Well into October already, and my programme of autumn one-day photography courses is steaming along. In fact, there are just two left to go: 20th and 27th October, covering Exmoor and Dartmoor in Autumn, respectively. We still have spaces on both, so if you’d like to come along get in touch.
Photography courses for 2019
When it comes to next year, I’ve managed to pull together my programme of 2019 one-day photography courses, and it’s all now up on the website, along with details of this year’s two remaining courses.
Building on what I learned in the survey I ran during the summer, I’ve introduced a couple of new courses, one of which will be a low-light photography workshop. This will in fact be the first workshop of the spring, kicking off on 30th March with some late afternoon, dusk and night photography. Another new course will be on South Devon coastal landscapes, to be held on 4th May.
For the second time, I’ll be running the architectural course in Bath, and there will also be the usual Dartmoor, Exmoor and Jurassic Coast workshops. The year will round off in November with a wildlife photography workshop, somewhere in Devon, though I’ve yet to decide exactly where – details will follow in due course.
Finding out more
Details of most of next year’s courses are on the website.
To find out more about all the courses, both those remaining this year and all those so far listed for next year, click on the link below:
The last two of this year’s autumn photography workshops were held at the end of October, on 22nd Oct the Exmoor in Autumn course, and on 28th Oct the Dartmoor in Autumn course.
Exmoor in Autumn photography course
Scheduled originally for 21st Oct, the weather forecast for that day had it set to be such a wild and windy day that I thought is wise to postpone the workshop by a day. It was probably the best thing to do, but in fact things were hardly any better on the Sunday – with howling winds and frequent showers making the photography quite a challenge. We did get to see quite a few rainbows, however, which was good.
The morning started off with some beach and harbour shots at Porlock Weir, on the Somerset coast. The hill behind the village gave some protection from the worst of the wind, but nevertheless we were battered by frequent showers alternating with some sunny spells. Photography consisted mostly of trying to capture in various ways the waves crashing over the harbour mouth groynes.
Then we moved up onto the hills at County Gate, a place with wonderful views of deep valleys, moors and woodland. Here, we found out just how windy it really was, and with the showers getting ever more frequent, we soon gave up on this site.
Much of the afternoon was spent at Watersmeet, a deep and sheltered valley, filled with woodlands and a white water river. Quite apart from photographing the waterfall here, and the river flowing around rocks, we were also treated to canoeists shooting downriver and, near the end of the day, a heron posing nicely by the river bank for us.
So, despite the conditions, in fact it was quite an interesting and varied day.
Dartmoor in Autumn photography course
Held the following weekend, this was a much calmer day, the morning spent in the sheltered woodland valley of the Teign River, at Fingle Bridge in the northeast of Dartmoor. Lots of photography of trees in autumn colours hanging over the river, etc, though the very gentle breeze was just enough to ruffle the leaves, making it difficult when shooting with slow shutter speeds.
The second part of the day was spent on the open moor, on the hills above the village of Chagford. Here, the elements turned against us again, with heavy, drizzly cloud moving in and a nasty little wind getting up. We managed some handy photography of the Scorhill stone circle, as well as shots of a lone hawthorn tree on some marshy moorland, all aimed at demonstrating how to get worthwhile shots on an otherwise desolate moor. We didn’t manage to get too far with this, however, as with the weather deteriorating and both temperature and light levels dropping we all eventually decided to call it a day.
The joys of photography in England in late autumn!
Sets of photos taken by me during the day – along with those from several of the recent courses – can be seen on the website. Just click on the link below.
So, two thirds of the way through my autumn programme of photography workshops. Just two more to go – Exmoor in Autumn, and Dartmoor in Autumn. The first is supposed to be happening tomorrow (21st Oct), but with Storm Brian soon to sweep through the course has been postponed to Sunday. The Dartmoor workshop will follow next weekend, on 28th October. After that, apart from the occasional personalised one-to-ones it’ll be the winter ‘recess’, until the courses kick off again next spring.
Meanwhile, here are a couple of photos from two of the courses I’ve run in the past few weeks – Jurassic Coast landscapes on 7th Oct, and Wildlife Photography (which I ran for the Royal Photographic Society), on 14th Oct. I hope you like the photos.
As always, Iceland did not disappoint during this year’s tour, delivering up plenty of spectacular landscapes, coasts and waterfalls, along with some very challenging weather conditions. With weather forecasts changing every five minutes, we found ourselves regularly dodging showers, sheltering our cameras from rain and spray, reluctant to use tripods in the ‘bracing’ winds.
The upside of the conditions was that we saw more rainbows than you could shake a camera at, generating some wonderfully colourful and dramatic scenes. It all added to the mood of the wild and rugged landscapes for which Iceland is so rightly renowned – absolutely a landscape photographer’s dream, at least for those who like nature in the raw, and indeed still in the making.
