Two days ago I posted an image of The Langdale Pikes on the one good day of our few days in the Lake District. By the time we had finished lunch at Stickle Barn, the blue sky had been replaced by cloud. Due to all the rain in the previous few days, all the rivers and streams were running fast and it seemed the ideal opportunity to see what images I could capture of the waterfalls in Stickle Ghyll. (The word ‘Ghyll’ is a dialect spelling of Gill, meaning Stream.)
The path up Stickle Ghyll is a popular route, leading to Stickle Tarn in the heart of the Langdales. It’s a route I’ve travelled many times over the last fifty or so years.
And I wasn’t disappointed by the Ghyll. The best images came from low down although I did walk up a lot further to one of the main cascades.
As usual I was minus tripod and without ND filters so it was a question of how slow a shutter speed could I get. The answer was ISO100, f22, 1/6sec @ 57mm (film equiv). How do I manage without a tripod, you are probably asking? There are always rocks, or trees that provide support. The camera fitted neatly onto a ledge, a firm hand to hold it steady – job done.
There was another photographer nearby, FX Canon and a hefty bulky tripod. He was there when I arrived and he was still there when I left, struggling with his footing, still searching for the right place to try and mount his tripod on the rather demanding terrain. No doubt in the pursuit of perfection, but all that effort and struggle would drive me mad. Each to his own, as they say.
Incidentally the Langdale valley has a long history, with artefacts dating back to the Neolithic area being found in this area. There’s a short introduction to this valley on Wikipedia if you are interested in knowing more. Click here to go to the page.