the camera movement having more impact on the final image, like the brush strokes of the paintings that I admire.

Canon EOS 5D, 70-200mm, ISO 50, 3.2s at f32Photo: #MountainMonday

San Valentin

The pink sky above San Valentin, signalling the approaching dawn, reflects in the still water of Lago General Carrera.

I took this image in 2004 on a wonderful workshop trip through 'Unknown Patagonia' with landscape photographer Linde Waidhofer (http://www.westerneye.com). It was just a short walk from the lodge to this viewpoint for a spectacular sunrise - fantastic landscape, and no-one around save for a few photographers...

Deardorff 45 Special, Nikkor 300mm, Fuji Velvia 50, 4s at f22Photo: #MountainMonday

San Valentin, Sunrise

The scene changes dramatically as the first light of dawn strikes the peaks alongside Lago General Carrera. Taken moments after the previous post!

Deardorff 45 Special, Nikkor 300mm, Fuji Velvia 50, 1s at f32Photo: #TreeTuesday

Silver Birch, Brimham Rocks

This windswept little tree appeared to be clinging very carefully to the rocks, photographed here on a sunny afternoon as late autumn led into early winter. It's a well-known and well photographed tree locally, so it was nice to have the dappled cloud in the sky above the rocks to add something a little more transient to the image.

Can EOS 5D, 24-105mm at 105mm, ISO 50, 1/20s at f18Photo: Early Morning light in Upper Nidderdale

Just processing some shots from a sunrise shoot at Scar House right up at the top end of Nidderdale last week. The sunrise itself was poor (very cloudy) but about half an hour after sunrise the sun started to break through giving some lovely early morning light across the fields.

Canon EOS 5D, 70-200mm at 200mm, ISO 100, 1/10s at f22Photo: Silk In The Wind

Here's another old one that I shot on a Nigel Turner workshop quite a few years ago now. I'd not been down a slot canyon before, so it was quite an experience and quite demanding photographically, with a wealth of abstract compositions available in any direction.

Here, peering up from the floor of the slot canyon towards the summer sunshine above produced this abstract swirling image. When I returned from my trip I showed it to a friend who said that it looked like silk blowing in the wind, so I chose that as the title...

Pentax 67, 55mm, Fuji Vevia 50, 8s at f22Photo: Rock Detail at Doo Craigs

Back to processing images from my recent trip to Fife this morning. I don't seem to have posted enough landscape recently, so here's a little rock detail from Doo Craigs in St Andrews taken at dusk on the first evening of my trip...

Canon EOS 5D, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM at 58mm, ISO 100, 3.2s at f16Photo: #WaterfallWednesday

Aysgarth Impression

I posted 'Aysgarth Impression II' a while back so I thought I'd better post the original version for #WaterfallWednesday (curated by +Eric Leslie), taken at the Upper Falls after heavy rains...

Canon EOS 5D, EF70-200mm f/4L USM at 122mm, ISO 50, 1/4s at f22Photo: #FourSeasonsFriday

Millington Wood

Here's a shot taken almost exactly a year ago at Millington Wood, not far from Market Weighton in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. I think it's very evocative of early spring so I thought I'd post it for #FourSeasonsFriday curated by +Karin Nelson and +Stephonie Ogden.

Canon EOS 5D, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM at 84mm, ISO 100, 1/6s at f14Photo: High Force Impression

I had a trip up to Middleton-in-Teesdale and High Force this week - my first visit. Goodness knows why I've never been before; it's a great location for landscape photography. This is looking down at the top of High Force from the Pennine Way which passes along the top of the cliff along the River Tees.

Canon EOS 5D, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM at 105mm, ISO 50, 1/5s at f22Photo: Low Force Impression

Here's another one from my recent trip to Teesdale, this time of Low Force waterfall, for #WaterfallWednesday curated by +Eric Leslie 

Canon EOS 5D, EF70-200mm f/4L USM at 120mm, ISO 50, 1/2s at f32Photo: Dry Stone Walls and Meadows near Burnsall

I had a good day out shooting in and around the Yorkshire Dales earlier this week, mainly concentrating on towns and villages (Skipton, Grassington and Burnsall) but I managed to stop for a few landscapes in between. The meadows are looking very lush and these caught my eye backlit by the afternoon sun near Burnsall.