This year’s tour concentrated on the Snaefellsnes peninsula, a 100km-long finger of land pointing into the North Atlantic from Iceland’s west coast. A mountainous and volcanic peninsula, much of the photography took in a few of the many waterfalls, rugged mountain scenes, lava fields and surf-pounded coastal lava cliffs.
The aurora forecasts for the week were rather low, and as predicted we got to see Northern Lights on just one night; a modest performance in the sky above the church in the village of Hellnar.
The return trip towards Reykjavik took a huge detour inland, passing the lovely Hraunfossar Falls (arguably one of Iceland’s most beautiful waterfalls), and then passing along the wild and desolate Kaldidalur valley, skirting the western edge of the Langjökull Glacier, Iceland’s second largest ice-cap.
Talking of Reykjavik, we also took in some architectural photography in this attractive city, shooting the magnificent Hallgrimskirkja church and the shoreside Suncraft sculpture.
My programme of autumn photography workshops has started, kicking off on 9th September with my Atlantic Coast Landscapes photography course, held at Hartland Quay, on Devon’s north coast.
We had some pretty mixed weather, with a rain shower before we started out from the car park, and another shortly after we returned at the end. Inbetween we had a mix of sunshine and cloud, which gave us quite a useful variation in the types of light. It was also pretty windy, so we had plenty of good surf to complement Hartland’s rugged Atlantic coastline.
Photography was a mix of sandy beach, rocks, a wonderful waterfall, and clifftop views, all of which worked quite well, with photography running throughout the afternoon right up until after sunset (though heavy cloud cover alas stopped us actually seeing a sunset!).
A couple of photos that I took during my demonstrations are shown here. To see more of my photos click on the link below:
The next course in my autumn programme that still has spaces on it will be Exmoor in Autumn, taking place on 21st October around Lynton and Lynmouth. To get more details and to sign up click on the link below:
Judging the 2017 Southwest Coast Path photography competiton!
I’m very pleased to be able to announce that I’ve been asked to be the principal judge on this year’s annual Southwest Coast Path photography competition! The competition, run to promote the loveliness and importance of the landscapes along the southwest peninsula’s southwest coast path, will be on during the autumn, starting from now and ending at the beginning of December. I’ll be selecting the winner out of a shortlist of – hopefully – fantastic images. So start submitting really soon – not to me but to the Southwest Coast Path organisation. For more details click on this link:
Atlantic coastal landscapes photography; Hartland Quay, north Devon
9th Sept 2017
My autumn photography workshops kick off on 9th Sept with an afternoon and evening spent photographing the spectacular cliffs, rocky shores and coastal waterfalls of north Devon’s coast, around Hartland Quay.
This is one of the most rugged stretches of Devon’s coasts, providing a fantastic opportunity for some wild coastal landscape photography.
We’ll be starting at 2pm, just as the sun is moving round towards the west and so shining onto the cliffs, and will continue until it sets over the sea at about 8pm. In that time we’ll photograph the rocks and cliffs south of Hartland Quay, as well as the patterned sands and rock-lined pools at Speke’s Mill Mouth (a mile or so south of Hartland Quay), plus the spectacular waterfall that crashes down the cliffs to the beach here.
We’ll be shooting on a rising tide, starting off with the tide well out and so giving us plenty of beach to work on, coming up to high tide shortly before sunset.
Price for the workshop is £90 per person. More details and sign-up can be seen by clicking the link below:
My programme of spring and early summer photography courses has now finished, but my autumn events will be starting up in September.
Apart from the Iceland photo tour in late September, I also have four one-day courses, all taking place in southwest England, mostly Devon, and mostly concentrating on landscape photography.
One of the four courses – Jurassic Coast Landscapes, at Lyme Regis on 7th October – is already full, but I still have spaces on the other three, so here are some details:
Atlantic Coast Landscapes
9th Sept 2017; Hartland Quay, north Devon
We’ll be photographing along the rugged cliffs and beaches at and near Hartland Quay, on Devon’s rugged north coast, near Bideford. Subject matter will include the sand and rocks of the shoreline, plus at least one of the several waterfalls that cascade down the cliffs right onto the beaches.
This course takes in the rugged coastal landscapes of the Valley of Rocks as well as the deep valley woodlands and streams of Watersmeet, two beautiful locations around the Exmoor towns of Lynton and Lynmouth.
28th Oct 2017; Fingle Bridge and Gidleigh Common, Dartmoor, Devon
In this course we’ll be photographing the autumn colours in the woods that line the River Teign close to Fingle Bridge, in the northeast of the moor, followed by some open moorland photography around Scorhill stone circle and the marshes of the upper Teign.
21-26th Sept 2017, Reykjavik and the Snaefellsnes peninsula (Iceland west coast)
Photography of the rugged volcanic landscapes of this wild peninsula, including the iconic Mt Kirkjufell and its nearby waterfalls, as well as – hopefully – the Northern Lights. We still have a couple of spaces, so if you’re interested in coming click on the link below.