Posforth Gill Force, Midges, Heat, Humidity, but above all beauty


Joined March 2013

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A walk from Bolton Abbey up to Simon’s Seat through the Valley of Desolation (so named because of the damage wrought by a late 19th C storm – but long since repaired by both nature and man’s intervention) revealed a gem in the shape of the Posforth Gill Force which, even on the hottest day of the year thus far, was in sufficient spate to be a lovely sight. The drawbacks were the hoards of biting midges, excessive heat and oppressive humidity – experienced huge impulse to enter the inviting waters! So, took a few shots with tripod and then in haste to escape midges risked a few hand held shots – of which this is one such!
Sony SLT A77V – in an attempt to achieve the current vogue for foaming milky waters in such photographs and in the absence of ND filter I had to go for the longest possible hand held exposure despite the quite intense light at the time – also blended multiple bracketed exposures separated by -3 to +3 EV. To achieve a shutter speed allowing possible hand held shots but still maintaining adequate DOF ISO 200 ‘film’ speed was selected coupled with a tiny aperture of f22 – gave me a shutter speed of 1/30th S for ‘correct’ 0EV exposure. Opened Focal length up wide to 16mm ( to lessen impact of slow shutter speed camera shake on this hand held shot – especially at +3EV) – Sony 16-50 SSM lens.

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