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Join me on the 19th May to explore the limestone dales, valleys and hills of the South White Peak.

The White Peak is a less photographed side to the Peak District, consisting of mainly limestone features. You have the fantastic Dove Dale just outside of Ashbourne which is one of the biggest tourist honey-pots in the Peak District but seldom visited by the photographer. Further down, you have Wolfscote Dale with the fantastic Wolfscote Hill being the highlight, offering one of the only limestone pavements in the Peak District, even if a miniature one.

Another fantastic spot is the mighty Thor’s Cave in the Manifold Valley. The cave is huge and is both awesome on the inside and viewed from afar. We have Roystone Rocks and Minninglow. Roystone Rocks is a weird and wonderful place, with dark limestone fissured rocks growing out of the ground and lone trees often grown in between them.

For sunset, we are will head to the fantastic Peter’s Stone aka Gibbet Rock. It is the last place in the UK where executed heads were put on display hence its gruesome name. Fortunately the scene is much more picturesque nowadays and we should be lucky enough to be able to photograph the purple orchids at this time of year being a highlight of the area.

We will meet around 13:00 which will give us plenty of time for the day. As the light will be fairly harsh during the day at this time of year we will stick to the bottom of the dales, taking in some of the more intimate details and also practising use of filters, composition and other camera techniques. Another potential option is to head a little further north to Lathkill Dale and visit the tufa weir to practice long exposure waterfall photography,

We will break for some food around 17:00 and if there’s time, we will look at an introduction to post-processing in Lightroom, using some of my images as examples.

However, the plans are not set in stone and we may look to visit other areas nearby following the weather and the light. We will always try to stick to the limestone dales though.

Sunset is around 21:00, so the workshop will end shortly after returning to our cars.

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.

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.