Capturing Water on Camera Holiday in Cornwall
Cornwall is the perfect destination for capturing water on camera, visit some of the most beautiful beaches and coves, around St Ives; it provides endless opportunities to capture various waters from different surroundings. Whether you are a beginner or expert your leader will guide to the best locations and demonstrate techniques to help you make great photographs.
- Find out how to get the best results from your own camera
- Our professional photography leader will guide and encourage you in small, sociable groups of up to 12 guests
- Daily image review sessions offer constructive feedback throughout your holiday
- High quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our Country House
- Guidance and tuition from a knowledgeable HF Holidays’ leader, to ensure you get the most from your holiday
- All essential transport to photography locations, via mini-coach or other mode of transport e.g. boat
You can check in to your room from 2.30pm onwards (premium rooms from 1pm). Please join us for afternoon tea. All guests are invited – we’ll introduce your leader and welcome you to your holiday.
We spend the morning with some tuition on photographing water in all its forms, and then we'll take a walk down into the lovely town of St Ives to see what inspires us in the harbour and beaches.
Kenidjack Valley, with its ruined mine workings, leads to the rocky beach Porth Ledden and views out past Cape Cornwall to the west. This walk of just over a mile each way does have some rough parts which can be slippery if wet, but the mines, stream and cove are well worth it! Back at our starting point, we enjoy views of the striking chimney on Cape Cornwall itself, and if time permits, we’ll have a short stop to visit Botallack and its mine workings.
Our Discovery Points help you make the most out of your free day. There’s plenty of maps and a selection of the best local walking routes, as well as weather forecasts and public transport options – plus details about other places to visit.
Kennall Vale is a beautiful woodland with fascinating remnants of its industrial past as a gunpowder factory. Located between Redruth and Penryn, now a nature reserve, the woods around the River Kennall are dotted with old granite ruins. It's another place where you can hone your moving water photography skills. We'll finish the day at Stithians reservoir. With an imposing dam, it's the largest body of fresh water in West Cornwall.
We end the week back on the coast not far from St Ives. The Hayle Estuary is an RSPB reserve and there should be plenty of wading birds to see; Oystercatcher, Curlew and Little Egret to name just a few. The river estuary will give us a different view of water in the landscape. Godrevy is our final destination. It's a classic Cornish coastal landscape; a vast sandy beach, high cliffs, dramatic coves, and an offshore lighthouse. It's a great place for coastal birds, and there's a chance we may see a Peregrine Falcon! Later we'll have a chance to review everything we've learned over the week, and put together a slide show to show the other guests.
Depart after a leisurely breakfast.
Sea, sand and (hopefully) sun await at Cornwall’s Chy Morvah. This coastal bolthole, whose name means ‘House by the Sea’ in Cornish, basks in the famously lovely light of this artist-retreat town on the north coast of one of England’s most desirable holiday destinations. Those artists may have come to paint the sea and sky but you can simply admire it from the house’s privileged position. The building has been designed to maximise the effect of its elevated location, with stunning sea views and vistas of sandy beaches, while the bustling harbour and array of cafés and artists galleries are just a short cobbled street walk away. As well as 38 bedrooms, there are a large main lounge with panoramic views across St Ives Bay and a dining room that boasts similar mouth-watering views. To keep you entertained there’s a garden in which to enjoy the hazy pinky glow that falls on this seaside sanctuary every evening. Beyond the house, the Cornish Coast is the gateway to exploring the area, with easy access to St Michael’s Mount, the pretty fishing village of Mousehole, the beaches and cliffs of north Cornwall and the rugged cliffs of Land’s End. There’s even the option of an evening adventure to the Minack Theatre
Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi
Stay in one of the main building’s beautifully presented rooms or in the adjacent Lanyons House. With 38 bright and airy bedrooms, Chy Morvah has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good and Better Rooms to choose from. Simply but smartly furnished they let the view through the window do the talking.
All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.
Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, attractive gardens with sea views, heated outdoor swimming pool, multi-purpose activity room, ballroom, library and board games to borrow
After a day strolling the coast, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Relax by sitting in the pretty gardens beneath the large mature trees and looking out over the sea. Take a turn in the heated outdoor pool if you still have the energy, or simply relax on the sundeck adjacent to it. Indoors, kick back in one of the lounges. The small bar with its seaside paraphernalia is well-stocked and welcoming while light floods the dining room through panoramic windows.
Food & Drink
As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at Chy Morvah is varied and eclectic but has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the dining room hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might tuck in to Cornish cauliflower and award-winning blue cheese soup, snack on a Stargazy pasty featuring locally caught fillet of mackerel and tuck in to either locally reared pork with a Cornish cider jus or fillet of plaice stuffed with white crab meat, prawns and chives for the best that Cornish land and sea has to offer.
For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865
What to Bring
- your camera and other essential accessories
- memory card
- battery and charger
- your camera’s instruction manual
- waterproof clothing and outdoor footwear, ideally walking boots
- bag for your camera equipment, spare clothing, lunch, water, etc
- Notebook and pencil (pencils work better in the rain!)
- a laptop plus accessories for viewing, editing and sharing images (whilst it’s not essential, bringing your own laptop will mean you get more from your photography holiday if you shoot digital)
- filters: neutral density and graduated, polarising will all help you achieve a wider variety of water images
Optional camera accessories (remember you will have to carry some of these)
- spare memory cards
- a spare camera battery
- a spare camera (you never know!)
- a small selection of lenses: wide angle, telephoto, macro, for example
- memory stick or CD for storing images
- a tripod or monopod if you feel more comfortable with one
- camera rain-protector—a shower cap or plastic bag, or something more expensive if you prefer
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