The start of autumn – Bolton Abbey

Wharfe near Barden Tower


I went out for my first specifically-autumnal shoot last week, to Bolton Abbey. The stretch of the River Wharfe from the abbey up to Barden tower has some spectacular mixed woodland as the river goes through a deep valley. I try and go there every autumn. Plenty of colour already but I suspect the best is yet to come. I haven’t been out photographing much recently, as I’ve been spending a lot of time in the studio making frames and prints but I’m mostly over that so hopefully a lot more shots to come.

The Wharfe near Bolton Abbey


For autumn woodland shots I usually like overcast days with some wetness around. This makes the most of the colour and avoids problems with harsh daylight. However the weather was more like summer. I’ve tried to make the best of this with the processing by pushing up the highlights to create a glow around the foliage.

I shot the whole day with my Pentax DSLR. The electronic viewfinder of my Olympus isn’t so good in harsh light, it makes the scene look ugly so it puts you off taking the shot. The optical viewfinder of the Pentax works better here.

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