Yorkshire Dales Winter Weekend Workshop
February 22nd - 24th 2019 | Near Settle
A Three Day Intensive in the Heart of the Yorkshire Dales
This very special workshop has been a long time in the planning. I needed a variety of things to come together, not least a beautiful venue from which to work for our three days of focused photography.
Beginning at lunchtime on Friday (optional) we'll enjoy visiting a series of locations which are both stunning and challenging in their own right.
The central location of the accommodation affords an abundance of opportunities to explore our full creative potential within the immediate and nearby area and the cosy traditional farmhouse lounge is the perfect space for our series of informal image critique sessions, Lightroom and Photoshop tuitions and inspirational gatherings.
During the weekend we'll visit 5 or 6 inspiringly dramatic locations ranging from iconic hotspots to unknown hidden gems which I've discovered with thanks to local farmer Tom Lord who's been a lifelong wanderer of these iron edged landscapes.
In order to get the very best out of the weekend we'll go with the flow of the weather rather than impose a strict plan that will hobble our creative opportunities. We'll variously work with the land or enjoy indoor tuition sessions in the farmhouse lounge depending on what the February climate chooses to deliver to us.
By being flexible we'll make the most of the weekend and develop creative, technical and technique skills that will enhance your photography in your selected areas.
Our Choice of Locations:
- Catsgill Foss Waterfall
- Lower Winskill Limestone Pavements
- Victoria Cave
- The Hidden Valley
- The Boulders
- Gordale Scar
- Janet's Foss Waterfall
- Malham Cove
An Intimate Bespoke Intensive Photography Weekend
This is planned to be an intimate, bespoke, intensive photography weekend where we'll be able to explore several areas of photography whilst enabling plenty of one-to-one time with me throughout the entire weekend.
The weekend will officially begin with dinner at 6pm on Friday the 22nd, however I'm opening up the option for anyone who can make it to join me from noon for a pre-workshop shoot in one of the locations. This will enable us to begin to get the measure of the place and kick off our creative time together.
There will be Lightroom and Photoshop sessions to enjoy which will be delivered in the farmhouse lounge using a high definition projector and of course inspirational slideshows and image and portfolio critique sessions.
Breakfast and evening meals will be taken in the farmhouse kitchen, lovingly prepared by my wife Nicola who will cook with your dietary requirements in mind.
The Farmhouse Accommodation
I've managed to secure a rather special place for us to stay, and it's not your usual bed and breakfast!
See the white farmhouse in the shot above? That's our venue for the weekend!
It's a traditional Dales farmhouse set in 90 acres of meadow and limestone pavement in the very heart of the most beautiful, rugged countryside.
The bedrooms are suitable for two sharing and there's a firelit lounge for our indoor workshops along with a barn if we need it. The farmer, Tom Lord is a world renowned expert in cave archeology and if we are fortunate he may give us a private viewing, and handling of some of his thousands of artifacts which range from 300,000 year old flint tools to cave bear skulls!
Many years ago he led the way and moved from beef cattle to wildflower meadows with a handful of sheep. He says now he prefers to farm butterflies.
This promises to be a photography weekend like no other and I am excited to finally be able to offer this.
For 6 Photographers
I'm looking for 6 photographers of any ability who would like to make a step change in their creativity and want to join me on this 3 day sojourn to the midwinter Yorkshire Dales.
To get the most from this workshop you'll need to have a working knowledge of your kit and a tripod. Warm, layered clothing and sturdy footwear are essential too. Waterproofs are recommended!
I'm choosing winter for this workshop so that we can take advantage of the drama of the season and easily have access to dawn and dusk light.
We may even have the chance to practice some After Dark photography if anyone wants to explore this fascinating subject. Being a small group I'm happy to be led by what is wanted by each of you whether that be panoramic photography, working up your projects, monochrome visioning, image processing... whatever fits to bring on your skills.
The Cost of the Weekend
I've chosen not to cut any corners with this workshop and have not limited it by choosing a price first. It's very much planned to be a bespoke weekend of photographic tuition and camaraderie with fellow enthusiasts.
The full weekend workshop costs £475 which is payable over 4 instalments of £118.75 per month.
Alternatively you can pay in full and enjoy a discount of £37.50 which means you pay only £437.50.
There are three rooms available, with two single beds in each so I will have to monitor bookings to ensure men and ladies do not end up sharing a room.
Therefore I advise booking early to ensure you reserve a place. At the moment there are FOUR places available.
Please note that the images depicted are from the locations on the list above and taken at different times of year. We will not visit all of them, however it's good to have a good choice of locations so that we can match our trips out to the light conditions and prevailing weather.
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to email me.
Should the weekend over book I will of course immediately refund the payment of anyone unlucky enough to pay after this happens. If I decide to cancel the course due to lack of interest I will refund the payments in full. Should I need to cancel due to weather (which is highly unlikely in this location) I shall offer a similar workshop of the same length later in the year as a replacement.