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The Lake District - ICM, Multiple Exposure…

05th - 08th Feb, 2018 - FULLY BOOKED

£999.00 PP

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The English Lake District has inspired poets and artists for centuries and now, for us, it becomes our inspiration too. Though it occupies such a small area of the country, it manages to hold within its boundaries such incredible diversity. Stunning peaks, graceful fells, gentle valleys, the major ‘waters’ and their minor but perhaps even more beguiling siblings. It has ancient woodlands and pastures, drystone walls, lone trees, waterfalls, brooks, stone bridges and rivers. A lifetimes work for any photographer to capture. 

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  • Tour Code LD69
  • Included
    • Full board accommodation
    • Transport during the tour
    • Tuition from Doug Chinnery and Valda Bailey
  • Excluded
    • Insurance
    • Transport to the venue
  • Duration 3 Night Tours
  • Exertion Easy
The Lake District - ICM, Multiple Exposure…

The English Lake District has inspired poets and artists for centuries and now, for us, it becomes our inspiration too. Though it occupies such a small area of the country, it manages to hold within its boundaries such incredible diversity. Stunning peaks, graceful fells, gentle valleys, the major ‘waters’ and their minor but perhaps even more beguiling siblings. It has ancient woodlands and pastures, drystone walls, lone trees, waterfalls, brooks, stone bridges and rivers. A lifetimes work for any photographer to capture. 

Many visit in the spring, summer and autumn but we have planned to come when it is quieter. We want the fells to ourselves. We want the changeable weather with its drama, hoping for snow, frost, ice and mist. Our itinerary will take us to some of the classic locations but we also hope to guide you to some of the hidden places that few know to reveal to you beauty that many miss.

The variety of terrain in the area offers a wealth of opportunity to experiment with some different techniques. The weather in the Lakes at this time of year changes rapidly and a sudden fall off in the quality of the light is the perfect time to try out some ICM (Intentional Camera Movement) or multiple exposures. Such techniques are controllable to a certain degree and experimentation will give you the chance to delight in some of the happy accidents that can occur by moving the camera and combining exposures. Why not try something different and discover what fascinating shapes and colours can be produced by breaking a few rules? Multiple exposure and intentional camera movement offer the opportunity to create something truly unique - perhaps a refreshing change in such an iconic and much photographed location. 

Although the tour will aim to teach you the fundamentals of multiple exposure/ICM photography, the most important objective is to help you to pursue your own creative direction and way of seeing. On this tour with Valda & Doug we will work on capturing the landscapes beauty in both classic ways and using alternative camera techniques. 

Valda shoots with a Canon 5D MkIII and will explain the way the camera uses blend modes to diminish detail and create abstraction. Most cameras these days offer some sort of multiple exposure option and all cameras are capable of ICM with addition of an ND filter, so any camera is suitable. We will help you get the best from the functions your camera has.

Our goal is to help you inject emotion and passion into your images in less conventional ways, to help you to see how to let go of conventional techniques and express yourself through alternative methods - not for the sake of using them, but as an additional creative tool to use when appropriate.

The days will be organised around the light, shooting sunrise and sunset when conditions are good and the days will be packed with photographic opportunities all over the Lake District National Park. If conditions do deteriorate then time will be used for image critique, Lightroom and Photoshop sessions.

Some ( not all) of the locations we will visit include:

Manesty

Borrowdale

Derwentwater

Castlerigg

Ullswater

Aria Force

Lodore Falls

Yew Tree Tarn

Hodge Close Quarry

Watendlath

Ashness

Tarn Hows

Tilberthwaite Quarry

Buttermere

Rydal Water

Dodds Wood Quarry

Brothers Water

This tour is the perfect opportunity to cast off some of the ‘rules’ of traditional landscape photography for a while! We hope you can join us for what promises to be an inspiring and creative journey.

The Borrowdale Hotel

Staying at The Borrowdale Hotel, Keswick.

Single occupancy

Full board basis

Arriving Monday 5th Feb room will be ready at 2.30pm.

Finishing on Thursday 8th Feb mid afternoon.

Dear Doug and Valda, Many thanks to you both for a great few days in the Lakes this week and the follow-up notes and links. My hopes were to learn the basics of ICM and ME but came away having learned so much more, courtesy of your patience in guiding a beginner and answering my many, often basic, questions. Having browsed through the images a couple of times so far I have been amazed at the progress made and the fact that there are even a few half decent images, some even prompting a ‘wow’ reaction from my wife! I will select a few for the L & L gallery in due course and I will definitely be printing some for framing and display around the house. The best outcome has perhaps been the inspiration it has given me and the fact that I now look at the landscape with a much more inquisitive and, hopefully, creative eye. So thank you once again for providing this inspiration and new approach to my photography. Best wishes to you both. John - February, 2017

Many thanks again to you both for a most enjoyable, informative and inspiring day. You were a pleasure to meet and it was also most interesting to hear about your own work. Your notes look very complete and I will study them over time. I was looking again last night at your own websites and enjoyed reading about your own influences. I wish you both continued success with your photography and look forward to meeting you again. Tamara - February, 2017

As usual Valda and Doug ran a very relaxed and inspirational workshop. Both were very generous in sharing their knowledge and thoughts. July, 2016

The tutors worked very well together. They had just the right balance between technical advice and advice on composition. They also balanced advice, business and friendliness just right, so that the group worked well. November, 2015

Another great Light and Land tour. The Lake District looked amazing with Autumn colour and we got to some great locations to take full advantage led by two highly skilled and very approachable tour leaders - Clive and Phil November, 2015

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