Canon EOS 5D, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM at 105mm, ISO 200, 1/80s at f16Photo: #WaterfallWednesday

High Force, Upper Teesdale

Here's a more conventional view of High Force waterfall from my recent Upper Teesdale trip, for #WaterfallWednesday curated by +Eric Leslie

Canon EOS 5D, EF70-200mm f/4L USM at 200mm, ISO 100, 1/10s at f22Photo: #WaterfallWednesday 

Aysgarth Impression III

Here's a third impression from the falls at Aysgarth in Wensleydale - a return to the Upper Falls produced a much more abstract image.  Posted for #WaterfallWednesday  curated by +Eric Leslie and part of a new gallery of Waterfall Impressions images on my website: http://www.marksunderland.com/portfolio/gallery_view.php?cat_id=waterfallimpressions

Canon EOS 5D, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM at 105mm, ISO 100, 1/5s at f18Photo: #FourSeasonsFriday

Summer in Wharfedale

I've not been able to get up into the Dales this month to photograph any summer meadows due to the incessant rain, so I thought I'd better post one that I prepared earlier for #FourSeasonsFriday curated by +Karin Nelson and +Stephonie Ogden.

This was taken a few years back, and my original write-up was:
"I had been for a walk in Upper Wharfedale the previous day and seen meadows full of buttercups on the slopes of Upper Wharfedale near Kettlewell, so I just had to return the following evening to catch them backlit by the setting sun."

Canon EOS 5D, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM at 65mm, ISO 200, 1/40s at f22Photo: #SeaTuesday

Summer Sunset IV

Here's an abstract seascape taken a while back over on the Yorkshire Coast at Whitby.  As the weather has been a bit poor recently I thought it would be good to share something a bit more summery!  This was taken from the West Pier just after the sun had sunk below the horizon at the end of a fabulous warm summer evening.  Posted for #SeaTuesday curated by +Julia Anna Gospodarou.

Canon EOS 5D, EF70-200mm f/4L USM at 200mm, ISO 50, 1s at f16Photo: #WaterfallWednesday

Water and Moss III

Here's a rather abstract view of West Burton Waterfall in the Yorkshire Dales for #WaterfallWednesday curated by +Eric Leslie.  I made this image a few years back after seeing another photographer talk about using a vertical camera movement in tune with the fall of the water to create a more abstract effect.  So, I thought why stop there? What happens if you move the camera perpendicular to the flow of the water? The result is something like this - a blurring of moss and rock with a criss-cross water pattern...

Canon EOS 5D, EF70-200mm f/4L USM at 200mm, ISO 100, 1s at f32Photo: #FilmFriday

Spruce Tree House Ruin

Here's an archive image for #FilmFriday, curated by +Richard Call, taken on a trip to Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado a few years back with my Deardorff large format camera.  I was there with a group with US based British landscape photographer Nigel Turner and we'd set up a few tripods to capture the cool light under the canyon rim at Spruce Tree House Ruin.  There was a self guiding trail through these ruins and there was a large plaque standing on the ledge to the left of the image bearing the number in the guide, which spoilt the effect a bit, so we asked the ranger if it could be moved for a few moments while we took our shots!  She kindly obliged so we all got transparencies without the offending number.  Not something we'd bother with these days of course, with digital images and Photoshop...

Deardorff 45 Special, Schneider Super-Angulon 90mm at f45
Pentax Spotmeter, Fuji Velvia Quickload at ISO 50Photo: #WaterfallWednesday 

Lower Aysgarth Falls

Here's a shot of the Lower Falls at Aysgarth for #WaterfallWednesday  curated by +Eric Leslie.  I'm guessing it doesn't look quite like this at the moment with all the recent rain, but maybe later in the summer the River Ure will be a bit gentler again, revealing this staircase of cascades.

Canon EOS 5D, EF70-200mm f/4L USM at 180mm, ISO 50, 0.6s at f32Photo: Swirling Leaves

One of my favourite images from Strid Wood (Bolton Abbey, Yorkshire Dales) taken a while ago on one of my first landscape outings with a newly acquired EOS 5D. The movement of the fallen leaves in an inlet off the River Wharfe caught my eye and I wondered if I could catch that movement in some way. With the camera on a sturdy tripod, I made an exposure of 8 seconds which captured the swirling leaves perfectly.

Canon EOS 5D, 24-105mm at 40mm, ISO 100, 8s at f22Photo: 'Blubberhouses Moor, Summer' from the 'Dales Light' series of limited edition printsPhoto: #WaterfallWednesday

West Burton Waterfall in Spring

For Waterfall Wednesday I just had to share this image of my favourite little waterfall tucked away in the corner of the village of West Burton in the Yorkshire Dales. West Burton Falls, also known as Cauldron Falls, is a delight to photograph year round. This image was made in early spring, without leaves on the surrounding trees, so I got in close to concentrate on the moving water and the moss on the rocks behind it.

