Dalcairney Waterfall

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Dalcairney waterfall is located just outside the Galloway Forest park near the village of Dalmellington. It's a very picturesque area with moss covered trees and two beautiful waterfalls. I've photographed this area a few years ago but I never got any images that I felt were good enough to put up anywhere so I eventually forgot about this waterfall and worked on other locations. Now that I've got my own car I can travel where I want to so I made it a priority to go here as soon as we got some good weather. Well, as you may know the UK has been hit with a lot of bad weather recently so getting a "good day" to go was probably not going to happen. A week ago there was a slight gap in the weather where on the Met Office it said the area was going to experience showers throughout the day and glorious sunshine in between. They weren't wrong! When I got there everything was wet due to the heavy downpour throughout the night but a wet landscape can be a nature photographers best friend as it makes the ground shine with life and any lichen or moss will be vibrant in colour! The sun would come out for 20 minutes or so and then disappear. I was able to get setup for my shot in these breaks so I was ready to fire the shutter when the sun would make an appearance. I spent a few hours at the waterfall, tried to keep my gear dry from the rain and I also did a bit of timelapse work for my next film. A few years ago the waterfall completely froze over, to point where people would be climbing up it! Unfortunately I never got to see this as I was living in England at the time but I'm really hoping that it freezes over again as its something you don't usually get to see in the UK. I was surprised at how many people came walking through while I was photographing which was great to see as I was expecting it to be very quiet.

As you may know I will be soon running many different workshops around the Galloway Forest and Ayrshire. Dalcairney waterfall is going to be one of the locations on my Workshops page as I feel it would be great place for photographers to learn how to properly photograph waterfalls and learn different techniques like long exposures while still having a sharp image. If you are interested in joining me on one of my workshops please visit the workshops page or send me an email through my Contact page.

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