THE ARDNAMURCHAN PENINSULA
The Chiltern Hills is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty northwest of London and is one of the most heavily wooded areas in the whole of England known for its ancient beech woodlands, the most famous being the amazing Burnham Beeches. This workshop is a chance to explore these amazing woodlands without the need to travel very far from the country’s capitol.
Woodlands to many are endearing places to be, surrounded by nature and peace and quiet, they offer an escape from the trappings of an often-busy life. Photographing woodlands and their surrounding areas is sometimes considered difficult, but it needn’t be. The aim of this workshop is for you to take your time exploring and experiencing these beautiful environments whilst having Mark with you every step of the way, working with you to ensure you capture the very best images.
The workshop will concentrate on two main areas, Stoke Common and Burnham Beeches. Stoke Common is a 200-acre area of extensive heathland with paths that are easy to walk. Stoke Common boasts spaces of silver birch, pine, along with mixed deciduous woodland which are nestled in the surrounding rolling heathlands. Although many heathlands began their lives 5000 years ago when mankind began to clear woodlands growing in fertile soils, they still have a feel of being wild and untouched to this day.
Burnham Beeches, our second location is situated only three miles away from Stoke Common and has a unique character all of its own. This woodland is one England’s finest examples of ancient woodland and covers a vast 480 acres of Buckinghamshire countryside. Although its name relates to beech trees of which they are plentiful, it is also an area rich in grasslands, ponds, streams and ancient pollarded oaks. As with Stoke Common, we will take our time and wander along the paths that take us beneath the canopy of trees and across the glades, stopping to capture these historical trees that have been in existence since the last ice age.
As part of this exciting workshop we will also visit Coombe Hill located near to the hamlet of Dunsmore. The majority of the hill (an area of 106 acres) once formed part of the Chequers Estate but is now owned by the National Trust. At 850 feet above sea level, it sits on one of the highest and most striking spurs of the Chilterns, commanding a wide view of the Vale of Aylesbury. Here there are both intimate mixed deciduous woodland scenes and wider views of the surrounding landscape and, if we are lucky, the mist may roll in and provide us with some very different photographic opportunities.
After soaking up the calm of heathlands and woodlands we will head back to our hotel and share the images we have made and engage in conversation about our experiences. Of course, Mark will be on hand to offer valuable advice on how to improve your woodland photography, and of course we aim to have fun during our time together!
1 Leader with a maximum of 6 participants
The Bull, Gerards Cross, BuckinghamshireView Accommodation
The price includes extensive one to one coaching and tuition, bed and breakfast accommodation in a high quality hotel (no single occupancy
supplement) during the workshop.
Camera and travel insurance as well as travel to and from the venue are also not included. Meals not mentioned. Alcoholic drinks and other personal expenditure is not covered either.