Join me for a 3-days of wild camping in the beautiful and picturesque Lake District where steep, large mountains dominate stretches of shorelines, home to England’s longest and deepest lakes.
This challenging but rewarding workshop will see you push your photography boundaries, camping high in the mountains to capture scenes at sunrise and sunset that most will never witness. This is why mountain photography is my favourite kind of photography.
You don’t need to be ultra-fit to walk up the mountains and wild camp, but it’s by no means easy either. You should be prepared for around a 3 mile walk up with over 2000ft of ascent, if not more, carrying up to 20kg in your bag. This however is part of the fun and allure, it becomes more than photography, it becomes an experience, an adventure and if the light comes, the effort is rewarded and you’ll wonder why you never done this before.
Because of this you will be expected to be of above average fitness and you will have preferably already got some hill-walking experience or an understanding of the type of terrain we may encounter.
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.
In terms of camping, it’s not that much different in terms of hardship than camping on a site. You are just rewarded with much better views high in the mountains! We will only need to think about extra’s like taking enough food & water for the trip and ensuring we are equipped for the weather.
We will meet on the Friday in Scales to head up to Blencathra for our first night. We will camp on the top near Sharp Edge and hopefully capture a stunning sunrise looking down the edge.
The next day will be a slightly smaller affair if everyone is feeling slightly tired, this could be Cat Bells which overlooks the fantastic Derwent Water. If people feel super energetic though we could look at Helvellyn or Lingmell which both have awesome opportunities.
During the day we may find some waterfalls or other low down photography spots or we may choose to chill out in a cafe, this totally depends on the mood of the group! As the days are long at this time of year it is no bad thing to chill out in the day. The main aim is the camping with the focus being on sunset and sunrise.
The workshop is listed as 3 days as we meet on the Friday and depart on the Sunday but please note we finish early on the Sunday after sunrise so this is not 3 full days. This benefits most who have long journeys back on the Sunday ready for work Monday!
Throughout the workshop we will look at techniques such as focusing, use of filters vs exposure blending, composition, working with the light and more. However, being an experience based workshop we will also look at how to get up mountains, best practices, how to and where to pitch and wild camping etiquette.
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 workshop is tailored around you as much as possible and I strive to give each of you the most attention I can to help you achieve what you wish to. At the end of the course, 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. 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 weekend for any questions and my focus will be on ensuring you have the best day possible.
Loan kit can be provided for this trip if you are without yourself. This includes tent (see notes below), sleeping mat and sleeping bag. Please let me know before the course. There is a £200 deposit on any kit to cover any mis-use or damages within your control. This will be refunded at the end of the course. Please note, the tent that is provided is based on sharing (if social distancing allows) with one or more workshop members. It is a large, top-of-the-range mountain tent with plenty of room. If social distancing doesn’t allow, you may have to provide your own suitable mountain tent although I do have one or two spare as well. You are welcome to use your own wild camping gear, particularly a tent if you prefer to have privacy but the tent must be up to the job of with standing mountain conditions. Please email me before booking so we can try and determine if the tent is suitable.
Please also note, if the weather turns for the worst, we may need to rethink our options and head down to a hostel or cheap B&B. This rarely happens but we are dictated by the weather. This will not be included in the price but your safety is always my first and main concern. We will still go out regardless for sunrise and sunset and hopefully be up high where possible.
Below is an explanation of the difficulty for the workshop. It will also largely be dictated 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 in the mountains. You will be expected to be of above average fitness and preferably with previous experience in the hills. You will be covering 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. It is likely we may be out of our tents at dark and extra care will be needed.