There is nothing more rewarding than being confronted by a fantastic view after a long walk with camera equipment in tow. The Limestone Pavement at Malham Cove in Yorkshire is no exception.
Yorkshire is renowned for it’s weather (mostly bad I am afraid) but every now and then the clouds part and we are rewarded with a stunning vista.
Landscape Photography is all about light. In Yorkshire it is possible to experience all four seasons (no reference to Vivaldi) in 10 minutes. The picture shown here was taken late afternoon at the beginning of October (just last week in fact). The scene was constantly changing as the wind was blowing the clouds and illuminating different parts of the landscape with a beautiful golden light.
The time of day plays an important in Landscape photography as strong directional lighting (early morning or late evening) brings the landscape to life. Scenes taken at around midday rarely look as stunning because the sun is directly overhead. Spring and Autumn are when we experience more dramatic skies
Taking the correct kit (albeit heavy at the time) was a must. A good strong, sturdy tripod was required as was a polarising filter (used to intensify the foliage and the sky) as well as a hard edged Neutral Density filter to hold back the sky and balance the exposure.
The settings for this shot was a zoom lens set at 24mm. An Aperture of f22 was selected to ensure sharpness from front to back. The ISO was set to 100 for maximum quality. The shutter speed was 0.8 of a second (hence the need for the tripod). Was it all worth the effort? Definitely.
All of the techniques discussed here are featured in our Landscapes and Gardens course.