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North Somerset Coast Photography Workshop

10th - 12th Jul, 2020 - AVAILABLE

Tutored by Benjamin Graham and

£699.00 pp / Deposit -£150.00

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Our North Somerset Coast photography workshop is based along the rugged, prehistoric beauty of Somerset's northern coastline featuring some or (time-permitting) all of: Kilve, St Audrie's Bay, Lilstock and Blue Anchor Sands.

The coast of Somerset boasts a spectacular richness of geological grandeur. It also experiences huge tidal movements that repeatedly conceal and reveal a diversity of alien-world topographies every few hours of every day. From the beaches of Brean and Weston, and the mudflats of Steart in the east; through the rocks and cliffs of Lilstock, Kilve, St Audrie’s Bay and Doniford in the north; to the sands and shingle of Dunster, Blue Anchor Bay and Porlock Weir in the west, much of the inspiration for Benjamin Graham’s Somerset images, such as the examples you can view here in the gallery, is derived from its extraordinary coastline. 

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At a Glance

  • Tutored By
  • Exertion
    Moderate
  • Included
    • Accommodation
    • Breakfasts
    • Transport during the tour
    • Tuition from Benjamin Graham
    • Critique sessions
    • Course notes
  • Excluded
    • Travel to the venue
    • Meals not mentioned
    • Insurance
  • Duration 2 Night Tours
  • Tour Code SOM02
North Somerset Coast Photography Workshop

North Somerset Coast Photography Workshop - North Somerset Coast Landscape Photography

Our North Somerset Coast photography weekend workshop is based along the rugged, prehistoric beauty of Somerset's northern coastline.

Featuring some or (time-permitting) all of: Kilve, St Audrie's Bay, Lilstock and Blue Anchor Sands.

The coast of Somerset boasts a spectacular richness of geological grandeur. It also experiences huge tidal movements that repeatedly conceal and reveal a diversity of alien-world topographies every few hours of every day. From the beaches of Brean and Weston, and the mudflats of Steart in the east; through the rocks and cliffs of Lilstock, Kilve, St Audrie’s Bay and Doniford in the north; to the sands and shingle of Dunster, Blue Anchor Bay and Porlock Weir in the west, much of the inspiration for Benjamin Graham’s Somerset images, such as the examples you can view here in the gallery, is derived from its extraordinary coastline. 

Largely ignored by the hundreds of thousands of tourists who are just passing through the county in the summer months on their way to the beaches of Wales, Devon or Cornwall, Somerset's undeveloped, rough coastline offers some wildly dramatic vistas and numerous truly beautiful photo opportunities.

Benjamin, overall winner of LPOTY 2017, will be leading this group in the summer of 2019. He spent twenty-five years in the Southwest and knows the Northern Somerset coast intimately. The weekend has been chosen so that sunrises and sunsets will coincide as closely as possible with low or receding tides and a crescent moon is due to appear off the coast in the north-western skies each evening at twilight.

Please be aware that, in particular, Kilve and Lilstock are uneven, rocky beaches and quite hazardously slippery in places. You need to be confident about your abilities to manage such terrain and your footwear should be sturdy and appropriate for the job. Whilst cosy walking or hiking boots are a tempting option, your group leader recommends quality wellies with decent grip as the incoming water moves quickly, and the curvy, rocky terrain creates multiple tide pools that, while you concentrate on getting the shot, can unexpectedly cut you off at the rear! You will need your big-stopper (or similar) ND filters, a remote release and a tripod.

Please do also note that the days will be long (but very productive!) as the Somerset summer sunrise is at 05.00 this time of year and so, to take advantage of the best light, we need to be on location and ready to shoot at 04.00. We will therefore be departing the hotel at 03.30 for our dawn sessions. Sunset is at 21.30 so we will be easily shooting up until 22.00 therefore there will be a chance of a couple-hours’ nap after lunch and before dinner/the evening shooting session.  

We will be staying near the coast, in the relaxed seclusion of a comfortable and family-run hotel. The hotel is conveniently located for all of our shooting destinations. Its restaurant specialises in locally sourced meats, fish, cheeses, fruits and vegetables.

What do you need to bring?

a camera (!) preferably (but not essentially) with manual control over the exposure

a fully charged battery with its charger, plus any spare batteries if you have them

a sturdy tripod

any lenses you may wish to shoot with

a remote shutter release if you have one

a memory card, with plenty of space on it, plus spares if you have them

a wet weather cover for your tripod-mounted camera in case we encounter showers

a graduated neutral density filter

Big Stopper or similar neutral density filters

a torch (head torches are the most useful as they're hands-free) with a red bulb setting so you don't ruin your (or others’!) night vision when making camera adjustments in the dark

sensible clothes for the time of day and year, and wellies for reasonable, though not strenuous, walking on sloppy, stony or rocky beaches

a comfortable wind-proof/shower-proof jacket

 

You may also bring:

Your PC/Mac notebook or tablet for image processing/review

Any items you feel may be interesting or inspirational for the group

 

The course will start with a meet and greet at the hotel at 4pm on Friday 10th July and finish with afternoon tea on Sunday 12th July at 4pm.

  • Apple Tree Hotel

    Staying at the Apple Tree Hotel for 2 nights, 10th and 11th July 2020.

    Single occupancy rooms

    Breakfasts included

5/5

Independent Feedback based on 4 verified reviews

16th Jul, 2019

I have come back with stacks of inspiration and ideas for use in the future. Benjamin is an excellent tutor, he is patient and understanding and shares his ideas and enthusiasm very generously. We went to some fantastic locations, varied and challenging in different ways. So much was packed into a short weekend. It is a lovely part of the country that well lived up to expectations.

Helen - 9th Jul, 2019

I have just returned from the north Somerset coast photography course and would like to say how much I enjoyed the weekend. Benjamin Graham is a superb tutor who gives tirelessly of himself. He gave each participant a lot of time in helping us and it was a very balanced programme in terms of being on location, time for processing and rest time. On top of that he gave the longest and most inspiring and comprehensive teaching time I have ever experienced on any workshop. He is not only a gifted photographer but also a gifted teacher who is inspirational. So thank you for asking him and it is a workshop well worth repeating (although being in July did mean our sunrise shoots were a tad early!).

Peter - 9th Jul, 2019

This was my first trip with Light and Land and Benjamin made it a fantastic experience. His knowledge and enthusiasm were outstanding and he found so many different locations for us to shoot. I would recommend it to all, regardless of your experience level.

Celia - 9th Jul, 2019

Benjamin Graham is a superb tutor and tour leader. So well prepared and knew the area and locations extremely well. Delightful person, knowledgable, generous with his time and support, extremely patient, inspirational and creative. Hotel was an excellent choice. Learned loads, improved my technical skills, really helped with composition for landscapes, even learned a bit out myself! Lovely group of seven other delegates. Will definitely book another tour, especially if Benjamin is the tour leader. Light and Land easy to deal with.

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