Land’s End Coast 2024 - ACCESS
Join David Clapp on a three day tour of Land's End peninsula, shooting coastline, lighthouses, St Michael's Mount and more
£599.00 / £200.00 deposit
10th - 12th May 2024
Join me on my Land's End ACCESS tour, which is specifically designed for those who need a slower physical pace with all the enjoyment of a photo tour. I have recently been asked by participants to create this concept and I think it is works perfectly in the Land's End area.
Although there is some walking and visits to locations, this is a considered photo tour which will enable those less able to shoot some spectacular images regardless of the location.
Spectacular Scenary and Spring Flowers
The splendour of the Cornish coast and its weather is 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 town 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, picturesque Mousehole, Sennen Cove, Logan Rock, the coves at Penberth and
Lamorna, Pendeen Lighthouse and Godrevy with its offshore lighthouse.
The workshop is scheduled for May 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 could expect some dramatic lighting.
Explain ACCESS in more detail?
I want those who are less physically capable to enjoy a landscape tour without feeling self conscious, or a burden on others who are either younger or fitter. It has become apparent to me there are more and more people feeling this way, so I designed this tour to be visually dramatic but conscientious of clients and their abilities. The pace is reduced, the distances are smaller, the paths are manageable, the locations are optimised and the tour runs with a group of like-minded people. There are so many photographic possibilities close to the car in Land’s End, but they are not always apparent unless you know the area intimately.
What does fitness level 'Moderate' mean?
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 become accustomed to variable terrain.
Where is the Accommodation?
The accommodation is for 2 nights. Based in Penzance, on the sea front.
Where do we meet?
The meeting place will be at the accommodation (yet to be announced) at 12pm on Friday 10th May.
Are you shooting dawns and sunsets?
Yes - dawn is going to a push, but sunset is at a late time in May 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.
What camera kit do I bring?
An array of focal lengths will always benefit the coastal 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.
Do I need a computer?
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.
What computer support do you give?
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 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.