Join me on the 18th December for a workshop that is a little different to most others out there, a photographic walk up Derwent Edge.
Derwent Edge is a fantastic gritstone edge stretching along the skyline of Ladybower Reservoir. It offers many fantastic gritstone formations along the way such as Whinstone Lee Tor, White Tor, the Salt Cellar, Back Tor and much more.
This workshop is designed for those who are perhaps more comfortable with their camera but want to get higher up and capture different viewpoints. The route itself while long and high up is well pathed and gradual so it has been rated as a medium difficulty. Do bear in mind though hill walking experience is preferred as being a winter workshop, the weather can quickly turn and can get cold quickly.
The aim is to walk along the edge, taking in as many viewpoints as possible before returning in the direction we came. Our ultimate goal will be Back Tor, the highest point of the edge but this largely depends on time and the weather. It isn’t the highlight of the edge though, the Salt Cellar arguably is and this will be my main focus to get us there and is around 2.5 miles from the car.
In the gallery below you can see some of the locations we will visit. Some of the photos are taken outside of winter but will give you an idea of the viewpoints.
We will meet at 09:00 to do a meet and greet with myself and the other photographers. We will break for lunch around 12:30 (please bring packed lunch). During this time of year, the light can be good throughout the day and great images will be able to be taken all day. Sunset is at around 16:00 with around an hours walking back.
This workshop is suited for all levels of photography but is especially great for those who want to explore some of our higher areas with a good working knowledge of their camera and have potentially previously been on one of my more traditional day workshops. This is a workshop about experiencing higher up places, the walking that comes with it and enjoying the scenery as much as the photography.
Please note, a good level of fitness is required as this is a hill walking day. The pace will be relaxed but the whole route could be up to 8 miles and in winter could prove trickier for some. We will likely have to walk some of the walk back in the dark. It is advisable you have some previous hill walking experience to understand the terrain and fitness required. If you have any concerns please feel free to get in touch.
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.
Throughout the day we will look at techniques such as focusing, 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 own 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. I have tried to explain more about the day in the description above also.
This workshop is a photographic walk. You will be expected to be of above average fitness and preferably with previous experience in the hills. You are likely to 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. We will stick to well used paths and trails where possible however at times these may include grassy paths or very uneven terrain. Once we arrive at our photography location(s) 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 you may be expected to walk around 6 -8 miles in a day. There may be some element of returning in the dark.