Stratford Upon Avon, Warwickshire
Woodland glades and ponds at this tranquil woodland reserve
Situated just north of Shakespeare’s historic Stratford-Upon-Avon, Snitterfield Bushes reserve lies either side of the Snitterfield to Bearley Road, and once formed part of a much larger area of semi-natural, broad-leaved woodland.
History of Snitterfield Bushes
Natural forest for centuries, the wood was used for timber, common pasture and agriculture. You can still see old ridge and furrow plough markings in some areas of the reserve. The site was used as an airfield during the 2nd World War and traces of the old concrete runway network and bomb stores can be found towards the centre of the reserve.
Following clear-felling of the woodland in the 1940s, the site has now been returned to its current excellence through careful management, deserving of its SSSI status.
What's it like to visit?
Visit in spring to enjoy the exquisite carpet of bluebells, primroses and early-purple orchids. The woodland supports an impressive 250 different species of plants, including a number of more special flowers, found at limited sites across Warwickshire. You might see herb-paris, fragrant agrimony, columbine, meadow saffron or bird’s-nest orchid.
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Price includes all tuition
Price excludes parking fees where applicable
Cancellation or Bad Weather
On the rare occasion that severe weather conditions prevent any of the photography workshops from safely or practically going ahead, other dates will be offered if a 1 day, 4hr or 2.5hr event.
Participants are responsible for attending with appropriate footwear and are responsible for their own equipment.
Under 16's welcome but must be accompanied by a paying adult.
All bookings must be made in advance through Alan Ranger Photography website
Bookings are confirmed within 24hrs & joining instructions will be emailed out 4-7 days prior to event date.
Optional post workshop image review and feedback on your images
Woodlands, trees and nature have always been a source of inspiration, therapy and photography for me. I am always drawn to trees wherever I am photographing so I have decided to make 2019 the year I spend even more time amongst trees and in the woodlands.
I want to share and enjoy the tranquility of our woodland environments with others so am listing twelve monthly photo walks (one each month, on the first Tuesday of the month) around twelve different woodland habitats across Warwickshire and the West Midlands. The locations are renowned for interest and variety so offer something for every interest (abstract, macro, nature portrait, vista, cameo shot) throughout the year.
My aim is not to instruct you what to shoot, instead I want to help you develop your own sense of visual awareness, photographic eye and your personal interpretation. I will be happy to help you with the “how to shoot” whatever it is you feel drawn to and wish to express through your creative vision using the camera to construct your intention.
“Give a man a fish you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish you feed them for life.”
This is the healing way of Shinrin-yoku Forest Therapy, the medicine of simply being in the forest. Shinrin-yoku is a term that means "taking in the forest atmosphere" or "forest bathing." It was developed in Japan during the 1980s and has become a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine.
The walks around these selected woodlands are aimed to promote our senses and connection to trees/woodland/nature - as we walk, observe and take in our environment we may decide to make a photograph, or not.
“The most beautiful gift of nature is that it gives one pleasure to look around and try to comprehend what we see.” Albert Einstein
On this workshop Alan will guide you through:
focusing and depth of field
tonal range and shadow and highlight recognition
composition and designing the shot
Dealing with various lighting scenarios
Abstract, Macro, Cameo/Portraits of woodland scenes, ICM or whatever you want to explore and learn.
9:30 - Meet at designated meeting point
9:30/9:45 - Introduction and preparation and set-up
9:45-11:45 - Walk around woods observe, shoot/review images
12:00 - Event end and option to go on to a cafe if nearby/wanted.
Fitness Level Required - Easy
This trip is rated as easy, meaning that most people with average fitness should comfortably be able to deal with the short walks (20mins) and occasional steps or gradients involved.
Experience Level - Beginner to Advanced
The class and workshop are suitable for any level, including beginners. Ideally you will understand exposure, aperture and be shooting in Aperture Priority or Manual Exposure mode.
All participants receive 1-2-1 tuition and support on practical workshops so that tutoring can be tailored to the individuals needs and experience.
You will be provided an electronic guide beforehand to set your camera up in preparation and ensure you have everything required
Equipment for this workshop
What to bring:
Your camera, fully charged battery and spare battery if you have one.
Remote Release Cable to take/time shots without touching the camera.
Any lens is suitable as there are always a range of shots to be taken using macro, telephoto and sometimes wide angle.
Tripod - Recommended but not essential unless you want to do macro or shots using telephoto focal lengths
Sensible footwear – it can sometimes be muddy and sticky underfoot so walking boots or trainers with good grip are recommended.
A large sandwich bag and an elastic band to wrap around your camera and lens if we have light rain
Water, snacks or whatever you need for the event duration
Raincoats or equivalent – we might catch a shower!
If you have any specific questions regarding equipment please contact me directly or take a look at my recommended products page.
Snitterfield Bushes, Stratford Upon Avon, Warwickshire
No prior knowledge of photography is required as each student will be taught individually, according to their level.
Recognise correct lighting, contrast and texture to shape and form each shot.
Learn the impact of using long exposure, shallow depth of field and other techniques.
Work with Alan to review your shots, accept new ideas and improve your photography.