June 19th : Trip up North – Part 1: Water(falls)…

So its official; the first week of June was the week that finally broke the now infamous wettest drought in history! It shouldn’t have been a great surprise in all honesty with the Jubilee celebrations and a bank holiday in there, it was odds-on that it was gonna be a wet one. The forecast up north though was better than most, sufficient to tempt us into head (slowly) up-country. And in the end, it wasn’t a bad decision as it didn’t rain every day – quite…

 It wasn’t a climbing trip but I did pack a camera bag and was pretty psyched to experiment with some different subjects and try out some more of the new whistle and bells on the D800. Getting off-topic as a photog every once in a while is not only a bit of fun but is generally considered by most snappers as an essential ‘must-do’ activity. By the end of the week, I’d mooched around Edinburgh and the Scottish Parliament, bagged a load of heritage shots at National Trust sites and captured a few waterfalls as well as picking a bag of litter off a Scottish lockside! I’ll give you the low down on the Scottish Parliament and the litter in subsequent posts but I thought I’d start with the waterfall images. I’m not talking about thundering monster waterfalls either; much more the cascade type where the water is tumbling down channels, around massive boulders and over small drops.

In many ways I think that small waterfalls and cascades are more interesting photographically than monster falls as there’s a number of elements to balance within an image. Upstream flow, the falls/cascades themselves and then the downstream pool, plus the adjacent banks, all need to be included – or excluded – in the final construct. Access is often difficult, and dangerous, and needs to be carefully considered alongside lens selection, framing and composition. It not a case of getting it right or wrong but generally what seems right for an image is often the right way to go. Here’s a few that caught my eye. Remember that it had been throwing it down for a week or more hence the colour of the water…

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