Sunday, 21 July 2013

Ingleton waterfall photos

I was recently inspired by some photos I saw online here of someone doing long exposure light painting (my favorite style currently) using a waterfall and floating glow sticks down it. I thought I'd have a go myself and arranged a camping trip to a land filled with waterfalls (Ingleton) in the hope we would find somewhere suitable. We went on the waterfall walk during the day with some friends and decided when it was getting dark we would drive as close as we could and walk for an hour to get back to the best waterfall we had seen that day and try the shot.

On the way we stopped off at a small village with some cute stepping stones, which was fun.
that's me at the back
Then we did the waterfall walk for the afternoon, it was a bit too busy to take photos so even though I took everything tripod and all I didn't bother. Doug's housemate did take a cool shot of us under the waterfall (we swam to it) 
Doug and I doing a Hi 5

In the evening we went back and took some long exposures in what must have been close to the golden hour. I got one really nice shot which I'm very please with.
I remember hating these blurry shots as a kid "It does not look like that I thought", now I see it as art
Then it got dark, that's when things got difficult. It was really, really difficult to get enough light and it was too loud to hear each other, I had to go in the water to get the glow sticks and it was cold and slippery and Doug had to keep running up and down a big hill. So for next time I got some walkie talkies which are already proving useful and some LED wands to use instead of glow sticks. So I'm not very impressed with the results as they are too blurry and noisy but I'm posting them so in future you can see how much I improved my shots.

look how much brighter the one LED wand is in compassion!
I accidentally shone my torch chasing a glow stick before the exposure finished and spoil this a bit, so it took a lot of editing to stop the rock to the right looking really bright.

It was a really good learning experience and it was fun trying to work out how to do the shot. When Doug was up at the top he shone a laser on the rock face above the water fall to do a count down so we released our shutters on time. It was a bit of a mission but I will get a better version of this shot in the future.

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