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Northumberland Castles, Seascapes, Big Skies and Roman Walls

Northumberland is a fantastic windswept rugged landscape. Big beaches, huge sky, imposing castles. A great area for photography, which is why I’m running a workshop there next year. I’ve just been on a quick recce to check out the locations. Here are a few resulting images.

Bamburgh Castle, a classic dawn and dusk location. Great for big land, and seascapes, beach reflections and rocky lead-in lines…

Alnwick Castle, home to much Harry Potter castle filming…

 

Holy Island and its famous boat sheds. Normally this is a great shot with Lindisfarne in the background, but scaffolding on the castle put paid to that this time (scaffolding that will be removed before the workshop thank heavens!)

Pilgrim’s Way across the mud flats of the estuary to Holy Island. I kept my feet dry and resisted splashing around in the mud…

Abstracts and long exposure in Berwick upon Tweed…

A day away from the seaside checking out Roughting Linn waterfall

No trip to Northumberland should be without a visit to Hadrian’s Wall. The Roman soldiers must have shivered and longed for return to the continent when they were posted here…

And finally, the famous Sycamore Gap on Hadrian’s Wall. Much photographed, but stunning nevertheless. Great location!

If you are interested in a trip to Northumberland, the workshop is 6th – 10th September 2018. Contact me at thomaspeck1@mac.com for more details or to request a brochure.  Stunning landscapes guaranteed.


Abbeys, Grykes and Waterfalls – a workshop in God’s County

If you’re a regular reader then you will know that I do go on about Yorkshire. God’s county and all that. Which is true, it is. But at long last I’ve decided to turn my Yorkshire passion into a bit of a business venture. So last week I ran my first photography workshop up North, and prayed for some decent, photogenic weather…

Gordale Scar

Gordale Scar

River Wharfe

River Wharfe

Scaleber Force

Scaleber Force

God didn’t play ball – it was boiling hot, and the skies remained stubbornly blue and cloudless. But photography is all about pointing the camera in the right direction, so we just cut out the sky…

The Strid

The Strid at medium flow

The Strid at pace

Boiling Strid

The calm Strid

Calm Strid

 

It’s true that I failed to convince the rest of the family that this is work, not play. Never mind, they’ll get used to it…

Malham Cove Grykes

Malham Cove Grykes

Conistone tree

Conistone tree

That tree in close up

That tree in close up

 

We even tried a dawn shot (that’s up at 4am with tripod legs set up by 4.20am…) only to get eaten by the Malham Midge!

Midge infested Malham Tree

Midge infested Malham Tree

 

But it was fun! Two days dedicated to all things photographic, in a series of locations covering Abbeys, Grykes and Waterfalls. Landscape, wide vistas, close ups, panos, iPhone and DSLR, colour, black & white and infra red, post processing. We did the whole caboodle.

Bolton Abbey (in Yorkshire of course)

Bolton Abbey (in Yorkshire, naturally)

My workshop customer, trying hard not to fall in.

My workshop customer, trying hard not to fall in.

Goat Scar Lane

Goat Scar Lane

Catrigg Force

Catrigg Force

Scaleber Force

Scaleber Force

My thanks go to Leona for being a very willing workshop guinea pig, and if you fancy a workshop in God’s County, then let me know!

(She kept nicking my tripod)

(She kept nicking my tripod)