Source of the River Swale, Yorkshire Dales

Source of the River Swale, Yorkshire Dales

Since posting various photographs of this area of the Yorkshire Dales, the website has received a number of comments and feedback. The above photograph is taken looking to the west from the road through the valley. The previously published image below shows the view looking east from exactly the same spot on the road. It is certainly an area I would like to revisit. I can just see a lovely panoramic photograph that I could take which would include both views. That would be magical, but for now we have these two images of the most beautiful part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Aira Beck, Ullswater, Lake District

Aira Beck, Ullswater, Lake District

Taken with my new GorillaPod tripod, which I wrapped around the railings of the bridge that I was stood on. This was a perfect situation for using such a camera support, the walkway was too thin to set up my tripod (and people needed to get past). The monopod was an option, but I felt that the picture called for a longer shutter speed to give the water this shiny effect. The above pictured turned out well with a half second exposure. This scene was spotted on the short walk between the car park and Aira Force Waterfall. The main waterfall itself is extremely difficult to photograph, mainly due to the vast amounts of spray coming off the water.

River Esk detail, Lake District

River Esk detail, Lake District

This is a good example of the type of photography my father excels at, and he was stood next to me when I took this photo last year. It really should have been taken on a tripod, but here a monopod was used. The strange looking effect on the water was captured because of a long exposure time compared to the speed the water was flowing. Unfortunately, this was photographed using my Canon Powershot digital compact and the original file is a JPEG. This means that the over exposed (very white part of the image in the bottom right) has no detail in it. It is an example where having a camera that takes photos in a RAW format, would make it possible to recover all the detail is this “blown out” area. Fortunately, as you read this I am probably taking photographs of rivers and streams in the National Park with my newer Nikon DSLR that does take RAW photos. Come back on Tuesday and find out what (if anything) I manage to capture!

River Ure, Wensleydale Valley, Yorkshire

River Ure, Wensleydale Valley, Yorkshire

I have made the decision to simplify and develop my “photo subjects” (or blog categories) list on the left column. This will ensure each subject has at least 10 photographs. So here is a new one from the Yorkshire Dales. It is unbelievable that I spent the day travelling through Wensleydale, from east to west in March and have never published a photograph of this beautiful part of North Yorkshire. The above view was taken looking roughly northwards from the main road through the valley. From this point we get a nice high view point to look down, but the dry stone wall in the foreground really blocks your eye. If that gate was in the middle of the frame, I feel that the image would be a lot better. Still, I thought it was worth sharing with you, purely for that lovely river meander.