Canon EOS 5D, 70-200mm, ISO 50, 1s at f22Photo: River Wharfe, Strid Wood

I love the soft diffused light of a still overcast day for photographing autumn colours, as demonstrated here at a bend in the River Wharfe in Strid Wood. A bright white sky reveals the richness of the colours and there's only a little movement in the branches, so long exposures aren't a problem.

Canon EOS 5D, 24-105mm, ISO 100, 1s at f22Photo: 'Attermire Scar' from the 'Dales Light' series of limited edition printsPhoto: 'Winter Light' from the 'Dales Light' series of limited edition printsPhoto: #SilhouettesOnThursday
#ThirstyThursdayPics

Twilight Sea Silhouette

I thought I'd add a silhouette image for Silhouettes on Thursday and this one seemed to meet the brief for Thirsty Thursday too! I was just packing up after a day's photography on the Yorkshire Coast earlier this summer when this couple arrived at dusk adding a little interest to the silhouette against the twilight sea.

Canon EOS 5D, 70-200mm + 2.0X at 320mm, ISO 400, 1/6s at f8Photo: Bluebells and Spring Trees

Here is one of my photographs that is often mistaken for a painting. I show it as a print on 100% cotton fine art paper so it does have a painterly feel to it and people often ask what medium I used. When I say "photography" they don't believe me!

For the record, there is no manipulation here at the post-processing stage, the creative part was all done in-camera. Here I used a sweeping vertical movement of the camera with a more subtle side to side motion to achieve an impressionistic effect of the bluebells and spring trees in the woodland.Photo: #WaterfallWednesday

Fitzroy Falls

The cascade of Fitzroy Falls drifts across the cliff face on a blustery spring day in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. I took this shot on my only trip to Australia almost exactly four years ago, travelling from Sydney through New South Wales and Victoria. There are easy trails to this waterfall and it's well worth a look.

I know it was four years ago as it was during the last Rugby World Cup and I enjoyed watching England beat Australia by 1 point in the knock-out stages! Not sure what will happen this time...

Canon EOS 5D, 24-105mm at 105mm, ISO 100, 1/15s at f14.Photo: #ThirstyThursdayPics

Chalk Cliffs at Sunset

Another shot from my shoot at Flamborough Head on the Yorkshire Coast this summer. A twilight sky adds a glow to the receding tide near Thornwick Nab.

Canon EOS 5D, 24-105mm at 105mm, ISO 50, 3.2s at f22Photo: #ThirstyThursdayPics

Misty Sunrise

Here's another on a watery theme taken on a trip to the Forest of Dean this August. The weather forecast was for a sunny day but early mist so I set the alarm for 5am and got down to this viewpoint on a bend in the River Severn at Newnham for sunrise and was rewarded with a set of atmospheric misty shots before and just after sunrise. Not long after sunrise the mist rose too, so this scene disappeared into a bank of fog...

Canon EOS 5D, 24-105mm at 24mm, ISO 100, 1/8s at f22Photo: West Burton Falls

My favourite waterfall, West Burton Falls in Wensleydale is pictured here one autumn in full flow after heavy rain.

Canon EOS 5D, 24-105mm at 90mm, ISO 100, 1s at f22Photo: Fungi and Moss

The colours of the fungi and moss on this dead tree stump in Strid Wood seemed intense under an overcast sky before a rain storm.

Canon EOS 5D, 24-105mm, ISO 100, 25s at f22Photo: #FallFriday
#FilmFriday

Zion Canyon, Autumn

Here's a shot of cottonwood trees in various stages of colour along the banks of the Virgin River in Zion Canyon, Utah, somewhere between Big Bend and Great White Throne viewpoint. I shot this a few years back on large format film with a Deardorff 45 Special which was great fun to use, if a little bulky for hiking around the canyon - being essentially a 5x7 camera with a 5x4 rotating back...

Deardorff 45 Special with Quickload back, Fuji Velvia 50
Pentax Digital Spotmeter
Schneider Symmar-S 210mm, 1s at f22Photo: #SunsetSaturday

Walking on the Pier at Sunset

The West Pier in Whitby on the Yorkshire Coast is a great place for a stroll to admire a summer sunset over the North Sea.

