Flowers, Falls & Walls: Dales One Day Photography Workshops

Flowers, Falls & Walls: Dales One Day Photography Workshops

Joint workshop in conjunction with Oliver Wright. Now into our fifth year of working together, Oliver Wright and I are delighted to be running another one day workshop in the Yorkshire Dales next summer. In the past we have concentrated largely on Swaledale but we are planning a few new locations for 2018.

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.

I am really pleased to be running this workshop in conjunction with Oliver Wright - we've been collaborating for the last few years now. Oliver is skilled in many different aspects of photography but he also brings a wealth of knowledge about wildlife and macro subjects, and has an uncanny ability to seek out some incredible creatures and critters where many would just walk by. His enthusiasm for his subject is infectious and you can clearly see this in Oliver’s work on his website.

Photographers of any level are welcome - whether a beginner or with many years experience. With a small group size and two tutors, 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. We are there to give you as much help as you would like and you can also take advantage of seeing how two different photographers approach their subject.

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.

We are 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 our 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, macros and wildlife 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. The course will start at 1.30pm and will run until dusk (approximately 10pm) - the exact finish time will depend somewhat on conditions and also the wishes of the group. We will meet at an agreed location (usually Hawes) and can either travel in our cars or people are welcome to travel in their own cars should they prefer.

Practicalities

  • What time does the workshop start?

    The course will start at 1.30pm and will run until dusk (approximately 10pm) - the exact finish time will depend somewhat on conditions.

  • 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.