Bridge over troubled waters

Once again returning to a favourite place – Water cum Jolly Dale in the English Peak District. It was a sunny Autumn day with two distinct areas. Above the weir, bright sunlight illuminating a calm river, coots bobbing across the water searching for food. Below the weir, a darker and a more frantic feel as the river impatiently rushed on after being temporarily held back.

The scene below the weir with its ‘troubled waters’ attracted me more so I headed below the weir using long exposures to reveal the shapes caused by the turbulence of the river and capture the more subtle light (on another day the sunlight and calmness might call louder but not on this November day). The two images below don’t show the wet feet or cold hands (‘accessories’ often found on an English landscape photographer) but they do capture for me the feel of Water cum Jolly on that Autumn day.

This first image was exposed to capture the shapes in the current as it flowed downstream (without losing the sense of turbulence) and to show a hint of sunlight through the splash of gold created by a reflection in a small eddy by the shore.

0.5s – f16 – iso 100 – 30mm fl

The next image, taken from the same spot as the first but looking downriver, was exposed to accentuate the luminosity of the river as it rushed over the rocky river bed and to give the river time to create the trace of lines in the foreground that encourage my eyes to move into the mainstream of the river and follow it downstream as it rushes on to Bakewell and back into the sunlight.

3s – f22 – iso 100 – 30mm fl


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