Canon EOS 5D, 17-40mm at 21mm, ISO 50, 1/5s at f20Photo: #MountainMonday

El Teide

The volcanic peak of El Teide, the highest mountain in Spain, after a heavy snowfall. I took this on a trip one January, escaping the UK winter for a week. While all the other Northern European visitors were sunning themselves on the coast in pleasant mid 20s temperatures I took a drive up to the El Teide National Park. The snowfall had come right down to road level and the place was full of locals out with their kids, building snowmen and having fun on sledges!

Canon EOS 5D, 70-200mm + 2.0X at 320mm, ISO 50, 25s at f11Photo: Thought I'd add one for #MoodyMonday this morning too...

Last Light, Wharfedale

The last rays of the setting sun reflect off a stream running down the dale just above Cray at the end of a cold and bleak winter’s day.

Canon EOS 5D, 24-105mm at 40mm, ISO 50, f22
Two exposures blended along the horizonPhoto: #TreeTuesday

Old Cottonwood Tree

This delightful old cottonwood tree is captured here in the cool reflected light of an autumn (fall!) afternoon in Zion Canyon. I took this shot almost exactly ten years ago - I'm wondering of the tree is still standing?

Deardorff 45 Special, Quickload back, Fuji Velvia 50
Pentax Digital Spotmeter
Nikkor 300mm, 8s at f45, 81B warm-upPhoto: #WaterfallWednesday

Thornton Force

Here's a shot of Thornton Force on the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail, Yorkshire Dales in full flow after heavy spring rains.

Canon EOS 5D, 24-105mm, ISO 50, 1s at f22Photo: #ThirstyThursdayPics

Twilight

I thought I'd revisit Whitby for Thirsty Thursday - here's a shot across the bay from the West Pier taken shorty after the sun had set with lovely pink twilight reflecting off the water.

Canon EOS 5D, 24-105mm at 105mm, ISO 50, 3.2s at f22Photo: #FallFriday

Strid Wood in Autumn

These woods along the banks of the River Wharfe near Bolton Abbey are my favourite place for a walk amongst the falling leaves in autumn, so I'm looking forward to the two autumn photography workshops I'm running there with fellow Yorkshire photographer +sam oakes (see http://natural-light-workshops.co.uk if you'd like a look at what we're doing).

It's still quite mild though - I think we could do with a few sharp frosts to get those colours coming in...

Canon EOS 5D, 24-105mm at 60mm, ISO 100, 0.6s at f16Photo: #MountainMonday

Pen-Y-Ghent, Twilight

Fading twilight creates an eerie blue glow over Pen-Y-Ghent, one of Yorkshire's famous Three Peaks, on a cold February afternoon.

Canon EOS 5D, 70-200mm, ISO 200, 13s at f16Photo: Burton Cliff

Here's a shot that needed a bit of planning - it needed a winter sunset to get the setting sun illuminating the cliffs and this needed to coincide with a low tide to allow access to this point on the beach (and an escape route afterwards before the tide came in!). I was working in IT at the time, so had booked a week's holiday in January when there was a favourable tide then hoped for a decent weather forecast on at least one day!

Deardorff 45 Special with Quickload Back, Fuji Velvia 50
Pentax Digital Spotmeter
Schneider Super Angulon 90mm, 1s at f45Photo: #WaterfallWednesday

Aysgarth Impression II

Here's a new photograph taken just yesterday whilst on a workshop recce at Aysgarth in Wensleydale. It was a tricky day for waterfall images, with lots of harsh direct sunlight causing bright reflections, but this part of the lower falls was in open shade and quite nicely illuminated.

I've not done anything much in the way of post-processing this image, by the way. The orangey colour is caused by peat carried down off the moorland.

Canon EOS 5D, 24-105mm at 105mm, ISO 50, 1/4s at f22Photo: #WaterfallWednesday

Aysgarth Colours

Couldn't resist another one for Waterfall Wednesday from the shoot at Aysgarth yesterday, a close-up study of the multitude of colours in the fast flowing water at the Lower Falls, from white water and peaty tones to sky reflections.

Canon EOS 5D, 70-200mm at 200mm, ISO 50, 1/2s at f32Photo: #MountainMonday

Paine Massif Reflection

Having just been singing the praises of RAW capture I thought I'd share an old large format film shot for Mountain Monday! This was taken in Torres del Paine National Park in Chile back in 2004.

Scanning it was rather tricky: in fact I didn't use it for years but after re-scanning it a while ago and recently spending a bit more time messing around with a variety of layers in Photoshop I managed to extract a bit more detail from it and come up with something a bit more pleasing...

