Simon Booth Photography

February Lake District National Park, Southern Lakes One Day


2nd February 2020

Level: Beginner – Intermediate

This one day workshop is for a maximum of three people so that all participants benefit from tuition that is not diluted and offers great value for money. Because of the limited daylight hours at this time of year, the workshop will take in both dawn and dusk to maximise the photographic opportunities available to us. January is a very unpredictable month so expect everything the British climate can throw at us, but it is this what makes this workshop so exciting. We could have sunshine, mist, frost, snow or all four in just one day so you will be well placed to achieve some truly amazing images. Conversely, it could also rain and be very windy, but this is landscape photography at the sharp end, the end where the best images are made.


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Product Description

The workshop starts with a morning session at the stunning Blea Tarn high up in the southern fells affording views across to the Langdale Pikes. Here we will spend time exploring the shoreline, problem solving by seeking out clean compositions among the many boulders that litter the water’s edge. The Pikes are often bathed in glorious morning light at this time of year and so it’s one of the best places to start the day. From there we head to the River Rothay to shoot the ancient wooded watercourse culminating at a stunning weir and views across Grasmere Lake. After lunch we head to Tarn Hows where we will spend the rest of the day photographing areas around the lakeside and with a bit of luck, some stunning reflections. The day will culminate with a dusk shoot, where you can put into practice all that you have learned whilst capturing the glorious last light.

Most landscape photographers love their filters and their use can often mean the difference between a good photo and a great one. My personal choice of filter manufacturer is Lee filters and if you don’t have your own on the day, I will demonstrate using them with your equipment. The main filters used today are; neutral density graduated filters to balance exposure, polarisers to remove reflected light and saturate colours, Little and Big stoppers to slow shutter speeds and create magical blur. I have a full range of these.

Meeting point to be agreed.

2nd of February 2020

Dawn to Dusk

Group size is three participants travelling in a 4 x 4 vehicle

Fitness Level – Easy

Ideal equipment: Digital SLR / 16mm – 35mm / 24mm – 70mm / 75 – 300mm / tripod

Hot drinks included throughout the day / meals not included but there will be a lunch stop in Ambleside

This is a winter workshop so warm clothing and appropriate footwear is essential. A good stout pair of wellingtons will allow you to work shallow in water

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