Join me on the 31st October for a packed day of photographing autumn at its best in the Peak District.
Autumn becomes such a colourful time in the Peak District, with the vibrant purples of heather season long gone. Now it’s the turn of yellows, oranges and reds to completely transform the landscape, giving its final hoorah before the colour is gone for winter.
The best two weeks of Autumn are typically the last week of October and the first week of November. This is when there are usually enough leaves on the trees in vibrant colours while plenty have fell to carpet the ground.
To start the day, we will head to Wyming Brook to photograph waterfalls set against autumnal woodland backdrops. Wyming Brook often plays second fiddle to Padley Gorge, but its falls are larger and greater and the brook itself is usually quieter allowing us to get to spots and photograph them without interruption.
After lunch we will move on to Ladybower and photograph the autumn colours along our way, however our main destination is Abbey Bank which is a hill above Derwent Reservoir looking towards Howden Dam. This fine viewpoint provides a great view over the Upper Derwent Valley with the rich autumn woodlands. If we are in luck, the dam will be in overflow to top off the scene. The walk up Abbey Bank is a bit of a lung-buster and we will try to give plenty of time but please be aware of this and that you should be of a good fitness and can walk 2 miles uphill and then return.
The light at this time of year is good throughout the day and should allow us to get some great photos.
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 at 09:30 to do a meet and greet with the other photographer’s and myself before moving on to our first location.
We will break for lunch around 13:00 and if time allows, look at our images on a laptop to discuss basic processing techniques within Adobe Lightroom. The day will conclude after sunset and our walk down around 17:30.
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.