Deardorff 45 Special, Quickload Back, Fuji Velvia 50
Pentax Digital Spotmeter
Schneider Super Angulon 90mm, 1s at f45Photo: #TreeTuesday

Pine Trunks and Autumn Colours

Here's something a bit different for Tree Tuesday - taken as an example of vertical using camera movement to create abstract images of vertical tree trunks in a pine plantation on a workshop in Strid Wood last week.

I wasn't sure if this would work as there was a branch cutting across the vertical trunks covered in yellow leaves, but with a swift movement of the camera the horizontal element is lost and the yellow colour in the result is quite pleasing.

Canon EOS 5D, 24-105mm at 105mm, 1/6s at f9Photo: #WaterfallWednesday

West Burton Waterfall

Here's another shot of my favourite waterfall at West Burton taken during our Aysgarth workshop recce the other week. We're back on November 12th for the workshop so it should look nicely autumnal by then (unless the wind and rain have removed all the leaves...)

Canon EOS 5D, 24-105mm at 32mm, ISO 50, 4s at f22Photo: #ThirstyThursdayPics

Sea and Sky

Here's a seascape image from a few years back. I was photographing the coast at Ravenscar one winters day and was attracted to the simplicity of this composition looking out to sea.

Canon EOS 5D, 70-200mm at 70mm, ISO 50, 1/13s at f32Photo: #FallFriday

Autumn Trees in Strid Wood

Here's my contribution to Fall Friday curated by +Karin Nelson and +Stephonie Ogden. This was captured on a quick visit to Strid Wood near Bolton Abbey in the Yorkshire Dales earlier this week. I'm running a workshop there tomorrow with fellow Yorkshire photographer +sam oakes so I was pleased to see some spectacular autumn colours!

Canon EOS 5D, 24-105mm at 55mm, ISO 100, 0.6s at f16Photo: #FallFriday

Autumn Colours by the River Wharfe

Here's a rather abstract autumn image for Fall Friday curated by +Karin Nelson and +Stephonie Ogden. This was taken as an example during our landscape photography workshop at Bolton Abbey last weekend, right at the end of the day in gloomy flat light - but the lovely colours glowing in the gloom still show through!

Canon EOS 5D, 25-105mm at 105mm, ISO 400, 1/6s at f5Photo: #FallFriday

Stones and Floating Leaves

As we're getting into late autumn I thought a shot of fallen leaves would be appropriate for Fall Friday, curated by +Karin Nelson and +Stephonie Ogden. These were captured a couple of years back on the edge of the River Nidd in the Nidd Gorge not far from where I live.

Canon EOS 5D, 24-105mm at 105mm, ISO 50, 2.5s at f22Photo: #WaterfallWednesday

Posforth Gill Waterfall

Here's a shot for Waterfall Wednesday curated by +Eric Leslie, taken on a visit to the Valley of Desolation near Bolton Abbey with +Jason Theaker earlier this week.

I really like this waterfall in Posforth Gill but have always found it quite tricky to photograph, maybe because of the very dark rocks around it, but I'm fairly happy with this effort, with the moss adding a touch of colour. I've often imagined these falls surrounded by glorious autumn colour (there are a few trees around it) but it never seems to work out that way! Maybe next year...

Canon EOS 5D, 24-105mm at 105mm, ISO 50, 1.3s at f22Photo: #FallFriday

Autumn Leaf in Gordale Beck

My contribution to Fall Friday curated by +Karin Nelson and +Stephonie Ogden this week - the last traces of autumn in Gordale Beck near Malham recently.

Canon EOS 5D, 24-105mm at 105mm, ISO 50, 1.3s at f22Photo: #TreeTuesday

Autumn Colours on the Crags Constitutional Trail

Firstly, I'd just like to say thanks and welcome to all the new people that have added me to their circles in the last few days!

I'm processing a set of images from a recent shoot at Hardcastle Crags at the moment, so I thought I'd post one of them for #TreeTuesday curated by +Christina Lawrie. Despite being well into November there was still some glorious colour in the trees on the Crags Constitutional Trail from Gibson Mill, along the banks of Hebden Water.

Canon EOS 5D, 24-105mm at 58mm, ISO 200, 4s at f22Photo: Autumn Colours at Dusk

Taken in fading twilight at West Burton, the white birch trunks here stood out in the gloom, almost inviting me to make an abstract image with vertical movement...

