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High Force waterfall

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High force waterfall, England’s largest, is located in Co. Durham. Without doubt it’s one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the UK standing at an impressive 21m. It’s open all year round, though during the low season from November until Easter an honesty box is in operation. The admission charges are as follows: Adult £1.50, child under 16: Free (when accompanied by a paying adult), Concessions: £1.00.
From a photographers point of view it’s ideal for long exposure photography. Spray can be a problem so remember to take a suitable cloth to wipe your lens/filters clean. The waterfall can be shot from many different view points so remember to explore the several pathways for interesting points of view. Be careful not to arrive at mid-day when the sun is directly above the waterfall but also when it’s likely to be busy. Typically photographs of the waterfall are shot from the near plunge pool where large (potentially slippy) boulders allow you to gain shots from directly in front of the waterfall. From here the waterfall is usually always in shadow and hence exposures can be long. However, my preferred view point is from on top of the waterfall (see location).
Both wide-angle and medium telephoto lenses are useful, remember neutral density filters to slow down the exposures.

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Pennine Way Barnard Castle
County Durham DL12
United Kingdom

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artyimages's picture

Brilliant image I'm hoping to get back there soon