Julie Walker, EPSA  

The Grott by Julie Walker, EPSA

April 2021 - The Grott

April 2021 - Julie Walker, EPSA


About the Image(s)

I frequently walk past this waterfall and have intended to photograph it for some time. The small building in the foreground is called The Grott and it was built in 1669 to allow visitors to the nearby Rydal Hall to have a close up view of the waterfall. Unfortunately it was closed due to Covid when I took this photograph. I had really wanted the waterfall to be the main feature. Instead I had to take it from the bridge above. I didn't have a tripod with me so I rested my camera on the wall of the bridge. I took it at slow shutter speed to "freeze" the water. It was taken with my converted Canon camera using a 24 to 105 mm lense set at 24mm. The settings I used were: ISO 100, f22, shutter speed 0.5 sec. I used Nik Silver Effex Pro to convert the image to monochrome, I lightened the waterfall and darkened the foliage and then cropped the image. I also cloned out some branches that were intruding into the image.

4 comments posted

Helen Herbert   Helen Herbert
A super little cameo of this popular area. I have been to this area a few times and understand the problems you were encountering, but nevertheless you have done a good job here and got the 'classic' shot. I feel you have used the right shutter speed to freeze the water on this fall.
  Posted: 04/08/2021 04:21:15

Debbie Perez   Debbie Perez
This is so charming!! I think having the building really adds to the photo. Looked at the original and you have done a wonderful job cropping, cloning and cleaning up! It may not be what you wanted but what you did get is great, I love it.   Posted: 04/11/2021 14:33:06

Stuart Bacon   Stuart Bacon
The waterfall is certainly worth photographing but I like including the stone building. It makes it more than "just another waterfall." They are so different, the flowing water and the rock-hard structure that it is the difference that appeals. The sun lit edges of the foliage makes for an opposite vignette whereas one thinks of a vignette as darker. My only suggestion is to slightly darken the bright edges so the eye is not drawn to that bright area.   Posted: 04/13/2021 08:19:06

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
How nice to have something so lovely to walk by on a regular basis! I think you have done a good job with the composition given that you were unable to get closer to the scene. I would just love to put my boots on and shoot it from down near those rocks on the bottom right. You choice of shutter speed give teh water I softness that I really like. The bright areas top right distract me a bit, and I think the image could be cropped a bit mroeo to eliminate then without losing any of the improtant details. Nice work.   Posted: 04/16/2021 07:54:46


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