Canon EOS 5D, 24-105mm at 105mm, ISO 400, 1/5s at f4Photo: #SeaTuesday

The Twilight Cruise

For a chilly winter day (and #SeaTuesday curated by +Julia Anna Gospodarou) here's a memory of looking out to sea from the West Pier at Whitby after a summer sunset, as the Twilight Cruise leaves the harbour.

Canon EOS 5D, 24-105mm at 32mm, ISO 50, 5 secondsPhoto: Staithes

I thought it was time to post something seasonal, so here's an image of Staithes taken a few years back with my Deardorff camera. I drove to Staithes across the moor from York, where there was no snow that day, so was pleasantly surprised to find this viewpoint with snow on the rooftops. I waited all afternoon for this light to appear, and was almost frozen to the spot, when a very nice lady in the house near the outlook popped out with a hot cup of tea to warm me up! It's a great subject at this time of year, as the sun sets more-or-less to the South-West and so the last rays of light shine down the river valley and catch the rooftops nicely.

Deardorff 45 Special, Schneider Super Angulon 90mm, Fuji Velvia at ISO 50, 1s at f45Photo: Kisdon Impression

Here's a landscape shot from this time last year too, taken at Kisdon Force on the River Swale near Keld in Upper Swaledale.

Canon EOS 5D, 24-105mm at 88mm, ISO 100, 0.3s at f16Photo: Kisdon Colours

The same spot as the previous shot at more or less the same time, but a break in the clouds provided reflections of blue sky in the water, completely transforming the scene.

Canon EOS 5D, 24-105mm at 85mm, ISO 100, 0.5s at f16Photo: #WaterfallWednesday

Upper Aysgarth Falls

Here's a new shot from last week for #WaterfallWednesday curated by +Eric Leslie. Despite a quite a few visits last year, including a workshop, I still found Aysgarth (Wensleydale, Yorkshire Dales) a great subject to photograph. This is an angle on the Upper Falls that you can only really get on your own and when it's not too busy as the viewpoint is over the wall at the side of the road where there's no pavement (sidewalk) so I had two legs of the tripod set at a low angle over the top of the wall and the other at maximum extension just inside the double yellow lines!

Canon EOS 5D, 70-200mm at 118mm, ISO 50, 0.5s at f32Photo: #WaterfallWednesday

Lower Falls at Wain Wath Force

Ok, I thought I'd have a crack at posting something for #WaterfallWednesday (curated by +Eric Leslie) that wasn't from Aysgarth Falls for a change, which I seem to have done rather a lot of recently! So here's an abstract shot from last year taken at Wain Wath Force in Upper Swaledale. The main falls themselves are great, but there's lots more to explore, especially when the river is low and you can walk along the rocky riverbed below the falls to a variety of smaller cascades which are great for these more intimate images.

Canon EOS 5D, 24-105mm at 85mm, ISO 100, 1/4s at f22Photo: Dry River

Well, the talk seemed to go OK at Knaresborough Camera Club last night and they asked for this image to include with their press release for the local paper, so I thought I'd post it while I was at it. It was captured a few years back on a walk down through the badlands below Zabriskie Point in Death Valley. As the sun gets higher there are some nice backlit opportunities.

This image was published in Outdoor Photography magazine in the UK and the editor described it as looking like a shimmering silver sea of mercury. Quite poetic, I thought, as it's really just backlit mud...

Pentax 67, 300mm, Fuji Velvia at ISO 50Photo: #FilmFriday

Seaweed and Rock II

As I was delving into the archives with 'Dry River' yesterday, I thought I'd dig out another old image for #FilmFriday curated by +Richard Call. This is a large format shot taken during a Light and Land weekend workshop with Joe Cornish in Cornwall back in 2000. The weather wasn't really suitable for studies of the great sea stacks at Bedruthan Steps but the light was great for detail studies of seaweed and wet rock in open shade, with a bit of soft sunlight reflecting back off the sandy beach adding a bit of a glow to the intense colour.

Deardorff 45 Special on a Gitzo Mountaineer Tripod
Fuji Quickload Back with Velvia at ISO 50 (standard E6 processing)
Pentax Digital Spotmeter
Schneider Symmar-S 210mm, 1s at f22Photo: Lower Falls at Wain Wath Force (again)

As we've just launched a new weekend workshop in Swaledale (shameless plug) that I'll be running with fellow Yorkshire photographer +sam oakes I thought I'd post a more literal view than the abstract vertical composition I posted the other day of the little lower waterfall at Wain Wath Force - just to get an idea of what the source subject matter is like! If the river is being friendly then most of the exposed rocks are nice and dry - unlike the more photogenic wet rocks here, but at least it make wandering around a bit less slippy for landscape photographers like me more concerned with getting the tripod legs in the right position...

