Malham Cove & Gordale Scar
Malham is a small village nestled in the Yorkshire Dales, surrounded by some of the most dramatic landscapes that provide the photographer with many fascinating subjects. Carved out over some three million years from glaciers, Malham offers no shortage of opportunities to hone your photographic skills, from the wide vistas to small observations.
We begin our tour from Malham village, which has been a settlement for around a thousand years and is full of traditional Yorkshire charm. Over a cup of tea or coffee to kick-start the day, Mark and Sam will discuss the itinerary and some initial skills to take out into the field. Whatever the weather throws at us, we head towards Janet’s Foss, named after Jennet who was believed to be the queen of the local fairies who lives behind the fall in a cave. The pool was once used to wash sheep before shearing, but we will use this location to practice our exposure and depth-of-field skills.
From the shady woodlands we move out into the open air and magnificence that is Gordale Scar. Carved by glacier meltwaters, this began life as a huge cavern which later collapsed, leaving behind 260 feet high vertical cliff faces and the very picturesque Gordale Beck that cascades over masses of fallen rock.
In the afternoon we continue around to Malham Cove. Standing some 80 metres high and 300 metres wide, this dramatic amphitheater was formed after the last ice age by water mainly from Malham Tarn falling over the edge and cutting backwards – it’s this erosion from the lip that gives Malham Cove its curved shape. The cove is probably most famous for the limestone pavement on the surface that provides the photographer with an abundance of shapes and patterns to play with.
We then descend back to our starting point at the village, filled with knowledge and excitement to get home and see the work produced. Optional – there’s also a couple of homely pubs in the village which offer great food and drink, for those who want to socialise afterwards and discuss the day’s adventures.
Approximate walking time - 3 to 4 hours
Difficulty - Medium to strenuous.
What is involved - Please be aware that in places the ground is uneven and very rocky. At the top of Malham Cove the limestone pavement has very deep fissures which can be extremely slippy when wet. We will also be in areas where there is a large vertical drop and therefore if you are uncomfortable with heights please let one of your tutors know (in private if preferred).
- camera_altClick to read about the Post Processing sessionFor a photographer, typically only around 20 per cent of your time is spent taking the actual pictures and the rest is devoted to post processing at a computer screen. It is a vastly important part of great photography and knowing a few tricks can transform your well-composed and exposed images into visually stunning works of fine art. As a supplement to your day’s workshop, we welcome you to join us the following day for an afternoon discussion and presentation of how to boost your images using Lightroom and Photoshop. The session is held in the centre of Harrogate and we invite you to bring along your favourite images from the workshop for helpful feedback by Sam and Mark. There is a small additional charge of £35 for this session.
We don’t have the facilities to make prints at the post-processing session, but we do offer a supplementary print service, so if you have a particular favourite image taken on the workshop day we can supply an unmounted A3 print on 100% cotton fine art paper. The print is supplied along with a CD containing the processed Photoshop file and a print-ready JPEG file of your image. The print service costs £35 including UK delivery and full details are supplied during the post-processing session.
There is also the opportunity to upload your images to a dedicated group on the image-sharing site Flickr, which is only accessible to workshop participants. This will enable you to continue discussing your work with us and your fellow students, so even after the workshop is over, there is continued support to help develop your photography further.
2019 Workshop Dates
£120 per person
Workshop and Processing
£155 per person
Maximum - 6 persons
Please note that the post-processing session is held the day after the workshop in Harrogate.
You can book online by using the buttons via PayPal, or please tel: 01423 550138 or 07767 628764
2020 Dates Coming Soon
- WORKSHOP CALENDAR
- Aysgarth Falls
- Bolton Abbey & Strid Wood
- Malham Cove & Gordale Scar
- Ribblehead & The Three Peaks
- Stainforth Waterfalls & Peaks