Date: 19th October 2016
Be the first to join Light and Land as we introduce you to the wonders of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Park on this inaugural workshop.
Now a World Heritage Site, ably cared for by the National Trust, we will spend our day immersed in the delights that this 800 acre location holds.
The Abbey has existed here, just three miles from Ripon in North Yorkshire, for over 800 years. It remains one of the finest and best preserved Cistercian abbeys in the country, only ceasing to function as an abbey when Henry VIII ordered the dissolution of the monasteries in 1539. Until then it had been a powerful and wealthy centre of worship in Northern England.
The ruined Abbey precincts cover an impressive 70 acres and make for a wonderful photographic subject in their own right as well as providing fine interest in the surrounding landscape too.
In the eighteenth century the Aislaby family bought the site and combined it with Studley Royal Water Gardens, landscaping both and creating a wonderful landscape which we can savour today, complete with herds of deer.
We have the luxury of immersing ourselves for the day in this wonderful place. We will spend time perfecting our camera skills while capturing the beauty and atmosphere of Fountains. Our subjects, in addition to the abbey, will include follies, temples, statues, streams, lakes, woodlands and glades. There are abundant opportunities for wide landscapes, sweeping vistas, intimate landscapes, detail images right down to macro shots. It truly is a photographers paradise. After a long morning walking the gardens and grounds, your tutor will be giving training in Lightroom and Photoshop, a great opportunity to fine tune the images you’ve taken in the morning.
Your tutor for the day is Doug Chinnery, who, no matter what your camera or skill level, will help you get the very best from your equipment. Perhaps more importantly, he will give you individual help to see compositions and help you develop your own creative vision so you can continue to take images which really fulfil you and help you show the world as you see it.