This is one of many waterfalls we'll visit on the workshop - details at: http://natural-light-workshops.co.uk

Canon EOS 5D, 24-105mm at 24mm, ISO 100, 1/6s at f22Photo: #SeaTuesday
#TuesDecay

The Wreck at Black Nab

Here's a shot that seems equally apt for #SeaTuesday curated by +Julia Anna Gospodarou and #TuesDecay curated by +Ian Ference.  I've been meaning to go and photograph this old wreck in Saltwick Bay near Whitby for some time.  It's quite a well photographed subject locally, so when I finally got to see it lying there on the beach it seemed a bit underwhelming.  But it does make a nice subject along with the rock formation Black Nab.  I couldn't wait until dusk as I'd have been caught by the tide, but I hope to get back for another look when the sunset and low tides times are more favourable.

Canon EOS 5D, EF17-40mm f/4L USM at 17mm, ISO 100, 1/13s at f22Photo: #FilmFriday 

The Corridor

Here's another shot from my large format film archives, added for  #FilmFriday curated by +Richard Call.  This little alcove at Coyote Buttes on the Arizona/Utah border was photographed in gorgeous reflected light on a bright, sunny day.  I remember racing against time to get my film exposed as the sun was moving round  and a few minutes later direct light on the rock at the back of the alcove ruined the effect!

Deardorff 45 Special, Schneider Super-Angulon 90mm, 2s at f45
Pentax Digital Spotmeter, Fuji Velvia Quickload at ISO 50, Standard E6 ProcessingPhoto: Ingleborough from Twisleton Scar

Another from the recent workshop recce - we'd not spotted this bit of limestone pavement on our previous visit, but it made an ideal viewpoint for Ingleborough under stormy skies...

Canon EOS 5D MkII, 24-105mm f/4L IS USM at 24mm, ISO 100, 1/100s at f16Photo: Standing Stone and Whernside from Twisleton Scar

A final shot from the workshop recce.  I've been looking to get a shot toward Whenside with an interesting sky for a while, as it's such a featureless hill unlike  Ingleborough and Pen Y Ghent.  This seemed to do the trick!

Canon EOS 5D MkII, 24-105mm f/4L IS USM at 47mm, ISO 100, 1/20s at f22Photo: #WaterfallWednesday

Burbage Brook

Here's one from a recent shoot on the National Trust Longshaw Estate in the Peak District, posted for #WaterfallWednesday curated by +Eric Leslie.

Canon EOS 5D MkII, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM at 24mm, ISO 100, 0.8s at f22Photo: Addlebrough from Askrigg, Wensleydale

Here's a new shot just processed today from a shoot in Wensleydale last month.  I was heading up to have a look at Mill Gill Force near Askrigg  but the view of backlit fields across toward Addlebrough caught my eye...

Canon EOS 5D MkII, EF70-200mm f/4L USM at 104mm, 1/320s at f16

#yorkshireukmap  +Simon Grew 54.316473, -2.089389Photo: Autumn Tree Trunks in Strid Wood

Here's a shot taken as an example of deliberate camera movement on our workshop in Strid Wood near Bolton Abbey at the weekend...

Canon EOS 5D MkII, EF17-40mm f/4L USM at 40mm, ISO 200, 1/5s at f8Photo: Footpath through Brundholme Woods

Here's a first shot from the shoot around Keswick in the Lake District last week. Brundholme Woods along the River Greta from Keswick heading to Threlkeld were looking nicely autumnal and an easy walk from Keswick after the drive up.

Canon EOS 5D MkII, EF17-40mm f/4L USM at 20mm, ISO 100, 10s at f16Photo: Rowing Boats at Dawn, Derwentwater

Here's another shot from my recent trip to the Lake District.  I popped down to the landing stages on Derwentwater in Keswick before breakfast for a look at the boats.  It was rather overcast and a bit breezy, so far short of a great sunrise but the nice twilight still made a few images possible...

Canon EOS 5D MkII, EF17-40mm f/4L USM at 37mm, ISO 100, 1.6s at f22Photo: Ashness Bridge in Autumn

Here's another from The Lakes.  I gather Ashness Bridge is one of those very famous Lakes views that everyone has to go and look at and photograph, but I'd never been before.  Despite going on a damp day midweek I still had to queue to get my tripod set up...

