Flowers, Falls & Walls: Dales One Day Photography Workshops
The Yorkshire Dales are famous for the wonderful display of meadow flowers in June. At this time of year we will have the chance of seeing carpets of buttercups and clover, as well as a possibility of catching some other seasonal flowers such as orchids, cranesbill and clover. Butterflies and many other insects can be seen amongst the meadows and many breeds of bird are also very active at this time of year. We will also visit some of the region’s spectacular waterfalls, characterful old barns and dry stone walls, and picturesque rural villages.
Photographers of any level are welcome - whether a beginner or with many years experience. With a small group size, we will have plenty of opportunity to cover everything from the basic skills of landscape and wildlife photography (if required) to more advanced, creative techniques.
The exact locations we visit will depend on conditions at the time - weather, water levels and flower stages can all vary enormously. To give you an idea, though, we are likely to spend our time in a some of the following dales: Swaledale, Wensleydale, Upper Ribblesdale and Upper Wharfedale. We will be checking conditions in all of these places before the workshop to ensure you get the best possible experience.
I am deliberately keeping things flexible at this time because the time that the flowers bloom can vary considerably from year to year and, if there is a prolonged spell with no rain, some waterfalls may be off the agenda. Rest assured we will not want for places and subjects to photograph! ;)
One of my key aims for the day is to help you to see the potential for images in all types of location and across all types of subject - to look not just for the spectacular grand vistas and classic poses but also for the more intimate, abstract landscapes and macro shots that can be made almost anywhere.
We will look at how to make the most of conditions on the day - ensuring any kind light can be exploited to its best advantage. Almost without exception, there is no such thing as bad light! We will also spend a little time learning about processing techniques and looking at the various options available.
What time does the workshop start?
The course will start at 2.15pm and will run until dusk - the exact finish time will depend somewhat on conditions.
Where will we meet?
We will meet at an agreed location (usually Hawes where there is a good sized public car park) and can either travel in my car or people are welcome to travel in their own cars should they require.
What should I bring?
Camera and a selection of lenses, ideally covering wide angle to telephoto and, if you have one, a macro lens or extension tubes. Tripod, spare batteries and memory cards Good walking boots Clothing for any kind of weather. Comfortable backpack or shoulder bag and waterproofs for you and your gear. Plenty of water and sandwiches / snacks for the day.
What level of photographer is this workshop suitable for?
Photographers of any level are welcome - whether a beginner or with many years experience. With a small group of only four participants, there will be more than enough opportunity to cover everything from the basic skills of landscape photography (if required) to more advanced, creative techniques. I am there to give you as much help as you would like.
Can I borrow a Lee filters kit?
You are welcome to borrow/share a Lee filter kit - including big stopper, little stopper and ND grads. Please note this is at your own risk, although we've had no breakages to date! Please ask in advance and advise of the filter ring sizes of any lenses you may be bringing.