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Waterfall #6

Aira Force waterfall in the Lake District

The story behind this image

We're not in Snowdonia this time.

This waterfall is part of a larger set of falls called Aira Force, and it's near Ullswater in the Lake District in the north of England.

My wife Liz and I were taking a weekend break up there, doing a bit of walking and generally chilling out, and of course I had my camera with me!

It was autumn and the colours in the Lake District are amazing at this time of year. However, I decided to convert this particular image to black and white as there wern't any vibrant autumn colours in this shot, which is more about tones and texture than colour. Indeed, I found the small amount of colour in this particular scene to be dingy and distracting so I removed it, resulting in a much more pleasing and easy to understand image.

If something isn't adding to a scene then it's actually detracting from it, and should be removed.

Image data


Filename - waterfall 06.jpg

Camera - Canon 5D

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 60mm

Exposure - 0.8sec @ f16, ISO100

Location - Aira Force, Lake District

This image - 800x533px JPEG

Conversion - ACR & PS-CS2

Comments - Slow shutter speed used to blur water. Tripod, mirror lockup and cable release used to prevent camera movement.