BOLE HILL, PADLEY GORGE AND BACK TOR WORKSHOP
13:00 – 21:00
PHOTOGRAPH SPRING IN PADLEY GORGE, BOLE HILL AND FINISH WITH A SUNSET FROM BACK TOR
WITH AUTHOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY GUIDEBOOK, PEAK DISTRICT THROUGH THE LENS
Meet at 13:00
At Grindleford Train Station
Price: £125 per person (Deposit £40)
Join me on the 25th April for a packed day of photographing a great variety of subjects in the Dark Peak including the fantastic Bolehill Quarry, Padley Gorge and a sunset from Back Tor.
At this time of year, life starts to return to the trees and plants in the Peak District as we finally start to see some green in the landscape. While Bolehill Quarry and Padley Gorge are usually known for autumn colours, they are just as magical to capture with the start of new life.
We will visit Padley Gorge first to capture babbling brooks and tumbling waterfalls and look at using filters as well learning about long exposure. This is also a great opportunity to get to know each other and see where you are with your cameras technical knowledge.
Next, we will visit Bolehill Quarry which is a myriad of Birch trees and abandoned millstones where we could spend hours finding 1000’s of different compositions.
We will look to do a little more of an adventurous sunset over on Back Tor on the Great Ridge. In April, the Tor lights up with the setting sun and if we’re lucky we will have stormy skies to compliment it. The walk will be steady and isn’t too far (1.5 miles each way) but we will anticipate an hour for a really steady pace. This is the only moderate difficulty part to the day and along a really good path for the most part. If the weather isn’t looking promising we may alter our itinerary to something more suitable.
Upon booking you will be provided with a questionnaire to fill out which is a requirement of attending. I will also provide a recommended kit list and what to bring.
We will meet to do a meet and greet with myself and the other photographers at 13:00 before heading up Padley Gorge.
We will break for lunch around 17:00 and if time allows, look at some of my images on a laptop to discuss basic processing techniques within Adobe Lightroom. The day will conclude after sunset around 21:00. This time may be slightly later if you require transport back to the meeting point.
Throughout the day we will look at techniques such as focusing, using a tripod, use of filters vs exposure blending, composition, working with the light and more.
I am more than happy to discuss other more advanced techniques on 1-2-1 basis as well as to the group, depending on what is beneficial.
The day is tailored around you as much as possible and I strive to give each of you on the course for that day the best day possible. At the end of the day, you will have hopefully learnt new techniques and taken away some imagery you will be proud of. I am a friendly and relaxed tutor and I welcome you to keep in touch with me after the course to ask me any questions you may have looked over on the day. I have also created a Facebook client area where you can keep in touch, share your photos and keep in touch with other attendees from the day.
There will be a maximum group size of 4 meaning there will be plenty of 1-2-1 time. I will be on hand throughout the day for any questions and my focus will be on ensuring you have the best day possible.
Below is an explanation of the difficulty for the workshop. This is largely affected by your perception and previous experience in this kind of environment. The rating is a rough guide and in context to the type of workshop e.g. a hill-walking workshop moderate is different to a standard day workshop moderate.
This workshop is listed as easy/moderate. The first two locations will be approx. 15 minutes from the car with returns to the car between. Back Tor however is around a 45 minute walk and has two possible routes. One short and steep, the other long and gentle but raises the workshop to a moderate level. You may be covering some steep ground over mixed-terrain. Some footpaths may be paved, however please also expect natural trails of a stable surface where you may encounter natural and unavoidable features such as rocks, tree roots, mud etc. It is unlikely we will be off the beaten track and these paths will be well used and popular. Once we arrive at our photography location we may be off the main path and as such extra care must be taken with any potential hazards. I will advise if I can see any hazards and if you are unsure, please ask. On these workshops, while the locations are easy on their own, we will inevitably walk a fair distance over the course without realising and you can expect to walk anywhere between 3 and 6 miles in a day.
•Transport from meeting point.
•Introduction to post-processing.
•Technical tuition and advice.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:
• Transport to meeting point.
• Food & Drink.
• Personal Insurance.
WHAT YOU NEED:
• Camera with spare batteries and memory card.
• Walking Boots
• Appropriate outdoor clothing.
• Head Torch
• Camera Manual
• Tripod (Can Loan)
WHAT I CAN PROVIDE (GROUP SHARE):
• Selection of filters
GOOD TO HAVE:
• DSLR with selection of lenses.
• Remote Shutter