Lake District Workshop Report Sep 2014
A week ago today we were stood in baking September sunshine in Little Langdale wondering whether Summer had really ended. The light and heat was a little out of the ordinary for this time of year but my workshop students really made the most of the opportunity to get some amazing photos across the 3 day workshop.
Friday, we started at Tarn Hows - a beautiful little tarn just north of Windermere close to Coniston Water. Tarn Hows offers the usual great variety of shots in the Lake District ranging from picturesque trickling waterfalls and streams to bigger vistas and of course those selective shots of smaller parts of the area.
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After lunch we moved a few miles further on to Little Langdale - always a great place for getting a variety of shots, from idyllic Slaters Bridge to those big wide angle shots of the tarn and fells.
Saturday was a long and amazing day as we covered a good variety of locations that allowed the group to really hone different skills in composition and using the varying light to make images.
An early morning start at Castlerigg stone circle gave us some subtle mist and good cloud to work on contrast and mono shots.
After breakfast we headed north to Allonby coast to try and catch some coastal shots and give the group a change from lakes and mountains to keep them fresh.
As many of you already know, I am probably more at home when shooting the coast than anywhere else so having the chance to make some images here for an hour was a real pleasure.
See my separate blog post on the results when you have an intention
From Allonby to Wast Water - one of my favourite waters in Cumbria, being so far west and difficult to get to it was a must do for the group on a 3 day workshop. We were not disappointed when we arrived. Gorgeous light and subtle clouds really combined to give us the chance to capture the magic of the surrounding giants of this water.
Next on our Saturday itinerary was a sunset shoot somewhere - after some discussion and the many choices of what might be good given the conditions the group opted for Derwent Water. We were not alone on arrival! However, the prospect of some classic sunset shots over Derwent didn't look promising initially and this certainly meant that the brigade of photographers already there soon dispersed. As the daylight turned to dusk the colours and conditions improved no end.
Following a warm day and cold night I knew Sunday morning would promise us mist. We were not disappointed and actually, dare i say it, we had so much mist at some points of the early morning pre breakfast shoot we couldn't see each other let alone the wonderful views from Bassentwaite Lake.
Fortunately the mist did come and go for spells and the group reveled in classic Lake District conditions to make photos.
Following a welcome hot breakfast we headed off for Ullswater and after grabbing some quick shots of the reflections of the boat house at Pooley Bridge we headed round to Martindale valley and the challenging hike up the pass to get those big vista aerial shots.
I wasn't thanked for the walk up to this viewpoint but once there everyone was awestruck with the views across Ullswater and Martindale. Jean, a lady in her 80's managed the walk up better than most of us and is a real credit to the motto of one life - live it!
All in all it was a fantastic 3 days with a great bunch of people who really enjoyed the variety of locations and different types of shots that the light, scenery and imagination inspired.
If you are interested in joining me on a location workshop I have options from 2.5hrs, 4hrs, 1 day, 2 day and 3 day workshops catering for a wide range of genres and interests.
Call me for a chat about anything you might be interested in, 0781 701 7994.