Light & Land
Coastal Impressions of Southwold
19th - 21st Feb, 2018 - AVAILABLE
£999.00 PP / Deposit -£300.00 PP
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Out on the Suffolk heritage coast you will find a place almost untouched by modern life. A haven from the stresses of the 21st Century. With just a single road in and out of the small seaside town, Southwold is almost an island, bounded by the river Blyth and Southwold harbour to the South-West and the beautifully wild Buss Creek to the North with the North Sea to the east...
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Out on the Suffolk Heritage Coast you will find a place almost untouched by modern life, a haven from the stresses of the 21st Century. With just a single road in and out of the small seaside town, Southwold is almost an island, bounded by the river Blyth and Southwold harbour to the South-West and the beautifully wild Buss Creek to the North with the North Sea to the east.
The town has taken great pains not to change as many coastal towns have, by arcades and ‘amusements’. Rather, the people who love the place have, wisely, decided to preserve the quiet nature of the area. Yes, there is a pier, but it is a quiet one for strolling along. There are colourful beach huts (very expensive to own too!) and beautiful sands, but the emphasis is on a quintessentially English quiet seaside place of relaxation (with some of the very best Fish and Chips in the country – some things are not to be omitted!)
For us as photographers, looking to work with alternative techniques, this is a jewel of a place. By going in winter, we gain extra solitude, along with, we hope, some wild atmospheric weather. There is nothing better for us than North Sea storms and wild waves, ever changing skies with dramatic clouds and wild beaches.
The beach huts, groynes and harbour features will provide much for us to work with, both using multiple exposure and intentional camera movement techniques (and we are happy to help you make ‘classic’ style seascape images too, of course). There is also the creek area and reed beds, with disused windmill pump and wild undergrowth, wind-blown trees and muddy channels for us to explore.
There is so much to work with here, in the wide land and seascapes around the village of Southwold, that we have decided not to hire any transport. Instead we will be on foot around the village, beach and marshes each day making images and returning to the cafes and our hotel for well-earned refreshments, to warm us and accompany our photographic and creative chat.
Time will also be set aside for an extensive critique session, so if you would like to bring some work to discuss with Valda and Doug and the group, that is encouraged (but not mandatory) as there is much personal creative growth to be gained from such discussions.
Should the weather be just too bad at any time during the tour to go out with the cameras then Doug and Valda will set up and do some Lightroom and Photoshop tuition with the group, showing you how they work on their creative images to get the very best from them.
This new tour to this lovely, unspoilt location with so much to offer is one Doug and Valda are very excited to be visiting and they hope you decide to join them.
Equipment - what you will need to create ICM & ME images
Intentional camera movement can be achieved with any camera fitted with a suitable ND filter (in order to facilitate a longer shutter speed).
The creation of in-camera multiple exposure images is rather more equipment-dependent. Many cameras today offer this option, however not all are able to blend the images in the same way. Valda uses a Canon 5Dsr. Other cameras offering the same options are the Canon 1DX, Canon 5D Mk4, Canon 5D Mk3, Canon 5Ds and the Canon 7D Mk2. The Nikon D5 and Nikon D500 offer similar options. The Nikon D800 series will combine images, but with fewer blend modes. Sony users can purchase a multiple exposure app. Although they offer a wider selection of blend modes to Canon and Nikon, they will only combine a maximum of two images into one composite file (as opposed to nine or ten with the Canon and Nikon). Many Pentax cameras have a multiple exposure option, though offer fewer blend modes; likewise Fuji and Olympus. iPhones can be used with an appropriate app. If you require further clarification on the suitability of your camera please do not hesitate to email us at [email protected]
Of course, for those wanting to use classic camera techniques, we will be happy to help and encourage you with these too - the tour will all be about capturing the coast as you see it with your camera.
Suffolk IP18 6EG