Exploring Movement in Photography in the Southern Lake District

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Duration: 4 nights
Interests: Photography Holidays
from £565pp £510pp

We're all used to keeping our cameras as still as possible to get sharp images. On this holiday, we will be exploring movement in photography; first you will learn how to use Intentional Camera Movement (ICM) to get intriguing abstract images by moving the camera during the exposure. Once we've mastered that we'll move on to working with Subject Movement. Should I stop movement or show movement? As well as working with such classic subjects as moving water, we'll also spend time experimenting with light painting tools and stopping water droplets with short exposure flash. For this holiday you should already be able to use your camera with confidence. We’ll spend most of the day outdoors, exploring by mini-coach or on foot, walking up to 3 miles (5km) each day.

Holiday Highlights

  • Find out how to get the best results from your own camera
  • Our professional photography leader will guide and encourage
  • Daily image review sessions offer constructive feedback throughout your holiday

What’s included

  • Full-board en-suite accommodation
  • All essential transport
  • Tuition from our expert leaders
  • Small groups of up to 12 guests

Trip Notes

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You can check in to your room from 2.30pm onwards (better & best rooms from 1pm). Please join us for afternoon tea.


In the morning we’ll get an overview on the use of movement in photography and the extraordinary images we can produce.  We’ll then practice ICM in and around Monk Coniston. On our return we can review selected images and discuss what we’ve learnt today.


Today we will try out some long exposure work outdoors with a visit to Stock Ghyll Force near Ambleside. On our short walk to the falls, we can try and capture the beauty of moving water - a tripod is vital here.  We can hone our ICM skills here too. Later we will use light painting tools to produce images of movement that the eye doesn't normally see.  Afterwards we can review our images and discuss what we have learnt today.


Today we'll try to stop the movement of water droplets using electronic flash. We will then move on to combining Camera Movement and Subject Movement. We'll even try using flash to blend blur and sharpness. Later we can have a review of the images from the last few days and discuss what we have learned.


Depart after a leisurely breakfast.


Monk Coniston

Wrapped in manicured gardens with stunning views over Coniston Water, Monk Coniston combines country house grandeur and romantic, gothic-style charm with contemporary touches to great effect among the rugged landscapes of the Lake District. Rocky mountains and grassy fells loom all around this handsome home, once owned by Beatrix Potter, and more latterly turned hikers’ hotel and owned by the National Trust. Fell-flecked scenery unfurls from the windows of the bedrooms in the main house, adjoining cottage and counting house. While the setting remains traditional and the grand entrance recalls a traditional era, the interiors have been swept into the present with bold patterns and comfy fabrics. Beyond the house, trails from the doorstep set off to explore the Lake District. Climb famous summits including Bow Fell, the Langdale Pikes and the Old Man of Coniston. Bag a series of Wainwright summits. Alternatively, slip into the beautiful valleys and stroll picturesque lakeside paths in search of secret corners such as Cathedral Cove in Little Langdale.

 

Rooms

Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

Stay in the smartly presented rooms in the main house. With 32 rooms, Monk Coniston has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good, Better and Best Rooms to choose from. Rooms with a view are well worth the extra spend as you’ll be overlooking the gardens or the lake.  Our favourite is Room 9 on the first floor, which contains some of the original features from when it was first built in 1885, a striking sailboat-patterned wallpaper and opens on to beautiful views of the gardens and fields that slope down to the shore of Coniston Water.

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 £15-20 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.

Facilities

Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, extensive garden, lounge, bar, Lakeland barn for activities, library and board games to borrow

After a day exploring the Lake District, return to the house. Stroll through the extensive grounds with their putting green and croquet lawn and uncover the hidden walled garden on the hill behind the house. Take a turn around the National Trust nature trail and look out for the fabulous, rare mature trees. Stumble on the small secret folly stood quietly among the bluebells when they’re out and the lush green grass when they’re not. Catch up with fellow guests in the bright and spacious lounge or grab a drink from the airy bar and wander down the garden to the bench overlooking Coniston Water for the perfect place to enjoy a sundowner – you might even spot the restored steam yacht Gondola cruising the five-mile length of the lake. After hours, duck into the converted Lakeland barn with its exposed beams and rustic chandelier for evening activities and skittles.

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 Monk Coniston is varied and tasty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the bright dining room with its giant fireplace and oversized mirror hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might try a five-course feast of regional flavours. From a cup of Monk Coniston walled garden vegetable soup to a Wabberthwaies Cumberland sausage – the only Cumberland sausage to have a royal warrant and to be served on Concorde – to twelve-hour slow cooked Cumbrian lamb and Ravenglass crab and Morecambe Bay shrimp cakes, the kitchen puts out the best of the Cumbrian countryside. Look out too for the Kendal Mint cheesecake among the assiette of deserts.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865

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What to Bring

Essential Equipment

  • 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

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
Non-member associate fee: £10 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Version Price Status Trip Notes Book
2019
21 Oct - 25 Oct 2019 Itinerary £565 £510 Save £55 Per Person Book Now
Duration:
4 nights
Interests:
Photography Holidays

4 nights from £565pp £510pp

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