From £399 - 4 to 7 nights
Holiday reference: EPT
Day 1: Arrival day
Your room will be available from 2.30pm onwards. Please join us for tea between 4pm and 5pm to meet the leader and your fellow guests.
Before dinner there will be a brief introduction to the holiday programme.
Lulworth, 16 February 2015 (details to follow shortly)
Coniston, 16 March 2015 (details to follow shortly)
Day 2: Morning tuition when techniques will be explained and discussed on how the image can be improved before it is taken, particularly topics related to composition. After lunch a short stroll around Alnmouth, putting these techniques into practice, followed by an assessment period after dinner.
Day 3: Today we look at depth-of-field and how it can improve composition. Castles on headlands and expansive sandy beaches are our subjects at Dunstanburgh, Bamburgh and subject to tidal conditions – Lindisfarne on Holy Island. After dinner a PowerPoint presentation on Digital Photography.
Day 4: By way of a complete contrast, we take a trip to the hills bordering the Cheviots where the importance of prevailing weather conditions will affect the way we take pictures. First a look around the historic town of Alnwick, then to Edlingham Castle and Rothbury for the Simonside Hills and Coquetdale. After dinner a final review of photographs.
Day 5: Depart after breakfast.
Day 2: Morning tuition will begin with a short workshop on elements of composition, light and subject. We'll then take a circular route by coach heading north east towards Capel Curig stopping along the way to capture vistas of the beautiful mountains of the Snowdonia National Park. Leaving Capel Curig heading west we'll stop to capture panoramas of magnificent Mount Snowdon and the sharp ridge of Tryfan as well as at the Weston end of Llyn Ogwen to capture images of the river Ogwen as it passes under the bridge and over the waterfall, descending down the valley to the sea. Our tour will then progress through Bethesda and the pasture land of the western reaches of the Ogwen valley. We'll then head east through the stunning Llanberis pass, stopping at vantage points to capture closer images of Mount Snowdon and the dramatic vistas back down the pass, with its narrow valley floor and towering mountain sides. From the top of the pass we'll return to Beddgelert. The evening will be devoted to discussions, reviews of your photographs and workshops designed to improve your digital photography.
Day 3: Today we'll again head west through the Llanberis pass to the town of Caernarfon and its stunning castle, built in 1283 by Edward I, with walls designed to mimic the great banded walls of Constantinople. We'll explore the castle and surrounding town to capture images of thos former imperial stronhold and its relationship to the landscape. In the town we'll focus on images of the general life of the town, its local inhabitants at work and visitors enjoying the historic town. The evening will be devoted to discussions, reviews of your photographs and workshops designed to improve your digital photography.
Day 4: We set out for the mystical island of Anglesey to photograph the monastic settlement of Pennen Priory and the surrounding area. Its ancient ruins will give us some great images. We'll then walk the short distance to Pennen old quarry works, to allow us to capture the industrial decay of these former works. Moving along the path we'll reach Pennen beach with its rocky outcrops and lighthouse, to capture images of this beautiful and rugged coastline. On our return trip we'll stop on the Welsh side of the straits to capture the majesty of Telford's Menia bridge. The evening will be devoted to discussions, reviews of your photographs and workshops designed to improve your digital photography.
Day 5: A free day for you to relax at the Country House or explore the local area.
Day 6: For today's landscape photography journey we'll head to the former industrial town of Llanberis to photograph the affect of the slate industry on the natural landscape. We'll visit the national slate museum, built in the shadow of Elidir mountain, site of the vast Dinorwig quarry. We'll see how the men of the quarry worked and lived and have the opportunity to photograph demonstrations of slate working. We'll then take a short walk to Dolbadarn Castle and Llyn Padarn where we'll explore the shoreline and castle, made famous by Turner's painting. The evening will be devoted to discussions, reviews of your photographs and workshops designed to improve your digital photography.
Day 7: On our last day's outing we'll head towards the coast once more stopping at the little village of Abergwyngregyn to walk up to the beautiful Aber falls. As we walk up the trail there will be plenty opportunities to capture the magnificent landscape. On reaching the falls you'll have some great positions from which to capture this timeless scene as the water cascades over the mountain side. We'll retrace out steps back down to the village to meet the coach and head back to the Country House. The evening will be devoted to discussions, reviews of your photographs and workshops designed to improve your digital photography.
Day 8: Depart after breakfast
Day 2: Morning tuition when techniques are explained and discussed on how an image can be improved before it is taken, particularly topics related to composition and colour balance. After lunch a walk to Carding Mill Valley, putting these techniques into practice, followed by an assessment period after dinner.
Day 3: Today we look at depth-of-field and how it can improve composition. The ancient walls of Montgomery Castle will act as foil to the distant views of the Welsh Marches followed by an afternoon visit to the tops of Long Mynd and the Stiperstones. After dinner a PowerPoint presentation on Digital Photography.
Day 4: By way of contrast, historic Ironbridge and its iconic structure straddling the River Severn. Today we shall learn how to avoid or correct converging verticals where buildings appear to be falling over, with visits in the afternoon to Bridgnorth and Much Wenlock.
Day 5: A morning visit to Ludlow, which has the distinction of being one of the finest towns in England. In the afternoon we head for ‘the quietest place under the sun’: Clun, immortalized in verse by A.E. Housman. After dinner there will be an opportunity for a final review and discussion.
Day 6: Depart after breakfast.
Day 2: Three very different photographic locations for our trip out today, each of which requires specific photographic techniques: Gloucester Docks offer waterscapes and sometimes visiting tall ships; Painswick is a hill-top wool village with wonderful architecture; Selsley and Minchenhampton Commons are high limestone grasslands with wonderful long views over the Cotswolds, the Severn and Wales.
Day 3: Today’s locations offer the opportunity to extend your photographic skills: Broadway Tower is a unique location with extensive views; the ancient village of Great Tew with interesting 14th century church interiors; The Rollright Stone Circle are Britain's third most important stone circle where we hope to photograph in the late Autumn sunset.
Day 4: Depart after breakfast.
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