The workshop starts in Keswick where we will meet at a pre-agreed location nearby (details will be sent). Should the light be offering something unique, we will visit the shoreline of Derwentwater or Bassenthwaite to grab an opportunistic landscape before moving on.
The workshop location encompasses broad-leaved and coniferous woodland, grassland and shoreline, so there is plenty to work with. These habitats also overlap in many cases, so the opportunities for close-up work (macro), small scenes (any lens) and intimate landscapes (any lens) are limitless. All you need is a willingness to slow down and observe and sometimes a bit of imagination and the world in miniature is your oyster. The group is limited to three so you will never be left to fend for yourself, unless you request time alone specifically to explore. As each visit to a location is different on any given day of any week and any year, Simon will point out opportunities as and when he sees them throughout the workshop. The larger scene is not off the table on this workshop, although it is the primary focus. We would be crazy to ignore dramatic light if it unfolded.
Duration – 8 hrs
April workshop starts at 6am
October workshop starts at 7am
Group size is three participants
Fitness Level – Easy
Ideal equipment: Digital SLR / 50mm macro or 100mm macro or 180mm macro & extension tubes if you have them.
Sturdy tripod (reflectors and flash if you wish). Kneeling pads such as those used by tilers come in handy for getting low and keeping dry. You can buy these here.
Hot drinks included throughout the day / meals not included but there will be a lunch stop
These are run in spring and autumn so warm clothing and appropriate footwear is essential. A good stout pair of wellingtons will allow you to work in anything we might encounter