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The Lake District

03rd - 09th Apr, 2017 - FULLY BOOKED

£2,099.00 PP

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The Lake District is widely seen as the crown jewel of English landscapes, and Derwent Water is sometimes described as the Queen of the Lakes. From any perspective on the towering ridges and hills that surround it even that description can seem inadequate; few other landscapes in the world can express such a sense of sheltering serenity.

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  • Tour Code LD68
  • Included
    • Accommodation on Dinner, Bed and Breakfast basis
    • Transport during the course
    • Tuition from Joe Cornish
  • Excluded
    • Transport to hotel
    • Insurance
    • Meals not mentioned
  • Duration 6 Night Tours
  • Exertion Moderate
  • Tutored By
The Lake District

The Lake District is widely seen as the crown jewel of English landscapes, and Derwent Water is sometimes described as the Queen of the Lakes. From any perspective on the towering ridges and hills that surround it even that description can seem inadequate; few other landscapes in the world can express such a sense of sheltering serenity.

Whatever the season there is always something photographically interesting to tackle in and around Borrowdale, the valley immediately to the south of Derwent Water. Mixed forests, both deciduous and coniferous, line the valley fringes. A patchwork of sheep-grazed fields occupy the floodplain, and remnants of a once-thriving slate mining and quarrying industry can be found below the shadow of recovering woodland. The lakeside views are idyllic, and ridge walks give magnificent views of the wider landscape.

Is there anything not to love then? Well, the lakes have arrived here due to high levels of rainfall over many thousands of years, and that does not change. But a wet landscape is still beautiful, and indeed can also be very productive photographically, especially when seen in the sheltered woods. The richly textured quarries are best enjoyed when the sky is overcast, and offer wonderful opportunities for detailed abstracts and close-ups. And if the sun should shine then the prospects from the mountain ridges are simply sublime.

In April, spring will either be imminent or already breaking, and primroses and daffodils (William Wordsworth’s famous ode was written here) are still likely to be found lining the hedgerows and ancient stone walls. Sometimes late frosts can bring an unexpected edge of ice to the lake shore in April; overall this is a time of change in the landscape, and the photographer must come with an open mind and a willingness to adapt to the conditions, and to experiment.
 

We will be staying at the Borrowdale hotel, a simply superb base for the photographer, within walking distance of the southern shores of Derwent Water. It also has a great reputation for food. Our group size  is limited to six and is led by Joe Cornish, who has spent years of his photographic life exploring the hills in this region. Additionally Joe is an experienced printer who brings a wealth of experience to teaching post-production skills. Evening sessions will give the group time to show images for feedback, critiquing and and (through post-production) a chance to learn how to bring additional depth and balance to carefully-crafted compositions.

The Borrowdale Hotel

Staying at The Borrowdale Hotel for 6 nights on a Dinner, Bed and Breakfast basis.

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