The splendour of the Cornish coast is a constantly changing challenge for the landscape photographer. The richness and range of subject matter is immense, from grand cliffs and vistas to wonderful rock, coastal and boat detail shots. The light falling on these scenes can be exceptional and is frequently fantastic. It is no small coincidence that artists in all media have been visiting West Cornwall for generations.
The geography of West Cornwall means that within a short drive there are wonderful locations facing each point of the compass. This means that we will be able to maximize our chances of making memorable images in the prevailing conditions. Such is the range of potential locations that inevitably it will not be possible to visit everywhere.
One certain destination will be Porth Nanven. This beach, known to locals as the Cot Valley, was made an SSSI for the wonderful granite boulders and rock formations. Whilst each participant will discover the myriad small scenes to shoot on these rocky shores we won’t neglect the wider vistas – the view to the Brison’s near Cape Cornwall can be spectacular.
Another definite location will be the majestic presence of St Michael’s Mount, across the pebbled causeway from the stown of Penzance where we will be accommodated. Suitable for both sunrise and sunset, there are many possible ways to portray this wonderful scene.
Amongst the varied array of photographic theatres we may visit are the fishing port of Newlyn, inspiration of many artists including Sir Terry Frost, picturesque Mousehole, Sennen Cove, the immense cliffs at Bosigran, Logan Rock, The coves at Penberth and Lamorna, Pendeen Lighthouse and Godrevy with its offshore lighthouse. Here you might expect to have seals observe you making images, before retiring to the wonderful cafe.
The workshop is scheduled for late September so that we can expect beaches and roads to be relatively quiet, the sunrise and sunset times are sensible and – without wishing to tempt fate – we might expect some dramatic lighting.
After all the complications with COVID-19, I’ve decided to run a series of UK photographic tours with a potentially flexible date. The concept is that the date will remain flexible, should there be any further unforeseen travel restrictions, the tour can be postponed to a later date if restrictions are imposed and you can also leave the tour for a full refund if you are not happy to attend. I am making these tours so we can have fun, that’s literally it.
The accommodation is for four nights. Based in Penzance, on the sea front.
Yes you can. If you are are not comfortable with being in a hotel with the group, you can make your own arrangements (please book in Penzance). I can reduce the amount of the tour to an appropriate reduction.
It is essential that you have had your first Covid vaccination. You will need to have taken a negative lateral flow test taken 24hrs before the tour commences to ensure the safety of the group. You will need a face mask where required.
The meeting place will be at the accommodation (yet to be announced) at 12pm on Sunday 3rd October 2021.
You need to be capable of walking for sustained periods, along coast paths and up moderate inclines. There will be no strenuous activity but it is advised that you take walks before the trips so you can cope with active photography.
Yes - dawn and sunset is at a reasonable time in October so we will make the most of the light.
Ensure you bring good quality footwear, waterproof clothing, hat and gloves - bring the works. You may or may not collide with a warm week, but it could be wet and unpredictable.
An array of focal lengths will always benefit the London photographer. A wide angle lens (16-35), medium zoom (24-70) and a longer zoom (70-300) will be ideal to cover most compositional eventualities. A very long lens like a 100-400 with a 1.4x convertor is very useful so don’t hold back on kit.
Although not essential, its a great idea to bring a laptop computer with you so you can discuss imagery with myself and others in the group. It really is a great learning experience, so I highly recommend bringing a laptop to learn and for personal entertainment.
I make a point of tutoring all my clients on digital photography to help complete the learning process. I am renowned as a leading digital professional and an Adobe Influencer and I will be screen recording my sessions so the learning continues. I have extensive knowledge to communicate on all levels and I spend time with all my clients helping them to process their images to a high standard. It really helps to have a computer session when tiredness takes hold, or inclement weather persists.
£899 / Deposit of £200.00