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Aira Force waterfall near Ullswater in the Lake District, England #1

Aira Force waterfall near Ullswater in the Lake District, England

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The story behind this image

The final day of my wife Liz's and my long weekend break in England's Lake district towards the end of July 2020, and we wanted to end on a high, so to speak.

It was an overcast day, so we decided to visit the falls and forest at Aira Force, just above Ullswater.

I had an ulterior motive for suggesting Aira Force, as flowing water and forest trees photogragh better under dull, even, shadowless, low contrast lighting.

And so it proved to be.

We had a great time walking the woodland paths alongside Aira Beck, taking in the subtle beauty and peace of this delicate ecosystem.

And of course, we took our time and had plenty of 'rest' stops in order for me to photograph and video the falls.

This image shows part of the higher section of the Aira Force, less dramatic than the large falls further downstream, but very lovely and easy to get right up close, which is what I did to compose this frame.

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Image data

Filename - lake district aira force 01

Camera - Canon EOS 6DMK2 DSLR

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 24mm

Exposure - 1/3 sec @ f/8, ISO100

Filters - Polarising filter used to reduce glare and enhance colours.

Location - Aira Force near Ullswater, Lake District, Cumbria, England

Image enhancements - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - Long exposure used to blur the water flow slightly. Tripod, remote release and mirror lockup used to prevent camera movement.