Canon EOS 5D MkII, EF17-40mm f/4L USM at 37mm, ISO 50, 0.5s at f22Photo: Autumn Larch Trees and the Slopes of Catbells

Here's another from the Lakes taken from the Surprise View in Ashness Woods overlooking Derwentwater near Grange.

Canon EOS 5D MkII, EF70-200mm f/4L USM at 200mm, ISO 100, 1s at f32Photo: Pine Trees in Autumn

Here's an abstract one from my recent trip to the Lake District.  These pine trunks in woodland near Grange in Borrowdale made an ideal subject for intentional camera movement.

Canon EOS 5D MkII, EF70-200mm f/4L USM at 140mm, ISO 200, 1/13s at f8Photo: St Herberts Island on a Misty Morning

This was on the second "sunrise" shoot of my recent trip to the Lake District.  It was a rather dull, cold and windy morning and the boats were all rattling around too much to do anything sensible at the landing stages in Keswick so I wandered along to Friars Crag instead.  This misty shot made getting up and out before breakfast rather more worthwhile!

Canon EOS 5D MkII, EF70-200mm f/4L USM at 180mm, ISO 100, 2s at f22Photo: Castlerigg Stone Circle

I'd not really been expecting a great deal from Castlerigg in the overcast conditions, and only decided to visit for a quick look as I was leaving Keswick.  I'm glad I did - the colours of the lichen on the stones were amazing!

Canon EOS 5D MkII, EF70-200mm f/4L USM at 70mm, ISO 100, 1/8s at f22Photo: Low Rigg in Autumn

The overcast light was great for photographing the surrounding fells too while I was at Castlerigg Stone Circle.  While I was here it struck me that The lake District is a completely different colour to the Yorkshire Dales where I have photographed more often.

Canon EOS 5D MkII, EF70-200mm f/4L USM at 200mm, ISO 100, 1/6s at f22Photo: Floating Leaves in the River Nidd, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, EnglandPhoto: Reflections and Floating Leaves, River Nidd, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, EnglandPhoto: Frosty Leaves in Old Spring Wood

Here's a rather cold image to suit the current weather conditions!  It was taken yesterday morning on a shoot in Nidderdale.  Old Spring Wood is just north of Summerbridge on the way to Brimham Rocks and is a lovely patch of oak woodland.

Canon EOS 5D Mk II, EF17-40mm f/4L USM at 40mm, ISO 100, 0.5s at f16Photo: Abstract Ice Patterns

Here's another shot from the Nidderdale shoot last week. These abstract patterns had formed in the ice along the edge of a shallow pool of floodwater on the grass.

Canon EOS 5D MkII, EF70-200mm f/4L USM at 200mm, ISO 100, 0.5s at f22Photo: Ice Patterns

Here's another shot of the ice patterns from the shoot in Nidderdale last week.  I love the way that this image has almost no sense of scale...

Canon EOS 5D MkII, EF70-200mm f/4L USM at 200mm, ISO 100, 0.8s at f22Photo: More Ice Patterns

Here's a third and final image of the ice patterns from my shoot last week in Nidderdale...

Canon EOS 5D MkII, EF70-200mm f/4L USM at 200mm, ISO 100, 1/4s at f22Photo: The West Sands at Dusk, St Andrews

Here's a recent twilight shot of the West Sands in St Andrews which will feature with a few other Eastern Scottish coastal images along with images from New South Wales & Victoria, The Yorkshire Dales, Wolds and Coast, Newnham-on-Severn and the Lake District in my talk at Aireborough camera club, near Leeds this Wednesday evening.

Details at: http://www.aireboroughcameraclub.co.ukPhoto: Buddo Rock, Boarhills near St Andrews, Fife, ScotlandPhoto: Winter Trees reflected in the River Wharfe, Strid Wood, Bolton Abbey, Yorkshire, EnglandPhoto: Winter Sky, Wharfedale, near Burnsall, Yorkshire, EnglandPhoto: Winter Tree, Burnsall, Yorkshire, EnglandPhoto: Moonrise at Doo Craigs, St Andrews, Fife, ScotlandPhoto: Redmire Force on the River Ure, Wensleydale, Yorkshire Dales, EnglandPhoto: The Nidd Gorge in Spring, near Knaresborough, Yorkshire, EnglandPhoto: Bluebell Impression, Nidd Gorge, Knaresborough, Yorkshire, EnglandPhoto: Spring Reflections in the River Nidd, Nidd Gorge, Knaresborough, Yorkshire, England